The NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team was playing their final regular season game on Friday afternoon against West Salem. The Junior Cardinals decided their winless streak needed to come to an end as they headed into the final inning of play trailing 8-5. At this time the Jr. Cardinal bats came alive as they erupted for four seventh inning runs to claim their first victory of the season by the final score of 9-8.
The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Junior High baseball team played their only game of the week Tuesday afternoon when they welcomed the Carrier Mills Wildcats to town. This game did not get off to the start that NCOE had hoped when the Wildcats jumped out to the early 2-0 lead. This lead would swell each inning for Carrier Mills as they would manage to push runs across in each inning until the fifth inning when the Jr.Cards would hold the Wildcats scoreless. This, however, did not change the outcome as the Wildcat pitching would dominate from start to finish and hold NCOE scoreless the entire game as they handed the Jr.Cards the 11-0 loss.
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The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Junior Cardinal baseball team headed south Thursday afternoon to take on the Hardin County Cougars in their second LGEC game of the week. This time the Jr. Cards met up with a buzzsaw in the Cougars. The Hardin County pitching dominated in the contest as they left the NCOE offense with nary a hit in the game en route to handing the Jr. Cards the 15-0 defeat.
The NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team welcomed the Pope County Pirates to town Tuesday afternoon for a Little Greater Egyptian Conference match up. NCOE quickly found themselves facing a two run deficit following the first inning of play but managed to strike with a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning to leave the score standing at 2-1. Third inning action was when the defense faltered for the Junior Cardinals as they allowed the Pirates to score nine runs to extend their lead to 11-1. NCOE would manage to push another run across the plate in the bottom of the third inning but that would be the end of the Junior Cardinal scoring as they fell by the final score of 17-2.
The NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team traveled to Wayne City to take on the Braves in a non conference game to wrap up their week of play. The Junior Cardinals got off to a slow start when they found themselves trailing by four runs following the first inning of play. NCOE regrouped in the second inning and came alive to plate four runs of their own to knot the game at 4-all. The Jr. Cards would then push four more runs across the plate in the third inning to take their first lead of the game at 8-4. This Jr. Cards would push their lead to five runs following one in the top of the fourth, but faulty defense would come into play for NCOE in the bottom of the fourth inning as they allowed 12 Wayne City runs to fall behind 16-9. At this time, the game for some strange reason would be called, resulting in a Junior Cardinal loss.
Thursday afternoon found the Junior Cardinal baseball team playing their third game of the week when they traveled to Crab Orchard to take on the Trojans in a LGEC game. This time NCOE came out swinging with authority and put the ball in play all day, but their opponent brought their 'A' game on the defensive end as they shut the Jr. Cards out by the final score of 16-0.
The NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team was well aware of the battle they were about to face when they traveled to Fairfield Wednesday afternoon to take on the New Hope Panthers. Knowing the Panthers had already knocked off several teams thus far with one being the much larger Fairfield Colts it was no surprise that the Junior Cardinals struggled on the offensive end as they were only able to muster two hits in the game. Although the Jr. Cardinal defense was shaky, a strong eighth grade New Hope crew put the ball in play powerfully all day long to put up 22 runs to hand NCOE the 22-1 defeat.