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Title run ends, Dodgers win 3-1 in finale

August 7, 2014 – 08:37 PM

All good things come to end sooner or later. For the Cardinals came to an end in their eighth attempt to retain the West Shore Twilight League playoff crown.

The title transitioned to the Cumberland Dodgers who captured the seven-game series in a four-game sweep, winning, 3-1, Thursday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley with 238 fans taking in the action.

Cumberland's starting pitchers, Brett Livingston, Eric Hockley, Kyle Sayers and Kyler Brown, dominated the series, allowing a total of only four runs in 5-1, 2-0, 4-2 and 3-1 games. In three of the games the Cardinals took 1-0 leads in the first inning but could do little more.

Thursday the Cards scored their lone run on a single by Blaine Bower, who stole second and scored on a single by Elliot Searer. After that their were only two more base runners. Quinn Bower walked in the third and Jake Warner reached on an error in the sixth.

Ben Eppley got his first start of the season and deserved a far better fate. He retired the first nine batters in a row then ran into a snag in the third. A double by Jimmy Baum and singles by Tyler Weary and T.J. Reisinger tied the score.

An inning later the bottom of the Cumberland order did it again. One-out singles by Kyle Gable and Ryan McMillen with a wild pitch put runners at first and third. After Baum fanned, Weary singled to left center scoring Gable. Weary was thrown out trying to take second.

The Dodgers added a run they didn't really need in the sixth inning. Their leading hitters in the game were Baum and Weary each with two.

Now the Cardinals have all fall and winter to get their pitching staff back in order and to work on their hit production. More on all this in this in the near future.

Cardinals score but still lose

August 6, 2014 – 08:13 PM

Finding themselves in unenviable situation of having to win four straight games after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Cumberland Dodgers Wednesday evening at Boiling Springs, the Cardinals will attempt to regroup and continue to show better hitting which they started in the fifth inning.

The Dodger will try to sweep their entire playoff efforts (they swept Hagerstown in the early round) Thursday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

 There was no waiting for the Cards to score in this one and they did it with some help from the Dodgers. With one out Blaine Bower walked. Elliot Searer grounded to short where Jimmy Baum bobbled the pickup and threw the toss to second away. Joe DeBernardis flied out to deep right field allowing Bower to tag and go to third. When Searer was picked off second Bower waited in the chaos and then beat the throw to the plate with Searer motoring in to second to complete the double steal.

Cumberland evened the score in the third when Baum singled, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on a wild pitch. The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. They loaded the bases on Hank Sanders' double, a single by Kyle Gable and a pitch that Ryan McMillen. Sac flies by Baum and Tyler Weary plated the runs. 

Bats started to produce in the fifth for the Cards. With two down, Blaine Bower broke up the no-hitter when he lined a single down the left field line. Searer looped a hit to short left sending Bower to second. Joe DeBernardis lined a single to left chasing Bower to the plate. Searer rounded second and got caught in a run down and was tagged out with umpire ruling the tag was made before Bower crossed the plate.

It became a 3-2 game in the sixth when Jake Warner singled to left, took second as Teed Wertz walked, took third on Ben Eppley's fielder's choice and scored when a pickoff was attempted and the catcher threw the ball into left field.

Unfortunately the Dodgers pushed across their fourth run in the bottom of the sixth with the bottom three of their order doing the damage. They accounted for five of Cumberland's eight hits and three of the four runs.

 

Hockley handcuffs Cardinals in 2-0 win

August 5, 2014 – 09:00 PM

NOTE: Thanks to verizon erasing my report one time too many, the effort will be short.

Slow, slower and slowest is Eric Hockley's pitching repertoire and he used it very well Tuesday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning on the way to leading the Cumberland Dodgers to a 2-0 blanking of the Cardinals and a 2-0 lead in the West Shore Twilight League final playoffs.

Game three is Wednesday at Boiling Springs High School at 5:30 p.m.

Leading off the seventh inning speedy Quinn Bower beat out a grounder to deep short for the only hit of Hockley who had retired 17 in a row before that. Bower was the only other runner when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Hockley got all the offensive help he needed in the fourth inning on successive singles by T.J. Reisinger, Jared Frey, Jeff Deveney (rbi) and Hank Sanders (rbi) for the only two runs of the game. Reisinger led the offense with three hits.

Cards fall to Cumberland in finals opener

August 4, 2014 – 08:36 PM

When Brett Wagner contacted manager Bill Rickenbach Monday afternoon that his ailing back was acting up and he would not be available for mound duty later in the evening in the West Shore Twilight League final round playoff opener, it spelled serious trouble for the Cardinals.

Rickenbach really didn't have anybody available. Travis Miller pitched Saturday. Tom Heenan won Friday's game at New Cumberland but it was he who had to step in and try to get the job done.

Heenan did just that for two innings but ran into a snag in the third when an error set the stage for the Cumberland Dodgers with one out. He got the second out, which would have been the third and out of trouble. Unfortunately Tyler Weary hit a home run over the left field fence to give his mates two unearned runs and the lead for good. Heenan deserved a better fate.

