Cards Split Twin Bill With Red Sox


July 26, 2018


Thursday July 26 was a home double header versus the Regina Red Sox. Game one was a pitching clinic between the Cardinals Parker Hubbard and the Red Sox' Brian Raymond as both allowed no runs after nine complete innings. Hubbard allowed only four hits and had four strikeouts on what was an absolute gem. Unfortunately for the Cardinals Raymond matched him pitch for pitch allowing eight hits with nine strikeouts. In the top of the tenth the Red Sox scored three runs off Matt Zanutto and held on for a 3-0 win. Zanutto took the loss.


The Cards had their opportunities as at one point they had bases loaded and none out only to ground into double play where the two lead runners were thrown out. Griffey Halle led the way with three hits. Jared McDonald, Ryne Niemi and Colin Kellington each had two hits


In game two the Cardinals took advantage of some shaky pitching and a few timely hits in the first inning to score eight runs in a 10-1 victory. 

Andrew Cisneros had his second start of the year and threw a masterpiece as he went the complete game allowing just four hits and an unearned run to coast his way to the win. 


Logan MacDougall led the way with three hits and three runs batted in. Jack Swisher and Colin Kellington had two hits, while Jared McDonald and Griffey Halle had one hit each. Halle also had three rbis. 


Cards Win Back to Back Games


July 25, 2018


After a Sunday afternoon loss to the Melville Mils, the Cards hit the road to face the always tough Regina Red Sox on Tuesday July 24. Wryland McKnight started on the hill and threw very well in front of a crowd of just over 1000 as he went six innings allowing just six hit, two earned run in a 6-2 Cards victoy. Matt Zanutto and Austin Skelhorn came out of the pen and slammed the door to close the game out.


The offence tallied twelve hits and the defence was flawless as they did not commit an error. Jared McDonald had three hits and an rbi, while Riley Jepson's multi hit game included a home run. Colin Kellington and Ryne Niemi also had multi hit games. Griffey Halle, Jack Swisher, and Logan Zozaya had one hit each


On Wednesday July 25 the Moose Jaw Miller Express came to town. The Cards looked to avenge a 9-3 loss July 20th and did just that as Owen Steele continued his magical season allowing just one run over seven innings in a 6-3 Cardinals victory. Steele has now only given up 8 runs in 49 innings for an E.R.A of 1.47 (ratio of 9 innings). Needless to say he should receive some WMBL hardware this season. Matt Zanutto had another spotless inning of relief while Austin Skelhorn finished off the Millers.


The Cards had double digit hits once again with 11. Colin Kellington set the tone early as he launched the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Cards the lead to stay. Ryne Niemi had three hits including a double. Jack Swisher extended his hitting streak to five games with a double and triple with a pair of rbis. Griffey Halle had a single and double. Jared McDonald, Logan Zozaya, and Jayse Wilson had one hit each.


The defence played well committing jut one error.


The Cards record improves to 12-30 on the season as they host the Regina Red Sox tomorrow evening in a double header starting at 6:05 PM



Cards Sweep Mils in Doubleheader


July 21, 2018


After nine consecutive losses, things needed to change for the Cards as they headed down Highway 10 to face their arch rivals the Melville Millionaires in a double header.


In game 1 it looked as though the losing streak would reach 10 as the Cards trailed 6-0 after three innings. However 3 runs in the top of the fourth and fifth tied the game after 5. The Cards would take the lead in the sixth before the Mils would put up 3 in the bottom half to take a 9-7 lead. But in the top of the 7th the Cards would draw a walk, followed by three consecutive hit batters to come within one. Then Jack Swisher would put the Cards in the lead with a single to left field and Matt Zanutto would slam the door in the bottom half for a 10-9 win.


Hunter Sanford started on the hill. He did not have his best outing but gutted it out for 108 pitches over 5 and 2/3 innings to keep the Cards close. Matt Zanutto came in with strong relief pitching over 1 and 1/3 innings to get the win.


Lane Community College teammates Logan Zozaya and Jack Swisher each had a pair of hits to lead the way offensively. Zozaya had a home run and two rbi's while Swisher had two singles including the game winning hit. Colin Kellington, Griffey Halle and Jared McDonald each had one hit apiece while Ryne Niemi had two runs batted in.


In game 2 Parker Hubbard started on the mound and fanned six batters in the first two innings to set the tone before Jayse Wilson would hit a bases loaded triple in the top of the fourth to blow the game open in a 7-2 Cardinals victory.


Hubbard would pitch five innings allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven to get the win. Austin Skelhorn brought the gas and finished the game strong with two shutout innings allowing no hits and two strikeouts.


