Cape Picks Up First Road Win

Springfield, Ill., June 6 – Timely hitting, strong pitching and some aggressive base running combined to give the Cape Catfish their first road win of the 2022 season as they defeated the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes 4-3 Monday night at Robin Roberts Stadium in the Illinois capitol.

The win evened Cape’s record at 3-3 while the Horseshoes dropped to 2-4 with two of those losses coming in games against the Catfish.

Catfish designated hitter Dante Zamudio opened the scoring with a solo homer to open the fourth inning. He also doubled in the fifth inning to score shortstop Lane Crowden who had reached base on an error, stole second and advanced to third on a single by right fielder Cam Hill before Zamudio drove him in.

A rain delay in the top of the sixth inning stopped the game for more than an hour, but in the top of the seventh Crowden tripled and scored two batters later on a wild pitch, making the score 3-0.

The Horseshoes picked up two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Springfield catcher Nate Martinez and designated hitter Jake Curtis drew back-to-back walks then scored on a two-out double by second baseman Jayden Myren.

The Catfish scored their fourth run in the eighth inning with third baseman Kolten Poorman doubled, stole third and scored on an error by Horseshoes shortstop Peter Jelenic.

Springfield picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly, but the game when Catfish reliever Austin Brock struck out Springfield left fielder Cooper Combs stranding the potential tying run on third base.

Catfish starter Griffin Lohman along with relievers Brock and Braden Polzein combined to strike out 13 Horseshoes while allowing seven hits and walking four. Springfield pitchers Drew Detmers, Evan Long and Drew Evans struck out 15 Cape batters while allowing seven hits and walking just two.  Cape played errorless ball while Springfield committed two miscues.

The Catfish return to Cape Girardeau’s Capaha Field Tuesday to face the O’Fallon Hoots in a 6:35 p.m. game.