FLANDREAU – Luke Gassman pitched eight solid innings as the Cardinals defeated the Colman A’s 5-2 in a matchup of Moody County Cornbelt League amateur baseball teams Sunday evening.
He allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
The A’s grabbed an early 2-0 lead.
Billy Stitz led off the game with a double and scored on Tim Kuphal’s two-out single.
Ian Barker blasted a solo home run with one away in the second to make it 2-0.
Gassmann retired 20 of the next 24 batters he faced and didn’t allow another run, and the Cardinal offense got going after that.
Leadoff hitter Riley Johnson, who finished 3-for-4, hit a homer with two outs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit in half.
Mitch Foster reached on an error to open the fourth and later scored to pull Flandreau even.
Colman put together a two-out rally in the top of the fifth, getting singles from Stitz and Paul Clark; however, a flyout ended the threat.
Flandreau No. 9 David Parsley walked and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Cardinals tallied five hits in the sixth inning to put two more runs on the board and provide for the final margin.
Derek Veldkamp went 2-for-4.
Bret Severtson worked around a leadoff single by Mike Preheim and a two-out walk to Aaron Entringer in the ninth to secure the save.
Stitz finished 3-for-4 for the A’s.
Preheim took the loss in relief, giving up four runs – just one earned – on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk over the final five frames. Clark surrendered one run on two hits and a walk in the first three innings.
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CANOVA – The Canova Gang beat the Colman A’s 7-2 in a Cornbelt League amateur baseball game Thursday.
The A’s struck out 16 times and totaled five hits.
Canova scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the third to move ahead 5-0. The Gang added a single run in the sixth to make it 6-0.
Colman got on the board in the seventh. Zach Anderson reached on an error to open the inning.
Deon Entringer hit a two-run homer with one out to cut the deficit to 6-2.
The Gang scored their final run in the eighth.
Billy Stitz, Colt Hawkins, Alec Landis and Anderson each singled.
Colman plays at Dell Rapids PBR on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The A’s then face off with the Hartford/Humboldt Gamecocks twice – on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Colman and on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Humboldt.