Jayse Wilson was clutch at the plate with 4 rbi's including a sac fly and 3 rbi triple. Just like game one, Lane Community College teammates Jack Swisher and Logan Zozaya had two hits each as well as Riley Jepson to lead the Cards offence. Matt Zanutto had a double and an rbi. Colin Kellington and Ryne Niemi each had a single. 


All in all it was a great day at Pirie Field for the Cards as they showed some resiliency and character. The Cards look to finish the season strong as the players and coaching staff have lots to prove before returning to their respective colleges in the fall. It all starts Sunday afternoon, July 22 in Yorkton vs the same Melville Millionaires at 2:05 PM


Millers Crush Cards


July 21, 2018


The Cards and Moose Jaw Miller Express were involved in a tight ball game through six innings on Friday July 20 as the Millers led 2-1. However in the seventh the wheels fell off as the Millers rallied for seven runs to take a 9-3 victory.


Logan MacDougall received his first start on the mound for the Cards and did not disappoint as he gave up just two earned runs with zero walks to give the Cards a great chance to win. Unfortunately the Millers seven run rally in the seventh to gave them a lead the Cards could not come back from. Ryan Thrasher threw two shutout innings to finish off.


Offensively Dillon Champagne led the way with a single and his team leading fourth home run of the season. Ryne Niemi also had a pair of hits including a two rbi double. 


Catcher Matt Zanutto threw out three base stealers to highlight the team defence on the evening


The Cards next action is a double header Saturday July 21 in Melville starting at 6:05 PM



​Cardinals Lose a Pair to Beavers


July 20, 2018


The Cards hosted the Weyburn Beavers on Wednesday July 18 and Thursday July 19 at Jubilee Park, falling by scores of 14-1 and 4-1


Wednesday night was one to forget as the Cards could only manage four hits by Griffey Halle, Jared McDonald, Logan Zozaya and Jayse Wilson. Wryland McKnight took the loss on the hill. Chris Cook was the lone bright spot on the evening as he pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in front of a decent sized crowd on perogy and sausage night.


The following evening was a great game but the offence could not get going as they once again only had four hits in a 4-1 loss. Owen Steele once again was stellar on the mound as he allowed only two earned runs in seven innings to take the loss. Gage Buck and Austin Skelhorn each threw one scoreless inning of relief as the pitching was excellent all evening


Jayse Wilson led the way with a single and a double, while Matt Zanutto and Thirus Jones were the only others to get one hit. The losses put the Cards season record at 8 wins and 28 losses. The Cards host the Moose Jaw Miller Express on Friday July 20 



Cards Drop Five Games on Alberta Swing


July 16, 2018


It was not the Alberta trip the Cardinals envisioned as five losses in six days all but put the Cards out of playoff contention.


On Tuesday July 10 they paid a visit to Remax Field in Edmonton to take on the Prospects. The game would be called after five innings as the Prospects put up two runs in each of the first four innings to take an 8-0 victory. Riley Jepson would lead the way with a double while Clyde Yeh would have the only other hit in the rain shortened affair. Harrison Grow would take the loss on the hill. 


The following evening in Fort McMurray was a very entertaining ball game for the folks at Shell Place but unfortunately for the Cards the home fans went home happy in a 4-3 win for the Giants. Wryland McKnight was once again stellar on the mound tossing 6 1/3 innings with just two runs allowed. Riley Jepson continued his hot hitting with a triple and two singles while Ryne Niemi and Colin Kellington would each hit a double. 


July 12 was the second game in Fort Mac and once again a great pitching performance was squandered as the Cardinals fell 6-4. Parker Hubbard threw seven innings allowing four earned runs with four strikeouts to take the loss. Matt Zanutto threw a scoreless eighth inning. Unfortunately the defence committed five errors as the pitching only gave up four hits. Offensively the Cards had eleven hits but just could not capitalize as much as needed. Griffe Halle led the way with a double and two singles to continue his great season. Ryne Niemi, Dillon Champagne and Logan Zozaya each had a pair of hits 


On July 13 the Cardinals were back in Edmonton but unfortunately the game was rained out after four complete innings with the Cards leading 2-1. It is not known at this time whether the game will be made up


The road trip continued on Saturday night, July 14 at boisterous Seaman Stadium in Okotoks.  Once again Hunter Sanford gave the Cards a supreme start on the hill as the Cards led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Unfortunately the Dawgs were able to crack the code and put up six runs on route to a 8-5 victory. Sanford had another gutsy performance after shutting out Lethbridge on July 8. He pitched into the eight inning allowing just seven hits and three strikeouts but took the loss. Griffe Halle had a triple and single, while Thirus Jones had two hits to pace the Cardinals in front of 4000 fans!


