Cardinals stay in West Shore Twilight League
For a time there were indications that the Cardinals would be playing in the York County Central League in 2018.
Rumors had been circulating that Hagerstown and Shippensburg would not be returning next year. Both have decided to stay in the league thus negating the Cardinals move to York.
So, with the league still at six teams things are back to normal. At a recent meeting the league adopted a two-year 35-game schedule starting next season. Play will start May 12th and 13th and end July 26th with playoffs starting the 28th.
A team from Carlisle was represented at the meeting but it was for fact finding and no action was taken. Elections were held. Rick Comery was re-elected president, Hank Sanders, vice-president and Mike Kipp, secretary-treasurer.
Braves end Cardinals season
A determined Hagerstown team got great pitching from Josh Miller who kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard and gave his mates a chance to beat the Cards on their home turf. They did just Friday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field scoring in the third and fifth innings on their way to a 2-0 victory and lifting themselves into West Shore Twilight League final playoffs against New Cumberland.
Thus ended a difficult campaign for the Cardinals who finished second in the regular season and had a chance to gain the finals.They had a chance to win the opening round when they were up 2-1 but dropped an 8-7 decision Thursday at Hagerstown.
Josh Miller toed the mound for the Braves and allowed only four hits with only two runners reaching past first base. He fanned three and did not give up a walk. His mates scored a run in the third. Austin Moser walked, but was forced out by Alex Cline who reached second on a fielder's choice and scored on Tristan Baker's single to right. Cline doubled in the fifth, took second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk then crossed the plate when Justin Lewis singled.
Travis Miller, who was on the mound for the Cardinals in the come-from-behind 3-2 win in the opener, deserved a better fate in this one. Unfortunately their bats were mostly silent. Josh Herring smacked a leadoff single in the first inning, stole second and took third on Sam Crater's long fly to right. Two other leadoff singles were erased in double plays. Ben Eppley singled and reached second in fifth but was left standing there.
Walk off walk forces Friday game
Down 6-3 going into the sixth inning the Cardinals put a four spot on the board to take a one-run lead. Unfortunately they couldn't hold it and Hagerstown rallied to tie then used a seventh inning bases loaded walk to force in the winning run and take an 8-7 decision Thursday evening a North Hagerstown High School.
It tied the best-of-five West Shore Twilight League opening round series and require a deciding fifth game Friday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field starting at 6 p.m.
In the sixth a leadoff double by Hunter Breon and one out walks to Ben Eppley and Kyle Gable filled the bases. Josh Herring was hit by a pitch to force in the first run. It brought Teed Wertz to the plate and he drilled a 2-1 pitch into the left field corner for a bases clearing double giving the Cards a 7-6 lead.
The Braves tied it in the sixth with two singles and a fielder's choice. In the seventh they loaded the bases with two out and won the game when Jake Crist walked on four pitches.