The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Junior Cardinal baseball team appeared to have things under control Tuesday afternoon at Carrier Mills when they headed to the bottom of the fourth inning with a 8-2 lead but the Jr. Wildcats erupted for a six run inning to tie the game at 8-all. The Junior Cardinals wasted little time in reclaiming their lead in the top of the fifth inning as they pushed four runs across the plate along with one more in the top of the sixth to to stretch their lead back out to 13-8. With only six outs left to collect it appeared the Jr.Cards would be able to collect the Little Greater Egyptian Conference win but the Jr. Wildcats would rally back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning followed by three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings. This eighth inning would find NCOE coming up scoreless while their opponent would manage to plate the deciding run to hand the Jr. Cards the one run defeat.
Tate Riggs would lead the Jr. Cards with three hits in the contest. Cord Tucker, Preston Long, Joel Hortin, and Zeke Baumgart followed closely with two hits a piece while Erik Healy would add one hit. Hortin, Healy, and Riggs all were credited with two RBI’s while Colby Prather added one. Those scoring runs were Preston Long (3), Cord Tucker (3), Erik Healy (2), Tate Riggs (2), Zeke Baumgart (2), and Ethan Bridges (1).
Tate Riggs started the game and pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing five runs on three hits and striking out seven. Cord Tucker relieved Riggs to hurl 2 1/3 inning allowing five runs on six hits and striking out two. Preston Long would take over for Tucker in the seventh inning allowing four runs on two hits and striking out one and Colby Prather would collect 1/3 inning of work allowing one hit and striking out one.
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