Mechanicsburg loses 2 games on Sunday to exit tournament

The makeshift team playing as the Mechanicsburg Cardinals lost twice on Sunday to exit the Labor Day Tournament.  They dropped the first game to Delco 7-4.  Then against the NY Hawks they dropped a 9-2 decision.  The tournament was eventually won by Jefferson.

Cardinals wins first two games in York Labor Day Tournament

The Cardinals won their first 2 games in the Tom Kerrigan Memorial Tournament.  In the first game they beat the Baltimore Brew Crew 8-3.  In the second game they topped Cecil County 11-5 on the strength of 2 gram slams.  They next play at 11:30 Sunday at Shiloh.   The opponent is yet to be determined.

Mechanicsburg wins WSTBL Championship

After winning the league title Mechanicsburg beat New Cumberland 3-1 to win the West Shore Twilight League championship.  The Cards won the series 4-1.

The Cardinals got started early scoring 2 runs in the first inning. Josh Herring led off with a single.  Nate Blasick then hit a towering RBI triple.  John Mayer scored Blasick with a single to left field.  Mechanicsburg got their final run in the third. Blasick walked and Mayer hit a booming triple to the fence in left.  

Luke Wagner pitched 5 1/3 inning to get the win.  He gave up 4 hits while striking out 6. Hayden Fry pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the save.

Cards beat New Cumberland 5-3 in tight game

Mechanicsburg beat New Cumberland 5-3 to take a 3-1 lead in the best of 7 championship series.  Zane Grimes pitched 7 tough innings for the win.

The Cards scored all of their runs in the 5th inning. Luke Wagner hit a home run over the right field fence to get the scoring started. Ryan Wentzel singled and moved to second on a walk to Teed Wertz. Ryan Gray doubled Wentzel home. Josh Herring tripled to score Wertz and Gray. Hunter Breon's perfect bunt scored Herring.

Things got tense in the last inning. Grimes hit the first two batters. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third.  A walk loaded the bases with one out.  Grimes struck out the next batter.  With a 3-2 count on the next batter Grimes coaxed a come back grounder for the final out.

Cards beat NC 3-0 to take series lead

John Mayer pitched a two hit shutout to lead Mechanicsburg to a 3-0 win over New Cumberland. He struck out 5 and walked 1. New Cumberland only had 2 runners reach 2nd base.

The Cardinals got things going in the 3rd. Josh Herring led off with a single.  Hunter Breon's sacrifice bunt moved Herring to 2nd.  Kyle Hannon singled him home. In the 6th Teed Wertz walked and moved to 2nd when Ryan Gray was hit by a pitch. Pinch hitter Charlie White singled to score Wertz. In the 7th Kyle Hannon doubled and was singled home by Nate Blasick.

NC evens series with 9-1 win over the Cardinals

New Cumberland evened the series at 1 by beating Mechanicsburg 9-1.  Luke Goodyear got the start but left with one out in the third.  He gave up 6 runs on four hits and three walks.  Charlie White finished the game.

Mechanicsburg never got anything going offensively.  Josh Herring led off the first with a single.  He stole 2nd and 3rd. He scored on a fielders choice by Kyle Hannon.  The Cards never threatened again.

Cardinals beat NC 5-1 to take first gme of series

Mechanicsburg beat New Cumberland on the road to take the first game of the championship series. Hayden Fry pitched a complete game 4 hitter.  He gave up one unearned run.

Kyle Hannon lead the offensive attack with 4 hits in four trips to the plate. He knocked in 2 runs.  In all the Cardinals banged out 14 hits.

Mechanicsburg beats Hagerstown 7-3 to advance to the finals

Mechanicsburg beat Hagerstown 7-3 Wednesday evening to win the series 3-2.  Hagerstown led off the game with one run in the first inning.  Mechanicsburg responded with 4 in the 2nd.  Kyle Hannon led off with a home run.  Teed Wertz and Charlie White hit singles. Josh Herring reached on an error loading the bases. Hunter Breon singled in Wertz.  John Mayer walked to force in another run. Mason Walker grounded out to score the 4th run in the inning.  The Cards scored 2 more in the 4th to put the game out or reach.  Charlie White reached on an error. Josh Herring singled.  Hunter Breon and John Mayer both singled to drive in a run.  John Mayer doubled in the 6th and moved to third on a ground out. He scored on an error.

Hunter Breon had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs.  John Mayer hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs.

Nathan Blasick pitch 6 innings for the win.  He gave up 4 hits while striking out 6.  Luke Goodyear pitched the 7th striking out the side.

Cards beat Hagerstown to win series 7-3

Mechanicsburg beat Hagerstown 7-3  Wednesday evening to win the series 3-2.  The Cardinals advanced to the playoff finals against New Cumberland.  The first game of the finals is at New Cumberland at 5:30 PM.  The series shifts back to Mechanicsburg on Saturday at 1 PM. The teams alternate being the home team with weekend games beginning at 1 PM.  Weekday games will start at 5:30 PM.


Cards Down Hagerstown 8-0 to force game 5

The Cardinals beat Hagerstown 8-0 to force game 5.  Zane Grimes scattered 5 hits to pick up the complete game shutout. Ryan Wentzel led the way with 3 hits.  Luke Wagner hit a solo home run.

Mechanicsburg got on the board with 3 runs in the 2nd inning.  Wentzel led off with a single. He was followed by 5 straight walks and a sacrifice fly by Josh Herring. The Cards got 2 more in the 3rd.  Mason Walker walked and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Wentzel singled him home.  Teed Wertz walked and Charlie White singled Wentzel home.  In the 5th Josh Herring walked and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Hunter Breon singled him to third. Herring scored on a sacrifice fly by John Mayer.  Luke Wagner hit a home run in the 5th inning.  Mechanicsburg added a run in the 7th on singles by Walker and Wentzel. Walker moved to 3rd on a fielders choice and scored on another fielders choice by Nate Blazick.

Mechanicsburg beats Hagerstown 8-0 to force game 5 of the series.

Mechanicsburg beat Hagerstown 8-0 to force game 5 of the 5 game series.  Wednesday's game will be at home at 5:45 PM.

Mayer throws 4 hitter and homers to lead the Cards 7-1

John Mayer pitched a 4 hitter and hit a home run over the swimming pool fence in left to lead the Cardinals to a 7-1 win over Hagerstown.  Mayer struck out 9 in 7 innings. He also knocked in 4 runs.

The win made the best of 5 series 2-1 in favor of Hagerstown.   The series continues Tuesday in Hagerstown at 5:45 PM.

Cardinals drop playoff opener to Hagerstown 7-2

All time leader

Mechanicsburg Cardinal leader Bill Rickenbach, with a 26 win 2018 season, and 33 wins this year has raised his career total National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame leading win record to 2,785 and counting. "Pops" became the all time leader in wins in semi-pro baseball in 2014 when he surpassed Howie Minas of the Midlothian, Illinois White Sox.