By Patrick Dillon @Pdillon_SGN
LINDSAY – In order for the Cardinals to make a return trip to Recreation Park they will have to go through a familiar foe, and one who has a chip on their shoulder. The No. 12 seed Cardinals will have to make the five hour bus ride to take on top seeded Bishop Union Broncos in the Division VI semifinals tonight.
“They have plenty of incentive to beat us because of how intense the game was last year,” Lindsay head coach Brett Kendig said.
Lindsay (11-15, 6-6) held on to defeat Bishop Union (16-4, 10-2) 7-6 in last year’s Valley Championship game to claim their first title in 26 seasons. This season Bishop Union once again will have the top seed as they continue to dominate the High Dessert League. Lindsay will come in as severe underdogs, and will be without the services of a dominant ace on the mound after having lost Ryan Scheufele before the season began.
While the odds are stacked against Lindsay, Kendig is not worried about who he is going to start on the mound, or the long bus ride. He is just happy his Cardinals have proven this postseason they can win by getting ahead early or coming from behind.
“We are just happy we are still playing,” Kendig said.
In the quarterfinals last Friday, Lindsay faced another team with a chip on their shoulder, the No. 13 Roosevelt Rough Riders (9-13, 0-12). Lindsay had defeated them last season 15-2 in the same round. Although, the outcome was still a win, the 8-7 victory did not come easy.
Lindsay found themselves in a 5-0 hole midway through the third inning. A single run by Lindsay settled their nerves, and they were able to pull within one, 5-4, with three runs in the fifth. Feeling the comeback, Lindsay began to run the bases more aggressively on their way to scoring four in the sixth to take the lead.
“We really kept our composure because that one could have gotten away from us,” Kendig said.
In the opening round Lindsay pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the division by defeating the No.5 Orange Cove Titans (12-14, 5-7) 10-5.
“We were well prepared for that matchup,” Kendig said.
Angel Perez went 3-4 from the plate with two RBIs and scored a run.
If Lindsay is able to pull off another upset, and defeat Bishop Union there is a chance they will meet rival Strathmore in the finals.