HADLEY - After falling behind 13-2, Hadley nearly had a come from behind victory Sunday, eventually falling to Wilmont 13-10 in a battle for the top spot in the Gopher League.
The Buttermakers continued to make it interesting in the final frame, getting runners on first and second before Lucas Henning forced Colby Pack to fly out to left field to earn the save.
Despite the loss, Hadley manager Myron Bennett was proud of the way his team fought back.
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Hadley’s Taylor Rignells slides across the plate for a run during Hadley’s game against Wilmont Sunday. His run was one of ten for the Buttermakers, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 13-10.
"We were down to within an out of that game ending in seven innings," Bennett said. "We had two outs on us and then we scored a couple runs to prolong the game. That's all you can ask for from the guys. They battled hard. We had two bad innings. We stuck with them and had the tying run at the plate."
Hadley fell behind 13-2 by the sixth inning before starting its rally in the seventh.
They put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stretch the game to its full nine-inning potential.
Joe Larson drove home the first run in the fourth inning with an RBI single which was followed by a two-RBI double from Pack and an RBI single from Nick Bruning.
Taylor Rignell kept the rally going in the seventh wth an RBI single before Nate Wieneke doubled to centerfield, bringing home a run and Pack added another two RBI with a single.
Max Zwart then drew a bases-loaded walk and James Wajer was hit by a pitch to bring the score to 1-13-10 before the eighth inning was over.
After a five-run first inning, Wilmont opened the game up in the sixth scoring eight runs.
Blake Rogers recorded an RBI single to go with a two-RBI single from Joe Ahrens, a two-RBI triple from Joe Krivarchka, an RBI double from Stuart Rogers and a two-RBI single from Adam Diekman.
The Cardinals also saw a run score on a wild pitch in the inning.
Wilmont was led offensively by Krivarchka, who drove in four RBI, going 2-for-5 and scored a run. One of his two hits was a triple.
The Cardinals also got RBI from Jay Scheidt (2), Justin Saufley (2), Matt King (1), Blake Rogers (1), Stuart Rogers (1) and Adam Diekman (1).
Pack led the buttermakers offensively with three RBI as he went 2-for-5 and had a double.
Nate Wieneke had two doubles in the game as he picked up two RBI and scored three runs.
Joe Larson had an impressive day offensively as well, going 3-for-5 and had two RBI. Nick Bruning also had two RBI as he had three hits, one of them a home run, in four plate appearances.
Hadley also got RBI from Max Zwart and Trent Carlson.
Pack took the loss on the mound for Hadley, giving up all five runs in the opening frame before recording an out.
He walked two and gave up the five runs on four hits without recording a strikeout.
Wajer pitched 5 2-3 innings of relief and struck out one while walking six.
He gave up five runs, four of them earned on five hits.
Saufley took the win for Wilmont, pitching 7 2-3 innings, striking out eight and walking just one.
He gave up eight runs on 12 hits.
Wilmont coach Todd Rogers was pleased his team was able to hang on for the win, but knows they are going to have to improve, as they travel to take on the undefeated Jackson Bulls in their next contest.
"I thought the pitching was solid," Rogers said. Hadley is a tough team and hard to beat. You have to stay on top of them all the time."
Hadley is set to take on the Milroy Irish at Irish Wednesday night with the game time set for 6:15 p.m.