Thank you to the UD and PW teams for supporting the Golden Laces event today. Over $200 was collected at the game in addition to the funds raised through the gold laces.
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Upper Dublin and Plymouth Whitemarsh joined forces on a day designated to raise Pediatric Cancer Awareness through the Go4theGoal program. In an effort coordinated by UD parent Susanne Swiger, players purchased Go4theGoal golden laces with the proceeds to help children who are being treated at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“We try to give back,” UD coach Ed Wall said. “I called (PW coach) Chris Manero, and right away, he was on board. It just turned out to be a great day, and we were able to raise money for pediatric cancer, which is obviously the ultimate goal.”
Senior Conor McFadden made sure a good day got even better by tossing a complete game gem on the mound. The Cardinals’ veteran allowed just four hits while striking out six and walking three.
“Conor has really stepped up this season as a senior,” Wall said. “Conor and Cole (Swiger) are both four-year starters for us, and he’s really coming up big. “One of the question marks we had this season was pitching, and both Cole and Conor have just shown a tremendous amount of leadership on the field and taking charge of games. “Cole was pounding strikes yesterday against Upper Merion, and Connor did the same thing today. He really kept them off balance with good off-speed mixed with well-placed fastballs. Neither one of these kids throws really hard – they don’t have a lot of velocity, but they’re just really good pitchers. They’re smart kids out there, and they’re disciplined.”
In Thursday’s 3-1 win over Upper Merion, Swiger struck out nine and did not walk a batter. UM’s only run was unearned. “Conor had three walks, but once he got into a good rhythm, he was able to regain his command and right the ship and go the distance, which was fantastic for him,” Wall said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Swiger and McFadden also led the Cardinals at the plate. McFadden was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Swiger was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored.
“Those guys are a tough three-four,” Wall said. “When we get to the top of the order, especially with (Justin) Horn getting on in front of those two guys, and JT Breslin has been doing a great job (in the two hole).
“He’s a huge pickup for us as a junior first-year varsity player. He’s been putting the ball in play.”
Wall also pointed to the emergence of Noah Ruiz as significant. “Noah came out of his shell a little bit for us as well,” the UD coach said. “He didn’t register any hits, but he put two balls pretty deep in the outfield for us. “That was good to see him get going a little bit with the bat because he’s been fantastic with the glove. He’s been one of the best third basemen we’ve had in quite some time, and it’s really nice to have the hot corner locked down with him. He’s made some really nice diving plays and some good plays on the run coming up on slow rollers and some bunts. We don’t always get those plays – at least with a good accurate throw. He’s been a big bonus.”
Tommy Reilly pulled the trigger on a pair of double plays. “Tommy had a good day today,” Wall said. “He turned two double plays with Horn on balls up the middle. Tommy also had a big two-strike hit.”
The Flying Cardinals seized early control of the game, plating three runs in the first and never looking back. “Today was probably one of our most complete games – adding the offense where we scored throughout the game, the dominant appearance by Conor and our defense having the double plays,” Wall said. “I think this season we have three or four double plays, and some years we’re struggling to get that.
“The double play combination is really solid up the middle. A lot of it is attributed to coach (Rob) Albert who works with our infielders and does an amazing job with our pitchers. With our pitching and defense, a lot of that has to do with coach Albert right now.”
Matt Cooper absorbed the loss for the Colonials.
Upper Dublin (6-0, 5-0 SOL) will be on the road at Wissahickon on Tuesday, and Plymouth Whitemarsh (2-5, 1-3) will host Cheltenham.
[note: the UD v Wiss game on Tuesday was already played, it was moved up due to the senior class trip. Next UD game is Thursday 4/21 home v Springfield]
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For the JV – UD 3 PW 2
The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV top Plymouth Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting, PA) in back-and-forth affair, 3-2. The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV and Plymouth Whitemarsh exchanged the lead five times on Friday, but the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV ended up on top with a 3-2 win in seven innings over Plymouth Whitemarsh . The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV pulled out the win thanks to a strong seventh inning. A sacrifice fly by Joe Monaghan scored Chris Tochet and gave the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV the lead for good.
Ryan Besachio worked out of four difficult moments for the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV. He pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. Ryan Besachio faced his toughest moment in the fifth inning. Tochet got the win in relief for the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV. Tochet pitched one inning and allowed no runs.
PlayerA couldn’t get it done on the rubber for Plymouth Whitemarsh , taking a loss. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, walked five, struck out four, and allowed two runs.
The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
It didn’t take long for the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV to answer as they scored one run of their own in the fifth. The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV scored on a walk by Monaghan.
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