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Posted Jul 23/14 - A'S BEAT CARDS ON WAY TO CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS

NUTANA, SK - The Saskatoon A's cruised by the Saskatoon Cardinals on Tuesday night.  The Cardinals are now idle until Friday August 1, 2014 when they take on  Regina in the opening round of the Provincial Championships.

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Posted Jul 14/14 - BANTAM AAA WOOD BAT CHAMPIONS

After losing to the A's on Wednesday and to the Jays on Thursday, the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Cardinals knew they had to step it up when they opened the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Wood Bat Tournament on Friday.  Although they did not win the Cards had a solid game against the A's losing by a 5 to 4 score.  On Saturday, the Cards beat the Moose Jaw Mallards in the morning and the Lloydminster Twins in the afternoon to finish second in their pool.  On Sunday, the red birds defeated the Jays to advance to the A Final against the Regina Little League Allstars. Ryan Olchoway started on the mound pitching 5 and 2/3 innings before handing the ball to the Turner Rea who picked up the save.  

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Posted Jul 9/14 - CARDS SPLIT DOUBLE HEADER WITH SOX

MUENSTER, SK: On Thursday night the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Cardinals lost a heart breaker as the Jays walked off with a 4-3 win.  The Cards who held the lead for most of the game, following a two run round tripper by Nolan Machibroda in the third, could not shut down the Jays who scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

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Posted Jul 3/14 - CARDS END BUSY WEEK WITH WIN

OKOTOKS, AB – After losing to the Jays on Thursday, the Saskatoon Cardinals travelled to Okotoks to take part in the Okotoks JDAWGS Bantam AAA Canada Day Tournament.  In Fridays game the Cards fell to Regina, before bouncing back to beat Medicine Hat.  The Cards then lost to the Richmond Chuckers, sitting 1 and 2 at the end of Saturday. 

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Posted Jun 25/14 - CARDINALS BOWL OVER DODGERS

NUTANA, SK - Last night’s game was like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes you find one of those great, dark chocolate covered strawberries, and other times you get those disgusting orange-toothpaste flavoured ones that make you want to yak in your throat a little bit.  The Cardinals had base runners in the first two innings (the good), but could not cash them in running into two double plays to close out the innings (the bad).  In the fifth, with the score tied at three, the Cardinals struck for 6 runs (more good).  The Dodgers picked up two runs in the 6th and another two in the seventh.  Then with runners on first and second and one out, the Cardinals ended the game with a 7-3 double play.  Nolan Machibroda started the game on the mound going two innings with five Ks and no runs.  Ethan Meyer came in throwing gas for the third and fourth innings giving up two unearned runs and garnishing 4 Ks.  The fifth and sixth innings were pitched by Graham Forrester who gave up three unearned runs before turning the ball over to Ryan Crilly.  Crilly, who gave up two unearned runs, earned the save.  The Cardinals were led at the plate by Crilly who went three for four. 

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Posted Jun 20/14 - MOTHER NATURE PITCHES ANOTHER RAINOUT AGAINST CARDS

NUTANA, SK—The Cardinals second scheduled game of the year against the A’s will have to wait as the city closed sports fields due to standing water on the playing surfaces. The game has not yet been rescheduled.  This brings the number of cancelled games this season for the Cardinals to 3.

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Posted Jun 18/14 - DEPLETED LINEUP CANNOT STOP CARDS

NUTANA, SK – With a depleted bench, the Cards were hoping to just compete with the high flying Muenster Red Sox.  However, the Cards did more than compete, handing the Sox a rare defeat, beating them 13-3 last night at Nutana No. 2.  Cardinal starter Ryan Olchoway was solid on the mound giving up three runs over four innings.  In his last inning Olchoway loaded the bases, but the Cards defence came up big turning a 4-2-3 double play to end the inning.  Garrett Krawchuk came in to mop things up pitching two scoreless innings.  Missing three players from the line up did not phase head coach Greg Krawchuk.  “You’ve got to be able to adjust in this league. It’s going to throw you curveballs all the time and you have to be able to hit the curveball.”

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Posted Jun 13/14 - CARDINALS FIT TO BE TIED

NUTANA, SK – If you ask the Cardinal players, they will tell you they won 5-4.  If you ask the Cardinal Coaches, they will tell you that they think we scored 5 runs to their 4.  If you ask the score keeper, he will tell you that each team scored 4 and the game ended in a tie.  He will also admit that he is not really sure if we scored 5 or 4.  Regardless, the Cardinals continue to play good ball and have three wins and 2 ties in their last 5 games.  On Tuesday, the Cardinals relied on strong pitching performances from Nolan Machibroda, Ryan Crilly and Ethan Meyer to hold Muenster to 4 runs. 

