Baseball team improves but falls in playoffs
The Staples Motley baseball team showed improvement throughout the year, but still didn’t have enough to overcome the number one seed in the Section 6AA playoffs. The Cardinals lost 11-0 in the opening round of the playoffs against Melrose on May 26. They also lost their last regular season game 4-1 at Upsala-Swanville on May 24.
The Cardinals had played Melrose earlier in the season and knew it would be a tough game. “We played much better,” said coach Mitch Anderson. Walks and hit batters allowed Melrose to get an early lead, but the Cardinals held them down the rest of the way, giving up two runs in the last innings.
Trey Skeesick started the game on the mound and Reid Busker came in to finish the first inning and did not allow an earned run the rest of the game.
Skeesick and Mason Nyhus had the only hits for Staples Motley.
Against Swanville, Blake Gerard pitched five innings and Brady Smith finished the game.
Smith, Busker and Tristan Rudenick each got hits but they could have had more. “We were able to knock the ball around quite a bit but Upsala was very solid defensively,” said Anderson.