Sawyer tosses 2-hit shutout
After a tough outing last week Eric Sawyer turned things around Wednesday evening at Shippensburg's Memorial Park. The lefty allowed only two hits and had good defense behind him as he held the Stars scoreless in a 3-0 victory. The win moved the Cardinals to 13-1 atop the West Shore Twilight League.
Although Sawyer was in trouble at times, he always found the right pitch to escape. He retired the side in order in the second, third and fourth innings. He had the bases loaded in he fifth and a runner on in the sixth. In the seventh however, he handled all three outs in order, fanning a pair and taking a comebacker to nail the runner at first. He walked five and struck out six.
Offensively, what there was of it, was pretty much packed into the fifth inning. Matt Cody started with a leadoff single up the middle, Josh Herring, who had his team's first hit in the second inning, was hit by a pitch. They a advanced on Brandon Smith's sacrifice. With two out, Ben Eppley hit a ball to deep short for an infield single scoring Cody. When the throw was wide Herring scored the second run and Eppley turned up at second base. Joe DeBernardis lofted a fly ball to shallow left field which fell in front of the left fielder for a double. Off with the crack of the bat, Eppley easily crossed the plate.
Out to avenge their only loss of the season at the hands of Dillsburg, the Cardinals return to Northern High School Thursday at 6 p,m,
Late explosion lifts Cardinals
This time it was the lower half of the order that really got things going for the Cardinals Tuesday evening at Mount Holly. First pitch swinging Josh Herring unloaded a two-run double to right field breaking a 2-2 tie and sending the Cards to a 7-2 victory over the Brewers.
It started with one out when Eric Herbein walked and Matt Cody singled to right. Herbein raced to third and Cody took second when the throw went to third. Herring, batting eighth in the order, wasted no time taking action. His line drive was deep enough to score both runners. Herring went to third on Brandon Smith's fly out to right and scored on a wild pitch.
The inning did not d there. With two out Brayden Lackey lined a solo home run over the right field fence to give his teammates a 6-2 lead. The scoring closed in the top of the seventh when Ryan Gray was hit by a pitch, scampered around to third when Herbein smacked a single to right-center and crossed the plate on Cody's sac fly to center.The other two Cardinal runs scored on wild pitches.
Bobby Dorta started on the mound for the Cards and though he was always working with runners on base, he managed to work out of trouble, allowing two runs. Smith took over in the fifth and pitched shutout ball to earn the victory.
The Cardinals travel to Shippensburg's Memorial Park to meet the Stars Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Cardinals top Enola for the fifth time
Breaking a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the second inning, the Cardinals went on to score in every inning but one on the way to a 9-1 decision over the Enola Express Monday evening at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. The win gave the Cards a sweep of the season series with the Express.
Brayden Lackey and Ben Eppley both walked leading off the second inning. Joe DeBernardis slashed a single to left-center chasing Lackey home and Eppley to third from where he scored on a throwing error from the outfield. Matt Cody walked and rode home when Ryan Gray tripled in the third. Gray scored on a fielder's choice. They scored one in the fourth then added three more in the sixth with two hits a hit batter and an outfield error.
Lackey led the offense with two hits in two trips and a pair of walks. He scored four runs. DeBernardis drove in three runs with a single and two sacrifice flys.
Tanner Rahauser pitched the first four innings. After giving up a run in the first, he shut down the Express. He struck out the side after giving up the run in the first. Hayden Seig pitched the final three innings.all scoreless.
The Cardinals are at Mount Holly Tuesday evening. Game time is 6 p.m.
Allen wins again, goes to 4-0
It wasn't quite the near-perfect game he threw at New Cumberland, but his outing Sunday against Hagerstown wasn't too shabby either. He scattered seven hits on the way to a 7-1 triumph over the Braves at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. The Cards improved their West Shore Twlight League leading record to 11-1.
While Allen was disposing of the Braves, fanning 10 batters along the way, the offense was doing a pretty good job, scoring runs in every inning but two. Joe DeBernardis got his mates off to a good start when he homered over the fence in the right-center with Ben Eppley on base via a walk in the first inning.
It gave the home team a 2-1 lead after Hagerstown put a run on the board in the top of the first, Before the Cardinals rally was over they added a run when Ben Snyder singled, took second when Brandon Smith was safe on an error, stole third ancd rode home on Eric Herbein's hit to left.
Snyder singled leading off the third, was sacrificed by Brandon Smith, continued to third on the pitcher's overthrow and crossed the plate when Ryan Gray singled to left. Another run scored in the fourth when Brayden Lackey singled to center, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on an error.
Gray's 2-run single plating Eppley (walk) and DeBernardis (single) closed the scoring in the sixth. Gray had a big day with two hits and three runs batted in. DeBernardis, Snyder and Herbein also had two hits.
Enola closes out its season series with the Cardinals at Rickenbach-Shirley field Monday at 6 p. m.
Cardinals stop Holly again
It was just about half as bad as the score in last week's game at Mount Holly. Wednesday evening the Cardinals returned to their winning ways with a 10-1 triumph over the Brewers at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. The victory moved them to a 9-1 record in the West Shore Twilight League.
The Cardinals started scoring in groups of three runs. They opened the game with three in the first inning with walks to Ben Eppley and Joe DeBernardis, both scoring on a double by Ben Snyder who crossed the plate on a single by Teed Wertz. Three more went on the board in the fourth on a wild pitch and sacrifice flies by Sam Crater and DeBernardis. Hits by Wertz and Eric Herbein procuced the first run in the fifth. Brayden Lackey reached on an error and Eppley sent two more runs across with a two-base hit.
