McClure one hits Tigers
Fans could not be sure just what to expect from the Cardinals after sustaining two difficult defeats that put their West Shore Twilight League in jeopardy. Would it be a rare third straight loss or would they come through in fine fashion.
Friday evening at New Cumberland, Christian McClure made sure it would be the latter. The righthander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when he gave up a two out hit. He got the third out then went on to strike out the first two batters in the seventh and got a grounder to third that Joe DeBernardis gloved and threw the runner out to end the game. The result was a 5-0 victory for the good guys.
McClure dominated all the way. He struck out the side in the first inning and although he walked four during the game no runner got beyond second base. He finished with 12 strikeouts, one shy of his career best.
The Cards turned the table on the Tigers, scoring three earned runs early in the game. They started in the second when Ryan Gray reached second on a throwing error. Brandon Smith singled to left sending Gray home with the first run. An inning later McClure walked and Brayden Lackey singled. McClure went to third and Lackey took second on the throw. Ben Snyder hit one to short that caromed off the glove of Steve McKee and into center field scoring both runners on the error,
Another run crossed in the fifth on successive hits by Snyder, Teed Wertz and Gray. The final run was plated in the seventh when Ben Eppley walked and went to third on a pair of wild pitches. He scored moment later on a base hit by Wertz.
The Cardinals are off until the playoffs which cannot start before Tuesday. Details will be published here when they become available.
Cardinals title hopes fading
If there is any hope of the Cardinals winning the West Shore Twilight League regular season crown they will need a lot of help over the weekend. Thursday's game with New Cumberland started out bad and got worse as the game at Rickenbach-Shirley Field wore. The visitors scored all their runs in the first four inning on the way to a 9-5 conquest of the Cards.
A one-out error with one out in the first inning paved the way for a two-out three-run double by Jordan McClure and the Tigers never looked back. Steven McKee's two-run homer in the second, Kyle Wickenheiser's two-run shot in the third and Brett DePalma's solo blast in the fourth, all over the right field fence, were more than enough for the winners.
Back-to-back doubles by Teed Wertz and Ryan Gray drove in three runs in the third inning. Brayden Lackey singled and scored on Ben Eppley's double in the fourth and Eppley hit his second double in the seventh and scored on a double by Joe DeBernardis. But the Cardinals left five runners in scoring position.
Hagerstown is the team that could win the crown. The Braves have four games to play, two with Enola, one with Mount Holly and one Sunday with Dillsburg, If they win all four they would take the title.
The Cardinals find themselves in a must win situation Friday when they travel to New Cumberland for a makeup game at 6 p.m.
Carns solves Cardinals again
A month ago Tyler Carns shut down the Cardinals for six innings before giving way to a closer. He allowed one run on four hits. Wednesday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field his performance was similar. This time he went all seven innings scattering five hit on the way to a 5-2 triumph.
While the Cardinals maintained their lead in the West Shore Twilight thei lead was sliced to one game by the visitors. It means that the Cards must win their two remaining games with New Cumberland if they hope to gain the league's regular season title.
The loss was costly to the Cardinals. Starting on mound, San Crater worked two scoreless innings but in the third he was hit in the ankle by a smash off the bat of Hank Sanders. The ball caromed into right field land started the Wolfpack's three-run rally that would put the visitors in front to stay. Then Wolfpack plated two more runs on the fifth and the Cardinals could not catch up.
New Cumberland plays at Rickenbach-Shirley Field Thursday at 6 p.m.
Cardinals survive scare, edge Stars
Matt Cody and Joe DeBernardis each drove in two runs and the Cardinals rolled out a five-run lead then held on to edge Shippensburg, 6-5, Tuesday evening at Shippensburg's Memorial Park. The victory kept the Cards at least a game and a half in front of Hagerstown and Dillsburg in West Shore Twilight League play.
The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third inning. With two out and DeBernardis at second base via a walk and fielder's choice, Ryan Gray walked and Teed Wertz delivered a base hit chasing DeBernardis home. Gray took third and Wertz went to second on a throwing error. Cody lined a single to left-center plating both runners for a 4-1 score.
