By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
BISHOP – It was unlikely the Lindsay Cardinals, after receiving the No. 12 seed in the Division VI playoffs, were going to make a run at defending their Valley Championship. However, that is precisely what they did making it one game away from the title game. The run ended in a 13-3 loss to the top seeded Bishop Union Broncos on Wednesday, May 15.
“Halfway through the season if anyone would have told me we’d be playing for a chance to go back to valley I would have said you were crazy,” Lindsay head coach Brett Kendig said.
Lindsay (11-16, 6-6) came out swinging in the first inning. With runners on second and third, Ryan Scheufele hit a two RBI single. The hit gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Scheufele was the only Cardinal to have a hit as he went 2-3. He also scored a run in the game.
“I think we woke Bishop up after that,” Kendig said.
In the bottom half of the frame, Bishop Union, (17-4, 10-2) and their offense which averaged over 10 runs a game this season got to work. The Broncos scored four runs in the first to take the lead for good 4-2.
Lindsay’s pitching once again was the culprit for Bishop Union taking the lead. Starting pitcher Aaron Macias lasted less than an inning as he gave up four earned runs. In all Lindsay threw five guys up on the mound, and all had trouble finding the strike zone, and all except Nick Dunning walked multiple batters.
The loss of Scheufele before the season began with a shoulder injury proved to be detrimental to the Cardinals’ pitching staff.
Lindsay will lose eight seniors this summer. All of which saw a fair amount of playing time this season. Julio Godoy will leave a void at the plate after batting .282, and scoring 29 runs. He leads the team in both categories.
“We’ll be back next year,” Kendig said.
Lindsay will return three of the five pitchers who threw in the game against Bishop. Macias, who got the start, might be Lindsay’s ace in the 2020 season. He made 17 appearances this season with four starts. In 34.1 innings pitched he struck out 38 batters, and allowed only 20 hits. He had one setback in that he walked 33 batters.
Nick Dunning is another impressive starter the Cardinals will be returning. The sophomore made 12 appearances last season.