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May 25

Cards – 10, Little Falls – 0

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[Game day was gray, gloomy, and windy – so what else is new?  Captains, coaches, and umpires met at home plate in spite of it all.  The section’s No. 2-seeded Cardinals were hosting the 7th-seeded Little Falls Flyers (Flyers, because that’s where Charles Lindbergh was from, don’cha know).]

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[Sophomore Kendra Hardy (13) took the mound (well, flat) for the Cards.]

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[Junior Calley Richardson (15) patrols centerfield with aplomb.]

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[Leading off for the Cards, senior shortstop Emma Ziegler (4) . . . ]

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[Zig attempted to bunt for a hit but they got her by a whisker (or its equivalent).]

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[At No. 2, junior 2nd baseman Allison O’Kane (9) . . . ]

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[Who promptly . . . ]

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[Lined a single to right – yeah, I know, the chain link won the focus battle here.]

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[Batting 3rd, senior 1st baseman Ellie Ronning (12) . . . ]

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[Who also singled.  We always say she will keep her batting average hovering around .600 as long as she doesn’t go into any 2-for-4 slumps.]

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[Batting cleanup, the aforementioned Calley who just got under one a bit.]

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[And then Kendra looking to help her own cause.]

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[Nope, don’t care for that one.]

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[Or that one either!]

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[Whoa, what was that remark about whiskers?]

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[We didn’t score in the first, but in the 2nd junior Taylor Breitkreutz, who I have reason to suspect was playing righfield . . . ]

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[Scorched, as all good hockey defenseman do, as single to left.]

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[Junior catcher Jamie Lanoue (18) butted Taylor to 2nd (I think?) and was safe herself.]

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[Sophomore leftfielder Sydney Christenson (2) kept the ball rolling (so to speak).]

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[And Taylor scored the 1st run . . . ]

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[Followed in by Jamie . . . ]

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[Hey, I got a sequence . . . ]

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[That stayed in focus!]

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[Woo-woo!]

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[I must have missed some at bats here, because here’s Calley again?  Those quick naps are refreshing.]

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[And senior 3rd baseman McKenzie Revering (14), who I some how missed the first time through the lineup . . . ]

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[Rev had two hits for the day.]

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[Back to Kendra . . . ]

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[Power to the opposite field.]

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[This must be Taylor again, who also had two hits on the day . . . ]

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[And then she (I’m just going by the white helmet) scored again, as the hits kept coming.]

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[As Zig steps to the plate.]

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[There’s contact . . . ]

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[I’m no longer sure where we are now in the grand scheme of things, but the Cards scored 5 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd making the outcome only dependent on the final score.]

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[Allison ducks under one but she, like her fellow hockey defensemen Rev and Taylor, also had two hits on the day.]

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[And this may be hit No. 2. as she drives it toward right . . . ]

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[Follow through running.]

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[Ms. Ronning ended the day 3 – 4, as the shortstop snared her liner in her final at bat. This one looks like her double to right center.]

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[And thar she goes!]

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[Another run, though lost in the aura of the chain link.]

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[That’s better – is it Allison?]

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[It is here, I believe scoring on Ellie’s double.]

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[Then Calley . . . ]

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[Must have fouled one . . . ]

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[Then this looks like . . . ]

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[Her double . . . ]

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[To left.]

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[And Taylor . . . ]

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[Rev’s on 2nd . . . ]

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[Knock me in!]

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[Jamie?  Is that you?]

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[A lot of fans watching the game on the JV field . . . in their winter finery!  Osakis v. Bertha-Hewitt went extra innings at 3 – 3 – then B-W scored 2 in the top of the inning . . . ]

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[But Osakis came back to win with 3 in the bottom of the inning.]

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[Getting down to the nitty-gritty.  The Cards have an 8-run lead, two more runs from the 5th inning on will end the game by the 10-run rule.  Here’s Sydney, who had a nice game with two hits including a triple, 2 RBI’s, and 2 runs scored.]

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[Zig going for the bunt single again.]

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[This is Ellie’s line out . . . ]

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[To short.]

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[I guess 3 for 4 is still a pretty decent day.]

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[Gotta have strength up the middle – so here’s Zig at shortstop where her defense is a real asset.]

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[Calley hits one to left . . . ]

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[Maybe this one was the double?]

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[Is that you Rev?]

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[A prelude to . . . ]

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[Kendra’s up in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on . . . ]

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[I said to Brad sitting next to me, “Two-run homer, Cards win 10-0.”]

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[And she did it!!  I knew she had power, but I didn’t realize until later that was her first homer of the year.  Cards win and move on.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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