SPRING VALLEY, WI - The Cardinal baseball team started their run for a fourth straight conference title last week with a split of non-conference games to open the season.

The Cardinals had solid hitting to offset surrendering some early runs in the opener against Somerset, then struggled to get timely hits in their loss to Baldwin-Woodville.

SV 11, Somerset 7
The visiting Spartans opened the first inning with four runs, only to have the Cardinals come right back in the bottom half of the inning with four runs of their own to tie it. That back-and-forth continued for the first half of the game.

Somerset opened the first inning with a hit batter, a walk and two singles to plate their first run. After a pair of strikeouts by senior pitcher Brock Bune another hit batter and single scored three more runs before the final out to leave Somerset with a 4-0 lead.

Valley fought back immediately though, with senior Dylan Bune lacing a single on the first pitch he saw, followed by three straight walks to Sean Borgerding, Sam Verges and Brett Fogarty to score one run. Brock Bune reached base on an error and scored Borgerding. After a fly-out, Patrick Cipriano reached base on an error and scored another run and Levi Sands walked to score the fourth run to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the first.

Somerset scored two more runs in the second inning while the Cardinals got one run to give Somerset a 6-5 lead with Cipriano replacing Bune on the mound for Valley.

The Cardinals kept Somerset scoreless in the third inning and plated two runs in the bottom of the third on three walks and a couple of wild pitches to take a 7-6 lead.

In the top of the fourth the Spartans scored an unearned run after the leadoff hitter reached base on an error and a double to tie the score at 7-7.

Valley responded in the bottom of the fourth when Cipriano doubled to score one run and another scored on a passed ball to put the Cardinals back up 9-7 with a lead they would not give up the rest of the way.

Brett Fogarty singled in the fifth inning to score two more runs for the final margin. Borgerding pitched the final two innings to close out the pitching duties for Valley.

The Cardinals scored their runs on six hits and eight walks. Borgerding and Dylan Bune each had two hits while Cipriano had one hit and two RBI’s and Fogarty had one hit and three RBI’s on the game.

Cipriano got the win, giving up one run, not earned, on one hit and two walks over 3 and ? innings. Borgerding got the save with two innings of work giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two. Bune surrendered six earned runs on five hits and two walks.

Baldwin-Woodville 5, SV 1
Valley plated a run in the top of the first inning on back-to-back doubles from Borgerding and Sam Verges for a quick lead.

The Blackhawks responded with a single and back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the inning off of Brock Bune to take a 2-1 lead.

Three singles, a hit batter and a double by the Hawks gave B-W a 5-1 lead after two innings. Cipriano took over the pitching duties in the third inning gave up a pair of singles before getting a double play fly out to center fielder Verges who then made a fantastic throw out at home. A ground out ended the B-W threat.

Bune took the loss surrendering all the runs in the first two innings on seven hits and no walks. Cipriano surrendered four hits over three innings of relief work and Borgerding threw one inning with no hits.

The Cardinals scattered 11 hits throughout the game, but stranded 10 runners on the base paths in the loss.

Valley played at Plum City this past Monday and will host Colfax tonight (weather permitting) and will host Prairie Farm on Tuesday, April 18, and Plum City on Thursday, April 20, before hitting to road to Glenwood City on Friday, April 21.