A determined Hagerstown team got great pitching from Josh Miller who kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard and gave his mates a chance to beat the Cards on their home turf. They did just Friday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field scoring in the third and fifth innings on their way to a 2-0 victory and lifting themselves into West Shore Twilight League final playoffs against New Cumberland.
Thus ended a difficult campaign for the Cardinals who finished second in the regular season and had a chance to gain the finals.They had a chance to win the opening round when they were up 2-1 but dropped an 8-7 decision Thursday at Hagerstown.
Josh Miller toed the mound for the Braves and allowed only four hits with only two runners reaching past first base. He fanned three and did not give up a walk. His mates scored a run in the third. Austin Moser walked, but was forced out by Alex Cline who reached second on a fielder's choice and scored on Tristan Baker's single to right. Cline doubled in the fifth, took second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk then crossed the plate when Justin Lewis singled.
Travis Miller, who was on the mound for the Cardinals in the come-from-behind 3-2 win in the opener, deserved a better fate in this one. Unfortunately their bats were mostly silent. Josh Herring smacked a leadoff single in the first inning, stole second and took third on Sam Crater's long fly to right. Two other leadoff singles were erased in double plays. Ben Eppley singled and reached second in fifth but was left standing there.