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Win streak ends in 4-2 setback

July 22, 2014 – 09:13 PM

It wasn't vintage Cardinals baseball Tuesday evening. Defense slipped with three errors that produced three unearned runs, bats that were silent much of the game and a rare off night for Travis Miller.

The result was the end of a winning streak that reached 18 games. The Cumberland Dodgers managed to take advantage of the Cardinals problems in the first three innings then held on take a 4-2 decision at Boiling Springs High School.

The only earned run the Dodgers got came in the first inning when Jimmy Baum led off with a walk, was sacrifice to second by Tyler Weary and romped home on a double by Jared Frey.

The rest of it was pretty much given to the Dodgers. They loaded the bases on a hit, walk and error with one out. That was followed by sac fly by Baum which would have been the third out. Two runs crossed in the third with the benefit of two Cardinal errors, a walk and two hits.

Miller had trouble in the fourth. A walk, a hit and a stolen base put runners at second and third but a pair of ground balls to Jake Warner ended the inning. The fifth and sixth saw the side go in order.

The Cards put a scare into the opposition with a bit of two out lightning in the fifth inning. It started with a walk to Brayden Lackey and a single to left by Ben Eppley. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Quinn Bower drilled a double to the alley in right center driving in both runners.

The road trip continues Wednesday when the Cards travel to New Cumberland to meet the third place Tigers in a 6 p.m. contest.

Pair of 3-0 shutouts keep Cardinals' streak alive

July 19, 2014 – 05:25 PM

Jeff Allen and Vince Apicello turned in shutout efforts to lead the Cardinals over Fayetteville by identical 3-0 scores Saturday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

Allen, who won a game in the preseason Hagerstown Tournament, was making his first regular season start in the opener and logged a stellar performance. He scattered three singles and two walks. He allowed only one runner as far as third base. His teammates played good defense behind him.

In the second game, Apicello ran his season record to 6-0 and lowered his earned run average to 1.71, just a tad above the team era of 1.62. He gave up two hits and two walks while not allowing a runner beyond second base. He struck out 10.

The Cards did not produce a lot of hits during the twin bill, notching six in each game. But there were some really key spots that helped put runs on the new scoreboard.

In the first inning of the early game Quinn Bower led off with a single to left, moved around to the hot corner when brother Blaine and Elliot Searer walked and scored on Matt Osenbach's sacrifice fly. An inning later Travis Miller, the designated hitter, led off with a single and was advanced by Brayden Lackey's sacrifice. After taking third as Ben Eppley grounded out, Miller scored when Quinn Bower doubled to right center.

An insurance tally crossed the plate in the sixth when Eppley slashed a single to right and raced all the way around the bases on Quinn Bower's second double of the game.

Of the six hits in game one, Quinn had four of them, two singles and a pair of doubles.  He scored one run and drive in two.

Quinn continued his hitting in the nightcap with a single and double in three trips, a 6-for-7 day. He started it off in the opening frame with another single to left. He stole second and continued to third when the pitcher's pickoff throw sailed over the second baseman's head. A Joe DeBernardis hit to right chased Quinn home with the first run.

There was little offense after that as Fayetteville's Jonathon Brown bore down and retired 10 in a row before Teed Wertz singled leading off the fifth. The Cards got to Brown in the sixth for their final two runs.  A leadoff double by Quinn Bower was followed by rbi singles  by Blaine Bower and Elliot Searer.

Moving into the final week of the regular season, the Cardinals have five games to play. They start Tuesday against Cumberland at Boiling Springs High School,  continue Wednesday at New Cumberland, Thursday at Central Penn, Friday at Shippensburg and finish at home Saturday against Central Penn.


12-run inning boosts Cardinals

July 17, 2014 – 09:24 PM

Teed Wertz had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in a big 12-run third inning and the Cardinals went to pin a 14-0 defeat on the Shippensburg Stars Thursday evening at Shippensburg's Memorial Park.

