ST. CHARLES — Expecting to only play two seven inning game against the St. Charles Cougars the Mineral Area College Cardinals found themselves in a battle to the end in a 20-inning ordeal. The Cardinals hung on to win the second game in 13 innings to sweep the Cougars 3-2 and 7-5.
The first game went regulation with pitcher Jeff King controlling the tempo. King gave up only four hits, relying on MAC’s defense behind him as he posted only two strike-outs.
The Cardinals totaled 10 hits in the game, but were only able to score single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. Brad Wright hit three singles, and Cody Garlington and Tanner Glore had two each.
In game two, Chris Ostrowski threw the first four innings, but his relief Wayde Roth had to throw another nine innings to get the win.
St. Charles scored three runs in the first inning, and it took four frames before the Cardinals could pull even at 5-5. That’s when Roth took over to post nine zeroes in each of the Cougars at-bats, allowing only four hits and three walks.
Mineral Area had 27 baserunners in the game, but they struggled to get runners across the plate, stranding 20 runners in the elongated game.
Tanner Glore drove in four of the Cardinals runs with a home run and two singles. Brad Matson hit two triples and a single, and Brad Ridings also had three hits with one double. Cody Garlington kept his bat in tune with four singles in game two. Tyler Bunge, Austin Harris and Danny Define hit two singles apiece, and Clayton Gibbons had one double.
MAC will be back in action on Thursday at home vs. Shawnee CC. Game time for the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. The Cardinals improved their record to 18-14, 7-5 in region 16, and 6-4 in MCCAC.