Card's close season in playoffs

By Andrea Camarena

Cardinal baseball highlighted their season last week when they downed Chowchilla in the first round of Central Section playoffs to advance to their season closer against Kingsburg on May 20.

Against the Redskins, Lindsay's Abel Gamboa pitched the 14-8 win facing 21 batters with four strikeouts, four hits and one run scored against him.

Javier Ibarra pitched a single inning, walking three of nine batters and allowing three runs.

Bernardo Lemus closed the game, striking out one batter. The Redskins earned four more runs against Lemus.

The Cardinals offense took an early lead scoring two runs in the second inning and two more in the third. But Lindsay blasted ahead in the fourth inning with seven runs, bringing the score to 7-1. Both teams scored three more runs in the third and Chowchilla looked for a miracle comeback, scoring four more runs in the seventh. But the Cardinals held them at four to take the 8-14 win.

At the plate, Vicente Rincon and Abel Gamboa led the team, each slamming three hits.

Rincon led with four RBIs and a double.

Michael Castanon, Gamboa, Dionicio Olmos and Eugene Paz each scored two runs in the high scoring game.

The win over Chowchilla pitted the Cardinals over another North Sequoia league team for the second round of playoffs. Lindsay couldn't manage another run or another win against the Kingsburg Vikings on May 20.

Gamboa started the game again and pitched five innings for four strikeouts and just four hits for a single run. Ibarra closed the game and Vikings scored their second run in the sixth inning.

At bat, the Cardinals could only muster three hits. Castanon, Ibarra and Rincon managed the hits but were not brought in. The Vikings' shutout advanced Kingsburg to the semifinals and ended the Cardinals 2005 season.

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