Cardinals throw no-hitter

HASKELL – The Harmony Grove Cardinal baseball team started their season at 1-0 with a 9-4 victory over Magnet Cove on Monday. On Wednesday, the Cardinals welcomed 6A foe Fair into their ballpark for game two of the season. A no-hitter and 26 runs later and the Cardinals had themselves a 26-0 win and a 2-0 season record.

Cardinals starting pitcher Arron Arzt struck out four in the top of the fourth, allowing one runner to reach base on a passed ball and error on the catcher.

In the bottom of the first, the Cardinals’ sticks came alive quickly as the pushed their first five batters across the plate to take an early 5-0 lead with no outs.

Left fielder Chris Hamilton struck out looking for the inning’s first out before the Cardinals scored nine more runs in the first to take a 14-0 first-inning lead.

Arzt continued his dominance in the second, striking out two more Fair batters and getting another to line out to center field.

The Cardinals were held to zero runs in the second and only had one baserunner reach on a single.

Due to horrible play and frustration, the Fair catcher, who had been cussing his teammates in the dugout in between innings, quit the team leaving Fair with only eight to play.

After new Cardinals pitcher Jordan Allred struck out his first batter in the third, Fair had to take an out due to it being the catchers spot. Allred struck out the third batter to take the game to the bottom of the third.

The Cardinals scored seven straight runs in the third inning before Fair finally recorded two outs. Hamilton led the inning off with an inside-the-park home run to right field. The Cardinals scored five more runs before ending the game on a ground out to second by Landen Lewis.
Colby Byrd led the Cardinals in hits with four. He also scored four times and had one RBI.

Jonathan Lyman and Ryan Rouch led in RBIs with three.

Arzt and Allred combined for eight strikeouts in the game. They also pitched the Cardinals to their first no-hitter of the season.
“All of my non-conference games are to prepare us for conference,” Cardinals Coach Brandon Kelly said.

“Nothing is a given. Everything is earned in this sport. I’m a big believer in practice like you play. You practice confident, you play confident.”

The Cardinals are set to take on Bryant tonight at Bryant. Though they are another bigger school, Kelly feels confident in how they with perform.

“Bryant is a quality baseball team and coach Bock does a phenomenal job with his team,” Kelly said.

“It is a plus going into the game hitting the ball and playing defense the way that we are.”

The Cardinals are set to take on the Hornets today with first pitch set for 5 p.m.