On Sunday July 15 the Cards had a game to forget as they were thumped 12-0 at Seaman Stadium by the Dawgs. Harrison Grow started on the hill and allowed seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Logan MacDougall threw a scoreless eighth inning of relief in an afternoon with few highlights for the visitors.  The Cards managed only four hits as Colin Kellington had two, while Jimmy McDonald had a single and Dillon Champagne had a double.


The Cardinals record drops to 8-25 on the season as they finish up their road trip in Swift Current tonight at 7:05 PM at Mitchell Field.


Cards Sweep Two Game Series With Bulls


July 9, 2018


The Cardinls were outhit 10-3 in this evenings contest, but when it mattered most, Griffey Halle sent the fans home happy with a walkoff double to the gap in left center as the Cards defeated the Lethbridge bulls 6-5.


 Home town product Tyson Black started on the mound, and tossed five innings to keep the Cards in the game. Andrew Cisneros would pitch two solid innings of relief before giving way to eventual winning pitcher Matt Zanutto 


The Bulls took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third before the Cards answered with four in the bottom half highlighted by Riley Jepson's three run home run over dead center to take a 5-3 lead.


The Bulls would tie the game at 5 in the top of the 8th until the bottom of the 9th where Thirus Jones scored on Halle's double to left center for the walk-off 6-5 win


The Cards head to Alberta for a seven game road trip.


Hunter Sanford Shuts Out Bulls​


​July 8, 2018


​This night was all about the pitching prowess of Hunter Sanford as he went the complete game in a 2-0 Cardinals win. He allowed just two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over nine innings. He was simply dominant and did not allow and Bulls hitter to make solid contact all evening.


​The game was sailing along as it was 0-0 heading into the bottom of the 7th where the Cards would put up a two run rally to give Sanford all the support he needed. Riley Jepson led the way with two hits including a double, while Jayse Wilson had two hits and a run scored. Clyde Yeh, Ryne Niemi and Thirus Jones also had hits for the Cards


Crushing Loss in Moose Jaw


July 6, 2018


​With a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, all seemed well and good for the Cards. But a six run 8th inning for the Millers put them ahead 8-6 as the Cardinals would fall 8-7.


​Owen Steele continued his stellar season on the hill for the Cardinals throwing 108 pitches over 7 innings allowing just two hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out six. 


The Cardinals managed nine hits including home runs by Colin Kellington and Ryne Niemi. Thirus Jones and Riley Jepson each had a double


Cards Split Double Header With Brooks


July 5, 2018


The Cardsinals and Bombers finally met up on July 5 for a double header at Jubilee Park. Both were close contests as Brooks won game one 5-1, while the Cards returned the favour with a 3-2 win.


In the loss the Cards managed only three hits led by Griffey Halle's rbi double. Colin Kellington and Jared McDonald each had a single. Wryland McKnight pitched very well allowing just three runs (one earned) in six innings to take the hard luck loss. He scattered seven hits and had five strikeouts to keep the Cards in the game.  


In game two the Cardinals received another magical pitching performance as Parker Hubbard tossed five innings while allowing just four hits and six strikeouts to get the win. Austin Skelhorn pitched the final two innings allowing just one run to record the save. The pitching really stepped up in a big way for the Cards.


Offensively the Cards managed six hits but two were via the long ball as Riley Jepson tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 2nd and Griffey Halle launched one over left center to give the Cards a 3-1 lead. Hallealso had a single, while Jared McDonald had two singles, and Thirus Jones had a single and an rbi



Game Versus Brooks Rained Out


July 4, 2018


Tonight's game scheduled for 7:05 PM vs the Brooks Bombers at Jubilee Park has been rained out and rescheduled to Thursday, July 5 as part of a double header. The scheduled start time for Game 1 will be 6:05 PM and Game 2 will be shortly after


​​Millers Over Cards on Canada Day


July 1, 2018


The Cardinals once again found themselves trailing early in a baseball game and could not dig their way out of trouble as they fell 6-1 at Ross Wells Park to the Moose Jaw Miller Express.


Harrison Grow struggled on the hill for the second consecutive outing allowing five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. Hunter Sanford tossed 2 1/3shutout innings of relief before giving way to Jake Gill and Austin Skelhorn.


The Cards lone run came via the long ball from second baseman Colin Kellington. The only other hits on the evening were singles from Thirus Jones and Ryne Niemi. 


​The loss puts the Cardinals at 5-18 on the season. The Cards get a two day break before hosting the Brooks Bombers on Wednesday July 4 at t:05 PM



Cards Back on Track


June 30, 2018


The Yorkton Cardinals snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Miller Express. A three-run shot by Clyde Yeh in the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

Riley Jepson added a pair of hits in including a double, a RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals. Scott Platt had three hits, a stolen base and a RBI for Moose Jaw.

Local Yorkton product Tyson Black earned his first win of the season going seven complete. Black struck out three and only gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks.  Ryder Yakel started for Moose Jaw and suffered the loss.