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Posted Jun 6/14 - CARDS END UGLY NIGHT WITH RARE TIE

NUTANA, SK – The good news is the Cards did not lose the game.  The bad news is the Cards did not win the game.  In an ugly error filled game, that no one appeared to want, the Cards hung on to salvage a tie.  Or, since the score clock wasn’t working and no one on the home team cared enough to write anything down, we think the game ended in a tie.  The best guess is that when the dust settled at the end of the 6th the final score was 14-14. 

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Posted Jun 4/14 - CARDINAL PITCHERS OUTDUEL SOCKS FOR 6-4 WIN

NUTANA, SK – On a night that featured strong pitching on both sides, the Saskatoon Cardinals held on to defeat the Muenster Red Socks 6-4.  After the game started with a scoreless inning, the Cards found themselves down by 2 in their half of the second.  Garrett Krawchuk cut the lead to one by stealing 2nd and 3rd before reaching home on a throwing error by the Sock’s pitcher.  Muenster added three runs in the third before the Cardinals broke the game open scoring 5 runs in the fourth. 

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Posted May 29/14 - CARDINALS OUT HIT JAYS ON WAY TO 8-1 WIN

NUTANA, SK – On Wednesday, in one of their better games of the year, the Saskatoon Cardinals out hit the Jays on way to an 8-1 win.  The Red Birds, who never trailed in the game, opened the game scoring 2 runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Shawn Lewis and an RBI single by Ethan Meyer .  The Cardinals then opened the game up by adding three runs in both the second and the fourth innings.  In the second, the Cardinals scored on a steal of home, plating Bryce Libke.  In the fourth, the Cards scored on a passed ball, an RBI single by Ryan Olchoway and an RBI single by Lewis.  Olchoway continued to swing a hot bat and going a perfect 3-3 at the plate.

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Posted May 28/14 - DOUBLE BINGOS BOOST CARDS TO WIN OVER HUMBOLDT

NUTANA, SK - A seven-run explosion in the fifth propelled the Saskatoon Cardinals to a 10-4 win over the visiting Humboldt Dodgers.  The Cardinals, who led the game from start to finish, scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Riley James Vinding.  Dallen Erickson then spanked his first round tripper of the year bashing in 3 ribeyes for the Cards.  The Cardinals were not finished as an RBI single by Nolan Machibroda was followed up by a two-run bingo by Shawn Lewis.  At the end of the day, Lewis racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Cardinals.

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Posted May 23/14 - HUMBOLDT HUMBLES CARDS 8-1

Humboldt, SK: For the second game in a row, the Cardinals hit the ball and for the second game in a row, the Cardinals hit the ball hard.  However, for the second game in a row the Cardinals seemed to hit the ball right at Humboldt who beat the Cardinals 8-1 on Thursday night.  The only highlight for Cardinals was a Shawn Lewis triple to right field in the 3rd inning.  Lewis later scored for the Cardinals only run.

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Posted May 20/14 - GAME POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

NUTANA, SK: Tuesday’s game, between the Saskatoon Cardinals and Muenster was postponed due to rain with no makeup date announced. 

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Posted May 20/14 - CARDS FAIL TO ADVANCE TO FINALS

ST ALBERT, AB: – A five-run fifth inning was not enough to lift the Saskatoon Cardinals who fell 11-5 to St. Albert.  For the second tournament in a row the Cards won their pool, but failed to make it past the semi-finals.  Until the fifth, the Cardinals could only manage one base runner, Nolan Machibroda, who went 3 for 4 on the day and 11 for 12 over the weekend.  Ryan Crilly started the 5th with a leadoff walk. Ryley Vinding moved Crilly to second with a hit and Dallen Erickson walked to load the bases.  With the bases loaded, Turner Rea got a walk to score Crilly and then Vinding stole home on a wild pitch.  Singles by Ryan Olchoway, Bryce Libke and Ethan Meyer scored three more runs.  Unfortunately, for the Cardinals their rally fell short and they found themselves still down by three at the end of the inning.  With the momentum shifting to the Cards, St. Albert knew they had to keep the red birds off the board.  However, St. Albert would collect four more runs to increase their lead to six.  The Cardinals, who fought valiantly to the end, had two runners in scoring position in their half of the 7th, but could not cash them in.  

