Cards win but fail to make playoffs
July 30, 2015 – 09:05 PM
Jeff Allen scored the winning run on Ben Eppley's walk off single to give the Cardinals a 10-9 victory over New Cumberland Thursday evening. But the joyful atmosphere around Rickenbach-Shirley Field changed when it was learned that Dillsburg edged Shippensburg, 4-3, to capture the final playoff spot in the West Shore Twilight League.
Thus ended the Cardinals season. It marked the first time in 30 years they missed the playoffs. But it was still a successful season. At the outset it looked like the team would be lucky to play .500 ball. Instead this young ball club worked hard and came away with a record of 20 wins and 12 losses.
Allen led off the seventh with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Teed Wertz. Marc Hershey walked and Kodi Shatzer singled to load the bases. Braydon Lackey fanned but Eppley singled by second chasing home Allen with the winning tally that brought the team In jumping for joy. They did what they had to do but it wasn't quite enough.
Eppley's three-run homer powered a five-run third inning and put the Cards in front temporarily. The Tigers responded with a six-run fourth with four hits and two Cardinal errors helping the cause. Bill Rickenbach's club evened score in the fifth on five hits and a walk.
Christian McClure, the third Cardinal pitcher blanked the Tigers through the final 3 1/3 innings and gained credit for the victory.
DeBernardis leads romp over Dodgers
Joe DeBernardis belted a pair of home runs, one a grand slam, to pace the Cardinals to a 10-1 trouncing of the Cumberland Dodgers Wednesday evening at Boiling Springs High School.
The action started early. A walk to Braydon Lackey and a single by Ben Eppley set the stage DeBernardis' first roundtripper, a three-run shot over the left field fence in the first inning. It continued in the second when walks to Teed Wertz, Lackey and Eppley greeted another DeBernardis at bat. He promptly drove a 1-0 pitch beyond the fence in left center for his grand slam. Mark Hershey also walked leading off the second and later scored on a wild pitch. Quickly the Cardinals were up 8-0, and that was more than enough for veteran right-hander Travis Miller.
The Dodgers couldn't solve his offerings. He took a one-hit shutout into the fifth inning when he gave up a two-out single and walk. The Dodgers unleashed some wild baserunning and managed to score a run on a double steal. Miller walked four and struck out nine. Lefty Adam Howard took over in the seventh. After yielding a lead off infield hit, he struck out the next two batters and got Austin Wacker to ground out to short to end the game.
The Cardinals host first place New Cumberland Thursday at Rickenbach-Shirley Field at 6 p.m.
Allen fires 4-hitter in nod over Enola
Jeff Allen kept the opposition in check throughout and the offence picked up as the Cardinals dispatched Enola, 7-2, Tuesday evening at East Pennsboro High School. The win kept alive their hopes, faint as they may be, of making the West Shore Twilight League playoffs.
Dillsburg and Cumberland were tied for third place going into Tuesday's action, Cumberland played at Shippensburg Tuesday evening. The Dodgers host the Cardinals Wednesday. Meanwhile, Dillsburg also has two games left. Wedesday they host Mt.Holly. Thursday they are at home with Shippensburg. For the Cardinals to gain a tie they must win both of their remaining games and the others must lose twice. One win by them would eliminate the Cardinals.
The Cardinals broke up a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the third inning. Mark Hershey's fly ball was dropped in right field for an error. He moved to second on a wild pitch and Braydon Lackey walked. Ben Eppley reached on an infield hit loading the bases. With one out Brandon Smith grounded a base hit by first base into right field driving in both runs.
Two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth. Erik Sawyer led off with a walk. Kodi Shatzer turned his sacrifice bunt into a base hit sending Sawyer to second. Both advanced on a Teed Wertz sacrifice. Sawyer scored on a wild pitch. Shatzer took third on the play and scored on Hershey's fielder's choice. The Cardinals scored another run in the fifth and Joe DeBernardis hit a solo home run, his sixth, in seventh. Moments later Smith and Allen walked. Smith scored when Sawyer lined a single to center.
Allen improved his record to 5-1. He allowed only one earned run and walked two. He struck out eight. Sawyer and Ben Eppley each had two hits.
Cards drop tough decision to Tigers
July 27, 2015 – 09:32 PM
If the Cardinals could hit as well as they field and pitch they most likely would be leading the West Shore Twilight League. Monday evening at New Cumberland the bats were nearly silent again and once again pitching and fielding carried the Cards on equal terms with the current league season champ.
The game was scoreless through six innings thanks to the combined efforts of Adam Howard and Erik Sawyer, but in the seventh New Cumberland got its break. Jordan Lawson led off with a single to center. Sawyer got Jordan McClure to pop out to second baseman Braydon Lackey and Ryan Gray to fly out to Ben Eppley. Unfortunately, Kyle Wickenheiser , pinch hitting for Joe Gagliardi, lined a double to deep left field and Lawson circled the bases to score the game's only run giving the Tigers a 1-0 victory.
Sawyer, the scheduled starter, took over for Howard in the second inning and allowed only two base runners through the sixth. He retired the side in order three times.
Offensively, the only person standing between New Cumberland pitching and a perfect game was Brandon Smith. Tim Flannery, the Tigers starter, set the Cardinals down in order in the first inning. Smith greeted him with a line single to left field in the second. After that, Flannery retired them in order through the fifth then turned things over to Lawson who did the same thing in the sixth and seventh.
The Cardinals will try to return to their winning was when they travel to Enola Tuesday evening. Game time is 6 o'clock.
Playoff hopes take a hit
Friday it looked like the playoffs might just be around the corner for the Cardinals after they had battled their way into a tie for fourth place in the West Shore Twilight League with Dillsburg.