Highlights – Yorkton    
Thirus Jones: 2 hits and a run scored
Jayse Wilson stole his 7th base of the year


​Cards Fall to Mavs on Guaranteed Win Night​


June 29, 2018


It was guaranteed win night. Either the Cards were going to win a game, or the fans would get free admission to the next Cardinals home game. The Cards gave it a valiant effort against the league leading Medicine Hat Mavericks but ultimately fell 7-4.


Owen Steele was given the ball for his fourth start of the season and once again continued his stellar season, allowing three earned runs over six innings striking out seven to take the loss. Brian Chen pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game on a positive note.


Griffey Halle and Ryne Niemi led the way with the sticks. Halle had three hits including a triple and two rbi. Niemi had two singles and an rbi. Jared McDonald, Clyde Yeh and Logan Zozaya also had one hit each.


The Cards led 1-0 after three until the Mavs put up four in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. But the Cards showed some character by responding with three of their own in the bottom half to tie the game. Unfortunately the Mavs powerful attack generated one in the sixth and two in the seventh to keep the lead for good.


Every fan in attendance receives free admission tomorrow night when Moose Jaw comes to Jubilee Park at 7:05 PM


​​​​GUARANTEED WIN NIGHT!


On June 29, the Cardinals are having their first ever Guaranteed Win Night! Quite simply if the Cardinals do not beat the Medicine Hat Mavericks than every fan will get free admission to the following evening's (June 30, 7:05 PM) home game versus the Moose Jaw Miller Express. Every fan of legal age who attends the game on the 29th will also get one free beer courtesy of Back Forty Brewery for the June 30 game if the Cards fail to beat the Mavericks. So come on out to Jubilee Park on Friday June 29 at 7:05 PM and bring several friends for GUARANTEED WIN NIGHT!  



 ​Mavs Crush Cards 


June 28, 2018


It was a night to forget at Jubilee Park as the powerful Medicine Hat Mavericks (17-3) came to town and dominated from start to finish in a 15-1 drubbing of the Cardinals.


Starting pitcher Ryan Thrasher did not record an out after allowing one hit and four walks while taking the loss. The Mavs scored 6 on the first and never looked back. Andrew Cisneros tossed 3 1/3 innnigs of relief, followed by Chris Cook (3 innings), Logan MacDougall (1 2/3 innings) while Hunter Sanford of Prairieville Louisiana made his Cardinals debut pitching one inning.


Thirus Jones was a solid 2-5 at the plate while Ryne Niemi had an rbi double. Also recording one hit each was Colin Kellington, Riley Jepson, Jimmy McDonald, Gage Buck, and Clyde Yeh. 


The loss puts the Cardinals at 4-16 on the season. 



​Cards Lose 3 in Regina


June 27, 2018


​The Cardinals slow start to the season continued in Regina on Sunday June 24 as they went to Currie Field for a double header vs the Red Sox. Unfortunately they could not get anything going in losses by 11-4 and 5-3.


​In game 1 Harrison Grow got the starting pitching assignment and struggled through 4 2/3 innings allowing 7 runs to take the loss. Jake Gill and Logan MacDougall came in relief.


​The offence could only generate 5 hits as Riley Jepson had a pair of doubles while Clyde Yeh hit his 2nd home run of the season. Griffey Halle and Colin Kellington also had one hit apiece.


​Game 2 was a much closer, competitive contest as the Cards tied the game at 3 in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately the Red Sox scored 2 in the bottom half to take a 5-3 lead and hold on to win by that same score.


​Pitching duties were shared by Andrew Cisneros,  Austin Skelhorn, Brian Chen and Parker Hubbard. Chen gave up the go ahead run in the sixth to take the loss.


​Jared McDonald led the way offensively with two hits including a double. Thirus Jones had 2 rbi, while Griffey Halle, Riley Jepson, Ryne Niemi and Jayse Wilson each had one hit.


​On June 27 the Cards were back in Regina after the umpires failed to show up in Yorkton for the make-up game on June 25. Once again it was a close contest but the Cards came up short in a 4-1 loss.


​The pitching was very good as Wryland McKnight had a quality start of 6 innings and 3 earned runs. Matt Zanutto tossed two shutout innings to finish things off. Unfortunatelt McKnight's performance was wasted as he took the loss.


​Logan Zozaya led the way with a single and a double, while Halle also had a double. Jared McDonald, Jack Swisher and Kellington each had hits as the Cards could only manage 6 total. With the loss the Cards record drops to 4-15 on the season 


 

Cards Drop a Pair


June 24, 2018


The Cards hosted the Regina Red Sox on Thursday June 21. After falling behind 3-0 after the top of the fifth, the red birds tied right back up in the bottom half, and took the lead in the seventh. Unfortunately the Sox put up four in the top of 8 to take the lead for good in a 7-4 Cardinals loss


Owen Steele once again was excellent on the hill going 6 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and three runs (zero earned) with seven strikeouts. Brian Chen, Parker Hubbard, and Andrew Cisneros would each come on in relief with Chen taking the loss.