The Dodgers added three more runs with two out in the fourth and they went on to post a 5-1 victory.

Ben Eppley took over in the fifth and shut down the Dodgers, retiring six in a row after yielding a leadoff single to Weary.

The Cardinals broke on top when Quinn Bower opened the game with a double to left. He went to third when Elliot Searer was safe on an error and scored on Jake Warner's sacrifice fly. Searer stole second but was left stranded and that pretty much set the stage for the rest of the game.

They got to Dodgers' Brett Livingston for nine hits and couldn't  score again. The Cards had the leadoff hitter on base in every inning but the fifth but even then Teed Wertz doubled with one out and took third on a wild pitch. He too was left standing there.

 

 

Blaine Bower's walkoff hit sends Cards to finals

August 2, 2014 – 04:11 PM

It was down to the nitty-gritty for Blaine Bower. His teammates had the bases loaded but there were two out and it was the seventh inning of a tie game. A hit, walk or error would win the game for the Cardinals. Lacking that meant extra innings.

With Brayden Lackey on third base via double by Elliot Searer and Joe DeBernardis at first courtesy of a walk and all three chaffing at the bit to get Lackey home, the speedy Bower got an  0-1 pitcn from Tigers pitcher Matt Wilson and drilled it to deep short. Steve McKee fielded the ball and fired to first but it was too late to catch Bower who easily beat the throw for a walkoff single.

Lackey waltzed home giving the Cardinals a 3-2 nod over the Cumberland Tigers Saturday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. As a result the Cards took the West Shore Twilight League opening round series, four games to one and sent them into finals against Cumberland.

The Dodgers host the series opener Monday at Boiling Springs High School at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier the Cardinals took the lead in the second inning when DeBernardis tripled to deep left center and scored on a wild pitch. But the Tigers came right back to go in front on Miles Campbell's two-run homer that just cleared the right field fence in the top of the third.

Travis Miller, looking for his second win in the series, shut down the Tigers the rest of the way, retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth frames and working out of a two-down, bases loaded situation in the sixth when he got Joe Gagliardi to ground right back to him for the third out.

The Cards got back to even in the fifth when  Lackey singled and took second when a pickoff throw went wild. After Searer walked Jake Warner smacked a grounder to short that was mishandled and Lackey scored.

After Miller retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, the stage was set for the Cardinals to do their thing and earn a spot in the final playoffs.

It was a big day for Lackey who had been struggling lately. He was 2-for-2 with a walk and scored a pair of runs. Miller scattered six hits, issued two walks and fanned seven including two each in the first and second innings.

Bats explode again as Cards prevail

August 1, 2014 – 08:49 PM

A seven-run first inning and solid defense throughout sent the Cardinals over the New Cumberland Tigers for the second straight game, 11-6, Friday evening at New Cumberland.

The victory gave the Cards a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven West Shore Twilight League first round playoffs. The teams will meet in game five Saturday at Rickenbach-Shirley Field at 1 p.m.

The Cards pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five New Cumberland errors. As a result only three of their 11 runs were earned. Never the less they were runs and that's what they wanted in this game. Although he struggled at times, Tom Heenan had what it took to get through to the seventh inning allowing only two runs.

It started out bad for the Tigers when Quinn Bower, the game's leadoff hitter, lifted a fly ball to right field which was dropped. With one out successive hits by Jake Warner, Joe DeBernardis, Blaine Bower and Matt Osenbach produced three runs.

Teed Wertz reached on an error scoring another run. Ben Eppley's grounder got through the first baseman scoring Osenbach and allowing Wertz to go to third from where he scored on Brayden Lackey's sac fly. A double by Quinn Bower sent Eppley home with the seventh run.

Three more runs crossed in the fourth on walks to Wertz and Lackey plus a Quinn Bower single and long smash to left field by Elliot Searer who had to settle for a double after he was thrown trying to stretch it into three bases. Another Tiger error let in two of the runs.

Just for good measure the Cardinals added a single tally in the seventh  on Blaine Bower's single, a wild pitch, a Wertz infield hit, Eppley's walk and Lackey's fielder's choice.

After putting the Tigers away in order in the first two innings, Heenan ran into a snag in the third. Walks seemed to be his undoing. He issued his first to Will Enrico then loaded the bases on two singles. There was still nobody out. Steve McKee skied out to Eppley in right, Sam Sorenson popped out to Wertz and Miles Campbell lined out to Wertz to kill the threat.

Heenan gave up single runs in the fourth and sixth, but ran into serious problems in the seventh when  the Tigers scored four times on the strength of two hits and four walks. Wertz came on to put out the fire.

 

Cardinals bats explode in 9-1 triumph

July 31, 2014 – 08:39 PM

Whereas hits were as scarce as hens teeth Wednesday, the Cards made their bats come to life Thursday evening as they got to three New Cumberland pitchers for 11 hits on the way to a 9-1 victory and a 2-1 lead the West Shore Twilight League playoffs.

