The Yorkton Cardinals were busy on Canada Day as they were on the WMBL schedule as they hosted the Millionaires in a rivalry clash at Jubilee Park. An all too familiar script was played out as the Cardinals got solid pitching, but just could not find the runs in a 4-1 loss that extended their losing streak.
Logan Hershenow went five innings in the losing start as pitcher in a game he might have won if the Cardinals bats were more potent. Hits were actually not a problem in the Sunday match up as the Cardinals racked up eight hits in the game, but just could not turn hits into runs managing only one run of offense.
The Mils made the most of their ten hits and capitalized on two two run innings to take the win. The win was the last in a three game Canada Day weekend series between the local ballclubs that was a sweep for the Mils who easily took all three games over the weekend.
The Mils hosted the first two games of the series taking a 9-6 win on Friday night before blowing out the Cardinals on Saturday 14-4. Friday’s contest saw the Cardinals take a commanding 5-1 lead before a six run Mils bottom of the fifth took the wheels off of the Cardinals bid for a rare win. Campbell Cooper and Bryson Thionnet came up big for Melville notching two RBI’s apiece in the win.
Saturday saw afternoon baseball action at Pirie Field and saw the same results as the Mils bats pounded the Cardinals 14-4. Bryson Thionnet took to the mound and hurt the Cards with his arm instead of his bat on Saturday and prevented the Cardinals from ending their winning streak despite having another early lead after the Cards jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Brayon Colley once again showed off his baserunning skills with four stolen bases in the loss, entertaining the crowd with his speed, but still not doing enough to get the Cardinals the win.
The series saw the Cardinals further plummet down the East Division standings and inched the Millionaires closer to the division lead behind the defending WMBL title winning Regina Red Sox.
The Cardinals next action against their Highway 10 rivals is July 11 when they host the Mils at Jubilee Park.