Ashland 4, Fond du Lac 3: The Cardinals fell in their season opener to Ashland.
Ashland’s Hunter Gustafson hit a bases-loaded double to score three runs in the third inning and Ashland added another run in the fifth.
Fond du Lac scored two runs in the first inning and one in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough.
“It was a very good ballgame and we knew they were good club,” Fond du Lac coach Marty Paulsen said. “Unfortunately the result didn’t come out right.”
Danny Behlke took the loss on the mound for the Cardinals, striking out six and walking five in 4 2/3 innings. Peyton Head pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Matt Ryan was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Fond du Lac, while Jason Schneider was 2-for-3 with a double and Ryan Collien was 2-for-2.
Ashland…003 010 0 — 4 6 2
Fond du Lac…200 100 0 — 3 6 0
WP: Mountain (1 k, 1 bb).
LP: Behlke (6 k, 5 bb)
Leading hitters: Ashland— Gustafson 3×3 (2b, 3 rbi). Fond du Lac — Ryan 2×4 (rbi), Schneider 2×3 (2b), Collien 2×2.