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Cardinal defense saves the day at Kettle Falls


Medical Lake’s defense came to the rescue in the end. But only after a lack of it helped dig the Cardinals into a hole in the first place last Wednesday in a Northeast A League baseball game at Kettle Falls.

The Cardinals (3-1 NEA, 4-1 overall) rallied from deficits or 3-0 and 5-1 to beat the Bulldogs 7-6, earning a split in their week’s games following a 4-2 loss at Freeman (2-0, 2-0), last Tuesday.

In the top of the eighth Cory Wagner walked to open the inning then stole second. Tristen Keith bunted Wagner over to third and scored on a passed ball for the winning run.

But Kettle Falls (1-3, 2-3), which jumped to a 3-0 lead after their first at bat without the aid of a hit, made Medical Lake work hard to close it out.

With one out and the tying run on third, the Cards’ Tristen Keith came up with the play of the day. Keith comes up with what head coach Kerry Kelly called a textbook play.

“Tristen got momentum behind the ball while fielding a fly ball for the second out then fires a laser to home getting the Kettle Falls runner out by three steps,” Kelly said. “It was a great way to end the game.”

The Cards are on the road Saturday for a doubleheader at Chewelah (1-3, 1-3) beginning at 11 a.m. and do not return to play until April 15 at home against Riverside.


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