Cardinals defeat Cutter Tuesday

The Harmony Grove Cardinals scored three runs in the first, one in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth to defeat Cutter Morning Star 12-2 in five innings Tuesday afternoon.

Rex Furry pitched a one-hit shutout until the top of the fifth when he gave up a two-run single after walking two with one out. Furry finished the game allowing two runs on two hits with two walks.

He struck out 10.

“This conference is pretty tough and nothing is given,” coach Brandon Kelly said. “Last night we played a complete game. It always feels good to get a win.”

Aaron Arzt was 3-3 with three singles, three runs scored and two RBIs. Ryan Roush was 3-3 with a double, two singles, and two runs scored. Bodie Harris was 2-3 with a double, single and a run scored.

Kody McClain was 2-3 with two singles and a run scored. Deven Stowe was 1-3 with a single and a run scored. Furry was 2-3 with a double, single, and a run scored.

Michael Cotten was 1-3 with a single and a run scored. Jonathan Lyman was 1-3 with a single and a run scored. Senior Tyler Smart was 0-2 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch.

Tuesday’s game against Cutter was Smart’s first game back since he broke his pinky on his right hand nearly three weeks ago.

“We practiced all week with him and he is still not 100 percent,” Kelly said. “I played him because he’s a senior and a captain. The sooner I can get him back, the better it will be.”

Harmony Grove improves to 4-7 (1-2 5-3A) and will host Mayflower Friday.

“They are tough,” Kelly said. “Coach Allbritton does a fantastic job with them. Mayflower is a team that doesn’t have one stand out. They are all fundamentally sound.”

Harmony Grove was scheduled to play Thursday but it was cancelled so Kelly said they will spend the next two days “tightening up the screws.”

“We have to continue to put the bat on the ball,” Kelly said.