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  • Byers and Cox Lead NC Cards past Wolves 12 - 9

  • Byers and Cox Lead NC Cards past Wolves 12 - 9
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  • Flora - NC Cards led by Jordan Byers at the plate and Adam Cox on the hill, defeat the Flora Wolves on Wednesday, May 7th 12 - 9 at Mike Jennings Field in Flora.
    With two school being approximately 10 miles apart, it's been a rivalry between the schools for many years. It's a shame that one team has to be the winner and the other suffers in defeat, both being good teams with good quality players.
    The North Clay Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the first, when Jordan Byers stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a Grand Slam Home-Run over the left field fence giving the Cards a 4 - 0 start.
    The Wolves came right back scoring five runs of their own with Bryce Pearce having a big day at the plate hitting a two run Home-Run in his first at bat. Pearce not only hit a home-run in the first at bat, but hit another home-run in his second at bat in the bottom of the inning, which at the end of two, the Wolves led the Cardinals by the score of 6 - 4.
    The North Clay Cardinals came back battling scoring two runs in the top of the third, two runs in the fourth giving the Cards an 8 - 7 lead not looking back and taking the lead for good. They scored two more runs in the fifth and two in the top of the seventh and held the Flora Wolves hitless and scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to secure a win.
    The winning pitcher for the North Clay Cardinals was Adam Cox. Cox threw a complete game with a total of 121 pitches, 79 of those being strikes. Taking the loss for the Wolves was Trey Thompson throwing a total of 100 pitches in four innings, 63 of those being strikes.
    North Clay Cardinals Hitting:
    Jordan Byers had a big day for the Cards as he went 2-for-5, double, Grand Slam Home-Run, three runs scored, five RBIs; Dylan Walker 2-for-5, two doubles, two RBIs; Collin Warren 2-for-3, double, RBI; Dylan Bailey 2-for-3, two runs scored, two RBIs; Lawson Britton 1-for-3, two runs scored; Hunter Clifton 1-for-4, two runs scored; Adam Cox three runs scored.
    As a team the Cardinals scored 12 runs off 10 hits, five singles, four doubles, one Home-Run, seven walks, 10 strikeouts, 11 RBIs, in 34 at bats.
    Flora Wolves Hitting:
    A big day for Bryce Pearce who went 3-for-4, two Home-Runs, two runs scored, three RBIs; Tristan Litaker 2-for-4, Home-Run, run scored, RBI; Jeremiah Allison 2-for-4, double, run scored, RBI; Luke Durre 1-for-3, double, two RBIs; Trey Thompson 1-for-3, run scored, RBI; Blake Fitch 1-for-3, two runs scored; Zach Allison run scored; Rase Collins run scored; Trevor Nicholson RBI.
    As a team the Wolves gathered nine runs off 10 hits, five single, two doubles, three Home-Runs, four walks, 10 strikeouts, nine RBIs, in 31 at bats.
    Page 2 of 2 - The North Clay Cardinals with the win are 18 - 7 - 1 overall on the season and are the MTC regular season Champions.
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