It was a good run, but Montgomery County saw its winning streak end at 9 games on Tuesday. The Cardinals defeated Iola 4-2 in the first game of its doubleheader, but the Indians got the last laugh winning the second game 4-3.
Montgomery County would come out of the gate quickly in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding another run in the second. However, that would be all of the offense the Cardinals could gather throughout the course of the game. That would mean the road to victory would be carried through the team's pitching. Ryan Powell started the game, pitched five of six innings and struck out four. Ryan Leiker would finish off the game, holding the team's two-run lead by striking out three batters in a row in the sixth and final inning. Ian Oliver went 1-2 at the plate, picking up a 2 RBI double in the first inning.
The second game saw Montgomery County earn another lead, with a steady offense that picked up a singular run in each of the first three innings. However, much like the first game, the offense would taper off and leave the rest of the game to the defense. Unlike the first game, though, a solid pitching effort from Davis Merrick was not enough to keep the Indians at bay. Iola would break through for three runs in the fourth inning, taking a 4-3 lead that would hold steady until the end of the game.
With the split doubleheader, Montgomery County's winning streak officially comes to an end at 9 games, putting the team's record at 20-11 on the season. The Cardinals will wrap up their season on Thursday with a matchup against Bartlesville. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.