Cardinals take down undefeated Astros

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On Tuesday evening, two teams from the Troy Parks and Recreation Department’s Farm League met, with both trying to continue its winning ways.

The Astros came in as the leagues only remaining undefeated team, while the Cardinals were looking to get above .500, entering with a 3-3 overall record.

Thanks to a dramatic finish, the Cardinals were able to realize that goal.

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After jumping ahead in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cardinals led 9-6, but not for long.

In the top of the fifth, the Astros stormed back, scoring five runs, and in doing so, took a 11-9 lead.

The Cardinals were not done, however.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Avery Ernsberger hit a triple that drove in the two tying runs to the plate.

Brady Huner was the next batter and with one swing of the bat, broke the tie and won the game for the Cardinals.

“I thought the kids played a great game,” Cardinals head coach Wes Allen said. “But I thought the Astros played a great game to.”

The Farm League group is between the ages of six and seven years old, which is also the best time to teach kids about the game of baseball according to Allen.

“Coaching this age is a lot of fun,” he said.

“There are three things we want to try and teach the kids when they are out here: have fun, good sportsmanship and to play hard and so far they have all done a great job of doing those three things this season.”

This is not the first time the Cardinals have spoiled a perfect season for the Astros. Last year, the Astros were undefeated until its game against the Cardinals, and just like this time around the Astros came up short.

“I thought every kids on the field tonight played hard,” Astros’ head coach Chad Copeland said.

“Everyone played a good game and that’s what it’s all about.”