UPDATED FEB. 2021
The Young America Cardinals are one of two original amateur baseball teams in the town of Norwood Young America. The other team, the Norwood Indians, had their team fall apart before the 2016 season and has not been able to field a team since.
Over the past three years, Young America has been one of the top teams in Class C. The Cardinals have made deep runs at the state tournament each of the past three seasons as they have a core of young talent to build around.
Young America has reached the state tournament eight times in team history. The first time they did so was back in 1946.
In 2020, Young America’s season came to an end in the Class C state semifinals. They fell to St. Patrick by a score of 6-4. It marked the second time in three years Young America fell short of reaching the title game by just one game.
Young America won the 2020 Region 7C title after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 9-4. The Cardinals swept the New Germany Dutchmen in a best-of-three-game series before winning the region title.
Dillon Whittaker was named the team’s Pitcher of the Year. He finished the season with an ERA of 5.94 in 16.2 innings of work. He posted a record of 2-1 while leading the team in strikeouts with 22.
Alex Logelin was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Logelin had a season to remember as he burst onto the scene. He was tied for the league lead in home runs with five, including two grand slams. He finished with an average of .360 while also recording 15 RBI and three doubles.
The Cardinals play their home games at one of the most unique parks in the state. Willkommen Park in Young America features a one-of-a-kind atmosphere to take in a ball game. Fans can speak for their famous ‘Billy Burgers’ as a local favorite during the games.