Cardinals break month long drought

GHV center fielder, Landon Dalbeck, catches a fly ball and throws a runner out at the plate during the Cards 10-8 loss to North Union.
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            Garner-Hayfield-Ventura didn’t realize, but May 28 was going to be the last taste of victory for several weeks.

            The Cardinals beat North Iowa 6-1 at home to go 2-0 in the young season.

            They’d follow up with a brutal 14-straight string of losses, including three frustrating losses to North Butler 5-6 at home on June 24, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows at home 6-10 on June 25 and an 8-10 loss at North Union on Wednesday.

            Friday, a month to the day of their last victory, the Cards finally breathed a sigh of relief as right fielder Dalton Graff rushed to catch a line drive for the final out in a 5-2 victory over Bishop Garrigan.

            The junior raised his hands up in triumph as the team ran to the infield and embraced, tossing their gloves towards the home crowd.

            “We show up every single day with the mindset that we’re going to play our best baseball,” coach Shawn Schlecter said. “We struggled with that quite a bit this year but this group continues to show up and work hard and fight hard. Tonight they prevailed with some good baseball against a good Bishop Garrigan club.”

Read the complete story in the July 3 Leader.