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CARDINALS CAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIP

HAIL TO THE CHAMPIONS

HAIL TO BRANDON SMITH

HAIL TO SAM CRATER

HAIL MANAGER BILL "POPS" RICKENBACH

HAIL TO ALL THE CARDINALS

They are the champions and they did it grand style. The pitching was great, The offense came alive. The defense was solid.

Combined they carried Bill Rickenbach's outfit to the West Shore Twilight League playoff championship and to victory over the Hagerstown Braves, 8-1, with 207 fans looking on at Rickenbach-Shirley Fiield Monday evenng.

At the outset things looked a bit iffy. The Braves scored their lone run in the first inning when Smith was having some location problems.  But he quickly resolved them and the deeper he went into the game, the tougher he got. He got a big lift from his defense in the early going. A Teed Wertz to Joe DeBernardis double play ended the second inning. In third with Tristan Baker at second following a two-out double, Jake Crist lined a single to left field. Brayden Lackey scooped up the ball and fired a strike to catcher Ben Snyder who put the out tag on Baker trying to score.

The Braves had a ;pair of runners on in the third but couldn't dent the plate. Another double play followed by a strikeout took care of the fifth. That was it for the visitors. Smith retired them in order in the final two inning to earn his second win  of the seaon over the Braves.

That pretty much wraps up pitching and defense for the Cardinals. Smith issued one walk and fanned four.

Now for Sam Crater's work on offense. He enjoyed a great game, finishing just a triple away from hitting for the cycle.  He doubled and scored the tying run when Teed Wertz singled in the second inning. An inning later he capped a four-run outburst with a two-run homer over the fence in right center. He singled and scored in the three-run fifth.

Ryan Gray opened the third with a double along the right field line. He took third on a wild pitch and rode home Brayden Lackey's single. Ben Eppley sacrificed Lackey to second. Joe DeBernardis doubled off the left field fence but Lackey had to stop at third. Ben Snyder's sacrifice fly scored Lackey before Crater went yard.

With one out in the fifth DeBernardis drilled his second double of the game down the left field line. At that point Hagerstown starter Ryan Kinter gave way to Connor Cool who yielded a single to Snyder sending DeBernardis home. Crater and Wertz both singled to load the bases. Eric Herbein walked to force in a run and Matt Cody's sac fly closed the scoring.

Thus the  Cardinals returned to power in the league. They last won in 2013 over Dillsburg. They did it this season with perhaps the youngest team in the league. There were many games that only nine players were available and Rickenbach had to make do.They finished the league seaspn with  a  30-10 record. Next hear could even be better.

 

Braves force game six

Josh Miller surely made up for his bad outing a week ago when the Cardinals victimized the Hagerstown southpaw in a 15-0 rout. Sunday he allowed only three hits and his teammates put three seventh inning runs on the board to edge the visitors, 4-3, at North Hagerstown High School.

After winning the series opener on the Braves turf, suddenly it has become difficult to repeat. The Cards dropped a 2-1 decision Friday evening. Now they must win at home to avoid another return trip to Maryland. That home game is Monday at Rickenbach-Shirley Field at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday it was a 1-1 game in the seventh inning when the Cardinals finally did something. Leading off Sam Crater was hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a Teed Wertz sacrifice and to third on a wild pitch. When Matt Cody walked. Manager Bill Rickenbach called for his version of the double steal.  Cody broke for second then slowed and retreated. When the throw to first was high, Crater was able to score and Cody beat the throw back second. Brandon Smith followed with a single to right field scoring Cody and giving the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Jeff Allen, who struggled with his pitch count, walked Hunter McKinley to start the Braves' seventh. He got Alex Cline to pop out to Cody at second.. Unfortunately Justin Lewis drove a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence to tie the game. Tristan Baker singled to right and stopped at second on Jake Crist's hit to left. After Tyler Elbin popped out to short left Allen might just have been out of trouble. He got Ryan Brown to ground to short but when Teed Wertz gloved the ball it skipped away and Baker was able to score the game winning run.

 

 

 

 

Herbein's 2-run single lifts Cardinals

ic Herbein broke up a tie game in the sixth inning with a two-run  single to center pushing the Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Hagerstown Saturday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. It gave Bill Rickenbach's club a 3-1 lead in the West Shore Twilight League's best-of-seven championship series.

