The Soda Springs baseball team found a tough road against the Bear Lake Bears in the opening game of District Five play in Montpelier on Wednesday afternoon, and it was only made tougher by mistakes which Bear Lake was able to take advantage of for six unearned runs in an 11-1 win in six innings.
After the Cardinals looked like they would be able to score early in the game, moving Zach Housley to third base with only one out in the top of the second, the chance would slip through the fingers of the Cardinals, as he would be stranded 90 feet from home.
Bear Lake would pull together for a two out rally in the bottom of the frame, as a two out double brought home Josh Transtrum with the opening run of the game.
The bottom of the second saw the Bears add to their lead, as the Cardinals made three errors in the inning, and two unearned runs would score on Kyle Dursteler, who was able to limit the damage, stranding a pair of Bears on base.
The pressure would be kept up by Bear Lake, as the offense continued to add more runs on the tally, while Kasin Parker kept the Cardinals off balance, defusing several situations with runners on base through his six innings of work.
After the Bears took a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, with two more errors keying the rally, along with a pair of hit batsmen, the Cardinals would strike for a run, as Housley would steal his way into scoring position, and would be brought home on an RBI ground out by Dylan Downs.
Both teams would go scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, as Downs, in the game to pitch, would give up three quick hits, and a sacrifice bunt with a runner on third would bring home the Bears eleventh run of the game, and they walked off the Cardinals with an 11-1 win to open district play.
Soda drops to 7-4 with the loss, while Bear Lake gets their first win of the season.
On the softball field, a tight game would see the Cardinals down 2-0 entering the seventh inning. Soda would rally to score four runs in the top of the frame, and looked to be on their way to a win with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bears would give them a lesson in closing games, scoring three runs with two outs, and shocked the Cardinals with a 5-4 win.
The Lady Cardinals move to 5-6-1 on the season, and both baseball and softball drop to 0-1 in district play.