The Taneytown Cardinals are set to defend their South Penn Baseball League title after earning the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Thurmont in the regular-season finale Saturday night. Taneytown (27-5) will entertain Mummasburg (Pa.) at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Taneytown Memorial Park in a best-of-three opening-round matchup.

Bryan Harman will get the start, and Taneytown manager Steve Bosley will send Ron Sell to the mound for game two, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mummasburg.

Mummasburg (11-21) finished fourth in the SPL's West Division.

"We're not getting the timely hitting right now. But the pitching and defense has been strong, and that's what wins games," Bosley said.

The Cards finished with the best regular-season record, one game in front of Cashtown, Pa. (26-6).

The Westminster Elks (14-18) finished third in the SPL's East Division after beating Hanover, Pa., 13-4, Saturday.

Westminster will open the playoffs at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at New Oxford (15-17), which finished second in the East.

Gametwo will be at Westminster High at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Elks avoided a one-game playoff to qualify for the post-season tournament after Brushtown, Pa., lost to New Oxford Saturday.

If a third game is necessary in this week's playoffs, it will be played Sunday.

In other sports action:

* The Hampstead 11-12 Invitational Baseball Tournament will get started at 6 p.m. Friday at Lions' Club Field.

The double-elimination tournament will continue through the championship game on Aug. 15.

The 18-team field will include seven teams fromCarroll, along with squads from Baltimore, Howard and Frederick counties.

Games Saturday are slated for 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., with Sunday action starting at noon.

Carroll representatives include teams from Manchester, Finksburg, Hampstead, Taneytown and Sykesville.

* The Hampstead Heat girls under-12 softball team is in Hurst, Texas, this week, competing in the American Softball Association National Tournament.

Opening ceremonies kick off at noon today, and the double-elimination tournament will get started soon after.

The Heat earned an invitation to the national affair by winning the ASA State Tournament June 22-23 at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

The team also finished first in the Westminster Invitational in June and the Pony League Eastern Regional Tournament in Howard County and placed second in the National Softball Association State Tournamentat the sports complex.

* The Taneytown Jaycees Men's Softball League will conduct its post-season tournament starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the complex, north of Westminster.

All eight teams are expected to play in the one-day, double-elimination tournament.

Dougherty's (16-3) and Lehigh (15-3) are battling it out for the regular-season bragging rights and could be matched up in the postseason tournament finals.

* The Carroll County Tennis Association Open tournament will begin Saturday morning at the Westminster City Playground.

The tournament will feature men's singles (A and B divisions), women's singles (A), men's doubles (A and B), women's doubles (A and possibly B) and mixed doubles (A and B).

There will be a total of 39 menand women competing in singles matches, along with 58 doubles teams in the three divisions.

Finals are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8.

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