Montgomery County picked up its first sweep of the 2021 campaign, defeating Nowata 13-6 and 2-1 on Tuesday.
The Cardinals would need some heroics in the first contest of the night. Falling behind 6-1 through the first 3 innings, it seemed as if the bats just weren't there again. As it turned out, contact was all they needed. Nowata committed 10 errors over the course of the first game, including several across a 10-batter, 6 run inning that gave Montgomery County the lead in the 5th inning. Entering the bottom of the 6th, the Cardinals gave themselves much more breathing room by first loading the bases, and then clearing them on a Mason Seigel grand slam. Two more runs would come across, with Seigel shutting down Nowata in the top of the 7th for the 13-6 victory.
The second game of the night, by comparison, would be a lot more subdued. Both teams played much better defense, however, neither team could gather much of anything offensively as a result. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 3rd, Seigel would be caught trying to steal 2nd base. However, on the same play, Ryan Leiker would hustle home to give the Cardinals the decisive run. Due to time, the game was called after 5 innings. Leiker also finished a complete game on the mound, striking out 7 and allowing no walks.
The Cardinals are now 4-6 in its 2021 season. Montgomery County will be in action twice more this week, with tomorrow's trip to Fredonia coming up first. First pitch will be at 6:00 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.