It was not the Alberta trip the Cardinals envisioned as five losses in six days all but put the Cards out of playoff contention.
On Tuesday July 10 they paid a visit to Remax Field in Edmonton to take on the Prospects. The game would be called after five innings as the Prospects put up two runs in each of the first four innings to take an 8-0 victory. Riley Jepson would lead the way with a double while Clyde Yeh would have the only other hit in the rain shortened affair. Harrison Grow would take the loss on the hill.
The following evening in Fort McMurray was a very entertaining ball game for the folks at Shell Place but unfortunately for the Cards the home fans went home happy in a 4-3 win for the Giants. Wryland McKnight was once again stellar on the mound tossing 6 1/3 innings with just two runs allowed. Riley Jepson continued his hot hitting with a triple and two singles while Ryne Niemi and Colin Kellington would each hit a double.
July 12 was the second game in Fort Mac and once again a great pitching performance was squandered as the Cardinals fell 6-4. Parker Hubbard threw seven innings allowing four earned runs with four strikeouts to take the loss. Matt Zanutto threw a scoreless eighth inning. Unfortunately the defence committed five errors as the pitching only gave up four hits. Offensively the Cards had eleven hits but just could not capitalize as much as needed. Griffe Halle led the way with a double and two singles to continue his great season. Ryne Niemi, Dillon Champagne and Logan Zozaya each had a pair of hits
On July 13 the Cardinals were back in Edmonton but unfortunately the game was rained out after four complete innings with the Cards leading 2-1. It is not known at this time whether the game will be made up
The road trip continued on Saturday night, July 14 at boisterous Seaman Stadium in Okotoks. Once again Hunter Sanford gave the Cards a supreme start on the hill as the Cards led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Unfortunately the Dawgs were able to crack the code and put up six runs on route to a 8-5 victory. Sanford had another gutsy performance after shutting out Lethbridge on July 8. He pitched into the eight inning allowing just seven hits and three strikeouts but took the loss. Griffe Halle had a triple and single, while Thirus Jones had two hits to pace the Cardinals in front of 4000 fans!
On Sunday July 15 the Cards had a game to forget as they were thumped 12-0 at Seaman Stadium by the Dawgs. Harrison Grow started on the hill and allowed seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Logan MacDougall threw a scoreless eighth inning of relief in an afternoon with few highlights for the visitors. The Cards managed only four hits as Colin Kellington had two, while Jimmy McDonald had a single and Dillon Champagne had a double.
The Cardinals record drops to 8-25 on the season as they finish up their road trip in Swift Current tonight at 7:05 PM at Mitchell Field.