Littlestown ends Taneytown's reign

August 17, 1993|By Glenn Graham

The Taneytown Cardinals' reign as three-time defending South Penn League champions ended Sunday afternoon when the visiting Littlestown Dodgers came away with a 7-6 win in the third and decisive game of the semifinal playoffs.

It was the Cardinals who ended the Dodgers' 12-year dynasty as SPL champs in 1990. The Dodgers took an early 5-0 lead Sunday and held off a ninth-inning rally by the Cardinals to advance to the championship series against Gettysburg, which upset New Oxford in the other semifinal series. The championship begins Thursday night at Littlestown.

Down 7-2 entering the ninth, the Cards rallied with two-out, two-run homers by Scott Thomson and Dave Crouse to make it 7-6. Littlestown pitcher Joe Herman then got Chris Larrick to line out to center for the final out.

Both Littlestown wins in the series came at Taneytown Memorial Park. Littlestown opened the series with a 10-3 win on Thursday before the Cardinals got even with a win Saturday at Littlestown.

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