The Madison Broncos ran their winning streak to nine games on Thursday night at Flynn Field. Madison hung on to down the Flandreau Cardinals 8-5 in Cornbelt League baseball action.
The Broncos improved to 11-3 in league play.
It did not take long for the Broncos to get on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the first inning, Justin Jaspers drew a walk for the Broncos and later scored on a single by Ryan Steffensen to put the Broncos on top 1-0.
Flandreau tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third. The Cardinals grabbed the lead in the fourth frame by plating two runs. The big hit of the fourth inning was a double by Kyle Sanderson that knocked in both runs to put the Cardinals up 3-1.
Madison cut the deficit to one on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fourth frame. Nick Bird hit a home run over the left-field fence to pull the Broncos to within one, 3-2.
After holding Flandreau scoreless in the top of the fifth inning, the Broncos' offense came to life. Madison sent seven batters to the plate and scored three runs to retake the lead 5-3. The big blow of the inning for the Broncos was a double by Bird that knocked in two runs.
Madison plated two more runs in the sixth frame with the aid of just one hit.
The Broncos added their last run in the eighth inning. With two outs, Eric Hortness singled to knock in Ray Wagner.
Flandreau added two runs in the ninth inning but it was not enough.
The Cardinals outhit the Broncos 11-10.
Bird had a home run, a double and three RBIs. Steffensen, Matt Burpee and Trevor Johnson each had two singles for the winners. Steffensen had two RBIs and Burpee had one RBI.
Chris Brozik started for the Broncos and pitched six innings to gain the win. He gave up seven hits and three runs, struck out five and walked three.
Ray Wagner finished on the hill for the Broncos. He pitched three innings and gave up four hits and two runs, struck out six and walked four.
Madison (13-3 overall) will swing back into action on Sunday hosting Canistota at 2 p.m. at Flynn Field.