Gilbertsville ousts Limeport
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Slonaker is happy that there's no strike in the Tri-County Baseball League.
He and the rest of his Gilbertsville buddies are having too much fun to stop
Perhaps only a player walkout, such as the one set to begin today in the
majors, could stop Slonaker and Co. these days as last night Gilbertsville
won its 17th game in a row and 21st in its last 22 by defeating Limeport 6-3
to wrap up a Tri-County semifinal series two games to none.
Gilbertsville, which claimed the regular season crown last week, will meet
either Upper Perkiomen or Coplay in a best-of-three series for the
post-season title, beginning later this week. Upper Perk defeated Coplay 6-5
last night to knot that semifinal series at a game apiece.
doesn't matter who we play, we're just on a roll right now," said Slonaker,
whose team moved to 27-4 overall. "We just do enough things right to get the
job done. Like tonight . . . we didn't get a lot of hits. But the hits we
got were big ones and we were able to pull it out."
Gilbertsville got several of its "big ones" in the first inning. Diminutive
Brian Gilbert opened the game with his first home run of the season - a
blast over the 345-foot sign in left - and Bill Sassaman followed with a
triple to right. Scott Gilbert then hit a fly ball to right, scoring
Sassaman and Jeff Evans doubled.
Evans was stranded at second as Limeport starter Mike Witkowski finally
settled down and escaped further damage.
saw Witkowski before, so we knew what to expect and fortunately, we were
able to get the jump on him early," said Brian Gilbert, who has been with
Gilbertsville ever since the team joined the league five years ago. "He was
getting behind the hitters and had to come in with good pitches. I hit a
high fastball for my homer."
After the rocky first, Witkowski only gave up one hit over the next four
innings. Then in the sixth, Scott Gilbert walked and Jeff Evans followed
with a long home run into the cornfield beyond the leftfield fence.
Witkowski was removed after Keith Endy tripled and reliever Bill Fatzinger
gave up a bloop single to Derrick Acker to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, Gilbertsville starter Lew Chillot battled control problems, but
still took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth when Limeport came to
life. Herb Hemerly and Bob Sedler singled to left and after Chillot was
replaced by Rolland Green, John Szalachowski walked, Bob Zeky singled to
left for one run and Fatzinger and Jim Schaffer both walked to force in runs
and close the gap to 5-3.
Kevin Mackey relieved Green with the bases loaded and promptly picked off
Fatzinger at second and retired Dale Weiss on a long flyout to center to get
out of the jam.
"That pick-off play in the bottom of the sixth may have been the key to the
game," said second baseman Brian Gilbert, who applied the tag on Fatzinger
at second. "It's a timing play we work on quite a bit. You just have to
catch him leaning the wrong way at the right time. He (Bill Fatzinger) was
also hobbled by a leg injury and that might have slowed him down in trying
to get back."
Gilbertsville added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on an error
and Mackey set down the side in order in the bottom half of the inning to
close out Limeport's season.
"It's tough to lose, but I just have to salute my guys for a helluva
season," said Ishky Fatzinger, Limeport's gritty player- manager, whose club
finished at 21-11 overall. "We had to overcome so many injuries that it's
amazing we even got this far. Over the entire season, eight or nine players
were sidelined. We never had our starting team entirely healthy, yet we
battled to the end."
the other Tri-Co semifinal series, Upper Perk held off a Coplay rally for a
6-5 win last night, which sets up a third and deciding game at 8:15 p.m.
today in Coplay.
Upper Perk scored of its runs in the first two innings, getting five runs in
the bottom of the first and adding a single tally in the second for an early
6-0 lead. Mike Svanson drove in two first inning runs with a double, and Joe
Ricapito, Todd Swenk, and Keith Leamer each drove in single runs. Swenk hit
a sacrifice fly in the second to drive home Pete Hoff, who had doubled.
Coplay battled back with runs in the fourth and fifth to cut Upper Perk's
lead to 6-2. Coplay added three more in the sixth, on Steve Weidener's
sacrifice fly and Jeff Snyder's two-run single, but winning pitcher Craig
Kriebel closed the door to register the complete game victory.
Svanson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Leamer was 2-for-2 for Upper Perk.
Coplay's Randy Remaly went 3-for-4 in a losing
From The Morning Call --
August 6, 1985
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