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The Lions Cardinals and coaches pose for a picture after winning the 2013 City Series. (Photo by Terry Phillips)

Lions Cardinals Claim 2013 City Series

The Lions Cardinals scored seven runs in the first two innings, then held off a Rotary rally to claim the 2013 City Series with a 10-6 win Friday night in Salem.

Lions claimed victory after losing the opener 14-4 last week. The Cardinals tied the series with a 10-0 win in Game Two Wednesday night.

The Cardinals, visitors as a result of the coin toss, scored two runs on three hits in the opening frame, and added five more runs in the second inning, highlighted by Isaac Adams' three-run homerun.

Cardinals Head Coach Marty Adams said the start of the game was crucial towards his team's success.

"To get off to a good start was huge for us, jump out to that 2-0 lead in the first inning."

Adams went 4-4 with a double and three singles to compliment his three-run bomb. He drove in five runs for Lions. Laten Wayer also had a three-hit night including a double and three runs scored. Trevor Greene drove in two runs on a single and a double.

Wayer tossed a complete game for the Cardinals, scattering eight hits while striking out two. Adams said Wayer was able to bounce back after a shaky outing in Game One.

"He struggled in Game One, but he's just a tremendous competitor and he just came out and did what he needed to do to get us a win."

Wayer only struck out two, but induced ten pop fly outs, half of them consumed by centerfielder Logan Brooks, including the final two outs of the game. Adams said Brooks used his speed to track down some balls in the gap.

"[Logan is] probably one of the fastest kids in the league, and he just found ways to get underneath baseballs and had soft hands. I don't know what we would have done without him tonight. We would have been in trouble."

Morgan O'Dell suffered the loss on the mound for Rotary, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two innings. Addison Boxx led the Reds at the plate, driving in four runs on a pair of homers. Andrew Lybarger and Brady Munter had two hits apiece, including Lybarger's double in the fifth inning.

The Lions Cardinals also won the regular season, having the best overall record.

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