Great pitching wins championships. And the Woodbury Baseball & Softball Minor League Cardinals had no shortage of arms this season.
Cardinals manager Chuck Cosgriff was able to turn to five of his players – John MacLean, Trevor Santopietro, Derek Chung, Matt Dutton and Charlie Cosgriff – to get the job done on the mound.
And in the championship game Thursday night, the Cardinals rose the arms of MacLean and Chung to win 13-3.
“Pitching really solidified what we were doing,” Chuck Cosgriff said. “Everyone played well at the plate and in the field. It was great.”
How They Scored
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead. Xander Leone walked, and then stole second, third and home for a 1-0 lead.
But the Cardinals battled back. Cardinals leadoff hitter Derek Chung got on base and scored on a double by Matt Dutton. Brodie Turner also go on base and scored on a passed ball to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
The Cardinals pulled away in the second inning. Wes Clow walked, Ledge Lupo was hit by a pitch, and Erik Fitzgerald walked to load the bases. Turner then hit into a fielder’s choice that plated Clow and Lupo. Chung then singled to drive in Fitzgerald, and Charlie Cosgriff doubled to drive Chung in. Cosgriff later scored to give the Cardinals a 7-1 lead.
But the Cubs chipped away at the score in their half of the third inning. James Wolff and Jack Fonte both walked, and came around to score after a series of steals and passed balls. That cut the Cardinals’ lead to 7-3.
Then the Cardinals put the game out of reach. John MacLean led off the Cardinals’ half of the third inning by crushing a home run. Lincoln Nichols walked, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball to make it a 9-3 lead.
In the Cardinals’ half of the fourth, Turner doubled, then stole third and home for a 10-3 lead.
In the fifth, Nichols and Clow walked and scored on passed balls, and Lupo all walked and scored on a single by Chung to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
While most of the Cardinals have been playing since the days of t-ball, Chuck Cosgriff was most excited talking about Fitzgerald, a first-year player.
“We have some new kids like Erik Fitzgerald who has never played before,” Chuck Cosgriff said. “He’s the happiest kid in the world. If we can have his attitude on every kid, that would be phenomenal. He is a baseball player at heart.”
Cubs manager Nick Depreter was happy about how his team developed over the course of the season.
“I was proud of my Cubbies all season,” Depreter said. “We showed that we respected the game and each other.”
The Cubs and the Cardinals split wins in their regular season meetings.
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