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Babe Ruth hits five-game win streak

POSTED July 3, 2014 11:02 p.m.

Make it five straight wins for the Stanislaus Cardinals Babe Ruth team which dropped their first contest of the year last Friday but since then have sailed a smooth wave into a winning streak.

The Cardinals are currently 14-1 after their first 15 games, cruising through a nine and currently a five-game winning streak along the way.

"It's a winning streak… we had a talk in between Friday's game at Hollister that it was a good wake up call," said Cardinals head coach Bobby Swedberg. "We can turn the switch on or off whenever but we proved that we can come back and were productive in the second game and those things build character and will carry through the summer."

After losing to Hollister 4-1 in a doubleheader, the Cardinals quickly rebounded in the second contest to take the win, 14-3.

In the first contest, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth but key Hollister hits and crucial errors committed by the Cardinals led to the first loss of the season.

"It's hard to say what exactly happened, we were flat in the beginning in that loss and had not much to show for, pitching was excellent, just flat on hitting and that cost us that game," Swedberg said. "We didn't do our job early on with runners in scoring position and some balls didn't fall that could've."

In the second game, Brennan Hauser and Tyler Murphy each led the team in hitting as they added on two hits apiece, with Murphy adding on two RBI behind an offense that picked up right where they left off.

Last Sunday's doubleheader against Hanford proved to be really close in both contests, which each ended up being one-run games.

In the first, the Cardinals nicked away a 3-2 victory and in the second contest they won yet again after a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth from Mike Pereznagron gave the Cardinals a 2-1 win at home.

Recent Turlock graduate Gavin Gaffaney started the first game against Hanford and tossed up five innings of work, allowing only four hits and giving up the two runs en route to a win.

Murphy tossed the second game against Hanford and the 2013 Turlock graduate, who has made a nice recovery after a boating accident in 2013 cut short his college baseball dreams, went five innings deep and allowed only one run on three hits and struck out nine as he earned the 12th win for his team.

"It's been a privilege having him for the second year in a row after what has happened the last year or so and to be able to perform at the level he has," Swedberg said. "This shows the volume he has for the love of baseball and what kind of athlete he really is."

On Tuesday, the 10-run rule was in affect after the Cardinals took it to the Ripon Babe Ruth team in a 13-1 win.

Murphy was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI while Hauser was 2-for-3 with two RBI as well. Cody Cornell—also a recent Turlock graduate—went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

"He is a strong kid, I watched him through rehab and was there every day ...it shows the kind of athlete he is," Swedberg said about Murphy. "He has a God gifted talent to play the game but he has been tested physically and mentally to do what he has and it is setting him up for a successful college career upcoming."

In Wednesday's home game the Cardinals picked up where they left off in the previous game as they 10-run ruled the Stanislaus Royals by a score of 14-1.

Pitman graduates Hauser and Zach Gurr each tallied two hits for the Cardinals in that game.

Murphy added on two hits while Gaffaney was 1-for-1 with two RBI.

The Cardinals will play in Modesto against the Modesto Christian squad this weekend in a doubleheader matchup 6 and 8 p.m. today. â€‹

 

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