Montgomery County came close, but couldn't overcome Fredonia on Wednesday, dropping both contests 8-7 and 3-2.
The first contest saw Fredonia strike early and often. The Wilson County squad picked up 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings, off of two different Cardinals pitchers. Hunter Watson would enter the game and briefly stabilze the defense, but gave up 2 runs more before being swapped out for Easton O'Kane. He would finish the contest out with 2 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, the Montgomery County offense slowly trailed behind Fredonia for the entire game, save for a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Trailing 6-3 in the 4th inning, the Cardinals would have their biggest inning of the game, plating 3 while taking advantage of an at-times shaky Fredonia defense. The two teams combined for 13 errors in the first game, with 6 being committed by Montgomery County and the rest going to Fredonia. Despite tying things back up, Fredonia would get one last boost in the bottom half of the 4th, and although the Cardinals plated 1 more in the 5th, they were blanked the rest of the way by pitching standout Joel Dutton for the 8-7 defeat.
A pitcher's duel erupted in the second game of the evening, as starting pitchers Mason Siegel and John Dutton both had their way with the opposing offense. The Cardinals would score first, picking up a run on an Ian Oliver sacrifice fly that gave the team a 1-0 advantage. After the offense picked up another in the top of the deciding 5th inning, Siegel would take to the mound for a shot at a perfect game. However, it simply wasn't to be, as two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch was all it took for Fredonia to take the 3-2 victory. Although Siegel took the loss, he had a monster game, striking out 8 and only walking the 1 batter in the final inning.
Montgomery County is now 4-8 on the season. They'll be back in action one more time this week, coming back to Coffeyville to play host to Moran. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.