2008-2009 Press Releases


(5/7) Cardinals claim a 6-5 win over Magic in opening-round of NJCAA Region XVI Tournament.  The #5 seeded Mineral Area College baseball team pulled a mild upset by nipping the #4 seed and host Meramec in the first-round of the Regionals on Wednesday.  Sophomore shortstop Blake Pinnon belted a pair of solo home runs and Richie Stanley was a perfect 3-for-3.  DJ Article

(4/30) Mineral Area College baseball a trend setter, sixth straight series split.  Bobby Tatum stroked a first-pitch home run to lead off the first inning of the opener.  That run didn't hold up as the Cardinals would still have to come from behind to claim a 6-4 victory. The St. Charles CC Cougars got their revenge in game two with a 7-2 win.  Aaron Blunt relieved Tyler Beers in the seventh and set down the Cougars 1-2-3 to preserve the win and pick up a save. DJ Article

(4/28) Cardinals split a pair at Forest Park in an old-fashioned slug-fest.  The Cardinals and Highlanders combined for 47 total runs in two games. MAC won the first game 18-12, and Forest Park was able to earn game two with a 10-7 final socre.  Chance Cleveland left the mound in the first game after finishing the top half of the fourth, trailing 8-7, but an eight-run breakout in the bottom of the fourth for the Cardinals offense gave Cleveland the win. Bobby Tatum hit two home runs and a double to drive in eight of MAC’s runs. Tatum drove in half the Cardinals eight runs in the fourth inning with a grand slam.  DJ Article

(4/24) Cardinals get fourth series split in a row with a 7-6 win in game two over Jefferson College.  The Mineral Area College baseball team salvaged a double-header split against Region XVI rival Jefferson with an one-run victory in the night-cap. Freshman Richie Stanley muscled his fourth home run of the season over the left-center fence, and earned the game-winning RBI by legging out a fielder’s choice that allowed Chance Cleveland to cross home plate.  DJ Article

(4/23) Mineral Area earns split with two solid pitching performances.  Dustin Hunter recorded five strikeouts and allowed only two hits in a complete-game shutout to edge North Central 1-0 in the first game of a double-header. The MAC defense turned two timely double plays to negate a pair of errors behind Hunter (4-0).  Bobby Tatum led off the first inning with his sixth home run of the season for the lone run of the game. Tatum added a single to finish 2-for-3 and Mike Bigogno doubled for the Cardinals’ only other hit.  The Cardinals stood one inning away from a sweep, but David Bliss drilled a two-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Phillip Davolt in a 4-3 comeback win for the Pirates. DJ Article

(4/20) Cards split pair of one run games over the Fury in St. Louis.  Mineral Area College received an excellent pitching performance by Dustin Hunter in game one.  He threw a three-hitter for a 2-1 win. The Cardinals rallied late to force an extra inning in game two, but Florissant Valley scored in the bottom of the eighth on two straight hits for a 10-9 win.  DJ Article

(4/16) MAC Cardinals earn split with win in game two in a 9-1 win over Three Rivers.  Aaron Blunt allowed only three earned runs in his four innings of work, but the Cardinals only mustered three hits against the Raiders as MAC was shut out 6-0. The Cardinals bats fared much better as they drummed out nine hits to back pitcher Chance Cleveland for a 9-1 win in the second game.  Cleveland struck out 10 batters and gave up only three hits.  DJ Article

(4/13) Cardinals sweep North Central CC in a rain soaked double-header.  Mineral Area College braved the wet weather to claim two wins over the Pirates in Trenton, MO. The Cards offense was present and hit the ball with regularity to post 10-0 and 9-1 wins.  MAC pitchers Tyler Beers and Logan Lawson allowed only a total of six hits  by the home team in the two games.  DJ Article

(4/8) Mineral Area College sweep Forest Park in a pair of MCCAC games. The Cardinals got back on the winning track with two wins over the Highlanders.  The Cards scored ten in each game to win 10-4 and 10-9.  Mike Bigogno spread out nine hits to collect the win in game one.  Richie Stanley collected his third RBI with his third double in the game, and Isaac Armstrong hit a bases-loaded triple to cap off the deciding fifth inning.  Hunter Jeter went five plus to pick up the win and Chance Cleveland earned the save.  DJ Article

(4/6) Vikings get the best of Cardinals in a sweep at Hillsboro.  Mineral Area had won five of their last six games coming into the Conference and Region pair, but Jefferson College grabbed a pair of wins to extend their own winning streak to eight.  Aaron Blunt kept Jeffco’s bats somewhat silenced matching the Vikings’ Matt Stites allowing only seven hits.  The Cardinals tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out HR by Bobby Tatum in the fifth inning, but eventually lost the lead to drop a 4-2 decision.  The Vikings powered up in game two with four HRs to grab a sweep with an 11-0 shut-out.  DJ Article

(4/2) Mineral Area earns split over Meramec in a tale of two differrent games.  The Cardinals were held to only three hits in a 4-0 loss in game one, but they exploded for 18 hits in game two for a 14-4 five-inning win over the Magic.  Meramec's David Williams gave up an initial hit to Blake Pinnon and then mowed down 15 batters in a row, striking out nine of the 15 for the headline in game one.  Lawson struck out 3 and allowed 4 runs to earn the win in game two for the Cards. Cleveland 3-3, Beers 3-3, Bigogno 3-3, Thompson 2-3, Cox 2-3, and Stanley 2-4 provided the offense as MAC plated 14 runs.  DJ Article

