Cards Win Battle of the Birds
Written by: Tom Conners
Sunday, June 19, 2005
In a battle of division winners, the Sander, Hannye and Carson Cardinals beat the Farmer's and Mechanics Bank Orioles 10-5 to capture the Medford Major League World Series.
The Cards drew first blood in the top of the first with a walk, a single by Anthony Papasso and a triple by Will Stiles which brought both runners home. Steve McCollum then hit a sac fly to score Stiles.
In the third inning the Cards added to their lead when two hitters walked and Will Stiles knocked in the fourth run. Steve McCollum then chipped in a two run single.
After the Orioles scored three in the bottom of the 3rd, the score remained 6-3 until the top of the fifth. Joey Tucci led off with a walk, Will Stiles got his third hit of the day and Steve McCollum walked to load the bases. Tyler Pierce then drew a walk to force in a run. Bradford Conners singled to left to drive in the Card's 8th run.
The Cardinals scoring continued in the sixth when Joey Tucci tripled with a runner (Kyle Sparkman) on base. Anthony Papasso drove in Tucci for the 10th run of the evening.
Besides clutch hitting, the Cardinals also contributed some great pitching and several superb fielding plays to seal the deal. Will Stiles led off the game by pitching 2 scoreless innings (2 K's). Catcher Chris Vaughan cut off a run by blocking the plate and making the tag and unfortunately injuring his hand in the process. The Orioles threat in the second was squelched by a great catch in left by William Beighley.
In the fourth inning, the Cardinals had several defensive lapses which put two runners aboard. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and the game seemingly about to slip away, Bradford Conners caught a pop at second base and fired to third to double the runner essentially ending the threat. Joey Tucci was the pitching benefactor of the great glove work in the fourth as he allowed no hits or runs in the inning.
Anthony "Closer" Papasso closed out the game by recording 2 K's over the last 2 innings.
For the Orioles, Jack August (double), Will Maier and Robbie Beachy had two hits apiece.
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