FLAGSTAFF — The Grand Canyon Cardinals Junior League baseball team ran into a pretty tough pitcher early last week in a game that wasn't on the schedule.
The Continental Braves hurler tossed a one-hitter to defeat the Cardinals, 13-0.
"We allowed 10 unearned runs for the game," Grand Canyon coach Ken Hunter said. "We had mental errors which led to physical errors, like trying to throw out runners when they shouldn't have."
Eddie Tobin had the lone hit for the Cardinals, a single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Grand Canyon got into scoring position only once. That occurred in the first inning when Miles Hunter walked and stole second.
Chris Streit started the game at pitcher for Grand Canyon and was later relieved by Tobin.
"It was a very good day for Eddie," Hunter said. "He came in to pitch in the fourth inning with the bases loaded. And he gave up a single and a walk. But then he struck out the next three batters."
Hunter said that despite the errors committed by the defense, there were some nice plays.
In the third inning, for example. left fielder David Robinson ran down a flyball for the catch and out, and then fired it to first baseman Ryan Boyd to double off a baserunner.
Robinson was at it again in the fifth inning. A Braves batter hit it over Robinson's head in left field. The batter tried to stretch the play into a double, but Robinson nailed him with a nice throw to second baseman Jesse Hunter.
But it was the Braves day. The team scored four runs in each of the first, fourth and sixth innings and had one run in the fifth.
"They had a pitcher who pitched really well," Hunter said. "He had a pretty good breaking ball. He really had our batters off balance."
Grand Canyon was scheduled to play the Continental Mariners in a game that had been changed from 5 to 7:30 p.m. because of players' school schedule.
But a few of the teams didn't get word of the schedule change. The Mariners showed up at 5 p.m. and ended up playing the Continental Red Sox, a team that was supposed to play later at 7:30 p.m.
The Braves then showed up at 7:30 p.m. with the Cardinals, so the two teams played.
"I'm assuming it's going to count," Hunter said about his team's win-loss record, which stood at 2-4 after the game.
Grand Canyon has played two other games played after the newspaper's early holiday deadline. Look for results next week.
The team's next game will be Saturday at noon at the Continental Baseball Complex. The Cardinals will take on the Continental Astros.
May 21 at Flagstaff
vs. Continental Braves
Scoring by innings:
Cont. Braves 400 414—13
GC Cardinals 000 000—0
LP—Chris Streit (0-1).