Cole Evans slides safely into home while Caridnal catcher Braxton Hyde prepares to make the tag. The White Sox jumped out to an ealry lead and was abel to end a late Cardinal rally to earn a 7-4 win in the Cal Ripken League Monday at Rosel Field. L&T photo/Earl Watt
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The tendency in any game is to look at a key moment late in a game that determines the outcome, but a miscue in the first inning by the Cardinals turned out to be the difference. The White Sox knocked off the Cardinals 7-4 Monday at Rosel Field.
Cole Evans earned the win for the White Sox and kept the bases clean of Cardinals until the top of the sixth when the redbirds were able to rally.
The White Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the first with two outs when a routine ball dribbled to the mound. Cardinal pitcher Serbando Avila picked up the ball and tossed it to first, but the runner and ball arrived at the same time. The ball fell to the ground, and two runs scored.
Kylan Thomas followed with an RBI triple, and the White Sox had a 3-0 lead.
The lead increased in the third when Keith Evans and Thomas hit back-to-back doubles and Joel Mettlen followed with an RBI single to increase the lead to 5-0.
The Cardinals were able to get on the board in the fourth when Avila advanced to third and Braxton Hyde hit a sacrifice grounder that scored Avila to narrow the gap to 5-1.
But the White Sox added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth when Cole Evans hit an RBI single to score Brody Sumner, and Alex Yanez followed with an RBI single that scored Evans.
The Cardinals struggled against Evans until the sixth when Javier Neave scored on an RBI single from Alex Carillo, and Carillo scored on an RBI single by Avila.
Hyde hit another sacrifice to score Neave, and with only one out the Cardinals narrowed the score to 7-4.
Two more Cardinals reached base and the tying run came to the plate. But Evans was able to get a strike out and an infield pop fly to secure the White Sox win.