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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.

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.

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

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.


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.