by John Baum, Bern Cardinals
Swiss-American import Ryan Byrne made his first start of the season for the Cards, and didn’t disappoint, going the distance in a 6 inning game, striking out 11. Ryan allowed his first earned run of the year, yielding only four hits in his complete game victory. Johnny Perigos led the offensive charge, hammering out two homeruns and a double in a 4-5 performance. Seth Suplin, 5-5; and Benji Waite, homerun, helped to highlight an impressive offensive display as the visitors went on to win 18-1. The Cardinals knocked out 21 hits on their way to their seventh consecutive win.
Benji Waite and the Cards looked to continue perfection on the season in the second half of the double header. All looked normal as the Cards scratched a first inning run. But it all turned around in the second inning as the Eagles broke a 1-1 tie with a six runs against the American. All six runs were unearned, as a two out error left him and his team on the field. Waite surrendered five hits in the inning, as the home team took charge of the game. After the second, Waite settled in, allowing only two more hits in four innings pitched, finishing after the seventh inning with 10 K’s. The Cardinals, not used to coming from behind this season, would fight til the finish. A three run fifth inning closing the gap to two runs. After a scoreless sixth, the visitors put up five runs in the seventh to take a 9-7 lead. John Baum took over for Waite in the eighth, allowing an unearned run to score in the final two innings. The Cards would tack on an insurance run in the ninth to close the game out at a score of 10-8. Benji Waite helped his own cause going 3-5 with two doubles.