Snyder's hit, a walk to Wertz and a double by Ryan Gray notched the final run in the sixth. The Brewers averted the shutout when they dented the plate in the seventh. Tanner Rahauser blanked Holly through four innings to get the win. Newcmer Grant Logan pitched the final three innings. Lackey, Snyder, Wertz and Herbein all had two hits for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals go to New Cumberland Thursday at 6 p.m. Saturday's game with Linglestown has been canceled.
Win streak grinds to halt
All good things must come to an end and at Dillsburg Tuesday evening the Wolfpack stopped the Cardinals dead in their tracks dealing out an 8-4 setback, their first of the West Shore Twilight League season and at the same time halting the winning streak at eight games.
After Eric Sawyer pitched a scoreless first inning for the Cardinals the Wolfpack put two runs on the board in the second with the bottom of the order doing most of the damage. Three more runs crossed in the bottom of the third. Meanwhile Wolfpack starter Tyler Carns pretty much shutdown the Cards. After Brayden Lackey beat out an infield hit leading off the game, Carns went on to strike out the side.
From the second through sixth innings, the Cardinals managed only four baserunners. The Wolfpack added a couple of runs in the fifth off Sawyer and another in the sixth off Christian McClure. Carns took an 8-0 lead into the seventh then ran into a bit of a snag.
With one out Eric Herbein was hit by a pitch and Ryan Gray doubled to right field. Lackey singled to second scoring Herbein. Ben Eppley hit into fielder's choice forcing Lackey but allowing Gray to cross the plate. Joe DeBernardis doubled to deep left-center chasing Eppley home and Ben Snyder singled to center scoring DeBernardis. That was as close as the Cardinals could get.
Another streak should start Wednesday. Mount Holly visits Rickenbach-Shirley Field for a 6 p.m game.
Cardinals rally in seventh
It took a seventh inning rally to get the job done. Down a run in the fifth inning, the Cardinals went zip in the fifth and sixth innings and finally put a winning rally together in the bottom of the seventh and eked out an 9-8 victory over last place Shippensburg, Sunday afternoon at Rickenbach-Shirley Field. It was their seventh straight West Shore Twilight League success.
Chris McClure, leading off, doubled to right-center. With one out, Jeff Allen, hero of Friday's win at New Cumberland, doubled chasing McClure home with the tying run. Joe DeBernardis flied out to right, McClure tagging and advancing to third after the catch. Ben Snyder quickly slapped a single to right to send McClure home with the winning run.
After the Stars put a run on the board in the top of the first, the Cardinals took a brief lead in the bottom of the inning. Brayden Lackey singled and took second on Allen's sacrifice. After DeBernardis walked Snyder reached on an error allowing Lackey to score with DeBernardis scampering around to third from where he crossed the plate on Brandon Smith's single to right.
Thereafter it seemed like the Cards were always playing catchup. Ship scored four runs in the second, three of them on Dustin LaBonte's home run. The Cardinals moved to within one on Smith's two-run single in the bottom of the second. They tied the score in the third only to have the Stars move up by two in the fourth.
Back came the Cards to even the count in the bottom of the fourth on Ryan Wentzel's two-run single to make it 7-7. The visitors took an 8-7 lead in the top of the fifth and it stayed that way until the Cards won it in their half of the seventh,
Lackey, McClure and Snyder each had three hits for the winners. McClure scored three runs and Snyder drove in three. Smith had two hits and drove in three runs. Allen had two hits, scored a run and drove in one.
New Cumberland will try to avenge Friday's loss to the Cardinals with a trip to Rickenbach-Shirley Field Monday evening. Game time is 6 p.m.
Allen is near perfect at New Cumberland
June 17, 2016 – 11:12 PM
It was a game when nerves were tense, fans were edgy and the players were keeping mum. A perfect game was in progress Friday evening at New Cumberland. The seventh inning had arrived and the Cardinals were clinging to a 1-0 lead and nary a New Cumberland runner had reached base.
Allen took care of the first two batters in the seventh on routine ground outs. Then Miles Campbell stepped to the plate and, not so politely, grounded a single between short and third to ruin the perfecto. But Allen maintained his poise and got Will Enrico to pop up. Shortstop Eric Herbein charged in yelling, "I got it" and gloved the ball for the final out giving the Cards their sixth straight West Shore Twilight League victory.
It was most likely the finest outing of Allen's career. He struck out 10, got five ground outs and six fly balls or pop ups. The effort gave the Cardinals a victory over a tough league opponent and it's top pitcher, Sam Sorenson, who allowed only three hits and a walk while fanning eight.
The game's only run was unearned and crossed the plate in the second inning. Ben Snyder led off with a double to deep left center, Herbein bounced to short but the throw to first soared high and out of play allowing Snyder to score. The Cards had runners on first and third in the third inning but came up empty.
Shippensburg comes to Rickenbach-Shirley Field Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.
2016 roster listed on website
April 4, 2016 – 03:19 PM
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Locate team's league statistics
May 29, 2016 – 07:53 PM
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2016 Exhibition Schedule
The Cardinals have scheduled exhibition games with Linglestown of the East Shore Twilight League and Manchester of the Central York League For the schedule, click on schedules, click on Cardinals Exhibitions and click on Mechanicsburg.
May 21, 2016 – 10:18 PM
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