In all the Cards used seven hits, including a double by Quinn Bower, four  walks and three Shippensburg errors to get the job done in the third. Others getting hits in the rally were Brayden Lackey, Brett Wagner, Matt Osenbach and Blaine Bower.  Blaine Bower and Lackey also drove in two runs, a piece. Elliot Searer drew a pair of walks.

The Cards scored their first run in the first inning when Blaine Bower singled, then went to second on a fielder's choice, to third on an error and rode home on a hit by Wertz. The final run crossed the plate in the fifth when Blaine's long drive to left center was booted for a three base error. He scored when Searer grounded out to third.

These efforts made Wagner's work on the mound a tad simpler. He allowed only three hits, did not give up a walk and struck out eight. Three errors made thing a little difficult for him but he made strikeouts work for them for them. He struck out eight along the way and did not give up a walk.

Next up for the Cardinals is a doubleheader with Fayetteville Saturday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field starting a 1 p. m.

Cards continue to roll, down Enola, 5-1

July 15, 2014 – 10:25 PM

Three hits with two out in the third inning played a big role in a three-run rally that led the Cardinals to their 15th straight win, a 5-1 decision over the Enola Express Tuesday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field.

The effort allowed Travis Miller to improve his mound record to 6-2. He scattered seven hits and held the visitors scoreless until the seventh inning a walk sandwiched between a pair of hits allowed them to score their lone run on a fielder's choice. He fanned eight and walked two.

The Cardinals used hits by Teed Wertz, Quinn Bower, Jake Warner, Joe DeBernardis and Elliot Searer plus an error to put the first two runs on the board. Searer's single was a line drive that struck Enola pitcher Nick Pisani in the back and forced him to leave the mound. He stayed in the game in right field.

Chad Halterman came on and walked Nico Delerme to force in the inning's third run. An inning later the Cardinals got to him for two more. Teed Wertz singled and Brayden Lackey walked. Quinn Bower walked to load the bases. Blaine Bower was safe on an error as Wertz scored. Moments later Lackey scored on a wild pitch.

A walk to Quinn Bower and singles Ben Eppley and Blaine Bower loaded the bases with none out in the sixth but Halterman settled down and retired the side in order.

Wertz had a pair of hits for Cardinals who resume play Thursday when they travel to Shippensburg's Memorial Park for a 6 p.m. game.


Long game favors Cardinals

July 13, 2014 – 04:42 PM

It was like a two-hour, 19 minute Sunday afternoon stroll in the park. Walks galore featured the Cardinals 4-2 triumph over the host Fayettville club. For the Cards the last inning was the best.

Holding on to the two-run, Vince Apicella, who was having location problems, didn't mess around in the bottom of the seventh. He went right at the heart of the Fayetteville order. He fanned Aaron Witman, got cleanup hitter Cody Ezolt on a first pitch foul pop up and finished by forcing Rusty Schellhase to ground out to Jake Warner.

Timely defensive help kept Apicella on top of things. One runner was cut down at the plate.  He stifled two other threats with inning ending strikeouts. He was touched for the two runs on a pair of hits and two walks in the fourth inning but that was all the home team could do.

Held scoreless for three innings, the Cardinals erupted for three markers in the top of the fourth. Warner drew a lead off walk, one of eight yielded by Fayetteville's Matt Smith. Joe DeBernardis singled by short and Elliot Searer walked to load the bases. when Nico Delerme drilled a hit off the second baseman's leg, both Warner and DeBernardis crossed the plate. Matt Osenbach ripped a single into center chasing Searer home.

Warner crossed with an insurance run when he walked again, moved around the bases as Delerme and Osenbach walked and scored on a wild pitch.

Although Apicella walked five he struck out 11. Osenbach was 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in a run.

Next up for the Cards is Enola. The Express move into Rickenbach-Shirley Field for a 6 p.m. encounter Tuesday.


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, perennial West Shore Twilight League Playoff Champs