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Posted May 18/14 - CARDS CRUISE PAST EAST CENTRAL BULLS 13-5

ST. ALBERT, AB:  Bryce Libke pitched a strong game going 5-2/3 innings while Nolan Machibroda and Ryan Olchoway each went 4-4 to boost the Cardinals to a 13-5 victory over the East Central Bulls.  Libke who gave up three runs in the first, settled down and pitched the rest of the way only allowing one more run over the remaining 5 innings.  Ryan Crilly came in to mop things up, giving up one run over 1-1/3 innings.  The Cards blew the game open in the 5th with Machibroda getting an error assisted inside the park 3 run homer. 

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Posted May 18/14 - REA'S BAT LEADS CARDS TO WIN

ST. ALBERT, AB:  When you are playing a good team errors hurt and the Cardinals were in pain following the first inning in their opening game against Sherwood Park A's.  The A's who are the defending AAA Alberta Baseball Champions took advantage of an errant throw by Garrett Krawchuk to take an early 2-0 lead.  Krawchuk redeemed himself in the Cardinals half of the third when he ran the bases like a stray dog on the freeway causing the A's to toss the ball around leading to a 2-2 tie at the end of the inning. By the end of the 5th, the Cardinals had a 5-2, but could not hold it finding themselves tied at 5 at the end of 6.  In the bottom of the 6th, the Cardinals scored three runs to go up 8-5.  The A's loaded the bases in the 7th, but Ryan Olchoway shut them down for the win.  Nolan Machibroda started the game on the mound, giving up one earned run over 2-2/3 innings.  Ryan Olchoway pitched the rest earning the victory giving up 3 earned runs over 4 innings.  Machibroda was 4-4 at the plate, while Turner Rea had his best game of the season going 2-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBIs. 

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Posted May 16/14 - CARDS STRUGGLES CONTINUE

NUTANA, SK: On Thursday the Saskatoon Cardinals went 2 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 base runners in a 9-3 loss to the Jays.  The Cardinals have now lost 4 in a row and have a record of 3-4.

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Posted May 12/14 - JAYS DUMP CARDINALS IN PRESEASON TUNEUP

NUTANA, SK: If the Cardinals want to succeed this year they will have to find a way to beat the Jays.  The defending Provincial champion Jays scored two runs in their half of the first and held on to an easy 8-2 win in the Mother's Day matchup.  Both teams got a good look at their pitching staff as a total of 14 pitchers took to the mound.  Overall, the Cardinals defence played well, but their bats had a hard time finding the ball.  "We didn't really hit at all," Cardinals rookie Coach Greg Krawchuk said. "That was a pretty lacklustre performance at the plate."  

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Posted May 12/14 - BINNER PICKS THE WINNERS

NUTANA, SK:  Clint Binsfeld of the Blue Jays helped the Cardinals make the draw for some heavy bats.  The winners of the bats were:

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Posted Apr 28/14 - CARDINALS BBQ A SMOKING SUCCESS

PRESTON CROSSING, SASKATOON, SK:  Not even cloudy skies and cold temperatures could stop people from lining up for burgers and dogs this weekend.  The Cardinal players, parents and coaches flipped, flopped and fried burgers all day and the people kept coming.  “The support has been great” said barbeque organizer Darlene Machibroda.  “We thought the cool weather might keep things quiet, but we have had a steady stream of people of all day.  We even had to run out and restock our supplies to keep up with the demand”.  The Cardinals would like to thank Canadian Tire, Old Dutch, Safeway, Nestors Bakery, Prairie Meats, and Sobeys for their donations.

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Posted Apr 9/14 - CANADIAN TIRE BBQ FUNDRAISER

Hold the date for our upcoming BBQ fundraiser on Satudary, April 26 at the Preston Crossing Canadian Tire Store.  A sign up sheet will be forthcoming.  This is one of our main fundraisers for the season so we would encourage all players & parents to participate.  Email Darlene (darlene.machibroda@usask.ca) if you are able to help organize.

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Posted Apr 8/14 - CARDINAL COACHES THANK PARENTS

Cardinal families,

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Posted Apr 7/14 - CARDINALS BOW OUT OF BOW WITH LOSS TO OKOTOKS

KAMLOOPS, BC: The Saskatoon Bantam Cardinals fell 14 to 8 to a very strong Okotoks Black Team to finish tied for 3rd in the BOW tournament.  Although the Cards racked up 16 hits they could only muster 8 runs.  The Cardinals were able to hang with Okotoks for most of the game and were tied with them 4-4 at the end of the fourth.  However, the game fell apart for the Cards in the fifth following a six run outburst by Okotoks.

