In 1990, the Taneytown Cardinals of the South Penn League ended a dynasty when they halted Littlestown's 12-year reign as league champs.
Last August, the Cards began a dynasty of their own -- sweeping past the New Oxford (Pa.) Twins in three straight games to win their second consecutive title.
After a drama-filled semifinal round series with Cashtown, Pa., that went down to the final out of the deciding game, the Cards easilyrolled by New Oxford in the championship.
"It (the championship series) was really anticlimactic," Cardinals manager Steve Bosley saidshortly after the series.
"There was no way we were going to losethree out of five games against them. It was just a matter of doing the things we've done all year long."
Those things were strong pitching and defense accompanied by timely offense.
Bryan Harman was the ace of a solid pitching corps that had opponents frustrated all season long. His numbers were impressive to say the least, finishing the year 10-0 with a 1.31 ERA.
Chris Grove, Ron Sell and newcomer Scott Sharp also had fine seasons on the mound for the Cards.
DavidCrouse was the catalyst throughout the season offensively, batting .398 with 10 homers and 46 RBI.
A pair of new additions also paved the way for the Cardinals' second consecutive title.
Catcher BruceRupp came over from the Westminster Elks and provided solid defense and some clutch hitting -- including a three-run homer in the final game of the championship series.
Scott Thomson joined the club midway through the season and provided the Cardinals with another lethal bat in the middle of the order.
He didn't finish the year with Taneytown, latching on with the Erie (Pa.) Sailors, a professional ClassA independent cooperative team in the New York Penn League.
Bosley and his Cards are ready to defend their crown in the 1992 season.