Top-ranked Cardinals tame Falcons, 13-6

FARIBAULT — The Class AA No. 1-ranked Fairmont Cardinals erupted for 13 hits, including four during a seven-run second at-bat, to flatten the Faribault Falcons, 13-6, during nonconference baseball action Monday in Faribault.

Landen Meyerdirk generated a game-best three RBIs behind a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and scored two runs from the No. 9 position in Fairmont’s batting lineup.

Eli Anderson, Zach Jorgensen and Cooper Steuber each produced two hits for the Cardinals, with Anderson tripling home two runs, Jorgensen supplied two RBIs, while Steuber scored a game-best three runs.

Trailing 3-0 after one completed frame, Nate Soelter and Gavin Rodning pounded out doubles to trigger Fairmont’s seven-run offensive outburst in the top of the second. Soelter led off with a two-base hit before circling the bases on Rodning RBI double.

Steuber drew a two-out walk for the Cardinals before Meyerdirk drilled a two-run single. Anderson walked before Jorgensen lined an RBI single to keep the runners moving. Levi Pooley, who was courtesy running for Anderson, scored on the Falcons’ errant pickoff throw before another miscue allowed Jorgensen and Kosbab to cross the plate for a 7-3 lead.

Fairmont tacked on two runs in the top of the third and four more in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Lincoln Becker singled to serve as the Cardinals’ third-inning catalyst before Rodning reached on a fielder’s choice. Steuber followed with a single before Brendan Schmidtke walked. One out later, Rodning scored on a passed ball before Jorgensen singled home one more run.

Becker set the table again in the fourth with a one-out walk before Steuber delivered a two-out single. Schmidtke and Meyerdirk followed with RBI singles before Anderson smacked a two-run triple for a 13-3 lead through four full frames.

Soelter allowed three runs — two earned — on three hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk in 2 innings of work to net the victory for the Cardinals.

Jorgensen gave up three runs — just one earned — on no hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Jorgensen struck out four and walked four.

Meyerdirk struck out one without walking anyone in 1 2/3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief, while Anderson closed out a perfect seventh frame.

Fairmont, which ended the regular season with a 19-2 overall record, awaits the outcome of a seeding meeting for the match-ups in the Section 3AA tournament that starts on Saturday.

Trevor Maakestad went 3-for-3 with a game-best four RBIs to power Fairmont to an 8-4 victory over Faribault during junior varsity action Monday in Faribault.

Noel Anderson scored three runs for the Cardinals, while teammate Joseph Hackett crossed the plate twice.

Starting pitcher Ben Moeller allowed four runs — three earned — on three hits, struck out six and walked two in 4 innings of work to earn the win.

Anderson struck out four and walked two in three one-hit innings of shutout relief to earn the save for the Cardinals.


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