Car­di­nals over­come heat, early deficit to down Roy­als

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

It looked like the Car­di­nals were in a bad way in their East­ern Bal­ti­more County Over-40 League base­ball game against the host Roy­als on Sun­day at Pat­ap­sco High.

The Roy­als led 7-2 after six in­nings and the Car­di­nals hadn’t shown much life at the plate.

But the Car­di­nals had an ad­van­tage, one that grew in im­por­tance as each in­ning dragged by un­der the swel­ter­ing, blis­ter­ing op­pres­sive heat: the Car­di­nals had a canopy.

The Car­di­nals had ac­cess to shade, al­low­ing some shel­ter from the sun, while the ex­posed Roy­als wilted as the sun climbed higher in the sky and brought the heat index along with it.

A seven-run rally in the sev­enth in­ning gave the Car­di­nals an 8-7 lead, and they held on for a 13-11 vic­tory that im­proved their record to 2-1.

The Roy­als fell to 1-2. For both teams, the reg­u­lar sea­son is al­ready at the mid­point. The league missed nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Mem­bers of the Roy­als said it was rough not to have any shade. The Car­di­nals were just glad one of the play­ers had thought to bring the canopy along.

Th top of the sev­enth started with a bloop sin­gle by Chris Mirabile that dropped into cen­ter field.

The Car­di­nals would send 11 bat­ters to the plate that in­ning.

Dale Hunter fol­lowed with a dou­ble to right field, scor­ing a run. Pe­dro Zayas sin­gled up the mid­dle for an­other run.

An­other bloop sin­gle and a walk loaded the bases for Joe Lancelotta. A grounder to short­stop pro­duced an out at sec­ond, but a throw­ing er­ror al­lowed two runs to score and put Lancelotta on sec­ond.

After a ground­out and a walk, Joe Pyles sin­gled through the right side to tie the score at 7-7, and an in­field sin­gle by An­gel Clark drove in the go-ahead run.

The Car­di­nals added five runs in the top of the eighth in­ning to ex­tend their lead to 13-7 and seem­ingly lock up the game.

It was al­ready near­ing noon, and Over-40 League rules state no in­ning will be started past noon. So there would be no ninth in­ning.

The Car­di­nals again sent 11 bat­ters to the plate in the eighth in­ning, keep­ing the Roy­als on the field un­der the sun.

A throw­ing er­ror led to one Car­di­nals run. There were also two walks (one with the bases loaded) and two hit bat­ters (one with the bases loaded).

Pe­dro Zayas had a tworun sin­gle to ac­count for the other runs that in­ning.

But the Roy­als had one last surge, load­ing the bases with one out in the bot­tom of the eighth on two sin­gles and a walk.

Paul Cere­belli dropped a sin­gle into cen­ter, scor­ing one run, and C.J. Rock­hill sin­gled up the mid­dle with two outs for an­other run.

That brought up Bryan Wil­helm, one of the league’s best power-hit­ters, with the bases loaded, two outs and his team down by four runs.

But there is no out­field fence at Pat­ap­sco. Wil­helm’s drive to cen­ter was kept in front of the Car­di­nal out­field­ers and only two runs scored.

A fly­out ended the game. The Roy­als had taken a 5-2 lead with five runs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, get­ting two bases-loaded walks and RBIs from Lloyd Fox (two) and Rock­hill.

The Roy­als added two more runs in the bot­tom of the sixth with the help of three Car­di­nals throw­ing er­rors.

In other games, the Ray (3-1) de­feated the Diamondbac­ks (0-3-1) 7-3 at the Le­gion Post38 field, and the Dodgers (1-1) beat the Ori­oles (0-2-1) 16-3 at St. He­lena Park.

The first-place Astros (3-0) had a bye.

This week, the Astros host the Ori­oles at Post 38, the Car­di­nals host the Dodgers at Pat­ap­sco High, and the Roy­als host the Rays at St. He­lena Park.

Bryan Wil­helm strokes a two-run sin­gle in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning that cut the Car­di­nals’ lead to 13-11.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

Car­di­nals short­stop An­gel Clark makes a throw to first base.

Chris Mirabile’s sin­gle to lead off the sev­enth in­ning sparked a seven-run rally by the Car­di­nals.

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