Unfortunately the Cards could only manage six hits off of the tough Regina pitching staff. Riley Jepson led the way with a single, triple, and two rbi's. Thirus Jones, Griffey Halle, Colin Kellington, and Matt Zanutto each had one hit.


On Friday June 22 the Cards traveled to Weyburn. The Cards managed fourteen hits as six players had multi-hit games. Unfortunately that led to only two runs in an 8-2 defeat.


Ryne Niemi had three hits to lead the Cards. Thirus Jones, Griffey Halle, Jared McDonald, Riley Jepson,  and Colin Kellington each had two hits. 


Chris Cook was the starting pitcher but could not get out of the third inning allowing five earned to take the loss. Matt Nanutto, Brian Chen, Austin Skelhorn, and Logan MacDougall each came in relief.


With the losses the Cardinals record sits at 4-12 on the season



Cards Split Home Series With 57's


June 20, 2018


On Monday June 18 the Swift Current 57's made their second trip in as many weeks to Yorkton for back to back games with the Cards. After five innings the game was tied at one as a pitchers duel between Tommy Steier and the Cards Wryland McKnight was taking place. However in the top of the sixth the wheels fell off as the 57's put six runs on the board and never looked back in a 12-1 victory.


McKnight (Western Oregon University) was the lone bright spot on the evening allowing just one earned run in five innings on just four hits and four walks. 


Dillon Champagne (Salem International University) led the Cardinals with two singles and an rbi.


The following evening the 57's started off strong by taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning, and it looked like the Cardinals would suffer a similar fate. But after two walks and two hit batters, Griffey Halle came up with a clutch two rbi single to bring the deficit to one. In the bottom of four Champagne tied the game with his third home run of the season, followed by an rbi triple by Thirus Jones (Salem International) for the Cards to take the lead for good and hold on for an 8-6 win.


Jared McDonald (Western Oregon U) had another impressive day at the plate with a single, double and two rbi's to lead the offence. Logan Zozaya (Lane Community College) had two hits and an rbi while Halle had two hits.


Ryan Thrasher started on the hill and struggled to command the strike zone. He lasted 2 2/3 innings before giving way to Andrew Cisneros, Jake Gill, Parker Hubbard and Austin Skelhorn. Jake Gill would eventually pick up the win as he continues his great start to the season. 


In the top of the 9th the 57's got the tying run to first base but Skelhorn slammed the door to give the Cards their fourth win on the season to improve to four wins and ten losses. 


The Cardinals are back at it Thursday, June 21st at Jubilee Park vs the Regina Red Sox



​A Tough Loss in Weyburn Friday, Back on Track Sunday


June 17, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Weyburn on Friday June 15 to take on the undefeated Beavers. It was a nail biter the entire evening as the Cards were up 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of 9, where unfortunately the Beavers were able to continue their magical start to the season by pushing across two runs to win 4-3.


Dillon Champagne of Livonia Michigan started on the hill for the Cards, tossing 5 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run, seven hits and four strikeouts. Parker Hubbard (Bevill State CC) came in relief, pitching 2 2/3 innings allowing three hits, two earned runs and four strikeouts to eventually take the loss. 


Clyde Yeh (Barry University) continued to swing a hot bat with three of the seven Cardinals hits. Riley Jepson (U of the Fraser Valley), Logan Zozaya (Lane CC), Jimmy McDonald (Lane CC) and Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) each had one hit apiece


On Fathers Day Sunday June 17 the Cardinals hosted their arch rivals from Melville in a 2:05 PM matinee at Jubilee Park. Several additions to the lineup made their Cardinals debut, including starting pitcher Harrison Grow (Lane CC), Jared McDonald (Western Oregon U), Griffey Halle (Western Oregon U. They all made a great first impression as the Cardinals held on to a 4-2 victory.


Grow started on the mound, and went seven innings allowing just an unearned run, five hits with four strikeouts to pick up the win. Brian Chen (University of Taipei) pitched a scoreless eighth, while Austin Skelhorn earned the save in the ninth allowing one run, two hits and two strikeouts.


Offensively Jared McDonald started as the DH and was 2 for 4 with a double and two rbi. Clyde Yeh had two singles and an rbi, while Halle had a double and a run scored. Thirus Jones, Ryne Niemi, Colin Kellington and Jimmy McDonald each had one hit. 


With the win the Cardinals improve to 3-9 on the season, and look forward to hosting the Swift Current 57's Monday night, June18  at 7:05 PM from Jubilee Park



Make it Two in a Row!