(4/1) Cards offense comes alive for 19 runs and Chance Cleveland records a win and a save in sweep of Fury.  Chance Cleveland had a great day on the hill earning a save for Aaron Blunt in an 8-5 win in game one and grabbed a win in an 11-1 win in the night-cap over Florissant Valley (St. Louis, MO).  Pinnon (2-3, HR), Bigogno (2-3), and Thompson (1-3, HR) provided the offense in the opener, while Cox (2-3), and Bigogno (1-4, HR) were the offensive stars in game two.  DJ Article  

(3/27) Cardinals muscles up to sweep pair from Three Rivers CC Raiders in Farmington.  A change of venue for Thursday's home games against Three Rivers proved to be in the Mineral Area College Cardinals favor. The MCCAC Conference and Region XVI double-header was played at at Wilson Rozier Park due to field conditions.  The Cardinals sent seven extra-base hits to the outfield wall, and two more over the eight-foot exterior, winning their first game in a 10-1 blow-out and the second in an 8-7 comeback.  DJ Article

(3/24) MAC starts out hot, but offense chills out to UAFS relief pitching. The Cardinals came up with five hits in their first time through the line-up, but their hot bats cooled quickly as the team recorded only one hit in their last 20 at-bats. Chalk a win up for Univ. Arkansas-Ft. Smith's relief pitcher Derek Vaughn, who entered the game with the score tied.  He threw the last five innings, striking out six batters to earn a 6-4 win for the visiting Lions.  DJ Article

(3/18) Southwestern Illinois knocks off Cardinals 15-7 in nine inning affair.  Porous defense hands SWIC a win over MAC in Belleville, IL.  Errors, Errors, Errors led to another loss for the Cardinals. Mineral Area College committed four of them in their game against Southwest Illinois and even though offensively MAC made up for them, the momentum their mistakes gave the Blue Storm the upper hand to claim a 15-7 win. "Offensively we did fine," said MAC head coach Jim Gerwitz, "but our defense let us down today."  DJ Article

(3/16) MAC splits a pair with a 4-3 win in game two over the Warriors from Rend Lake (IL) CC.  The Cardinals dropped the opener 8-2, as Aaron Blunt took the loss. Offense was provided by Clint Cashen 2-2 with a double and a RBI and Drew Pixley 2-2 with 2 Stolen Bases. MAC won the second game 4-3, as Chance Cleveland pitched a complete game for the win. Mike Bigogno was 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s, and Nick Cox was 2-3 with a double.

(3/12) Cardinals split another pair on Spring Trip by grabbing a 6-4 win over Kishwaukee.  MAC lost the opener 3-2 to host Mississippi Gulf Coast CC. Aaron Blunt had another great outing on the hill but took the loss. Blake Pinnon was 2-3 and Jimmy Thompson was 1-1 with a RBI. MAC salvaged a split by beating Kishwaukee (IL) CC 6-4. Logan Lawson earned the win and Chance Cleveland got the Save. Chance Cleveland led the hitting attack by going 2-3 with a double and a RBI, and Drew Pixley went 1-3 with a triple and 2 RBI’s.

(3/10) MAC spilts a pair with Alabama Southern CC.  The offense finally came alive winning game one by a score of 10-9  The Cards dropped game two by the score of 7-2.  Dustin Hunter earned the win on the mound in the first game and the offense was provided by Bobby Tatum (2-3 with Home Run and 2 RBI’s), Richie Stanley (1-4 with a Home Run), Aaron Blunt (2-4 with a Home Run 4 RBI’s), Drew Pixley (1-2 with a Home Run). Mike Bigogno took the loss on the hill in the finale, as Korey Domenick was 1-1 with a double and RBI.

(2/25) Cardinals add four to the roster to bolster spring line-up, including Park Hills Central standout Ronnie Calvird.  Ronnie Calvird, a homegrown second baseman (Park Hills Central) transfered from NCAA DI Illinois State University.  "Calvird is a great hitter that should add some punch to our line-up and see time at second base when he returns from injury," stated Head Coach Jim Gerwitz. The Cardinals also added several JUCO transfers to the roster for the 2009 Spring campaign.  Chance Cleveland, RHP/SS from Watson-Chapel High School (Pine Bluff, AR) transfered from Connors State CC (OK).  "Chance is going to be a big factor for the team on the mound and at SS this season," commented Assistant Coach Stan Walden.  Nick Cox, another Watson-Chapel High School (Pine Bluff, AR) product transfered to MAC from Garden City CC (KS).  "Nick's ability behind the plate will definately help us at catcher, he blocks the ball well and can throw runners out," added Gerwitz. Billy Lee, a solid Outfielder from Dollarway High School (Pine Bluff, AR) rounds out the new additions.  "Billy brings more speed to this team, he is a great kid that loves the game and plays hard all the time," added Walden.

(2/23) Three Cardinals sign National Letters of Intent four four-year schools, including Aaron Blunt to the University of Missouri.  Aaron Blunt, a left-handed pitcher from North County High School (Bonne Terre, MO) has sign to pitch at NCAA DI University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) in 2010. Aaron transfered home from Jefferson College last fall.  "Blunt throws four pitches for strikes, He will lead the our pitching staff along with Logan Lawson this season," commented Head Coach Jim Gerwitz.  Logan Lawson signed to pitch at NAIA William Woods University (Fulton, MO) in 2010.  Logan, a sophomore from Jackson High School (Jackson, MO) was 4-3 as a freshman last season.  "Logan is a fierce competitor that you want on the mound when the game is on the line," added Gerwitz.  Jimmy Thompson, a power-hitting first-baseman from Park Hills Central High School (Park Hills, MO) has signed to play next year at NCAA DII Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO).  Jimmy led the MAC Cardinals in Homeruns last year as a Freshmen with 10.  "Jimmy looks to repeat those power numbers this year in 2009, and we expect big things from him at the plate," commented Stan Walden.  Thompson was Honorable Mention MCCAC All-Conference last season