The Warriors had a threat of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Again, Pennington and Starcevich had back-to-back infield hits to get the inning started with one out. A walk loaded the bases, but the Warriors left all three stranded.
“Our slappers have done a great job of getting on base and helping the top of our order be productive,” said Overturf.
The Warrior defense helped starting pitcher Courtney Collins get off to a good start in the second game. In the second inning, the Warriors turned a bad bunt into a double play that sat the Cardinals down.
“We really gave a good effort tonight,” said Overturf. “Our defense has really improved and that lets us make the plays we need to.”
Muscatine scored the runs it needed to get the split in the top of the fourth. Two walks preceded the big home run by Suiter. The Warriors wasted a two-out double of the wall in right center field by DeCock in the fourth. Muscatine turned a double play in the fifth to retire the Warriors.
The Warriors again used the speed of their slap hitters to give themselves a good chance to score in the sixth. Local softball products Laci Moore (Cardinal) and Starcevich (Centerville) each had infield hits sandwiched around a Pennington sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and third with only one out. The number three and four hitters in the Warrior line-up were retired and the inning ended with the visitors up 3-1.
“We just didn’t get the timely hit” said Overturf. “I think we are pressing a little in certain situations.”
The Cardinals used two hits and a sacrifice fly to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Schieber led off the top of the seventh with a single, but the Cardinals used a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.