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Second-place Limeport is still very much alive in the battle for the North
Division title of the Tri-County Baseball League following a controversial
1-0 win over pacesetter Coplay yesterday in Fegely Stadium.
Action was halted twice because of lightning and thunder in the top of the
seventh when Coplay seemingly tied the score at 1-1 and had two runners on
base with one out. When play did not resume after the second delay, only the
first six innings were declared official.
when Coplay's run did not count, Coplay tempers flared. Emotions had been
running high throughout the contest because it was such a crucial game.
Coplay could have wrapped up the division championship with a victory.
loss meant that Coplay's lead over Limeport in the standings had dwindled to
a half-game with the regular schedule nearly over. Coplay has a 19-7 record.
Limeport now is 18-7.
Coplay has one game left, a home contest at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday with
Salisbury. Limeport has two games to play, at home 8 p.m. tomorrow against
North Parkland and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Township.
things shape up, there is an excellent chance that Coplay and Limeport will
wind up in a tie for the top spot and would then have to meet in a special
playoff game next week. Coplay won the North Division title last year.
Yesterday's game saw Billy Sandt go against Jim Emerick, neither pitcher
needing help. Winner Sandt surrendered five hits while fanning two and
walking three. Emerick gave up four hits while striking out three and
issuing one base on balls.
Sandt now has a 7-1 record. Emerick is 6-3.
one run of the official game came in the bottom of the third when Bob Zeky
doubled with one out and scored on a Dale Weiss single.
Coplay's run which did not count was scored this way: After play was halted
briefly for the first time at 7:03 p.m., John Marushok walked with nobody
out. He stole second. Randy Remaly was hit by a pitched ball. Jeff Erie
tried to sacrifice both runners up a base but his bunt was fielded quickly
by Sandt and a forceout was made at third. Billy Pugh then bounced to first
base but Sandt dropped the ball while covering the bag and a run scored.
sound of thunder was heard again with Lou Falco at bat and the count 3-1.
The umps halted play for a second time at 7:18 p.m.
when action was about to be resumed at 7:35 p.m., thunder was heard again
and that was the end as far as the umpires were concerned. Moments later,
rain came tumbling out of the sky.
is a shame such an important game had to end this way but we will take the
win," Limeport Manager Ishky Fatzinger said.
"Give credit to both pitchers because each threw a heck of a game,"
Sandt, the 34-year-old righthander who pitched at Allen High and Kutztown
University and has been in the Tri-County League since 1977, also was happy
to gain the win.
was getting tired," Sandt said. "Coplay has a very good team. They never
gave up. They kept coming at me but we got the only official run of the game
and that's what counted."
contest's defensive star was the home team's shortstop Weiss, who made two
tremendous catches on line drives which looked like sure hits.
After the game, dejected Coplay Manager Bob Bartholomew said he had "no
Gilbertsville trounced Silver Creek 14-1 yesterday in a Tri-County league
baseball game. Gilbertsville (20-4) has now won 15 games in a row.
its 18-hit attack, Bill Sassaman went 4-for-4 with three doubles and two
RBI. Neil Fox went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo homer and three RBI. Jeff
Evans went 4-for-4 with one RBI; Keith Endy went 2-for-3; and Scott Gilbert
had a solo homer.
Silver Creek fell to 11-14 as Bob Clausen took the loss. Tom Trautman got
Bethlehem Township came up with four runs in the first inning en route to
downing Salisbury 7-3 yesterday, effectively locking up a postseason playoff
Salisbury (6-19) picked up two runs in the second and got another in the
sixth to close the Bethlehem edge to 4-3, but Bethlehem (12- 12) iced the
win, getting three in the bottom of the sixth.
Olshefski led the 11-hit Bethlehem Twsp. attack, going 2-for-3 with an RBI
and a run scored, while Dave Shortel went 2-for-3 and scored once. Jeff
Knipe contributed two hits and scored a run.
Scott Snyder picked up the win for Bethlehem, tossing a seven- hitter,
fanning five and walking two. For Salisbury, Scott Fenstermaker had two hits
in three trips, knocking in a run and also scoring one.
Upper Perk and Delaware Valley drew to a 3-3 tie before the game was called
for darkness after the seventh inning. The game will be replayed.
From The Morning Call --
July 21, 1986
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