MAC opens season with pair of wins for new coach

2012-02-24T08:41:00Z MAC opens season with pair of wins for new coachBy DONN ADAMSON Daily Journal Sports Editor Daily Journal Online

PARK HILLS — Stan Walden took over the Mineral Area College Cardinals baseball season in the off season, and on Thursday his not so new team treated him to a doubleheader win over the Central Methodist Eagles  6-0 and 12-2. Walden had been the assistant coach for the Cardinals prior to 2012.

The teams couldn’t have picked a better day in February as the temperature settled near the 70 degree mark for most of the afternoon with the sun shining and at times the wind blowing out. 

Pitching like they already had half a season behind them, Dylan McKewen and Jeff King  kept the Eagles on their heels as they both pitched two hitters for their first win.

Mineral Area 6, Central Methodist 0

McKewen went through the Eagles starting line-up with ease as he struck out five batters and got the other four to ground out to a stellar defense.  McKewen faced only 23 batters in pitching the complete game.

Alfredo Souffront hit a double for the Eagles in the fourth inning, and a ball that got away from second baseman Tyler Bunge might have scored the first run, but Bunge recovered to gun down Souffront at the plate after he tried to take two bases on the infield play.

MAC’s defense stopped threats by the Eagles in the fifth and sixth innings as well. McKewen hit one batter in each inning, but the Cardinals turned a double play, and catcher Cody Garlington gunned down a runner to erase both runners from the basepaths.

A pair of walks set up an  RBI single by Brad Ridings in the bottom of the third, and a booted ball by the Eagles allowed a second run to score for the Cardinals.

Mineral Area tacked on two more runs in the fourth with another single by Ridings to drive in both runs. An RBI triple by Tanner Glore and a single by Ryan Bradshaw knocked in the Cardinals last two runs in the sixth inning.

Mineral Area 12, Central Methodist 2

With a couple of walks that turned into runs, Cardinal pitcher Jeff King spotted the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, but he would shut them down from there, allowing only one more single in the game by the visitors.

The Cardinals did not recover until the bottom of the third inning when they started the first of three four-run strings. Ethan Bullard, the No. 9 hitter in the game, became instant hero when he hit a home run over the left-field fence The home run was the start of a six-batter string of extra-base hits.

Brad Matson and Tyler Bunge followed the home run with a double, Tanner Glore drove a pitch into the gap in left center for three bases, and Chris Ostrowski and Brad Wright each hit a double. Wright drove in three more with a home run over the right field fence in the fourth, and a series of Eagle errors in the sixth allowed Dominique Smith to drive in the final run with a single.

King continued to keep the Eagles quiet as he struck uot five batters in the later innings, and reliever Wayde Roth whiffed two of the three batters he faced.

Next up for the Cardinals is a trip to St. Louis to play Fontbonne on Tuesday.

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Girls - South 120, North 73

Boys - South 112, North 110

College Baseball –

Mineral Area 5, Three Rivers 3

Mineral Area 6, Three Rivers 3

Baseball –

Lutheran South 9, Central 0 

Farmington 4, Seckman 1

Fredericktown 11, Bismarck 1 

Lutheran South 19, Central 1 

Farmington 4, Cape Central 1

Twin Rivers 13, Bismarck 3 

Twin Rivers 8, Fredericktown 7

Charleston at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic vs. Dexter, ppd.

Valley at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic at Oran, ppd.

Charleston vs. Valley, ppd.

Potosi Tournament, ppd.

Softball –

West County vs. Naylor, ppd.

West County vs. Neelyville, ppd.


College Baseball

Three Rivers 7, Mineral Area 6

Three Rivers 5, Mineral Area 4 

College Softball – 

Mineral Area 9, SW Tennessee 6

SW Tennessee 10, Mineral Area 3


College Softball – 2 p.m.

John A. Logan at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Central

Valle Catholic at Oran

Jefferson at Ste. Genevieve, 4 p.m.

Kingston at Bourbon

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Crystal City at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Poplar Bluff

Golf –

Notre Dame Tournament

St. Pius at Arcadia Valley

Clearwater at West County

Soccer –

St. Clair at North County

Hillsboro at Farmington

Softball – 4 p.m.

Kingston at Crystal City

West County at Arcadia Valley


College Baseball – 1 p.m.

Mineral Area at SW Illinois

College Softball – 2 p.m.

St. Louis CC at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

Arcadia Valley at Fredericktown

Grandview at Valley

Greenville at North County

St. Vincent at Valle Catholic

Kingston at Bismarck, 6 p.m.

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Farmington at North County

Potosi at Arcadia Valley

Track & Field – 4 p.m.

North County Raider Relays

Golf – 4 p.m.

Central, Farmington, Ste. Genevieve at West County

Softball – 4 p.m.

West County at Bismarck

Arcadia Valley at Valle Catholic

Soccer – 5 p.m.

Fredericktown at St. Vincent


Golf – 8:30 a.m.

North County Tournament

Tennis – 4 p.m.

North County at Arcadia Valley

Potosi at St. Pius

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

West County at Ste. Genevieve

Central at Perryville

Fredericktown at Notre Dame

Midwest Classic

Farmington vs. Howell North, 4 p.m.

Farmington vs. Vianney, 6:30 p.m.

Soccer – 5 p.m.

Farmington at Perryville

Fredericktown at Windsor

Softball – 4 p.m.

Valle Catholic at Woodland

Track & Field – 4 p.m.

Old Settlement Invitational


College Baseball – 6 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Three Rivers at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

West County at Valle Catholic

Salem at Potosi

Perryville at Arcadia Valley

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Poplar Bluff at Farmington

De Soto at North County

Potosi at Windsor

Soccer –

Festus at North County

Fredericktown at Perryville, 5 p.m.

Softball –

Bismarck at Arcadia Valley

Kingston at West County


College Baseball – 12 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder (DH)

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

North County at De Soto

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament


College Baseball – 12 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

Baseball –

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament