North Clay ended their fall season 17-6 and finished second in the Midland Trail Conference with a 9-1 record.
Saturday, the Cardinals started their spring season with a game against the Olney Tigers.
An early morning start and a good hitting Tigers team resulted in a 7-1 loss

 


North Clay ended their fall season 17-6 and finished second in the Midland Trail Conference with a 9-1 record. Saturday, the Cardinals started their spring season with a game against the Olney Tigers. An early morning start and a good hitting Tigers team resulted in a 7-1 loss. Sophomore Andrew Grahn started the spring opener on the hill for North Clay Head Coach Rich Grubaugh and the Cardinals. Grahn pitched four innings, allowed seven runs, two of which were earned, and struck out three. Southpaw Dylan McNelly pitched the final two innings for the Cardinals and allowed no runs on three hits. Grahn led off the top of the first inning for the Cardinals and grounded out to third. Fellow Sophomore Jonah Zink flied out to deep left field for the second out of the inning. Future Olney Central College player John Logan Zink started his final spring as a North Clay Cardinal with a double into the right-center field gap. Zink was unable to score when Colton Bailey grounded out to third to end the inning. Olney jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with a lead off single and a double. North Clay was unable to produce a run in the top of the second inning and still trailed by two. The Tigers added to their lead with a single run in the bottom of the second inning and held the Cardinals scoreless in the top of the third. Olney responded with three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Cardinals were hitting the ball hard throughout the first three innings of the game, but could not find a hole for the baseball to fall in. The Zink brothers were retired by the Tigers to start the top of the fourth inning. A Bailey walk gave the Cardinals a bit of life, but it was quickly ended when Bryan Harrington flied to left field to end the Cardinals fourth inning. Grahn allowed another run in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Tigers led 7-0. North Clay failed to score a run in the fifth or sixth inning, but finally broke through in the top of the seventh. Harrington singled to start the inning and Shane Acree drew a walk to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with no one out. A strike out by AJ Walters and a ground out by Dalton Zimmerman looked to put the Cardinals scoring chances in jeopardy. Clint Quinn drew a walk to load the bases and a single by Grahn drove home Harrington  for North Clay’s first run of the game. A fly out by Jonah Zink to center ended the game.