June 12, 2018


In the early part of the 2018 season the Cardinals offence was fairly silent as the team batting average remained below the Mendoza line. But the last few games the bats have woken up and the Cards have taken advantage of opportunities. On June 12 in Melville, the trend continued as the Cardinals put up six runs in the second and third innings to cruise to a 15-2 victory.


The Cards managed fifteen runs on ten hits but drew nine walks and took advantage of four timely Mils errors to put the game out of reach early. Clyde Yeh (3B, Barry University) kept up his torrid start with a single, double, home run and four rbi to lead the Cardinals attack. Dillon Champagne (1B, Salem International U) and Riley Jepson (RF, U of Fraser Valley) both had a single and a double. Ryne Niemi extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single, while Jayse Wilson and Gage Buck recorded a single each. 


The pitching was handled by two players from the University of Calgary: Owen Steele and Logan MacDougall. Steele was lights out tossing seven innings while allowing just one earned run, four hits and seven strikeouts to get the win. MacDougall pitched the final two innings and gave up just one run and two hits.


With the win the Cardinals record sits at 2-8, still last in the WMBL Eastern Division but in striking distance of the third place Regina Red Sox, who they will play next on Thursday June 14 in Regina at 7:05



Cards Get First "W" of the Season


June 11, 2018


It took nine tries and a lot of frustration, but the Cards finally put it all together at home this night as three pitchers combined to strike out fifteen batters, while twelve hits led to eleven runs in an 11-5 victory over the Melville Millionaires. 


Brian Chen (University of Taipei) started on the hill for the Cards, and cruised through three innings allowing just two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The first two Millionaires hitters reached base but were both caught stealing to get Chen out of potential trouble. A half hour rain delay would end Chen's night prematurely giving way to Chris Cook (U of Calgary Dinos). Cook would pitch three innings allowing four hits and two earned runs with an impressive six strikeouts. He would eventually pick up the win. Parker Hubbard (Bevill State CC) pitched the final three innings to record the save. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts.


The offence was lethal as twelve hits and eleven walks led to eleven runs scored. Ryne Niemi (Adams State U) was a home run short of the cycle with three hits and four rbi's to lead the way. Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) had two singles, two runs and an rbi. Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI) hit a massive home run over center field and a single as well. Matt Zanutto had a 2 rbi double and Colin Kellington had an rbi triple. Thirus Jones and Gage Buck each continued to swing hot bats with a single and a walk apiece.


The Cards record now sits at 1-8 on the season. Several more players from Oregon are set to arrive in the coming days to help bolster the Cards lineup. The next game is Tuesday, June 12 in Melville against the Mils. Game time is 7:05 PM at Pirie Field. 



Another Heart-Breaker 


June 10, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Weyburn on Sunday June 10 for a 2:05 PM game vs the Beavers. The pendulum swung a few times before a four run bottom of the seventh was the kiss of death for the Cardinals in an 8-7 loss.


Tyson Black made his first start of the season on the mound and was perfect through three innings. He would give up two in the fourth, one in the fifth and sixth to finish with four runs allowed (three earned) over six innings. He would allow only five hits and a strikeout while pounding the strike zone. 


Andrew Cisneros (Mendocino College) entered the game in the bottom of seven. After the first two batters got out, the Beavers mounted a furious rally in which two walks, a hit batter, two singles, a double and an error led to four runs and an 8-7 Beavers lead. The Cardinals were not able to push across the tying run, extending their losing streak to eight. New Cardinal pitcher Brian Chen (Taipei City, Taiwan) threw a scoreless eighth inning of relief in his debut.


The offence was sparked by Thirus Jones (2 for 5, 1 run), Ryne Niemi (2 for 3, 2 rbi, 1 run), Gage Buck (1 for 1, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 2 rbi) and newcomer Clyde Yeh (3 for 5, 1 rbi, 1 run). Colin Kellington also had one hit, run, and an rbi.


The Cardinals will be back at it tomorrow evening as they host the Melville Millionaires at 7:05 PM. Riley Jepson (University of the Fraser Valley) and Parker Hubbard (LHP, Bevill State CC) are expected to be on the roster for this game. Come on down to Jubilee Park for a great ballgame!



​​Unlucky Seven


June 10, 2018


The Cardinals losing streak has been extended to seven games to start the 2018 season as they dropped games to Swift Current and Regina on Friday and Saturday night respectively.


On Friday June 8 the Swift Current 57's were in town to complete a two game series. In the first inning Swift Current took advantage of two walks and a deep three run home run by Bo McClintock to take an early 3-0 lead. Starting pitcher Ryan Thrasher settled down to only allow one run in the next three innings but struggled to find the strike zone throughout. He would be saddled with the loss. Austin Skelhorn would come in relief and allow two runs over four innings while Logan MacDougall would throw a scoreless top of nine. The Cards only allowed five hits but ten walks and the inability to generate much offence cost them.