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Posted Apr 7/14 - CARDINALS ADVANCE TO SEMIS IN BOW

KAMLOOPS, BC: The Saskatoon Cardinals advanced to the Semi-Finals in the prestigious Best of the West (BOW) baseball tournament with an 18-1 thrashing of the Okotoks Red.  The game was decided quickly as the Cardinals exerted their will early with 10 runs in the first three innings.  Ryan Olchowlay racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Cardinals while Cardinal Pitchers Nolan Machibroda, Bryce Libke and Garrett Krawchuk held the Reds to only 1 run.  RJ Vinding was named game MVP for the Cardinals.  With the win, the Cards finished pool play undefeated and advance to play Okotoks Black on Sunday at 9:00 am Mountain Standard Time.

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Posted Apr 5/14 - CARDS GO 2-0 TO OPEN BOW

KAMLOOPS, BC:  In their first game of the year, the Cardinals relied on the strong arm of Shawn Lewis and the hot bat of Bryce Libke to lift them to a 7-3 win over a very good Prince George team.  In the second game, Graham Forrester got the win on mound as the Cards handed a 12-3 loss to Kamloops.   Bryce Libke was named player of the game in the first game and Garrett Krawchuk picked up MVP honours against Kamloops.  The Cardinals now face the Okotoks Red's. If the Cardinals can beat the Red's, they are guarenteed to finish first in their pool.

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Posted Apr 3/14 - CARDS HOLD FIRST OUTDOOR PRACTICE

KAMLOOPS: The weather was not ideal for the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Cardinal's first outdoor practice of the year, but for first year head coach Greg Krawchuk, the weather couldn’t have been any better.

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Posted Apr 1/14 - CARDINALS CAUGHT GOING YARD ON GLOBAL

GOING YARD, SK: Ryan Crilly, Garrett Krachuk, Graham Forrester and Nolan Machibroda, along with other players, were on hand yesterday morning at Going Yard when Global News showed up to do a feature on the facility.  The vetran Cardinal players have been honing their fielding and batting skills over the past few weeks in preparation for the Best of the West Tournament in Kamloops this weekend. 

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Posted Apr 1/14 - CARDS ROOKIES PUT ON A BRAVE FACE

NUTANA, SK.  Saskatoon Cardinals Bantam Coordinator Mike Pavloff was surprised when he picked up the phone in early March and was told that the Braves were not fielding a AAA Bantam team this year and that they were sending 5 players to tryout for the Cardinals AAA Bantam team.  However, after the initial shock, Pavloff rolled up his sleeves and got to work notifying players of the upcoming tryouts.  Working with the Braves zone is nothing new for the Cardinals who have sent players back in forth several time over the years.  “Our zones have a long tradition of helping each other out” stated Pavloff.  “The zones are adjacent, we overlap boundaries for hockey, football and other sports and most of our kids end up going to the same high schools (Evan Hardy, Walter Murray, Holy Cross or Aden Bowman). Also, we are the smallest zones in the City.  The A’s have close to 30 kids trying out for their Bantam team while the Jays have over 50.  With these 5 kids, we still only have less than 25 kids trying out.” 

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Posted Mar 24/14 - 2014 BANTAM CARDINALS TEAM SELECTED

NUTANA: After four intensive tryout sessions, the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Cardinals have chosen their 11-man roster.  Using a different format than last year, the players were evaluated at Saskatoon’s best indoor baseball venues, Going Yard and Cameco Field.  The team will now begin preparing for the "Best of the West Tournament" which takes place in Kamloops from April 4 to 6, 2014.

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Posted Jul 26/13 - BRITNELL PITCHES GEM IN 3-2 LOSS

NUTANA, SK. – Reid Britnell put in a career outing Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as the Saskastoon Cardinals baseball team fell 3-2 to the Blue Jays at Nutana Field. Britnell set a new career-high in strikeouts with 7 over a career-best 7 innings of work. The native of Outlook, Saskatchewan, faced the minimum number of batters three times.  The Blue Jays opened up the scoring in the third inning getting three earned runs with two outs.  The Cards made it interesting scoring a run in both the 5th and 6th innings.  With runners on base in the 7th, the Cards could not  score, eventually falling 3-2.

