The two-time defending South Penn League champion Taneytown Cardinals will take a 15-game winning streak into the opening round of the playoffs slated to start tomorrow night.
The Cardinals, who ran away with the regular season title with a 28-4 mark, will take on the winner of last night's Mummasburg-Hanover game [after press time] in a best-of-three series starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Taneytown Memorial Park.
Saturday, game two will be played, with an "if necessary" third game set for Sunday.
"As long as the pitching holds up, I think we should be OK," Taneytown manager Steve Bosley said.
"Everybody is hitting the ball real well right now, so it should come down to our pitching and defense."
The Cards will be without two of their top pitchers for the first-round series. Bill Swaggerty is on vacation, while Bryan Harman is nursing a pulled rib cage and could possibly be ready for game two on Saturday.
Bosley plans to send Trevor Buckley to the mound in the opener tomorrow and will go with Harman or Ron Sell in game two.
The Westminster Elks (12-19), who finished the regular season in seventh place, will travel to third-place Littlestown (20-12) tomorrow in the playoff opener.
The Elks closed out the regular season on a roll of their own, winning their last three games and concluding with an 8-7 win over Littlestown Saturday.
Elks coach Walt Von Bussenius Sr. hopes his club can carry the strong, late-season surge into the playoffs.
"We've played some pretty good ball over the last three games. We've always matched up pretty well against Littlestown, and I think the win on Saturday will help us going into the series," he said.
Tomorrow night's opener is set for 6:15 at Littlestown, Pa., with game two at 2 p.m. Saturday at Francis Scott Key High and an "if necessary" game at 2 p.m. Sunday back at Littlestown.
In other sports this week:
* The Carroll County Tennis Association Open Tournament will have its finals tomorrow and Saturday at the Westminster City Playground.
The week-long tournament got started last Saturday and has continued throughout the week.
The women's "B" doubles championship will start at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The women's "A" singles title will follow at 7:30. Sue Hilker, last year's runner-up, is the No. 1 seed.
The men's "A" singles championship will highlight a busy Saturday morning. David Johns will try to defend his title as the No. 1 seed with the final set for 8:30.
The men's "B" singles also will take place at 8:30, followed by the mixed "A" and "B" doubles championships at 9:30, the women's "A" doubles and men's "B" doubles set for 10:30, and concluding with the men's "A" doubles at 11:30.
* The championship game of the Mid-Atlantic Babe Ruth Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
Nine teams representing five states, including the Mount Airy All-Stars, began competing for the title this week.
* The Carroll County Sports Complex will play host to a National Softball Association D State Slow Pitch Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
About 80 teams are expected to compete in the double-elimination tournament, which will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the complex and also at Randazzo Park in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County.
All of the final day games on Sunday will be played at the sports complex in Carroll, beginning at 8 a.m., with the finals tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m.
Among the Carroll County teams competing will be PRA, Random House and Looking Glass of the Carroll County Men's League; and Eldersburg Inn and the Haight Hurricanes of the South Carroll Athletic Association.
The winner will have the option of advancing to the NSA D Regional Tournament Aug. 22 and 23 in York, Pa., or the NSA D World Series Sept. 18 to 20 in Drifton.