Posted: Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:53PM

Naturals battle out 6-2 win over Cards on Thursday

Springfield, Mo. (Springfield Cardinals Sports Information)  -- The Northwest Arkansas Naturals topped the Springfield Cardinals, 6-2, before 5,085 fans at Hammons Field on Thursday night.

After both Springfield RHP Seth Blair (L, 0-3) and Northwest Arkansas LHP Justin Marks (W, 2-0) alternated three scoreless innings apiece, the Naturals (7-13) got on the board first in the top of the fourth. With two down and the bases empty, RF Yem Prades hit a solo home run to left field, lifting the Naturals to the 1-0 advantage.

Northwest Arkansas built on the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. After LF Roman Hernandez doubled himself on, 3B Angel Franco quickly brought him home with an RBI double. A hit batter and a sacrifice bunt put two men on with one away, and Blair quickly logged the second out on a strikeout to SS Orlando Calixte. The Cardinals then intentionally walked DH Rey Navarro, loading the bases. However, C Mitch Canham worked an RBI free pass against Blair, and then Prades did the same against RHP Kevin Thomas, stretching the Naturals lead to 4-0.

The Cardinals (10-10) began chipping away immediately, getting on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Leading off the frame, C Audry Perez launched a solo home run over the right field wall, cutting the deficit down to 4-1.

After the Naturals stretched the lead with a two-run homer by 1B Matt Fields in the top of the eighth, the Cardinals responded with a solo shot by CF Tommy Pham in the bottom of the frame. However, RHP Edwin Carl took over on the mound for the Naturals and dealt 1.1 scoreless frames to close the 6-2 win.

Click here for the complete box score from Thursday's game.

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Skyline Tigers

Catch the best photos from the 2013-14 Skyline athletic year.

Pictures: Branson Team Football Camp

Catch photos from Branson's Team Football Camp featuring Aurora, Catholic, Hollister, Mount Vernon, Mountain Grove, Neosho, Reeds Spring and Willow Springs.

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Rogersville Wildcats

Catch the best photos from the 2013-14 Rogersville athletic year.
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Oklahoma the right choice for Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is now an Oklahoma Sooner. If you're scratching your head right now, you're not alone. Yes, DGB will have to sit out the entire 2014 season, something that he wouldn't have had to do had he transferred to a FCS or D-2, but is...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Ozark Conference 7v7 Football recap
For the third summer in a row Kickapoo hosted the Ozark Conference 7v7 Tournament. Here is a recap from the 3rd annual event. The Champs are here For the first time in the 3-year history of the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 Tournament someone...
Read More
The future is now for local soccer
We’re graduating a great crop of senior soccer players this spring. Anywhere from 15-25 will not only contend for all-state honors once the season is over, but also keep playing in college next school year. So, who replaces some of those top...
Read More
Most Viewed