The Montgomery County Cardinals extended their winning streak to four games Tuesday, defeating the Garnett Muddogs 9-1 and 6-4.
The first contest was really closer than the final score indicated. Although Montgomery County would find 2 runs within three batters to begin the game, Garnett starting pitcher Dalton Kellerman would stifle the Cardinals offense for the next four innings. Fortunately, Cardinals starting pitcher Ryan Leiker was even more dominant. Leiker would go the distance, recording a complete game and striking out 10 batters. Offensively, the Cardinals helped their own cause with 2 runs in the sixth and 5 more in the seventh, with Mason Siegel leading the way. He went 1-3 at the plate, but brought 3 runners home to assist the scoring effort.
The second game was just as competitive, with the two teams trading blows and trading the lead back and forth. One run for Montgomery County in the first inning was met by 2 runs for Garnett, and two runs for the Cardinals in the third were once again met by two more for the Muddogs. However, it was a 3-run inning for Montgomery County in the fourth inning that put the game away, as Davis Merrick brought the team home from the mound to take the victory.
Montgomery County is now 15-10 on the season. The Cardinals will stay at home on Thursday, playing host to the SEK Drillers out of Elk County. Game time is at 6 pm and both games can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.