The teams meet Sunday at North Hagerstown High School at 1 p.m. A win for the Cardinals would give them the league playoff championship.

Ben Snyder opened the sixth with a single to center but was forced at second by Sam Crater who was helped along by an error and a wild pitch. With two out and the runners moving, Herbein smacked hit to center allowing both runners to score. Crater, pitching in relief of Brayden Coe, put the Braves away in order in the seventh.

The Cardinals broke on top when Brayden Lackey drew a walk leading off the first inning and was sacrified to second by Ben Eppley. Joe DeBernardis lofted a double to right field but Lackey was unable score.  He did so moments later on Snyder's sacrifice fly to right.

The other run crossed in the third. Snyder walked  with two gone. Josh Herring took over as the courtesy runner and stole second base. An error at shortstop on Crater's  ground ball allowed Herring to score.

The visitors tied the game in the fifth when Manning Brookens, Alex Cline snd Justin Lewis walked with one out. Tristan Baker's single to right center plated Brookens and Cline. Crater came on to kill the rally and the Braves didn't threaten in the sixth and seventh.

Coe started on the mound for the Cardinals and worked four scoreless inning allowing only one hit before the Braves got to him. Crater pitched shutout ball the rest of the way to get the victory. 

Offense stumbles, Cardinals lose

The difference between Thursday and Friday for the Cardinals: 14 runs and eight hits. Hagerstown trotted one of its better pitchers Friday evening and it paid off for the Braves. The Cards managed only five hits and a single unearned run in their 2-1 loss to the Braves at North Hagerstown High School.

The Cardinals still hold a 2-1 lead in the West Shore Twilight League best-of-seven championship series. The host the Braves in game four Saturday at Rickenbach-Shirley Field starting at 1 p.m.

Hagerstown's runs crossed the plate with two out in the bottom of the second inning. The bases were loaded via a walk, single and hit batter. Justin Lewis dribbled a ball toward third and beat it out for a hit driving in the first run and a bases loaded walk forced in the second run.

Thereafter the Braves had a few scoring opportunities. By that time Erik Sawyer took charge of his game and shut the Braves down. He picked off a runner at second base to end the third and got inning ending double plays in the fourth and fifth. He walked two batters with one out in the sixth but worked out the jam getting a pop out and a fly to end it. 

The Cardinals got to Hagerstown starter Aaron Robey in the fourth when they loaded the bases with none out. Joe DeBernardis led off with a double, Ben Snyder was safe on defensive interference and Teed Wertz singled to left. But they were stranded when Robey got the next three batters with a strike out, pop out and ground out.

The ice was finally broken in the sixth. Sam Crater reached on an error and Wertz singled to center. Both runners adanced  when the ball came back to the infield. The catcher grabbed it and promptly overthrew second base trying to get Crater running back to the bag. Crater scored as Matt Cody grounded back to second base. That was all the Cardinals could do.

 

 

Pitching, hitting power Cards in game 2

on theA trio of pitchers and a power laden batting order took charge Thursday and the combination  dominated the Hagerstown Braves, 15-0, in the second game of the West Shore Twilight League playoffs at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. It put the Cardinals two games up in the best-of-seven round.

The mound crew of Sam Crater, Brandon Smith and Josh Herring allowed only four hits and permitted only one runner to reach third base. Crater started and worked four innings giving up just one hit and a pair of walks while fanning six. Smith came on to toss two innings yielding two hits and a walk. He whiffed one. Herring used only six pitches to retire the Braves in the seventh.

The Cardinals jumped on the Braves starter for five runs in the first inning, taking advantage of a double by Joe DeBernardis, singles by Ben Snyder, Sam Crater and Teed Wertz plus three Hagerstown errors. They added four more in the second mainly on rbi singles by DeBernardis, Snyder and Wertz. It went to 12-0 in the third on the strength of walks to Brayden Lackey and Ben Eppley and doubles by DeBernardis and Snyder. Eppley delivered a solo homer in the fourth and Smith ripped a two-run double in the sixth.

Snyder drove in three more runs in a 2-for-2 effort plus a sac fly. DeBernardis belted a pair of doubles and a single, scored four runs and drove in a pair. Crater had two hits, was hit by a pitch and scored twice. Wertz was 2-for-4 with a walk, drove in a couple of runs and score twice.

