Caple clinches, Pickett leads in Twilight


Five races down, one to go in the summerlong Twilight Series sponsored by the Westminster Road Runners.

The Sullivan Road 10-Mile Run, slated for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bare's farm on the corner of Sullivan and Lemmon roads, north of Westminster, will decide the overall men's champion. Going into tomorrow's finale, Larry Pickett has a slight lead over Paul Hannsen.

The women's portion was clinched in the fifth race as Jenny Caple won the Sells Mill 8-Mile Run to claim her second consecutive Twilight Series title.

In other sports this week:

* The Taneytown Cardinals will take on the Thurmont Rangers at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the first game of a South Penn League best-of-three semifinal round at Taneytown Memorial Park.

Forget about pitching for a moment. The Cards advanced to the second round by pounding out 26 hits in a 30-3 rout of Mummasburg in Game 2 of quarterfinal round action on Saturday.

Bruce Rupp (five for six with 6 RBI) and Scott Thomson each hit a pair of homers to lead the way.

Trevor Buckley, who pitched the opening win in the first round against Mummasburg last Thursday, will get the start tomorrow against Thurmont.

The Cardinals beat the Rangers in all four of the teams' regular season meetings this year.

* The Carroll County Men's Softball League will wrap up its season with a pair of tournaments beginning this week.

The league's B, C and D divisions combined on a 25-team, double-elimination tournament that began yesterday and will conclude tomorrow with the finals set for 8:15 p.m. at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

Regular season champions were Frisco's Pub (21-7) in the B division, Wazzie's Warriors (23-5) in the C division and Plunkert Construction (35-3) in the D division.

The A division will have its own eight-team double elimination tournament starting tomorrow night at the complex with the finals set for Monday evening.

Elite 10 will be the team to beat after posting a 18-6 regular season mark to claim first place.

* The fourth annual Freedom Invitational Soccer Tournament kicked off earlier in the week in Eldersburg.

total of 32 teams will be competing in four age groups with finals set for Sunday afternoon.

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