Courier sports staff
---- — ELDON – Cardinal used a big blast by Lindsey Davis and a tiebreaking hit from Delaney Ridgway to edge past Van Buren by the slimmest of margins for a second time this season. A two-out RBI double by Ridgway scored Lindsay Moore with the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth and lifted the Comets to a 4-3 win over Van Buren.
The win gave Cardinal a season sweep of the Warriors. The Comets used a seventh-inning run earlier this year to beat Van Buren 1-0 in Keosauqua.
Lindsey Davis also came up with a two-run homer in the fifth inning for Cardinal after Van Buren rallied to tie the game at 1-1. Jordan Billups helped the Warriors answer back, driving in two runs with a pair of hits, including a double that tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth.
"We left 10 players on base, but it seemed like whenever we needed to our girls found a way to make a big play at the plate," Cardinal head softball coach Jerald Harter said.
"The girls played well enough to win," Warrior coach Eric Speer said.
The Comets (10-8, 6-2) will head to Farmington tonight for an unusual doubleheader. After wrapping up a game that was haulted by rain, which Cardinal led 11-0 in the third inning, the two teams will stick around to play a regularly scheduled SEISC South matchup.
Meanwhile, Van Buren (5-7, 2-6) will play Central Lee in Donnellson in SEISC South action today.
Cardinal 4, Van Buren 3
Van Buren 000 102 0 — 3 4 2
Cardinal 001 02 1 x — 4 8 2
Van Buren battery — Alicia Fitzsimmons (L) (6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 3K, 5BB), Kadie Meek catching.
2B — Jordan Billups, Meek.
Hits — Billups 2-3, Hanna Haynes 1-3, Meek.
RBI — Billups 2.
Runs — Meek, Payne, King.
Cardinal battery — Delaney Ridgway (W, 6-6) (7IP, 4H, 3R, ER, 2K), Lindsay Moore catching.
2B — Moore, Ridgway.
HR — Lindsey Davis.
Hits — Ridgway 3-4, Lexi Fullenkamp 1-1, Davis 1-3, Cassidy McMartin 1-3, Moore 1-3, Danae Moses 1-4.
RBI — Davis 2, Ridgway, Fullenkamp.
Runs — Moore 2, Shelby Smith, Davis.