Taneytown, Union Bridge primed for Penn finals

August 18, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Something new is scheduled to take place in Taneytown tonight when the Cardinals face the Union Bridge Braves in the first game of the South Penn League finals.

For the first time in the men's baseball league history, an all-Carroll championship series has come about. The first game of the best-of-five series is set for 7 p.m. at Taneytown Memorial Park.

The Cardinals have become fixtures in the league finals (they won three straight titles before being upset by Littlestown in last year's finals), but it's the first appearance for the Braves, who entered the league in 1989 as the Westminster Elks.

"This feels good. It's something we expected and here we are," said Braves manager Walt Von Bussenius Sr.

"We scored over 300 runs this season and they scored over 300 runs so it's going to be one of those things where pitching and defense is going to have to stop something."

Three Braves -- Doug Weeks, Wade Smith and Jeff Bruchey -- are hitting over .400.

They'll look to Chris Long to shut down the Cardinals' offense led by Steve Thomson, David Crouse and Steve Insley. Long shut out the Cardinals in the Braves' only win against their county rivals in four regular-season tries.

Trevor Buckley is the ace of Taneytown's deep pitching staff.

The Cardinals (38-4) captured the Western Division title with a two-game sweep over Biglersville, advancing with a 7-2 win on Saturday.

Union Bridge (29-13) handled Hanover in two straight to claim the Eastern Division, eliminating the Raiders with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at Francis Scott Key High School. The series will return to Taneytown on Sunday afternoon for Game 3. Both games are set for 2 p.m.

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