North County (San Diego) MSBL, 55+ American

Cardinals 8, Brooklyn Dodgers 5

‘Flores Earns MVP on the Bump’

Submitted by Jim Tapper, Cardinals manager

Our team consisted of six players let go from other teams in the 55+ division and two from the player pool just put together two weeks before the season started. The Cardinals went 13-2 for the season to win the spring championship.

We were down 5-0 in the third inning and came all the way back to win the title in our inaugural MSBL season. The Cardinals were up in the ninth inning and survived a bases loaded jam to hold on. Joe Flores pitched five shutout innings to claim the championship game MVP. Left handed battery-mate Steve Smiley caught a solid nine innings.

On the offensive side, Randy Collins went 4-4 with four RBI to help the cause. Randy also started on the hill for four innings and finished the ninth with a save. Don Sterns and Randy Martin each went 3-3, Terry Fury had two hits while Jim Tapper had two hits and two RBI. We were happy to have compiled a final score of 8-5 against a much improved Brooklyn Dodgers team.