Cards’ rally falls short in playoff loss to Mountville

By on June 22, 2016

 

Warwick Cardinals’ second baseman Daniel Artale records a force out at second base and looks to complete a double play in Monday’s playoff game against Mountville. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick Cardinals’ second baseman Daniel Artale records a force out at second base and looks to complete a double play in Monday’s playoff game against Mountville. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

While running into some adversity on Monday, the Warwick Cardinals showed their mettle.

Trailing 8-1 to Mountville in the Lancaster County Youth Baseball 10U Section One playoff quarterfinals, the Redbirds rallied.

In fact, they had the potential tying runs on base in the sixth inning.

Ultimately, however, Mountville was able to hold on for a 10-8 victory at Mountville’s Froelich Park, advancing on in the winner’s bracket.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, dropped into the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament. They were set to play the Manheim VFW-Conestoga Valley winner last night (Wednesday) at Maneta Park at 6 p.m.

“All season, we’ve preached to our kids that we pick each other up, we stick together,” said Warwick coach Matt Burr, whose squad defeated defeated Penn Manor 17-3 last Friday night. “And even in the playoffs, nobody’s bickering, everybody’s staying together, everybody’s encouraging each other. That’s how our kids work, so I was proud of them for not giving up.”

Ethan Beck started on the hill for the Cardinals, and then Ethan Zipko, Daniel Artale and Caleb Johnsen all pitched out of the ‘pen.

“They all contributed very well,” Burr said. “We hit that buzzsaw where you just had that one inning … There’s opportunities to get yourself out of an inning and it just kept extending.”

In the third, Mountville capitalized on a few seeing-eye hits and some defensive miscues by the Cardinals to extend its advantage to 8-1.

“They had a couple hard-hit balls to back up a couple bloopers,” Burr remarked. “Defensively, we didn’t play as clean of a game.”

Warwick Cardinals’ catcher Mason Burr squeezes a relay throw and waits to tag out a Mountville base runner at the plate during Monday’s playoff game. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick Cardinals’ catcher Mason Burr squeezes a relay throw and waits to tag out a Mountville base runner at the plate during Monday’s playoff game. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

In the fifth, taking advantage of some command issues by Mountville’s pitchers, the Cardinals rallied. With the bases loaded, Zipko delivered a key blow by slugging a three-run double.

“That was a big hit for us,” Burr said. “We had a very good inning in the fifth and ended up putting some hits together and coming back. We ended up with some walks and making things happen with some big hits.”

Still trailing by two going into their final at-bats, the Cardinals brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but Mountville survived.

“We found out what we were made of and we didn’t give up, we battled back,” Burr said.

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