The 2018 Tri-County Cardinals are composed of 11 players from Choteau, Conrad and Shelby. Players hailing from Choteau are: Kolby Kovatch, Kyler Crabtree and Tony Daley; from Conrad are: Alec Breding, Braedon Hutton, Carson Bitney, Clint Judisch and Jette Pruttis; the Shelby Players are: Briton Bunell, David Kelleher and Tyler Larson. Coaching the Cardinals for 2018 are returning Head Coach Bjorn Swanson, and new assistant coach, Mike Hansell. Mike grew up in North Dakota, played college baseball and has coached teams out of Shelby in the past.
The 2018 campaign kicked off last Thursday night in Great Falls. On an overcast night the Cardinals fell to the Chargers 7-12. The Cardinals’ seven runs came off of eight hits. Leading the offensive charge were Crabtree, Kovatch and Hutton, all with two hits. The Chargers scored their 12 runs off 10 hits, led by Cameron McNamee and Parker Garness.
On the mound, the Cardinals used six pitchers in the game. Kovatch and Breding led the pitching with a combined four innings, five hits, and one earned run. McNamee got the win for the Chargers in relief, going six strong innings of two run baseball.
The Cardinals are hosting “Opening Day” on May 20, at home in Conrad, against the Havre North Stars at 2 p.m. The double header will be preceded with a live national anthem and a ceremonial opening pitch.
During the game Shawn Fowler of Bootlegger Electric will be serving pulled pork, with free will donations going back to Tri-County. The Cardinals encourage you to come out and cheer them on as they set out on their road to the District Tournament.
Tri-County hosts this year’s eight-team Northern District Tournament in late July. If you cannot catch Saturday’s game at the field it will also be on KSEN.