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Cardinals 5, Harpers Assault 2
Pitches Through Injury to Secure Title’
by Keith Black, Cardinals manager
just their second year in the league, the Springfield (PA) Cardinals won
their first SJMSBL Championship. In compiling a 15-1 regular season record, the
Angry Birds pounded out 155 runs while allowing only 42. Starting pitching clearly dominated, as the
Cardinals were powered by the arms of Joe Hoffacker 3-0 (0.78 ERA), Jim
Fish 6-0 (1.72 ERA), Dave
Shell 4-0 (2.08 ERA) and Chad White one save (3.37 ERA)
en route to the American League Title.
capturing the regular season title, the Cardinals earned a first-round bye. In the second round, the Redbirds fought their
way past the Bordentown Patriots, claiming the series two games to one,
to earn the honor to take on 2016 National League Champions Harpers Assault in the Championship
game one, the Cardinals flew out to a quick lead and held on for an 11-3 win, with hurler Dave Shell notching a complete game 'W'. Game
two started with a brief scare, as starting pitcher Joe Hoffacker seemed to pop a muscle in his throwing arm after he
threw the first pitch of the game. Nonetheless, although he was in obvious pain
throughout the game, "Jobu” cowboyed up for his team, pitching a complete game
and appropriately ending the tilt with a strikeout to
secure a hard fought 5-2 win and the League Championship.
the first winter practice until the final out of the Championship Series, this
Cardinals team was completely selfless. Literally every player on the roster
made significant contributions throughout the year. There were no egos and no
prima donnas. Many of the players stated that this team was the best bunch of
guys they had ever played with.
The Cardinals would
like to thank the patient wives, girlfriends, family and friends who supported
us throughout the season. We also send out a special thank you to our generous sponsor, Frank Agovino of DiFabio’s Market & Tap.