Brayden Lackey and Ben Eppley both singled and rode home on a DeBernardis double to deep left center in the fourth.
The Cardinals face tough opposition in their last three games of the regular season. Wednesday they host Dillsburg at 6.p.m. Thursday New Cumberland comes to Rickenbach-Shirley Field for a make up game and the Cardinals travel to New Cumberland Friday for the last regular season game. Both start at 6 p.m.
Cards gain split, retain league lead
Joe DeBernardis belted a two-run homer, scored three runs and drove in three while Brayden Lackey scored four runs as the Cardinals topped Hagerstown, 10-6, in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. The Braves won the opener, 6-1.
The twin bill was much like the one at Scotland when the Cardinals just managed to field nine players and the Braves dominated the first game, 12-0. There appeared to be little hope for Bill Rickenbach's crew in the nightcap, but the guys got it done and earned a split.
Sunday was important to the Cardinals. They needed at least a split to retain their league lead. They were missing eight of their regular players including four starting pitchers. But the guys pulled together after dropping the opener. They took it right to the Braves and, after mound starter Tanner Rahauser departed with an injury after facing one batter, the duo Bobby Dorta and Braydon Coe (making his first appearance in the first game) kept things under control while the offense took charge of the game.
After Ben Eppley tripled leading off the first inning Lackey walked. Teed Wertz dropped a perfect bunt allowing Eppley to score and Ryan Gray's single scored Lackey to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. Matt Cody's two-run single highlighted a four-run third. The Cards went ahead to stay in the fourth. After Lackey drew a one-out walk, DeBernardis drove a long fly ball over the left field fence into the swimming pool area.
Although the Braves closed the gap to 8-6 in the sixth when Manning Brookens knocked a two-run homer over the fence in right the Cardinals countered right back in the last half of the inning when they loaded the bases and got one run on a wild pitch and the other when Ryan Wentzel was hit by a pitch. The Bravse got a two-out base runner in the seventh but Coe responded by fanning Josiah Hissong to end the game.
When Tyler Elbin launched a three-run homer in thie top of the first in the opener, the Braves never looked back Tristan Baker had three hits and scored the runs while Jake Crist added three singles and drove in a pair of runs. Wertz doubled and scored on hit by DeBernardis in the bottom of the first for his team's only run.
The Cardinals travel to Shippensburg for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.
Eppley saves the day for the Cardinals
It was a far cry from Thursday's performance and much of it the result of Ben Eppley's multi-tasking. He pitched. Oh! How he pitched. He batted too aiding his cause immensely. A two-hit mound effort and big job at the plate topped off by a fourth inning grand slam that helpled the Cardinals roll to a 15-1 victory over Dillsburg Friday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.
Pressed into pitching the game when no other pitchers were available, Eppley made his first start a very impressive one, picking up from where he left off Thursday when he came into work the last two innings of the New Cumberland debacle and tossed two scoreless innings.
Friday against the Wolfpack the lefty worked a perfect game into the fifth inning when, with two out, Dave Adamchick ruined it ith a single to right. It didn't bother him and neither did the other hit leading off the seventh. He simply got the next two guys on ground balls before fanning Anthony Salamone to end the game. It was his sixth strikeout and he did not give up a walk.
Even though his teammates provided Eppley with a nine-run lead through three innings, he decided to help his cause in the fourth. After Brandon Smith singled and Ryan Wentzel and Brayden Lackey both walked, Eppley planted an 0-1 pitch over the right field fence for four more runs. He finished the game with two hits, two walks and four runs scored.
Ben Snyder had another banner game. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and five runs driven in. Teed Wertz also had three hits and Lackey, Joe DeBernardiis and Matt Cody had two hits.
The Cardinals play two games with Hagerstown at Rickenbach-Shirley Field Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
2016 roster listed on website
April 4, 2016 – 03:19 PM
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Locate team's league statistics
May 29, 2016 – 07:53 PM
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2016 Exhibition Schedule
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May 21, 2016 – 10:18 PM
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