It seemed obvious from the start that the club, which became the State College Spikes, would align with the nearby Pittsburgh Pirates as soon as possible. Before that happened, however, the Cardinals and then-manager Mark DeJohn delivered a winning record during the Spikes' initial season.
A winning season was something the new parent Pirates could not accomplish any time in the intervening six years. Ready for a change, Spikes ownership and the Cardinals rejoined in the New York-Penn League starting in 2013.
The club of new manager Oliver Marmol got out of the gates quickly this summer. They logged the fastest start in franchise history before slowing down somewhat in the last two road series at Aberdeen and State College.
Marmol (white-framed glasses on his cap) addresses his team
On Sunday, I spoke with the skipper about bringing his club together and what he sees ahead.
Interview previously posted: Spikes third baseman Carson Kelly.
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