Springfield Cardinals fall 2-0 in 2021 season opener, first game since Sept. 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield Cardinals welcomed fans back to Hammons Field for the first time since September 2019, but fall 2-0 to the Wichita Wind Surge in the 2021 season opener.
After seven scoreless innings to open the game, Wichita scored two runs off Springfield relief pitcher Dalton Roach in the eighth inning. Those held up as the only two runs during the entire game.
Domingo Robles tossed five scoreless innings for the Springfield Cardinals in his Opening Day start, striking out five hitters. Top prospect Nolan Gorman finished hitless in four at-bats, but made a nice diving defensive play in the first inning.
Nick Plummer and Delvin Perez finished with two hits apiece and accounted for half of the team’s eight hits. Springfield only had one hitter advance past second base in the entire game. In the seventh inning, Springfield’s best chance to score was spoiled when what would have been the game’s first run was thrown out at home plate on a Plummer hit to end the inning.
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Despite the result, home opener offered plenty of excitement and anticipation for Springfield Cardinals players, staff and fans.
“Hard to sleep last night knowing we had a game today,” said third baseman Nolan Gorman during a Zoom session Tuesday. “Super excited to get back on the field... We’re going to go out there with a lot of passion with every pitch.”
“It’s exciting to get back to playing, but it’s really exciting to get back and play in front of fans,” said first baseman Luken Baker during a Zoom session Tuesday. “We’ve gone a year and a half without playing an organized baseball game. I’m just really pumped to get back out there. We’ve worked our tails off the whole time [in between seasons].”
“I know the fans are eager to see baseball after a year off last year,” said team manager Jose Leger during a Zoom session Monday. “These guys are so happy and eager that we were going to have a baseball season this year... They’re more than prepared to play this season… These guys are going to compete.”
“It’s going to be beyond exciting,” said Springfield Cardinals General Manager Dan Reiter ahead of the home opener. “I think people are going to be so excited to get those ballpark smells again.... “I’ve been with the Springfield Cardinals since day one, and I can remember that first season when that first game and same usual people crying and honestly I think there are going to be some people who are the same way. Myself included.”
The ballgame also offered a chance for fans to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department partnered with Mercy and the Springfield Cardinals to offer vaccinations Tuesday at Hammons Field without an appointment.
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