The Cardinals seek to open a three game lead when they play the Braves at North Hagerstown High School along US Rte 11 Friday. Game time is 5:45 p.m. 

 

Allen, Snyder lead Cards to playoff lead

Jeff Allen pitched six strong innings, faltered slightly in the seventh then bore down to stem the tide and the Cardinals stopped Hagerstown, 5-4, Wednesday evening at North Hagerstown High School. It gave the Cards the early advantage in the West Shore Twilight League championship playoffs.

The best-of-seven affair shifts to Rickenbach-Shirley Field Thursday. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.

 It was 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh with two out and a runner at first when the Braves began to make some waves. Four straight hits produced three runs. But that was far as Allen would let it go. On a 3-2 pitch he struck out Austin Moser to end the game.

The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning. Right in the middle of it all was who else but Ben Snyder. He's the guy who drove in four runs Saturday against Dillsburg, the game that put the Cards in the final round.

Eric Herbein drew a one out walk and went to third on Ryan Gray's line single to right.  Brayden Lackey hit a limp grounder to the right side that went for a base hit when no play was made for him. Herbein scored on the play and when Ben Eppley walked, the bases were loaded.

With two out Snyder stepped into the batter's box. He jumped on a 2-0 pitch and drove it off the left field fence chasing all three runners home and the Cardinals had a 5-1 lead. Allen took charge by shutting down the Braves in the fifth and sixth frames. He had just enough to get through the seventh in winning fashion.  He walked two and struck out five.

Lackey, Joe DeBernardis  and Snyder each had two hits for the winners.

Batterymates carry team to finals

Erik Sawyer and Ben Snyder combined to help the Cardinals pin a 6-2 defeat on Dillsburg Saturday afternoon and sent their teammates into West Shore Twilight League championship round.

An important milestone was reached with the victory. It was the 2,700th of manager Bill Richenbach's long and colorful career dating back to 1956.

Now the Cards must wait for the outcome of the Hagerstown-New Cumberland Series. The Tigers hold a 2-1 edge going into Sunday's game at New Cumberland. Saturday's game was rained out. The final round will not start before Tuesday.

Sawyer, the portsider, threw a complete game and took a shutout Into the seventh inning when the Wolfpack broke through for both runs. He scattered five hits and walked six while retiring three on strikes. A steady defense turned three double plays.

Meanwhile, Snyder was handling the offensive chores. He was 2-for-4 with a single and double while driving in four runs. With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, he belted a double to deep left center clearing the bases giving his batterymate at some neat insurance.

Run production for the Cardinals started in the third inning. Eric Herbein, who had three hits in the game, led off with a double to right center, moved to third when Brandon Smith flied out to right and scored as Brayden Lackey grounded out to second.

In the fifth, after Lackey walked, Ben Eppley and Joe DeBernardis both reached on errors. Snyder lofted a single to short left scoring Lackey. One out later DeBernardis crossed the plate on Matt Cody's sacrifice fly.

This set the stage for Snyder's action in the sixth. Lackey walked. Eppley's grounder to first was booted and a Debernardis fly ball to left was dropped to load the bases. Snyder drilled a 1-1 pitch into the deepest part of left center allowing all three runners to scored.

 

 

 

 

2016 roster listed on website

April 4, 2016 – 03:19 PM

The 2016 roster can be found by clicking on roster/statistics on the left side of screen, click on 2016 West Shore Twilight League, click on Mechanicsburg.

Locate team's league statistics

May 29, 2016 – 07:53 PM

The team's stats in league games can be found by clicking on "Teams/Rosters on the left side of the screen. Then click on West Shore Twilight League 2016, then click on Mechanicsburg. Hitting and pitching stats are included.

2016 Exhibition Schedule

The Cardinals have scheduled exhibition games with Linglestown of the East Shore Twilight League and Manchester of the Central York League For the schedule, click on schedules, click on Cardinals Exhibitions and click on Mechanicsburg.

2016 Schedule

May 21, 2016 – 10:18 PM

For the schedule click on Schedules, click on West Shore Twilight League 2016 for the league list. Scroll down the list and click on Mechanicsburg schedule