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Posted Jul 14/13 - CARDS OFFENCE QUIET IN 5-0 LOSS TO ST. ALBERT

The Saskatoon Cardinals could not muster any offence as they fell 5-0 Saturday evening to the St. Albert Cardinals.  Bryden Gore got the only hit for Saskatoon as the Cards could not figure out how to get on base against St. Albert.  Nolan Machibroda pitched 4 and 2/3 for the Cardinals before handing the ball to Graham Forrester.  Ryan Crilly came in to pitch the last out for the Red Birds.  “St. Albert is a very good team” stated Coach Ray Machibroda.  “They are currently 3rd in the Alberta AAA league and we hung with them for most of the game” Machibroda said.  The Cards, who are guaranteed one more game this weekend, have to wait it out to find who they play tomorrow.

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Posted Jul 14/13 - BIG FIRST INNING BOOSTS CARDS OVER MOOSE JAW

SASKATOON – What’s the best way to remove the suspense from a baseball game?

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Posted Jul 12/13 - BRAVES SQUEAK BY CARDS

SASKATOON, sk – An RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Braves over the Cardinals, 13-12, on Thursday evening at Nutana Park.  The Cardinals ran through 5 pitchers, not because they had to, but because they are getting ready for this weekend’s tournament.  Starter Reid Britnell, who pitched out of a couple of jams, was solid for two, before being replaced by Bryden Gore.  Gore was replaced by Ethan Myer who looked sharp for 1-2/3 innings.  Nolan Machibroda finished off the 5 and got out of a long 6th inning by picking off a surprised Braves runner at first.  With the game tied at 12, Graham Forrester managed to get two outs before the Braves squeaked out an RBI single to walk off with the win.  The Cardinals seemed to have solved their catching woes with Garrett Krawchuk having a solid game, recording the Cards first pickoff of a base runner from behind the plate this year.  The Cards also hit the ball well especially in the 4th inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate.

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Posted Jul 5/13 - JAYS DISMANTLE CARDINALS 20-2

If you took away two innings things did not look that bad.  Yes the Cardinals would have lost, but they would have competed.  Instead, the Jays erupted for 4 runs in the second and too many to count in the 7th to hand the Cardinals their second loss in a row.  Cardinal pitchers for the game were Reid Britnell, Ethan Meyer, Tyler Stadnichuk and Graham Forrester.  Hits for the Cardinals came from Reid Britnell, Shawn Lewis and Justin Walter.

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Posted Jul 3/13 - LATE INNING COLLAPSE SINKS CARDS

The Saskatoon Cardinals led for four innings and stayed close for seven, but in the end they could not contain the Braves offence, falling 16-11.  Shawn Lewis started on the mound surrendering 3 runs in the first.  The Cards got those runs back on a strange play which started when Reid Britnell, thinking he was out, started walking towards the dugout after a single by Lewis. Nolan Machibroda scored from third on the play, while Britnell ran into third, sliding in before the tag.  Graham Forrester continued to swing a hot bat knocking in Britnell and Lewis before scoring on a wild pitch to take a 4-3 lead after the 1st.  Lewis then pitched a shutout inning in the second and the Cards added one more to go up 5-3 at the end of 2.  Forrester pitched the 3rd and 4th innings surrendering 1 run leaving the game with a two run cushion.  Ryan Crilly pitched the 5th inning, but could not contain the Braves who tied the game at 10.  In the 6th, Crilly struggled to find the strike zone loading the bases before being replaced by Brydon Gore.  With no warm-up, no outs and not much fielding, the Braves built up a 6 run lead by the end of the 7th.  The Cards scored one more in their half of the 7th, but it was too little, too late.  Cardinal hitters were led by Graham Forrester who smashed two stand up doubles.  Other hitters for the Cardinals were Justin Walter, Reid Britnell, Bryden Gore, Nolan Machibroda, Shawn Lewis and Tyler Stadnichuk.

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Posted Jun 28/13 - THIRD TIME THE CHARM AS CARDS HANG ON TO DEFEAT A's

The Cardinals hung on to defeat the A’s 5-4 last night.  Although the Cards defeated the A's in tournament play, this was the redbirds first regular season victory over the A’s in their third attempt.  With this win the Cards ended their two-game losing streak and are now sitting in a comfort zone where they can start a good beginning into the remainder of the 2013 season.

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Posted Jun 26/13 - RAIN FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF CARDS-JAYS TILT

Tuesday’s game, between the Cardinals and Blue Jays, was postponed due to rain with no makeup date announced. The game was called after an inning and a half when the rain, falling with no end in sight, made the field unplayable.  Reid Britnell started the game pitching a scoreless inning allowing only one base runner ending the inning with a K and two ground ball outs to first.  Nolan Machibroda had a hit and stolen base, but the Cardinals failed to cash him in and the game was scoreless after one.  Bryden Gore picked up the ball in the top of the second finishing the inning with 2 Ks, allowing three unearned runs.