Thirus Jones continued his good start to the season with a pair of hits, as did Ryne Niemi with an rbi double. Gage Buck also had a single as the Cards could only muster up four hits off of the 57's Zach Bravo


On Saturday June 10 the Cards once again struggled at the dish as they only had five hits off a trio of Red Sox pitchers and could only manage one run in a 10-1 defeat.


Thirus Jones, Ryne Niemi, Colin Kellington, Gage Buck and Logan MacDougall all recorded one hit. MacDougall had the lone rbi on a sacrifice fly.  


Starting pitcher Dillon Champagne tossed five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, three walks and eight strikeouts to eventually take the loss. Chris Cook came in relief and only allowed one earned run and two hits over three innings. With the game out of hand and a depleted pitching staff outfielder Ryne Niemi came in to pitch the top of the ninth. 


With the two losses the Cardinals start the season 0-7. However there will be an influx of players arriving over the course of the next week as they are just finishing up their schooling or Collegiate seasons. The Cardinals had fourteen players available for these first seven games so they look forward to seeing what the new talent brings to the table.


The Cards will be in action this afternoon at 2:05 PM in Weyburn vs the Beavers. Local product Tyson Black is expected to get his first start of the season on the mound. 



Cards Let One Slip Away vs 57's


June 7, 2018


The two time defending WMBL champion Swift Current 57's were the Cardinals opponent on this evening. It was a competitive game all the way through but unfortunately a great pitching performance by Owen Steele (Calgary, AB) and Andrew Cisneros (Sacramento, CA) was squandered by seven errors and eleven runners left on base in a 5-4 setback.


Steele threw five solid innings allowing four unearned runs on four hits and six strikeouts while allowing just one walk. Cisneros tossed four excellent innings of relief allowing five hits and an unearned run with four strikeouts and just one walk. 


Ryne Niemi (Adams State University) continued his great start to the season with two singles, an rbi and a stolen base. Thirus Jones (Orlando, FL) and Gage Buck (PBA Lethbridge) each had a single, double and an rbi. Buck also scored two runs. Colin Kellington, Chris Cook and Jayse Wilson each had a single. 


The losing streak is now at five to start the season, but the Cards look to get in the win column tomorow night as they once again host the 57's at 7:05 pm at Jubilee Park. The Cardinals would like to thank Gifts of Gold for being the game day sponsor!


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Cards Fall to 0-4 With Loss at 3rd Annual Kids Game


June 6, 2018


On the morning of Wednesday, June 6 the Cardinals hosted the Melville Mils in front of 600 loud, screaming young students. The Cardinals made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded the bases and had the tying run up to bat with none out, but could not get any further as they fell 10-6.


Jake Gill (University of the Fraser Valley) and Chris Cook (University of Calgary) shared the pitching duties. Gill threw 3 2/3 innings allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits, four walks with seven strikeouts to take the loss. Chris Cook came in relief tossing 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs with no walks. 


The Cards offence was able to generate six runs on eight hits, highlighted by a three run homer by Thirus Jones (Salem International University) and a solo shot by Dillon Champagne (Salem International University). Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) had two singles, two runs, a walk and a stolen base. Also getting hits were Colin Kellington (Chilliwack, BC), Ryne Niemi (Adams State University), Matt Zanutto (University of Calgary) and Cook. 


The Cards were given extra opportunities by drawing seven walks and three hit batters, but just could not cash in enough times. With the loss the Cardinals fall to 0-4 on the season. The next home game is Thursday, June 7 as the defending WMBL Champion Swift Current 57's come to town for a 7:05 PM first pitch 


A big thank you to the Co-op for providing all the food, beverages and volunteers for the game. Also a big thank you to all of the students from Yorkdale, Dr. Brass, St. Paul's, St. Michael's, Canora, Churchbridge, Saltcoats and Sturgis on making this another great event! The Yorkton Cardinals players and staff look forward to this game each and every year!



Cards Downed by Weyburn in Home Opener 


June 4, 2018


The Cardinals were finally able to beat Mother Nature, although she put up a pretty good fight with some threatening clouds at the beginning of the game and a half hour rain delay in the middle. The game eventually went the full nine innings, but the Cards were not able to beat the Weyburn Beavers in a 7-3 defeat.


Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI) was the starting pitcher and threw five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. He left with the game tied at two. Andrew Cisneros came in relief giving up two runs on four hits and two strikeouts to eventually take the loss. Austin Skelhorn tossed the final two innings allowing three runs on three hits with three strikeouts.


