WILLIAMS — The Grand Canyon Cardinals’ Little League Majors team fell to 3-3 last week after falling in two of three games.
On May 9, Grand Canyon downed the Parks Pirates by an 11-4 scored but dropped contests later in the week to the Williams Astros on Thursday (12-8) and to the Seligman Indians on Saturday (15-8).
In the win over the Pirates, Grand Canyon erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 deadlock. Cards coach Ken Hunter said his team was able to take advantage of errors in the seven-run win.
David Robinson started at pitcher for Grand Canyon and he went four innings, striking out six and walking three. Chris Streit relieved and went the last two innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Streit and Co. mowed down the opponent, 1-2-3.
The Astros scored in every inning to take a four-run win over the Cardinals on Thursday night. Scott Olsen, Kyle Meredith and Brandon James all saw action on the mound.
“I was pretty impressed with Brandon,” Hunter said of his pitcher. “The day before was the first time he had tried to even pitch in practice.”
The Cardinals held leads of 2-0 in the top of first and 5-3 in the top of the second. But the Astros were relentless and came back with three in the first and two in the second to knot the score, 5-5, after two.
After Grand Canyon had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the third, the Astros dealt the Cards a blow by pushing five runs across in their half of the inning. Grand Canyon pulled back to within 10-8 in the fourth but went down in the fifth after the Astros put ace pitcher Kirk Carpenter in the game.
The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of a new time limit the league put into effect. Games earlier this year had been lasting three-plus hours.
Robinson led the Cardinals with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. Robinson had a double and triple and two RBI. Jesse Hunter reached base all three times he got up and also swiped three bases.
In the outfield, Meredith excited the crowd with a great catch, Coach Hunter said.
Seligman, the defending regular-season champions, took on the Cardinals, the defending tournament champions, in a Saturday contest. Grand Canyon shutout Seligman in three of the five innings, but in those other two innings, the Indians scored 15 runs.
In the end, the Cards had dropped a 15-8 decision.
“They hit the ball well,” Hunter said. “We also made some mental mistakes.”
Grand Canyon led 8-6 going into the bottom of the fourth. That’s when Seligman erupted for nine runs. The Cards were then blanked in the last two innings.
Streit had a two-run homer in the first inning and later, had a triple.
Hunter and Robinson also had two hits in the game, including a triple by Robinson. Hunter was on the mound for the Cardinals.