The Yorkton Cardinals ran out of gas at the worst time, just before encountering the Regina Red Sox, one of the top teams in the WCBL.
The Red Sox were all over the board from the beginning, starting with three runs in the third. They continued the streak in the fourth, with another three runs, followed by the Cardinals getting a run of their own. Regina scored another two in the fifth. The eighth saw another three runs came for Regina in the eighth, while in the ninth Regina put an end to any hope the Cardinals might have had for a comeback, scoring six runs.
In the end, the Regina Red Sox took the win with a final score of 17-1.
Austin Alarid got the win for Regina, while Phil Whelan was tagged with the loss.
Coach Robbie Dombrowski said that the problem for the Cardinals was simple, they ran out of pitching, and at the worst time. After seven games in five days, the pitching staff was worn out.
“That tends to happen when you’ve got a 56 game schedule in a 60 day season.”
Still, even if it ended on a down note, the weekend had some positives, especially on Saturday, where the Cardinals were able to get the best of the Moose Jaw Miller Express. Dombrowski said it was the pitching of Hut Smith that defined the game. Smith played the full game, and while Dombrowski wanted to pull him in the eighth, Smith knew he was hot and didn’t want to stop.
“That’s the kind of competitors we have, Hut’s not the only one who has that mentality, where if he has a chance to win the game he wants to win. I admire him for his effort yesterday, it was unbelievable. Really, all around, we played good defense around him and got some timely hits, and it was just a good game for us for sure. It was a culmination of our efforts even when we weren’t winning.”
While the season hasn’t gone the way they wanted, Dombrowski is proud of the team for still coming out with the desire to win.
“It’s not easy to come out when you look at the standings and you’re three and whatever, but I’m really proud of the people we have here right now… We’ve got 16 guys right now who want to be here and want to compete and no matter what happened the day before they want to come back and play hard.”
With the pitching staff fresh after a day off on Monday, Dombrowski expects good things over the next week. The big highlight he expects will be the double-header against the Melville Millionaires on July 18, and he wants to see them take both games against the Highway 10 rivals.