It wasn't that long ago that the Lindsay Cardinals were just two games out of first place. Suddenly their solid defense isn't so solid and the roof is starting to cave in.
An 8-2 loss on May 7 and a 4-2 loss to Woodlake on May 4, may have eliminated the Cardinals from the playoff picture and the team is left with one week to try and put the fires out.
A total of 10 runs were surrendered in the two games, but only six of them were earned. Lindsay committed 7 errors in the two games, a trend that started in the second round of league play. The Cardinals have not committed fewer than three errors in a game since an April 20 game against Woodlake.
Despite four solid innings from pitcher Abel Gamboa, Lindsay couldn't overcome errors and good Woodlake pitching.
Gamboa pitched four innings and surrendered three runs on five hits and no walks.
Lindsay was limited to five hits and only Tomas Cervantes and Javier Ibarra were able to bring runners across the plate.
Four Lindsay errors came back to haunt them, producing four unearned runs in the game. Exeter bats continued to struggle, getting just six hits, two of which came off the bat of Noe Orosco who also scored one of Exeter's two runs.
Lindsay will finish the season with games against Exeter and Corcoran.
As of press time the Cardinals Tuesday game against Exeter had yet to be played and results can be found in the May 19 issue of the Lindsay Gazette.