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Cardinals one win away from capturing second straight qulalifier win!

John Baum 19.06.2009
On teusday, the Swiss champs took on, and demolished an overmatched Greece team. With very little pitching, and no defense to speak of, the Cards would roll to a 28-2 victory. Samuel Paulino, and Raphael Hanzi would combine to pitch the five innings it would take to mercy-rule the Greeks. The offense was helped by a Greek defense that committed 16 errors!

The first real test of the week came on Wednesday, as the Cards played the host Mosquito Athletics from Austria. With both teams the only ones left undefeated, first place was on the line. Severin Fries took the hill for the Swiss team, and would not disapppoint. He would allow only four hits, in a seven inning complete game, the final score being 15-3. Johnny Perigos led the charge on offense going 3-5 with a homerun, double, and six RBI!

Thursday saw the Bern Cardinals in another must win situation, if we were to solidify a place in the finals, and a game advantage. Slovenia sent their ace lefty to the mound, Jesus Delgado, who was the pitcher of the tournament in last years qualifier in Brno, Czech republic. He would pitch 12 innings of four hit baseball, allowing 3 unearned runs, while striking out 19 Cardinal hitters! Fortunately for the Swiss, John Baum was on his game as well, throwing all 13 innings of the game, striking out 12 Slovenian batters, and allowing only 4 unearned runs in the contest. The Cards fell behind in the seventh inning, as three runs would score do to two Cards errors. With only three innings left to
play, and having been handled easily until that point in the game by the Slovenian ptcher, it looked like it may be the first loss in the last two qualifiers. But the Bern boys bounced back, plating one run in each of the last three innings, the last coming on a two-out error in the ninth inning by the shortstop. Both teams were held scoreless until the 13th inning when the Slovenians broke through with one run, taking a 4-3 lead. But the Slovenians were forced to change pitchers due to an injury to their starter. The Cardinals greeted their closer rudely, as Seve Fries laced the first pitch he saw for a leadoff single to left. A bunt single from Angelo Rodriguez followed, and runners were now on first and second. Samuel Paulino was the next batter, and on his second bunt
attempt, the pitcher let loose a wild pitch, moving the tying run to third, while the winning run advanced to second. After getting his second strike, Sammy hit a grouhnd ball through the drawn in infield, the ball was mishandled by the right fielder, allowing the winning run to score from second! What a game...that´s all I can say!!!