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Posted Jun 19/13 - CARDS CAN’T HOLD LEAD, LOSE SECOND STRAIGHT

With two bloop singles, the Saskatoon A’s rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the Saskatoon Cardinals 8-5 on Tuesday night.  Reid Brittnell started on the mound for the Cardinals pitching 5 innings before passing the ball to Bryden Gore in the sixth.  Brittnell allowed 3 runs (two unearned) in the first inning before settling down finishing with seven Ks.  Gore, who allowed one run in the sixth, came out in the seventh to try to seal the win for the Cards.  However, the A’s scored 4 (two unearned) and the Cards could not answer back in their half of the seventh.  This was the Cardinals first game in a week and although they played well at times, they continued to struggle with consistency.  The best play for the Cardinals defence came when Graham Forrester made a great catch in centre field and then gunned down Eric McNeely who had tagged at second and tried to run to third.  The Cardinals nearly held the A’s in the top of the seventh, but Tyler Stadnichuk couldn’t squeeze a bloop single along the right field foul line.  Nolan Machibroda went 2-3 while Garrett Krawchuk and Riley Vinding each had singles.

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Posted Jun 18/13 - CARDS LOSE TO JAYS

The Saskatoon Cardinals continued to struggle to put hitting, pitching and defense together all at the same time on a consistent basis.  After beating Humboldt the week before, the players were unable to keep the momentum going on Thursday as their offense sputtered and they lost to the Blue Jays 13-2.  Errors have been a problem early in the season and the Cardinals committed five of them in their loss to the Jays.  Nolan Machibroda started on the mound for the Cardinals, but could not find the strike zone.  Machibroda was replaced by Bryden Gore and Reid Britnell who both had strong outings.  “No one wants to be 8-10 (overall and 3-6 in league play),” head coach Darren Crilly said of his team’s record. “That’s terrible. We played terrible, and if we don’t get better we are going to get embarrassed in this league.”

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Posted Jun 7/13 - CARDINALS DUMP DODGERS

There is an old adage in baseball, “pitching plus defence wins games”.  Well last night, just to be sure, the Cardinals added hitting to the mix and came out on top of a 9-4 drubbing of the visiting Humboldt Dodgers.  Unlike his mother’s Honda, Cardinals Ace, Reid Britnell had plenty of zip, mowing down Dodger batters faster than a riding mower.  Britnell, pitched a solid 4 innings allowing only 1 unearned run with 6 Ks.  After Britnell was through, the ball was handed to emerging talent Tyler Stadnichuk who pitched a solid 3 innings, giving up only 3 runs, two unearned.

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Posted Jun 6/13 - CARDS OFFENCE FLYS SOUTH

Once again the Cardinals lack of offence wasted great pitching performances by Graham Forrester, Bryden Gore and Garrett Krawchuk as the Cards fell 6-0 to the Muenster Red Socks.  Forrester started the game going 4 innings, allowing 1 run in the first before closing the door for the n, while Gore pitched the 5 and 6th innings giving up 5 unearned runs.  Krawchuk shutdown the Sock’s getting 3 pop outs to end the game.  Once again the Cardinals could not get anything going with their bats leaving numerous runners in scoring position through almost every inning.

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Posted Jun 3/13 - CARDS FINISH STRONG TO SALVAGE WEEKEND SPLIT

What a difference a day makes.  After losing two the day before, the Cardinals bats found some life as they went on to salvage two wins over the weekend. In their first game, the Cards out mustered the Muenster Red Socks, winning 8-6.   After giving up 4 runs the cards battled back in the third with RBIs from Justin Walter and Garrett Kawchuck.  Bryden Gore got the Cardinals going in the top of the fifth with a 450 ft solo home run to deep center.  The bats continued with singles from Shawn Lewis and Ryan Crilly and two stolen bases off a Red Sox error. The Cards tied up the game with an RBI double from Ethan Meyers sending Ryan Crilly home from 1st.  The offence continued to rumble with the bases loaded and Walter punching three runs home on a RBI double

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Posted Jun 3/13 - JAYS SLIP PAST CARDS

