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Cardinals Set to Defend Boys Major League Title
April 2, 2008 - In last year’s championship game, the Knightstown Elevator Cardinals took advantage of walks and errors, and used a crucial four-run fifth inning to defeat the White Flash Auto Parts Devil Rays 9-8 in the Optimist Club boys major league final.
In a dramatic game that went back and forth the entire game, the Cardinals managed just two hits off of Devil Ray pitchers Kyle Adkins and Jordan Jessup. But the opportunistic Cardinals took advantage of eight walks, two hit batters and five errors to score seven of their nine runs.
The loss overshadowed a brilliant offense game for Devil Ray Jordan Jessup. He wowed the crowd with a hitting display that included two over-the-fence home runs and a double, getting more hits in the game than the entire Cardinal team.
Both Jessup and Adkins are gone from the league this year, and the race for the pennant appears to be wide open.
Coaches: David Mattix and Steve Bearhope
Luke Mattix, Jakob Bearhope, Spencer Mattix, Tyler Richardson, Perry Milton, Kaleb Kinnaman, Alex Fields, Jack Holder, Riley Ruble, Michael Simmons, Caleb Davis and Ryan Braunschweig.
Coaches: Joe Peggs and Joe Kwisz
Drake Peggs, Jake Kwisz, Jared Mills, Broderick Angel, Eli Blower, Jacob Blower, Tyler Helderbrand, Austin Hilton, Travis Hilton, Shawn Hilton, Luke Chapple, Kennedy Osborn and Mitchell Chew.
Coaches: Jarrett Hagy and Rodney Casteel
Nolan Hagy, Riley Casteel, Jaden Edwards, Ben Haase, Kordell Prescott, Sy Emerson, Matt Brooks, Brennain Harper, Jacob Miller, Brent Morris, Josh Deffinger and Curtis White.
Coaches: Mark Phillips and Brian Tinkle
Zachary Phillips, Bayley Tinkle, Sam Peck, Brandon Ray, Tyler Littleton, Adam Bundy, Coleman Wyatt, Dakota Reed, Jake Riggs, Spencer Roberts, Zach Clark, Dalton Engle and Austin Estelle.
Coaches: Neal Hall and Mark Whitaker
Brady Hall, Logan Whitaker, Jarrett Weidner, Matt Warwick, Drew Jessup, Levi Jessup, Travis Isaacs, Jared Waterman, Max Rinehart, Kaden Gabbard, Robert Huckeby, Zach Brown and Parker Ashby.
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