Now it might just be a pipe dream. The Cumberland Dodgers, smarting from a 4-2 loss to second place Hagerstown Friday evening and a 2-0 loss to the Cardinals last time they met, got their bats going and put a 7-2 whipping on the Cardinals Saturday morning at Boiling Springs High School.
The Cardinals broke on top in this on against former Cardinal pitcher and of late their nemesis, Brett Livingston . In the second inning, Erik Sawyer reached on an error, took second on Matt Cody's Texas league single and romped home when Braydon Lackey doubled to the left center field fence.
That ended the scoring and even threat of scoring because Livingston, who struggled at the outset making 50 pitches in two innings, went on to retire 11 Cardinals in a row before Josh Herring opened the sixth with a double that hopped the left field fence. He stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe DeBernardis.
Christian McClure, on the mound for the Cardinals, took a 1-1 tie into the fourth with two out when the Dodgers used four singles and a walk to plate three runs. They added two more in the fifth, one of them unearned, and added another in the sixth. The win gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the season series. The teams meet again Wednesday at Boiling Springs.
Next up for the Cardinals is league season champion New Cumberland on the road Monday at 6 p.m.
Cardinals extend shutout string to three
July 23, 2015 – 09:08 PM
Tanner Rahauser and Jeff Allen combined to throw the Cardinals' third straight shutout and their mates put runs on the board in the sixth inning on the way to a 2-0 nod over Enola Thursday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. The win moves the Cards into a fourth place tie with Dillsburg.
The last run scored against the Cardinals was in the ninth inning of Saturday's second game that led Hagerstown to a 2-1 win.
Much like Wednesday's win over Dillsburg, this one was a nail biter to the end. Early on Rahauser was having location problems, working with runners on base every inning but the first and he worked out of them. When he walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the fifth inning manager Bill Rickenbach lifted him in favor of Jeff Allen who put the side down, fanning two along the way. Allen held the visitors scoreless the last two innings and picked up the victory.
Unable to produce with runners in scoring against the offerings of Enola's Mike Hope, the Cardinals finally broke the ice in the sixth inning. Ben Eppley grounded a leadoff single into left field. With one out Brandon Smith walked sending Eppley to second. Matt Cody lifted a fly ball near the right field foul line which fell in for a hit scoring Eppley with Smith stopping at second. With two out, Allen grounded to third but was safe when the throw to first was wild allowing Smith to score.
With a 17-10 record, the Cardinals assured themselves a winning season. Next on the agenda is making the playoffs. That starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when they travel to Boiling Springs High School to face the Cumberland Dodgers.
Sawyer silences Wolfpack
Pitching has been big for the Cardinals this season. Wednesday evening's game with Dillsburg was no different. Erik Sawyer scattered six hits and made the most of a first inning score to blank the Wolfpack, 1-0, at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.
The lefty had things pretty much his own way through six innings. In the seventh, however, he ran into a bit of a snag. It started at the bottom of the Wolfpack order when Zach Zinn led off with a single and soon found himself at third base when Kyle McClintock's sacrifice attempted bounced back to Sawyer who went to second for the lead runner but threw the ball away. After Jamie Eshelman fanned, Tyler Betz reached on an error loading the bases. Just when things looked bleak, Sawyer got Hank Sanders to line right back to shortstop Teed Wertz who made the grab and stepped to second to make the game ending double play.
The Cardinals use a bit of two-out lightning to score their run. It happened in the first inning when Joe DeBernardis drew a two-out walk and moved to second when Brandon Smith single up the middle. Tanner Rahauser doubled to deep right center scoring DeBernardis. Smith tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate.
Sawyer allowed a walk and hit a batter but struck out eight as he battled with a one-run lead. The Cards had runners in scoring position in the second third and fifth innings, including twice at third but were unable to score again.
The victory moved the Cardinals to within a half game of the fourth place Wolfpack and could move into a tie with a victory over Enola Thursday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. Game time is 6 p.m.
McClure fires one-hitter
July 20, 2015 – 09:29 PM
In another stellar performance by the Cardinals' pitching staff, Christian McClure shut down Mount Holly on just one hit on the way to 9-0 victory Monday evening at Mount Holly.
The southpaw had a no-hitter in the sixth inning when Matt Felton line a one-out single into center field. It didn't bother McClure. He just went on to strike out the side. He put the Brewers away in order in the seventh as he finished by retiring 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. He gave up two walks and fanned eight.
As they did last week, the Cardinals wasted little time strting the scoring parade. The put up four runs in the first inning, added two more in the second and one each in the third, fourth and sixth. The first started with walks to Ben Eppley and Erik Sawyer. Back to back singles by Joe DeBernardis plated two runs. DeBernardis scored on Jeff Allen's sac fly and Smith waltzed home on a Kodi Shatzer single.
An inning later, Eppley and DeBernardis both walked. Eppley scored on a hit by Allen and DeBernardis romped home on an infield hit by Teed Wertz. That was more than enough for McClure and the Cards coasted home from there.
In the 14 hit attack every player in the starting lineup had a hit. Mark Hershey was 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in one. DeBernardis, Smith and Braydon Lackey each had two hits.
The battle for the playoffs continues when fourth place Dillsburg comes to Rickenbach-Shirley Field Wednesday. Game time is 6 p. m. Following the win over Holly Bill Rickenbach's young charges moved to within a game of Dillsburg.
2015 Schedule listed
March 14, 2015 – 04:22 PM
The 2015 Cardinals schedule is on the website.
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2015 Game results listed
May 30, 2015 – 09:45 PM
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Locate team's league statistics
June 2, 2012 – 11:58 AM
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2015 roster listed on website
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