It made a winner of Jeff Allen who scattered four hits in an outstanding performance during which he walked only one batter and struck out seven. He only blemish was a solo homer by Joe Murphy in the first inning as the Tiger enjoyed a brief lead.

The Cards responded with a pair runs in the bottom of the first. It started with singles by Quinn Bower and Elliot Searer. After a force play, Joe DeBernardis singled to load the bases. Blaine Bower followed with a base hit to right chasing the two runs home.

Three more crossed in the third on the strength of singles by DeBernardis, Blaine Bower, Teed Wertz and Ben Eppley plus a costly error and a wild pitch. Searer's two-run homer over the fence near the score board highlighted a four-run fourth. Two walks, a hit batter, and an rbi single by Matt Osenbach and a fielder's choice led to the final two runs.

Quinn Bower, Searer, DeBernardis and Blaine Bower  each were 2-for-3 for the Cards with Searer, Jake Warner and DeBernardis each scoring twice.

The Cardinals will attempt to take 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series Friday at New Cumberland at 5:45 p.m.

 

Tigers rally late for 2-1 decision

July 30, 2014 – 08:15 PM

Brett Wagner had things his own way for four innings, facing the minimum number of batters. It all changed in the fifth when the New Cumberland Tigers managed to push two runs across and held on to gain a 2-1 nod over the Cardinals Wednesday evening at New Cumberland.

As a result the West Shore Twilight League first round playoff is even at a game a piece. The teams square off in game three Thursday at Rickenbach-Shirley Field at 5:45 p.m.

It was the Cardinals who drew first blood in this one, netting their only run off Vince Malesky in the first inning. Blaine Bower, who got new life when third baseman Joe Gagliardi dropped his foul popup for an error, drilled a one-out single to center, took second as Wagner grounded out and romped home when Joe DeBernardis punched a hit into center.

Jake Warner singled leading off the second but was stranded. The same with Quinn Bower who was hit by a pitch and stole second but was left there in the third frame..

Meanwhile Wagner retired the first six he faced. Brad Medellin ended the string when he singled leading off the third. He was sacrificed to second but was picked off when Dylan Zigman lined right into the glove of Wagner who wheeled and fired to second for the double play.

Miles Campbell walked with two out in the fourth but was promptly thrown out trying to steal, Matt Osenbach to Warner. Then came the fifth. Joe Murphy drew a lead off walk and circled the bases when Will Enrico drilled a fly to deep right. Brayden Lackey tried to make a diving catch but the ball went by and Enrico ended up at second. Wagner retired the next two batters with Enrico getting to third, but pinchhitter Jordan McClure grounded a singled into left field and Enrico scored what turned out to be the winning run.

Wagner gave up only three hits and a couple of walks while fanning four. Malesky allowed four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

DeBernardis, Miller pace Cards in playoff opener

July 29, 2014 – 09:25 PM

Joe DeBernardis drove in two runs and scored a pair to back Travis Miller's pitching and the Cardinals pinned a 5-3 setback on the New Cumberland Tigers in the West Shore Twilight League playoff opener Tuesday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

Game two is Wednesday at New Cumberland at 5:45 p.m.

First to get on the board were the Cardinals who struck in the second when DeBernardis and Elliot Searer both singled. Matt Osenbach lined a single to center driving in DeBernardis.

The Tigers countered in the third when Dylan Zigman singled, stole second and rode home on Stephen McKee's double to right. The Cards, however, came right back in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Blaine Bower and Brett Wagner both singled. DeBernardis grounded into a fielder's choice forcing Wagner and allowing Bower to go to third and he kept on going when the relay on the fielder's choice sailed out of play.

The score stayed at 2-1 until the fifth when the Cardinals put three tallies on the board. It started with a leadoff single by Quinn Bower and a walk to Blaine Bower. Both runners breezed home on a triple to deep right center by DeBernardis who moments later raced home on a wild pitch.

It got a little scary when the Tigers scored twice in the sixth. Sam Sorenson singled and Joe Murphy was hit by a pitch. Will Enrico's hit loaded the bases and Jordan Lawson's  sacrifice fly scored Sorenson. Murphy scored on a wild pitch. Miller fanned Logan Sica to end the threat. After a leadoff single in the seventh, Miller retired the side in order to end the game.

The victory was number 2,651 for Cards skipper Bill Rickenbach who established national semi-pro base record for a manager. The old mark was 2,650 held by a manager in Indiana whose name was not readily available from the  National Semi Pro Baseball Association and Hall of Fame.

Game results listed

June 4, 2014 – 03:54 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 2014

Roster and Schedule listed

May 16, 2014 – 04:22 PM

The 2014 Cardinals roster and schedule are on the website.

The roster can be reached by clicking on Players on the left side of the site, click on West Shore Twilight 2014 for the league list. Scroll down the list and click on Mechanicsburg.

For the schedule click on Schedules, click on West Twilight 2014 for the league list. Scroll down the list and click on Mechanicsburg.

The 2014 schedules will be filed later individually as received.

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.



Mechanicsburg Cardinals illustrious member of the West Shore Twilight League

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