Cardinals complete season on top of standings

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 29, 2001

Sports Editor

The Troy Dixie Majors Cardinals recently completed their season, finishing with a 10-2 record to place them first in the city Dixie Majors standings.

The Cardinals, coached by Brad Money, reeled off 10 straight wins, but lost the final two games to the Luverne Mariners by the scores of 8-5 and 2-1.

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The Cards opened the season on May 24, hosting the Luverne Diamondbacks in a doubleheader. The host team pounded the Diamondbacks 10-1 in the first game and 7-1 in the second. Matt Floyd picked up the win on the mound in the opening contest, striking out six batters and giving up just two hits. Sam Osborne led the Cardinals with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate, while Floyd, Scott Kirby and Brandon Hooks each added two hits. Hooks equalled Floyd’s pitching performance in the second game, also striking out six and giving up two hits to earn the win. Kirby was the leading batter with three hits in three at-bats. Wes Johnson and Jay Money each had two hits.

Floyd earned his second win of the year in an extra innings game against the Luverne Marlins on June 5. The Cardinals won 5-4. Floyd, Kirby, Hooks and Adam Helms all had hits in the game. Hooks picked up the win in the second contest as the Cardinals won 9-5. Sam Osborn, Floyd, Kirby, Money, Hooks and Blake Wise led the charge at the plate.

On June 12, the Cardinals squared off against their inner-city rival the Yankees, winning the first game 10-4 and the second game by the score of 15-7. Floyd picked up the win in the opening game and Chad Sanders opened on the mound in the second game, but gave way to Hooks who closed for the win. Hooks had two home runs in three at-bats, Floyd was a perfect 2-for-2 and John Money was 2-for-3. Helms, Sanders and Ryan Freeman also added hits. Hitters for the Yankees were: Kelvin Tolver, Elijah Daniel, Thomas Price, Patrick Maulden, Chris Bell, Marcus Jones, Brandon Hughes and Kendal Moore.

Floyd pitched a no-hitter and Hooks went 2-for-3 with a homer as the Cardinals beat the Luverne Braves 10-0 and 4-3 on June 14. Jay Money took the win on the mound in the second contest and Hooks earned the save.

On June 18, the Cardinals traveled to face Brundidge in a doubleheader. Hooks took his third win pitching for the Cards in the first game, who won 6-3. Johnson had three hits to lead the Cardinals in the second contest as they won 7-1, with Floyd pitching a complete game, giving up one hit and one run to take his fifth win of the year.