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(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

(3/18) 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.

(3/9) Mineral Area College earns first win of the spring with a 2-0 win over Carl Sandburg (IL).  The Cards dropped a 3-0 decision to a national-caliber Pensacola (FL) CC team to open the day.  Cameron Moss took the loss, as the offense only mustered 3 hits. But, MAC rebounded to beat Carl Sandburg 2-0 behind the arm of Chance Cleveland.  He piled up 13 Ks and gave up a single hit in the game. Aaron Blunt led the hitting attack by going 2-3 with a Home Run; Richie Stanley was 1-3 with a triple and a RBI.

(3/8) MAC starts road trip by dropping a pair to Holmes CC in Mississippi. Aaron Blunt took the loss on the hill in game one. Blunt pitched one of the best games of the year for the Cards, but the offense could only put one run on the scoreboard, as MAC lost 2-1. The Cards dropped the second game 9-3, as Logan Lawson took the loss on the hill. The Offense was provided by Bobby Tatum who was 2-4 with a Home Run.

(3/6) Kaskaskia pounds out 8 runs in win over Mineral Area College. The Cardinals hitting woes continued as they only mustered 4 hits in a nine inning affair.  The Cards dropped the 8-4 decision at Hal Loughary Field.  The only bright spot came in the eigth inning when Bobby Tatum hit a grand slam over the Left Field Fence. The Cards are 0-6 as the leave Saturday for their Spring Trip planning to bring home several wins. 

(3/5) Mineral Area plays solid defense, but stellar SWIC pitching holds the offense scoreless.  The Cards had decent pitching, excellent fielding, but no runs and that spelled a 5-0 shut-out by the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm at Hal Loughary Field.  SWIC’s pitching was nearly un-hittable with only the ninth inninh lead-off batter Bobby Tatum spoiling a no-hitter.  Tatum’s single was Mineral Area’s only hit in 31 at-bats. Tatum also drew a walk in sixth inning which was erased on a double play.

(3/4) John A. Logan nips Mineral Area College in a pair of close games.  The Cardinals dropped game 1 by the score of 2-1.  Aaron Blunt threw another gem of a game, only giving up 3 hits, but still took the loss.  The sputtering offense had six hits spread out over seven innings.  In game 2 the offense came alive pounding out 12 runs, but the pitching was the issue as the Volunteers scored 14 to earn the win.

(2/27) Cardinals drop a pair in their season opener to Warriors.  Mineral Area lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in nine innings to Rend Lake in game 1.  MAC took a 2-0 lead on an on a RBI single by Tyler Beers and an RBI ground ball by Clint Cashen.  Aaron Blunt struck out seven batters in his six innings of work, and relief pitcher Chance Cleveland gets the loss, despite not giving up a hit in his two innings of work.  Logan Lawson picked up the loss in game 2 as he allowed four runs on four hits in his three and one third innings of work.  The Cardinals dropped the second in a darkness-shortened game 6-3.

(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.

(10/01) Mineral Area College 2009 Spring Baseball Schedule released.  The Cardinals release their 2009 schedule, view it by clicking on this Schedule Link.