The South Penn League baseball regular season is in full gear, and one thing's certain -- the Taneytown Cardinals and Cashtown (Pa.) Pirates will go to the wire in the race for the West Division crown and home-field advantage in the post-season playoffs.
Going into yesterday's action, one game separated the two teams from the top of the division with Cashtown, 15-2, holding the edge over the 14-3 Cards.
The two face each other at 7 p.m. Saturday at Taneytown Memorial Park.
Taneytown's David Crouse continued his MVP-like season last Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer, triple, double and three RBI to help lead the Cards over the Westminster Elks (5-12), 18-8. Through the weekend, Crouse was batting .492 with eight homers and 34 RBI.
With the game tied 7-7 going into the sixth inning, the Cardinals rallied for six runs, capped by Frank Buberl's three-run homer, which putthe game out of reach.
Westminster plays a pair against Brushtown(Pa.) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School.
In other sports this weekend:
* In the Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League,West
minster Pool (4-7) plays two against Mount Airy at South Carroll High in Winfield, while North Carroll (4-7) hosts Frederick (0-12) at North Carroll High in Hampstead. Both doubleheaders are slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The league-leading Westminster Storm (9-3) has a bye this weekend.
* Westminster is looking to improve onits 1-4 start in American Legion baseball action Saturday when the team faces Frederick in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Westminster High.
* The Carroll County Sports Complex will entertain a pair of AmericanSoftball Association youth tournaments Saturday and Sunday.
The ASA Youth Fast-Pitch Tournament is scheduled to start about 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals Sunday. The tournament features some 25 teams,with a number of Carroll County squads participating.
The ASA Youth Slow-Pitch Tournament will take place at The Greens on Uniontown Road Saturday morning. Three different age groups will be featured.
**The Piney Branch Golf Club in Hampstead is sponsoring a Middle Atlantic Professional Golfer's Association pro-am tournament at 7:30 a.m. Friday. About 180 golfers -- including some 45 professionals and 45to 50 Carroll countians -- are expected to participate in the one-day tournament.
* The finals of the Carroll County Tennis Association men's and women's doubles tournament take place tomorrow at Westminster City Playground.
The second of three tournaments scheduled this summer by the CCTA, the women's final is slated for 6:30 p.m., while the men's A and B division finals start about 8 p.m. (the team finalists were yet to be determined at press time).
* The Winfield Baseball youth league wraps up its season with a pair of all-star games, a league championship game and a coaches and managers softball gameSaturday.
The 7- to 8-year-old division kicks things off with itsleague title game slated for 10:30 a.m. That's followed by the minorleague (9- to 10-year-old division) all-star game at 11:30 a.m., major league (11- to 12-year-old division) all-star game at 2 p.m. and the softball game involving coaches and managers.
All-star awards will be presented throughout the day in all three divisions.