Offensively the Cards could only manage four hits off of a tough Beavers pitching staff. Matt Zanuto (U of Calgary) led the way with a double, while Chris Cook (U of Calgary), Gage Buck (Prairie Baseball Academy) and Jake Gill (U of the Fraser Valley) each had a single.  


It was a see-saw affair until the top of the eighth when a three run home run by Weyburn's Cam Williams gave the Beavers some breathing room while never looking back. With the loss the Cards fall to 0-3 on the season. The next game will be on Wednesday at 11:05 AM, June 6 

as the Melville Millionaires come to Jubilee Park to take part in the third annual kids day game. It is always a great atmosphere as the kids are loud and enthusiastic. We hope to see another huge, noisy crowd!



​Cards Fall 9-3 to Millers in Season Opener


May 31, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Moose Jaw to face the Miller Express on Thursday, May 31. After a 2 rbi single by Ryne Niemi in the top of the first inning to give the Cards a 2-0 lead, the Millers responded with 8 in the bottom half to take a commanding 8-2 lead on the way to a 9-3 victory.


It was a night to forget for starting pitcher Austin Skelhorn of Aurora Ontario. He surrendered 8 runs on 3 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter without recording an out. Jake Gill of White Rock, BC would come in relief and toss 4 innings while giving up just one run. Andrew Cisneros (Sacramento, CA) and Chris Cook (North Delta, BC) would each throw 2 scoreless innings to finish off the game. 


Offensively Ryne Niemi (Belton, TX) led the way with 2 singles, a double and 3 rbi. Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI), Cook, and Gage Buck (Abbotsford, BC) each had a single to round out the Cards offence


With the loss the Cardinals record sits at 0-1. Their next action will be the home opener on Saturday, June 2nd at 7 PM when the Regina Red Sox invade Jubilee Park. The road game scheduled for Friday June 1st in Melville at 11:05 AM has been postponed to another date. 




Become a Billet


May 4, 2018


The Cardinals are presently in need of host families for seven players. Players arrive in late May and depart by mid August. Each host family will be compensated $400 per player per month. For more information please contact the Cardinals Billet Coordinator Jackie Sedley at (306) 621-4589



2018 Season Tickets


May 3, 2018


2018 Season tickets are now available at Awesome Rides (formerly Thoen's Sales and Leasing) on 75 Broadway Street East. The cost is $150 including 24 home games. You can also purchase season tickets by contacting Ken Chyz at (306) 621-5687



Kody Rock Finds Success With Baby Brewers


Former Yorkton Cardinal pitcher Kody Rock made a successful first step with the Milwaukee Brewers Arizona League affiliate. After starting the season in the WMBL, Rock signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in July and made the most of his opportunity. 
 
The Canora, Saskatchewan native, who has been playing baseball since he was four, turned his passion into a very productive college career with Mayville State in North Dakota. 
 
Rock also enhanced his pitching skills by competing in summer baseball with Yorkton and the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League. 
 
As a senior with Mayville State in 2017, Rock was 9-4 with a 2.88 earned run average. He also pitched 100 innings,  striking out 104 batters while being named to the 2nd team All-Conference in the North Star Athletic Association.


During the 2016 WMBL season in Yorkton, Rock was 5-2 with an excellent 1.91 earned run average. He had 58 strikeouts in 61 innings while also being named the WMBL top pitcher and a 1st team All-Star as a starting pitcher. Those outstanding performances impressed the Milwaukee scouting staff and earned Rock a professional contract. 
 
With the 2017 baby Brewers, Rock saw action in 12 games pitching 19.2 innings. He earned two wins and four saves while compiling a 3.66 ERA. Rock also walked three and struck out 17 batters. 
 
Other summer league grads, Sean Wooten, John Axford, Andrew Albers, Marco Gonzalez, Dan Runzler and Andrelton Simmons found their way to the majors after playing in WMBL. 
 
Rock hopes to climb his way up the ladder within the Brewers organization in 2018 and beyond. All the best to Kody in his professional baseball career! 

 

Simmons Shines in 2017 MLB Season


Andrelton Simmons was a member of the 2009 Yorkton Cardinals. His bat was very good, but his defensive ability at shortstop was at a level never seen before or since he graced Jubilee Park and all other WMBL stadiums. He was and still is truly one of a kind.


Simmons made his MLB debut in 2012 with Atlanta, and has not looked back. He went on to win two gold gloves with the Braves in 2013 and 2014, while also winning the platinum glove in 2013 as the National League's top defensive player.


In 2017 Simmons won his third career gold glove as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He also achieved career highs in several offensive categories including hits (164), runs (77), doubles (38), stolen bases (19), on base percentage (.331) and slugging percentage (.421). He also hit a very respectable .278. 


Congratulations to Andrelton on another fine season in the show, with continued success in 2018 and beyond!