The Flandreau Cardinal Amateur baseball team came into this week’s slate of games on a bit of a skid, losing three of their last four, but with the help of a dominating pitching performance by Bret Severtson against Salem on Tuesday, the Cardinals were able to end the slide and put another ‘W’ in the win column.
Flandreau 7 – Salem 1
Severtson, who had entered the game 0-2 on the mound for Flandreau despite pitching well, was making his first start since June 4th, and he did not disappoint the home crowd.
Salem managed to pick up seven hits off the tall right-hander but they were never able to string much together thanks to Severtson’s ability to get outs by himself. He collected 16 strikeouts in seven innings of work, allowing just one earned run and walking two.
Zach Weber pitched the final two innings for Flandreau, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out three Salem Cubs. The two Flandreau hurlers collected a season high 19 strikeouts on the night.
Sam Schaapveld led the Cardinals offensively with two hits, while Severtson helped his own cause with a double. Beau Severtson, Brooks Cross, Herbie Koerner and Luke Gassman all picked up singles on the night for Flandreau in route to their fifth win of the season.
Madison 10 – Flandreau 4
Unfortunately for Flandreau, the Cardinals could not ride the momentum of Tuesday’s win to another victory on Thursday, falling to the Cornbelt League’s top team, Madison, 10-4, at Flandreau City Park.
Defense was a struggle for Flandreau once again behind starting pitcher Sam Schaapveld. Although he gave up 16 hits in only five-and-a-third innings, only six of the 11 runs he allowed were earned due to several miscues by the Cardinal defense.
Rick Weber was able to come in for the final 11 outs and shut the Broncos down, allowing just two hits and striking out five, but it was too late, as Flandreau’s offense could not make up the deficit.
Tanner Harris had a big night at the plate picking up three hits. Schaapveld also had his bat working; he recorded two hits for the Cardinals. Luke Gassman earned Flandreau’s only extra base hit with a double, while the Weber Clan picked up one single a piece.
Flandreau wrapped up their week by heading to Colman for a Sunday night showdown with their cross-county rival. Check the paper for an additional article on the game.