its first tournament loss, putting the championship for 13- and
14-year-olds on ice until today's 5 p.m. showdown.
"We were not our best today," CdM Coach Howard Kelly said.
The Cardinals committed 10 errors, including a few wild throws
around the infield that allowed the Eagles to pad their run total.
"Our guys were trying harder than usual, pressing too much on
double-play chances when they would bobble balls," Kelly added.
The Cardinals held steady with the Eagles as long as they could,
scoring two runs in the first inning to cut the lead to 3-2 and
trailed, 6-3, heading into the top of the sixth, when the visitors
plated three runs.
The Eagles' Chad Belmont -- already at third -- raced to touch the
plate after a called third strike got away from the catcher.
Once the catcher threw in attempt to throw a runner out at first,
Belmont sprinted down the line and slid home safely under the tag.
"We had a meltdown today, all teams do," CdM assistant Steve
Thomas' son, Tom, who normally pitches middle relief, started and
gave the Cardinals four strong innings Wednesday. He struck out three
and walked only two. Kelsey Chase, normally a starter, struck out
three in his two innings and Alex Johnston, pitching for the first
time this season, fanned two in one inning.
Chase leads the league with 14 home runs, but was subdued in the
batter's box -- as were many of the Cardinals -- by a trio of Eagles'
pitchers who used combinations of breaking balls and fastballs to
post 13 strikeouts.
"As the visitors, we tried to jump on them early and hold the lead
with our [pitching]," Eagles' Coach Rick Dayton said.
CdM stranded nine runners while tallying only five hits to
Calvary's 14 hits. CdM catcher Regan Riley doubled, singled and added
an RBI while Johnston doubled twice and scored a run. Shortstop
Michael Ford singled and scored in the first while Chase reached on
an error and later scored on Devin Kelly's grounder that ended in two
Calvary throwing errors. Kelly walked and scored in the fourth on
Tim Leber, Chase Knaup, Scott Eskew an Rick Townsend all saw
Dayton expects to see a different CdM team today. The Cardinals
will welcome the return of infielder and pitcher Michael Kordich, who
attended graduation from St. Margaret's School in San Juan Capistrano
"[CdM] is a good team that gets its strongest player [Kordich]
back [today], so it will be a whole different game," Dayton said.
The Eagles defeated the Cardinals by one run during the regular