The Ottumwa Courier


May 20, 2013

Comets outslug New London to open baseball season

Courier sports staff

ELDON — Brennon Elder had a huge blast to get Cardinal's baseball season off to a thrilling start against Southeast Iowa Superconference south rival New London on Monday. Elder drilled a second-inning grand slam to get the Comets off to a 7-0 lead against the Tigers, then slammed the door by striking out four batters for the final four outs of a 12-7 season-opening win at Cardinal High School baseball field.

Connor McElderry added three hits, three RBI and was one of five Comets to score a pair of runs while also joining Kyle Kent, Cole Campbell and Brandon Eklofe in nailing a double in the win. Elder drove in five runs as Cardinal overcame five errors to pick up their first win in their first game.

"Offensively, we had a great approach at the plate," Cardinal head baseball coach Tom Hallgren said. "It wasn't just the hits. We took a lot of walks and did a good job making their pitchers making them deliver the pitches we wanted. We do have clean up our defense, but the mistakes we made are definately fixable."

Cardinal (1-0, 1-0) is off on the road for the first time this season, playing today in another SEISC south matchup at Danville.

Cardinal 12, New London 7

New London 003 103 0 — 7 3 4

Cardinal 343 020 x — 12 11 5

Cardinal battery —
Dakota Showman (W, 1-0) (5 2/3IP, 3H, 7R, 3ER, 5K, 4BB) and Brennon Elder (1 1/3IP, 4K, BB), Cody Streeby catching.

2B — Cole Campbell, Brandon Eklofe, Kyle Kent, Connor McElderry.

HR — Elder.

Hits — McElderry 3-4, Elder 2-3, Eklofe 2-4, Kent 2-4, Campbell 1-2, Charlie Rachford 1-2.

RBI — Elder 5, McElderry 3, Kent 3, Campbell.

Runs — Campbell 2, Eklofe 2, Elder 2, McElderry 2, Showman 2, Rachford, Streeby.

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