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Cardinals play Little Rock’s Mexican Osos

The Clinton Cardinals played a Little Rock based team of Mexican players called the Mexican Osos (or Bears).

The Cardinals beat the Osos 9-1 in a 9 inning game.

The starting pitcher for the Cardinals was Nathan “Steady” Smith who had a very good outing allowing no runs in the five innings he pitched. He was followed by Kendall “Dizzy Dean” Bates who allowed 1 run in his first inning then settled down after that. The game was closed by Chris “Split Finger” McMurrie.

For the Cardinals, Jake “Stonewall” Hink went 3 for 3 with 2 base on balls.

Robbie “The Franchise” McKnight went 1 for 4 with a double in the first inning.

McMurrie went 1 for 4. Ryan Black of the Henderson State Reddies Baseball Team went 2 for 4 with a home run in the first inning.

Hink also plays for the Henderson State football team and was a standout player for the Clinton Yellow Jackets baseball team while in high school. Jake has been quite productive both offensively and defensively for the Cardinals.

Bates went 2 for 3 and was also hit by a pitch. Kendall has played several positions on the team and has been of great value. Kendall’s father, Donnie Bates, was a left-handed pitcher and played for the Clinton Cardinals previously.

David “The Hammer” Habelitz went 2 for 1 with 2 base on balls. It was good to see David back after four years of not playing. The team hopes to seem him back for more games.

Nathan Smith went 1 for 4 and Dale Smith went 2 for 1.

The Cardinals play a team from Nicaragua next, then they travel to Union Chappel. The Cardinals will then play a team from Santa Fe for a final home game.

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