The runs came across in bunches for the Montgomery County Cardinals, as they picked up a two-game sweep of Moran, 15-2 and 17-9, on Thursday.
The first game saw Moran jump out to a quick 2-0 lead, but that was about it for the Wildcats. Wild pitches, errors, and just good old-fashioned hitting would see the Cardinals take a quick 4-2 lead after the 1st inning, a 10-2 lead after the 2nd, and finally a 15-2 lead after the 3rd. Easton O'Kane would get the start, but Davis Merrick would pitch 3 out of 4 innings, striking out 8 of the 10 batters he faced. The game was called after the top of the 4th, with Moran failing to pick up enough offense to avoid the run rule.
The second game would be a bit more interesting, as despite the final scoreline, it wasn't clear that Montgomery County would walk away the winners. With pitching at a premium in its sixth game of the week, Tucker Roberts would make his debut on the mound. Moran would take advantage of this and several defensive mistakes committed by the Cardinals, pushing across 5 runs in the top of the 1st. The Cardinals would cut the lead to 2 after plating 3 in the bottom half, but Moran continued to hold steady by getting back 2 of those in the next half inning. It wouldn't be until the bottom of the 3rd that the winner became clear. Montgomery County ripped off a 15-batter, 12-run inning that saw every player in the Cardinals lineup at least score 1 run. Ian Oliver, who relieved Roberts midway through the 2nd, pitched most of the second contest, striking out 6 in his 2021 debut. Moran scored 2 more runs in the 4th, but Merrick would once again take to the mound to close the door on the Wildcats, the game being called after a scoreless 5th inning at 17-9.
That'll be it for this week of Montgomery County baseball. The team is now 6-8 and will return to action next Tuesday, heading to Oklahoma for a rematch with Nowata. First pitch will be at 6:00 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.