Game Stories - Major 70
Cards win it all (June 14)
On Sunday June 10th, the Gloria's Pizza Cardinals completed their improbable run to take home the Majors 70 championship with an 8-3 win over the defending champion Rivals Baseball Athletics. The Cardinals last won the coveted Majors championship back in 2014.
After going 6-8-2 in the regular season and seeded 5th out of 8 teams, the Cardinals beat the Clearsurance Orioles 6-3, squeaked by the J. Donlon Construction Diamondbacks 5-4 and took down the A's 14-4 on their way to the championship game in a true team effort. The A's, led by head coach Craig Muse, went 10-5-1 in the regular season, good enough for 2nd place overall. The team cruised past the Middlesex Surgical Assoc Red Sox with a 7-4 win, edged the Paula Russo Sughrue Realtor Dodgers 3-0 and beat the Orioles 12-3 to reach the final two.
As the away team, the Cardinals batted first with Jack Duncan (2 hits, 3 runs scored) leading off with a single and scoring on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Ulwick. A's starting pitcher Luke Travaglini went three strong innings letting up only 2 hits and 2 runs.
The A's got off to a fast start on offense against Cards pitcher Tyler Ulwick, with Dante Zermani hitting a single and Carson Muse drawing a walk to lead the game off. Antonio Zermani followed with a shot to center field that was caught by Quinn Falvey who threw a bullet to catcher Jack Duncan to cut down the runner trying to tag up. Ulwick finished two solid innings of pitching without giving up any runs to set the tone for a tightly contested game.
Quinn Falvey (2 hits, 3 catches and 2 outfield assists) started the 2nd with a sharply hit single, and later scored on Adam Rauseo's RBI to make the game 2-0 Cards at the end of the 2nd. Travaglini quieted the Cardinals bats in the top of the 3rd getting outs against tough batting Liam Elder, Tristan McDaniels, and Nate Finley.
The A's got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd against Cards pitcher Aidan "Gravy Boat" Falvey with singles from Johnny Garmey and Jason Feng, both of whom scored on RBIs from Dante Zermani and Will Fuller. Quinn Falvey picked his brother up with a relay from center field to shortstop Nick Hart-Nibbrig to catcher Jack Duncan to throw out Carson Muse at home on a bang bang play to end the 3rd to keep the score tied at 2.
Jack Duncan and Aidan Falvey drew walks and ultimately scored against Teddie Cutting in the 4th, who pitched 2 strong innings for the A's in his first action in the playoffs.
Luke Travaglini led off the bottom of the 4th with a single against Gravy Boat, with Teddie Cutting getting an important RBI to make it 4-3 Cardinals after 4 innings. Quinn Falvey hit a solid single to lead off the critical 5th inning, followed by Jack Baker's RBI double and walks to Ryan Harding and Chris McCarthy to load the bases. The A's brought in their ace Antonio Zermani to get the next two crucial outs to leave the bases loaded. The Boat responded by shutting the A's down with a critical 1-2-3 inning to end the 5th with the Cards leading 5-3.
Zermani started the 6th with two big strike outs against Nate Finley and Seamus Andrews, both of whom worked the count to use up Zermani's remaining pitches for the tournament, prompting the A's to hand the ball to Johnny Garmey. The Cards scored 3 more on a single from Duncan, a double from Aidan Falvey, an intentional walk to Nick Hart-Nibbrig and a bases clearing double from Tyler Ulwick to give the Cards an 8-3 cushion going to the bottom of the 6th.
With the powerful top of the A's order coming up in the bottom of the 6th, the Cardinals brought in their ace Nick Hart-Nibbrig in an attempt to close out the win. With two outs, Antonio Zermani hit another shot out to left center field that looked sure to get down for extra bases until "Lightning" McQuinn Falvey laid out for a diving catch to end the game in dramatic fashion. In a time honored Winchester Majors tradition, players from other Majors teams as well as Cardinals alums ran onto the field to give the winning team a "Coke shower" to celebrate the end of yet another great season of baseball.
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|June 14||Cards win it all|
|April 30||Rangers pull away from Tigers|