MONTEZUMA - The Grottoes Cardinals improved to 7-8 on the year Tuesday night, after using a late-inning rally to defeat the Montezuma Braves, 7-4.
Fresh off his recent walk-off, Owen Stewart took the mound for the Braves last night, tossing five innings of one-run baseball. The Cardinals struggled to make contact against the rising star within the RCBL. Stewart struck out five and gave up just three hits over five innings. Unfortunately, his bullpen failed to keep the lead to finish off the victory.
Montezuma opened the scoring early, going up 3-0 in the 3rd behind RBI-hits by Kyle Matthews and Austin Douglas. The only other run for the Braves would come in the 6th inning, as Cade Templeton would come around and score on a wild pitch.
A three-run seventh and a three-run eighth would eventually secure a much-needed win for Grottoes. Jacob Merica lead the way with four hits, raising his batting average to .340 on the year.
Keegan Woolford finished 2-3 at the plate with two walks, two runs scored, and three RBIs. He’s now up to nine RBIs this season.
Brady Cockerman continued his dominant 2018 out of the Grottoes bullpen. Cockerman’s three-shutout innings (six strikeouts) kept the Montezuma bats quiet enough for his offense to climb back.
Grottoes returns to action on Friday with a big Eastern Division game against the Elkton Blue Sox. Elkton currently sits just one game behind the Cardinals. As for Montezuma, they return to action on Thursday with a road game against the Broadway Bruins. They return home on Friday with a matchup against the New Market Shockers.