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Dillsburg rallies to edge Cardinals. 5-4

June 29, 2015 – 09:34 PM

Dillsburg erupted for four runs in the fifth inning and rallied to edge the Cardinals, 5-4, Monday evening at Northern High School.

Down a run in third the Cardinals captured the lead thanks to Eric Herbein. Teed Wertz got it started when he reached on a throwing error. Eric Sawyer's single to right sent Wertz around to third. Ben Eppley walked to load the bases and Herbein unloaded then when he rocketed a double to deep left center.

On the mound Sawyer had things pretty much under control. He held the Wolfpack scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. Four hits, a walk and a costly throwing error while battng around got the job done for the winners.

The Cardinals came back in the sixth to cut the margin to a run. Matt Cody reached second on an infield hit and throwing error with one out. He moved to third as Wertz grounded out and scored when  Kodi Shatzer grounded a single by shortstop. He moved to second on Sawyer's hit to right but the rally ended when Dillsburg first baseman Tyler Betz made a leaping catch of Eppley's line drive that appeared headed for the right field corner.

Sawyer zipped through the sixth to give his mates a final chance. Herbein led off the seventh with an infield hit and Joe DeBernardis walked but reliever Chad Bronson shut the door with a strikeout and double play to end the game.

Herbein had three hits to lead the Cards ten-hit attack. Sawyer helped his cause with a pair of singles.

 The Cardinals travel to Shippensburg then head to Enola Thursday. Both games start at 6 p.m.



Allen fires 3-hitter as Cards win big

June 22, 2015 – 08:16 PM

It makes a difference for a pitcher when his teammates get a lot of runs for him. En route to his first shutout of the young season, Jeff Allen was backed by a 15-hit offense and lots of runs. Fact was, he needed only one in his blanking of Shippensburg , 11-0, Monday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

The young right-hander scattered three hits and issued only one walk in his complete game effort. Nary a runner passed second base. Along the way he struck out seven.

The Cardinal hitters wasted little time getting a lead for Allen, posting five runs in the first inning. After Braydon Lackey doubled down the right field line, Joe DeBernardis followed an out later with a home run over the right field fence. Brandon Smith and Ben Eppley both singled and Matt Cody walked on four pitches to load the bases. Kodi Shatzer ripped a two-run single to left and Josh Herring lined hit to left chasing Cody home. 

Eric Herbein's sac fly scored Herring , who had doubled and moved to third on Lackey's infield hit in the fourth. Lackey doubled home two runs in the fifth and Eric Sawyer went yard with two mates aboard in the sixth.

Lackey and Smith sparked the offense with three hits each. Lackey scored one run and drove in a pair. Smith scored  a run. DeBernardis, Eppley and Herring each had two hits,

The Cardinals host New Cumberland Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock.

Ancheff strong in nod over of Holly

Ben Ancheff scattered five hits over five innings and was backed by a 12-hit attack as the Cardinals rolled over Mount Holly, 12-1, Thursday evening at Jesse Stoll field. The game was halted by lightning in the middle of the sixth inning.

Ancheff controlled the game allowing no walks and struck out four. The lone run scored was unearned in the third inning.

Meanwhile his teammates gave him a five-run edge in the second nnning with only one hit, a bad hop single by Tom Heenan that drove in two runs. The rally started when Brandon Smith struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, Eric Sawyer walked but was forced by Matt  Cody putting runners at first and third. After  Cody stole second both runners scored on the Heenan hit.

Ben Eppley walked. Eric Herbein's roller hugged the first baseline in fair territory. Pitcher Elliott Thomas fielded the ball but threw wildly by first base allowing Heenan and Eppley to score with Herbein reaching third base from where he scored on a wild pitch moments later.

Joe DeBernardis led off the third with a towering home run over the fence in left center, his third of the season. Smith reached second base when his fly ball was dropped by the right fielder. He crossed the plate when Sawyer doubled to right.

An inning later Braydon Lackey grounded a single to right, eased around to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a DeBernardis sacrifice fly. Four runs crossed the plate in the sixth, the big blow a three-run double by Christian McClure

McClure sparked the offense with three hits and three runs batted in. Lackey and Sawyer each had two hits to help the cause.

Enola visits Rickenbach-Shirley Field Sunday for a single game at 1 p.m.






Eshelman homer sinks Cardinals

June 16, 2015 – 09:33 PM

Jamie Eshelman's three-run roundtripper with none out in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Dillsburg to a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

The Cardinals picked up an unearned run in the opening frame then fell behind 2-1 in the third on an rbi single by Hank Sanders who scored moments later when Anthony Salamone tripled to deep left center. The Wolfpack added an insurance run in the seventh on Chad Bronson's rbi single.

The score was tied again in the fourth when Eric Sawyer reached on a fielder's choice, took second on a wild pitch, stopped at third on Christian McClures' base hit to right and crossed the plate on pitcher Adam Howard's sacrifice fly.