The Cards faced off against the Bluejays in game two of the tourney with Nolan Machibroda on the mound. Machibroda pitched well with defense help from Justin Walter and Tyler Stadnichuk in the field to keep the jays off the bases.  The Cards jumped into an early lead after 3 innings with a double and RBI from Stadnichuk and singles from Garrett Krawchuck and Ethan Meyer.  The Cards were also helped by a massive home run by RJ Vinding.  Although the Cards chased the numerous Jays starters from the mound, they could only muster a tie at the bottom of the 7th.  The Cards defence played very well, and it was the Bluejays that were booting the ball around for most of the game.  The only thing that continues to be a mystery is the Cards offense.  Although they are hitting the ball, it was typically right at the opponents for easy outs.  Even with all their troubles, it looked like the Cardinals were going to end with a tie, having Ethan Meyer take over for Machibroda in the bottom of the 7th.  Meyer was down to 2 outs with two strikes, when the Jays hit a walk off homer to end the game 8-7 Jays. Although the Cards lost, they showed they could compete with one of the better teams in the league.

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Posted Jun 3/13 - DODGERS DUMP CARDS TO OPEN TOURNAMENT

Anticipation was high as the Cardinals opened the Saskatoon Bantam AAA Early Bird Tournament Saturday morning to a standing room only crowd.  However, as the game went on it was apparent that Dodgers came to play and that the Cardinals should have stayed in bed.  “We should have just mailed in the two points” bemoaned a clearly despondent Darren Crilly.  “I am not sure what was going on with our guys, but we were embarrassed out there.  This is a team that we should be competing with, not getting thrashed 7-0”. 

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Posted May 31/13 - CARDS HANG ON TO DUMP DODGERS

With strong swirling winds and blowing dust it was not the best night for baseball and it was apparent that it was going to be a long game when leadoff batter Garrett Krawchuk, with two strikes, popped a towering fly-ball to the Humboldt Dodgers short stop.  Normally this would be an easy out, but Krawchuk was rewarded with a single when the ball dropped out of the fielder’s glove.  Krawchuk’s second life was short lived as Nolan Machibroda took his place at first after hitting into a fielder’s choice.  Machibroda’s life on the bases ended when he was gunned down at two for the second out of the inning.  The Cards salvaged two runs in the first inning, when Bryden Gore was hit home by Shawn Lewis and Ryan Crilly scored Lewis on a hard hit ball through the gap.

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Posted May 24/13 - SOCKS HAMMER CARDS

Once again, the Cardinal bats were silent and their defence suspect as they were hammered 12-1 by the hometown Muenster Red Socks.  The only highlights for the Cardinals were the strong pitching performances by Ethan Meyer and R J Vinding.  Myers went 4 and 2/3 innings while Vinding took over to finish the game pitching a solid 2 and 1/3 innings with several Ks.

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Posted May 22/13 - CARDS DEFENCE DISSAPEARS IN LOSS TO BRAVES

After a long and tough road swing, things were looking good for the Cards who held a 7-2 lead at the end of the first inning.  However, by the end of the game it was the Braves who were smiling coming away with a 19-12 victory.  Shawn Lewis pitched 1-1/3 innings for the Cards before Riley-James Vinding came in to finish the second inning.  Nolan Machibroda pitched the third and fourth innings while Justin Walters pitched the 5th to close the game.  Although the Cardinals bats were hitting the ball, their defence was error filled for most of the game.  Garret Krawchuk, Graham Forrester, Justin Walter, Reid Britnell, Bryden Gore, Sean Lewis and Ryan Crilly were all 1/3 for the Cardinals.  A special call out to the courageous umpire who still finished the game after being blasted by an R J Vinding fastball near the end of the 2nd inning.

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Posted May 19/13 - CARDS LOSE IN SEMIS

Playing their third game of the day, the Saskatoon Bantam Cardinals ran out of gas losing 14 to 4 in the semi finals to Camrose.  The Cards earned a spot in the semis by rallying in the 6th inning of their previous game to defeat the St. Albert Cardinals 7 - 6.  In their first game of the day, the Cardinals were beaten 10-0 by the Edmonton Cardinals.

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Posted May 18/13 - CARDS WALK OFF IN ST. ALBERT WITH A WIN

In their best game of the year, the Cardinals defeated the Sherwood Park Athletics 6-5 in dramatic style when Reid Brittnell brought in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.  Down 5-2, the inning started with a lead off single by Tyler Stadnichuk.  Garrett Krawchuk then got a single to put runners at the corners.  Krawchuk stole second on the 1st pitch and was moved to third on a single by Nolan Machibroda scoring Stadnichuk.  Bryden Gore hit a double to score Krawchuk and push Machibroda to third.  With the Cards down by 1, Machibroda tried to score on a well hit grounder by Reid Brittnell, but was tagged out at home. Gore and Brittnell remained at 1st and 2nd until Ryan Crilly got a walk to load the bases.  With Graham Forrester at bat, Gore scored on a past ball and then a few pitches later, Brittnell scored the winning run when the A's catcher could not squeeze a low pitch.

