Alexandria – 10, Rocori – 0

[Happy Mothers’ Day, Happy Fishing Opener, Happy National Junk Rotation Day!]

Meanwhile, back to the subject at hand:

[Bob “Weakie” Annen (light cap), glad to be a snowbirder no more, resumes his elite status as a Cardinal Super Fan.]

The Cardinals were hosting the Rocori Spartans Friday afternoon.  The supervisor and I thought it a perfect prelude to the final Central Lakes Concert Association performance of the season later than evening (Metales M5, a brass quintet from Mexico, who were terrific).  OK, not quite perfect.  As you can see, “Weakie” is in winter attire though it appears to be a beautiful day.  Super Fan Ruth Anderson was present in her snowmobiling outfit.  A stiff breeze made “just sitting there” a chilling event.  The supervisor decided to stay in the car and read.

[JV fans at the abutting field – future Cardinal softballers watch intently from the back row.]

But the ladies mucked up our timing a bit.  They have been on a roll – winning their 5 previous games by a 51 – 9 run scoring margin.  On this day, they continued their onslaught.  Sophomore hurler Taylor Ellingson was terrific in not giving up a single walk (that I can recall) – and the bats kept producing.  The game was called in the 6th inning when the Cards reached a 10-run advantage – and a 10-0 victory.  The game only lasted one hour.  The supervisor and I had an hour and half to kill before the concert.  We determined a butter burger would make a fine time killer – and it was despite that fact the place was overrun with patrons, many of whom we assumed were on the road for the midnight fishing opener!

The game.  The following video is of the Cards 4-run fourth inning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Rt3rfs4Rk

We scored 3 runs in the first, 4 in the fourth, and 3 more in the sixth, thus ending the game.  And the hitting has been up and down the line-up.

[Taylor (7) was the first hitter I captured in the 1st inning – she bats 5th.  Yeah, we were a little late.]

[Emily Kuennen (4), sophomore 1st baseman, batting 6th, badly bruised the ball all day.]

[Taylor]

[Junior shortshop Danielle Carlson (2), and lead-off hitter, makes a play.]

[Junior 2nd baseman Jess Syvrud (1) bats 2nd.]

[Emily at 1st (and below).]

[Senior rightfielder Mikayla Lucas (9) in rightfield.  I failed to get a photo of our leftfielder in this game, junior Rachel Peterson (12), because that would have required me to get up out of my comfy chair and move to a different sight line!]

[A happy centerfielder, sophomore Amanda Christianson (5).]

[Senior catcher Lauren Trumm (3) snags a high hard one.]

[Danielle continues a tradition (at least since we’ve been following the team) of great shortstop play!  🙂  ]

[The half inning meet and greet.]

[Jess]

[LT, batting 3rd, has another successful plate appearance (and the next 3).]

[Sophomore 3rd baseman, Sarah Bruzek (13), batting clean-up.]

[“Baby Bruiser,” the only player I could occasionally shoot without having chain link in my way!]

[Taylor helped her own cause by ripping a double.]

[And then Emily drove her home, as I recall?]

[I must have been right – there’s Emily on 1st base now!  🙂  ]

[Players are running around everywhere!]

[Amanda?]

[Junior infielder Danielle Strater (14).]

[I believe it was a pinch hit situation for Dani . . .]

[So, she hit it.]

[Because this is the last photo of a swing, must have been the play that ended the game by “Baby Bruiser” . . .]

[Sarah by the Echo Press in the Brainerd game.]

[ . . . because her comes a Cardinal heading home . . .]

[As another heads to third.]

Game over.  Next home game Monday v. Tech – and v. Apollo on Tuesday (and a track meet, as well)!

About tomobert63

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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