With three other pitchers in the Cardinals' makeshift batting order, Howard had to toe the mound for the entire game. The lefty kept his mates in the game for five innings but Eshelman's shot in the sixth put things in Dillsburg's favor. The Cardinals had runners at second and third on Brandon Smith' second single of the game and Sawyer's walk with one out in the sixth but were unable score.

On deck for the Cardinals is another road game, this time at Mount Holly Thursday at 6 p.m. 










7-run fifth inning boosts Cardinals

June 15, 2015 – 09:28 PM

The young Cardinals are catching on to wood bats as they rapped out 12 hits to send Enola to defeat, 11-6,  Monday evening at John  Gross Field at East Pennsboro High School. Darkness halted the game after six innings.

Trailing 6-4 going into the fifth inning the Cardinals exploded for seven runs on five hits, two walks, a hit batter and an Enola error to grab a lead they refused to yield. It made a winner of Christian McClure who had rough going early but shutout the host club over the final four innings,

With two out in the fifth McClure helped his own cause with a base hit scoring Ben Eppley and Braydon Lackey, both on via walks, to tie the game. After Eric Herbein reached on an error he and McClure pulled a double steal for another run and it was 7-6 Cardinals up.  Again with two out Teed Wertz and Brandon Smith delivered rbi singles and Tanner Rahauser closed the scoring, plating Wertz and Smith with a double.

Now with the lead in hand McClure proceeded to shut down the home team in the fifth and sixth. He needed a double play in the fifth after issuing a pair on one out walks. With a runner on and two out he got Grayson Miller on an easy fly ball to Rahauser in right.

Herbein, Matt Cody, Wertz. Smith and Rahauser each had two hits in the winning effort.

The Cardinals return home Tuesday to host Dillsburg at 6 p.m.




Cardinals split pair

June 13, 2015 – 11:25 PM

Faced with a number of missing starters, the Cardinals managed to split a doubleheader with Hagerstown Saturday afternoon in Scotland's Greene Township Field.

In the opener the Cards pounded out 10 hits and made a winner of Tanner Rahauser, his second of the season, 6-5. In he second game, they also knocked out 10 hits but committed five errors on the way to a 12-6 defeat..

The team is back in action again Monday on the road at Enola at 6 p.m.

Bats produce, Cardinals take pair

The ice melted in Fayetteville Sunday afternoon.,

The Cardinals' bats had been frozen in their first four games but they melted in a fire storm of hits that carried them to a doubleheader sweep 3-0 and 6-2 thus ending a four-game loss skid.

Jeff Allen and Travis Miller combined on three-hit shutout and the offense pushed across all three run in the seventh inning of the first game. Although he gave up nine hits, Christian McClure had more than enough in the nightcap when his teammates erupted for 11 hits including a two-run homer by Joe DeBernardis.

In the opener Allen worked five innings then had to leave for another commitment and Miller worked the final two to gain the win. Allen allowed only one runner as far as third base. That was in the first inning and he permitted only two baserunners thereafter. In addition to two hits, Allen walked one and retired three on strikes. Miller gave up a two-out single in the sixth then got the last four batters in order to end the game.

The Cardinals threatened twice early in the game but couldn't put together a scoring effort until the seventh. With two gone Ben Eppley doubled and took third on Eric Herbein's single, his third of the game. After Braydon Lackey walked to load the bases, DeBernardis doubled in a pair of runs. Lackey scored on a hit by Teed Wertz.

After struggling at the plate in the first four games, DeBernardis exploded in the nightcap rapping a double and single in addition to his towering circuit clout. He drove in five runs and scored a pair

A third inning uprising got the Cardinals out of their funk. Herbein started it with a single and raced to third when Lackey doubled. Both scored on a two-base blow by DeBernardis who scored on a single by Wertz, Another run crossed in the fifth when Herbein doubled and scampered around on a Debernardis single. Herbein's walk preceded the DeBernardia homer in the seventh.

Fayetteville comes to Rickenbach -Shirley Field Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest.  




2015 Schedule listed

March 14, 2015 – 04:22 PM

The 2015 Cardinals schedule is on the website.

For the schedule click on Schedules, click on West Shore Twilight League 2015 for the league list. Scroll down the list and click on Mechanicsburg.


2015 Game results listed

May 30, 2015 – 09:45 PM

To check box score, click on Game Results on the left side of page and click on the game shown in the list. Click on the arrow then click on West Shore Twilight League 2015

Locate team's league statistics

June 2, 2012 – 11:58 AM

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 2012, then click on Mechanicsburg. Hitting and pitching stats are included.

2015 roster listed on website

The 2015 roster can be found by clicking on roster/statistics on the left side of screen, click on 2015 West Shore Twilight League, click on Mechanicsburg.