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Posted May 17/13 - DODGERS BEAT CARDINALS

What a difference a few days makes.  On Saturday, the Cardinals could do no wrong against the Humboldt Dodgers, but last night the Dodgers took it to the Cardinals beating them 10 to 1.  Graham Forrester started on the mound for the Cards and went 2 innings with 5 Ks.  Reid Brittnell then came in for two scoreless innings and 5Ks.  At this point things were looking good as Ethan Meyer scored on a single by Tyler Stadnichuk to take a 1-0 lead at the end of four.  Ryan Crilly started the 5th for the Cardinals, giving up 6 runs, 4 unearned, in 2/3 of an inning.  Garrett Krawchuk pitched the last third of the fourth giving up 2 unearned runs.  Ethan Meyer finished the game with 2 innings allowing 2 runs with 3 Ks.  The highlight of the game for the Cardinals was a 4-3 double play by Tyler Stadnichuk in the top of the 7th.

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Posted May 15/13 - CARDS WIN UGLY OVER SOCKS 9-8

In an error filled game that no one seemed to want to win, the Cards prevailed squeaking out a 9-8 victory over the visiting Muenster Red Socks.  The Socks scored one in the 1st, but Reid Britnell answered back in the Cards half of the inning with a towering 3 RBI homerun.  The Cards looked like they were going to win easily when they built a 6 run lead off a two run triple by Graham Forrester, but that crumbled in the bottom of the 6th when the Socks tied the game at 8.  In the bottom of the 6th, the Cards were denied the go ahead run when Justin Walter was called out on a close play at the plate when he tried to steal on a passed ball.  Down to their last out, Garrett Krawchuk walked and was then driven home by Shawn Lewis to win the game.

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Posted May 12/13 - CARDS HUMBLE HUMBOLDT 18-2

The Cardinals came out strong in Humboldt on Saturday afternoon, beating the Dodgers 18-2.    The Red Birds got off to a big start scoring 4 runs in the top of the first.  It looked like the Dodgers were going to make a game of it, when they answered back with two runs (1 earned) off Cardinal starter Nolan Machibroda. However, the Cardinal pitchers (Ethan Myer, Justin Walters, Tyler Stadnichuk, Graham Forester, Bryden Gore, and Reid Britnell) combined to shut down the Dodgers for the remainder of the game.  Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Garrett Krawchuk who went 4 for 5.  Bryden Gore was 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs while Reid Britnell was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.  Justin Walter, Tyler Stadnichuk and Ryan Crilly were all 2 for 4 while Nolan Machibroda was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

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Posted May 10/13 - CARDINALS DROP OPENER TO A'S

The Cardinals opened the season with a 4-1 loss to the Saskatoon A’s.  The Cardinals only run came when Reid Brittnell scored from first on an RBI double by Nolan Machibroda.  The A’s then scored 4 unearned runs over the next 6 innings to win the game.  The Cardinals, who outhit the A’s 4 to 1, had a chance to win it in the seventh, but stranded three runners.  Bryden Gore started the game on the mound for the Cards going 2 innings with 5 K's, 0 BB's and 2 Hit Batters.  Shawn Lewis took over in the 3rd with 2 K's, 3 BB's and 2 Runs, 1 unearned.  In the 4th inning Ryan Crilly gave up an unearned run with 2 BB's and 3 K's.  RJ Vinding, had one of his best games as a Cardinal pitcher with 3 K's in the 5th with 0 BB's and 0 Runs.  Garrett Krawchuk gave up an unearned run in the 6th with 2Ks and 2 BBs.  Reid Brittnell finished the game with 3 Ks in the 7th.  Brittnell also added some excitement to the game when he towered a foul ball into A's Coach Terry McNeely’s white truck which was parked in the Lions Arena Parking Lot.

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Posted May 9/13 - FENCES ARE UP - LET'S PLAY BALL

The fences are up and the diamonds are ready for ball.  Wednesday evening the Saskatoon AAA Bantam Cardinals along with the A's, Braves and Jays put up the home run fences at Nutana and prepared the diamonds for opening day.  The fences were put up in just under 2 hours, which, according to Terry McNeely. is about 15 minutes faster than last year.

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