Cardinals take pair from Middleton Kendall, Martin combine for no-hitter

By David Shirley

Cardinals take pair from Middleton Kendall, Martin combine for no-hitter

Cardinal John Reed Odom slides in to home plate in action at home against Middleton on Tuesday, April 19. Staff Photo by David Shirley

The Adamsville Cardinals swept a pair of district contests last week against Middleton to improve their district record to 5-3. 

In the first game, played Monday, April 18, in Middleton, AHS scored three runs in the top of the first, held Middleton to only one, and never looked back, rolling to a 14-1, five-inning victory.

“We took advantage of several walks, and some errors along with some adjustments at the plate, and picked up a District 15A win,” said Coach Steven Lambert. “Montell pitched well, striking out 10 and walking only two. Offensively Kendall had 4 RBIs, Martin had 3 RBIs, and McSwain and Melton had 2 RBIs each. It is good to have a winning record in district.”

After putting up three in the first inning, AHS came right back with four more runs in the second and six in the third to put the outcome of the game pretty much out of doubt.  

AHS posted one more tally in the top of the fourth, but never allowed Middleton to cross the plate again and won 14-1.

Winning pitcher Montell Johnson (3-2) held MHS totally in check, striking out ten Tiger hitters along the way. 

AHS picked up nine hits and only one error. Middleton struggled mightily, scoring one run on three base hits while committing six errors. 

Cardinal leading hitters: Hunter McSwain 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs; Bradley Melton 2-3 with 2 RBIs; Jalen Kendall 2-2 with a double and an inside-the-park home run and 4 RBIs; Jake Martin one hit and 3 RBIs.

The surroundings for the rematch the next day in Adamsville may have been different, but the results were much the same, with AHS taking the victory, 10-0.

“Another good district win over Middleton,” said Coach Lambert. “Our bats and defense really backed up Kendall and Martin’s combined no hitter. Good team win as well as several Cardinals had big hits for us.”

AHS again put up three big runs in the opening inning and poured it on from there, never allowing Middleton a foothold in the contest.

AHS posted two more runs in the second inning, and five in the fourth to close out the scoring in the game, winning 10-0. 

AHS had 11 hits and a single error, while Middleton did not manage a hit, and committed two errors. 

With the pair of district wins, AHS improved to 5-3 in District 15A competition and moved to 14-10 overall. 

Kendall was the winning pitcher in the combined no-hitter, with Jake Martin pitching the last inning. 

Cardinal leading hitters: Hunter McSwain 2-4 with a double; Josh Chappell 2-2; Jake Martin 2-3; Jalen Kendall 1-3 with a double; Bradley Melton solo home run.