Rushmores beat N.J. Cardinals, 12-3

The South Dakota Rushmore 75-plus baseball team is 4-0 in the Roy Hobbs World Series after handling the New Jersey Cardinals, 12-3, on Wednesday.

After two innings of scoreless baseball, the Rushmores scored four runs on five hits in the top of the third, and then, blew the game open with nine hits and nine runs in the fifth.

Phil Trooien pitched the entire game, scattering nine hits and allowing three runs as he struck out two and walked two.

The Rushmore defense helped out with a pair of double plays.

Six Rushmore players had two hits each – Nick Pashulka, Lew Ingalls, Howard Bich, Kent Rolfing, Harvey Austin and Bill Shields.

Trooien, John Larson, Doug Stormo, Mike Spratt, Joe Pyle and Joe Bonacquista added one hit apiece.

The Rushmores take on the Kent Mudhens on Thursday in the final game of round-robin play before playoffs start on Friday and conclude on Saturday.

The Rushmores are the only undefeated team in the tournament.

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