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With their 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals still hold the best record in the majors, and it seems like they have been the best team in baseball all season. But, unfortunately for he Redbirds, the National League Central has the third- and fourth-best teams (Texas Rangers are second-best at 35-21) in the majors, too, and the 37-19 Cardinals hold just a 2.5 game lead over the 35-22 Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
At the end of the 2012 baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinal Nation were left with the sick feeling of what could have been after losing a 3-0 lead in the NLCS against the Giants. A team that wasnâ€™t supposed to make it and then proved everyone wrong, once again, was back in the spotlight only to fall before the big dance.
Now that the 2013 season is well underway, the Cardinals are turning heads again. With the best record in baseball at 35-18, St. Louis has blown through opponents with ease while losing very few games.
BENTON â€“ The Benton McClendonâ€™s were up in both games of their doubleheader against the AAA Texarkana Razorbacks in American Legion baseball action on Friday, but ended up with 10-9 and 2-1 losses to fall to 0-3 on the young season.
In Game 2, Benton was up 1-0 with two outs and runners at second and third, with an 0-2 count when McClendonâ€™s catcher Shawn Beesley overthrew his pitcher Hunter McDade, which resulted in the tying and winning runs to come around the score, when no one was backing up. Benton Coach Brandon Wake thought he had seen everything in his years coaching baseball.
FAYETTEVILLE -Â Trent Daniel repeatedlyÂ represented Bryant andÂ never opposed Bryant.Â
Until perhapsÂ FridayÂ night in Manhattan, Kan.Â For Daniel would be pitching againstÂ Bryant should the Arkansas Razorbacks summon their senior southpawÂ native son of Bryant, Ark., to relieve vs.Â Bryant University in theÂ first round of the four-team, double-eliminationÂ ManhattanÂ Baseball Regional.
â€śIâ€™ve gotten a couple of jokes from my teammates,â€ť Daniel said. â€ś Itâ€™s kind of funny being from Bryant and playing a team called Bryant, I guess.â€ť
What have they said?
ATTENTION youth baseball and softball coaches in Saline County. The Saline Courier will be printing team pictures on Thursday, July 18. If your team has not sent pictures to The Saline Courier, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 15. You may also bring picture to the Saline Courier to be scanned. Please provide players and coaches names, team name, age group and league.
I was looking at old-school baseball cards one day online and as the St. Louis Cardinals are saved in my searches, I came across some cards of a former Cardinal I had never heard about. And being a huge Cardinal and history fan (I used to be a history major), I was a little disappointed in myself that I didn't know who Dick Hughes was and how huge he was for the Cardinals 1967 world series team, which St. Louis won over the Boston Red Sox in seven games. That and the fact Hughes was born in Stephens, Ark.
November 21, 2012. I remember it like yesterday. I arrived at work earlier than normal to get the paper finished due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I came in, checked my email, greeted everyone that arrived after me and then the boss walked out.
"There was a bad car wreck last night on Spring Hill," he said. Curious like always I said "what happened?" "I'm not really sure," he said, "but a Benton teenager was killed."
My heart sank.
BENTON â€“ The 31st Tournament of Champions comes begins on Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26. It is the largest Tournament of Champions ever with a record 179 baseball teams entered this year. There are three legs to the tournament (Everett Triple Crown) played in March, April and early May, and then the TOC will be on Friday.
BRYANT â€“ After going a combined 85-8 for a .914 winning percentage its previous three state championship-winning seasons, the Bryant Lady Hornet softball team had a bit of a setback this past year not making it to the playoffs for the first time in Coach Debbie Clarkâ€™s career. Bryant lost five more games in 2013, going 13-13 and 8-6 in the 7A/6A South conference, than it had the previous three seasons combined.
FAYETTEVILLE - There has always been a winning tradition when it comes to the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals softball program. Winner of three state titles since the millennium, the Lady Cardinals have been geared back up and loaded to win a few more coming into the 2013 season.