It's fun again for Angels' Weiss
Of The Morning Call
As an usher in his
sister Barb's wedding today, Dale Weiss will be guiding guests to the
Last night in
Scherersville, Weiss guided a few baseballs to some desirable locations as he
belted a three-run home run and drove in six runs to lead the Allentown Angels
to a 10-6 Tri-County League victory over visiting Gilbertsville in a game halted
by darkness after 5 1/2 innings.
Weiss missed the
wedding's rehearsal to play in the game. Gilbertsville, falling to 13-8,
wished he would have missed the game as the Dieruff High and Muhlenberg
College grad got the Angels flying early as he followed first inning
walks to Joe Aleszczyk and Dave Chapman with a rope over the 380-foot
sign in straightaway center.
The home run was
Weiss' sixth in his last seven games and when he added a two-run double in
the second and another run-scoring double in the third, he was the proud
owner of an 8-for-8 streak that stretched over three games.
Of course, hitting
streaks are nothing new to Weiss. He was hitting line drives as a
second-grader at Ritter Elementary School and went on to have considerable
success at Harrison-Morton Junior High, Dieruff and Muhlenberg. But no
matter how many good games you have, the last one always feels good.
"Sure, it feels
great to be in this kind of groove at the plate," said Weiss, who also
turned in a couple of sparkling defensive plays at shortstop. "You can't
wait to hit when you're in a stretch like this.
"But a lot of the
credit has to go to the rest of the lineup. The guys in front of me are
hitting right now and the guys behind me are coming through, too, and that
means I'm getting good pitches to hit. We're all complementing one another.
If one guy doesn't do it, the next guy does."
All of the Angels
had a piece in the 17-hit pie Allentown threw at Gilbertsville. Aleszczyk
was 3-for-4, including a bases-empty home run in the fifth and four runs
scored; Mookie Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI-single in the second, while
Herb Hemerly and Dave Chapman were both 2-for-3. Chapman also knocked in one
run and scored two.
"Everybody has been
coming through for us," said Angel skipper Ray Ganser, whose team is 15-4
and staying on the heels of Coplay in the Tri-Co's North Division race.
"I've been here for eight years and have been through a lot of dog days when
we were cellar dwellers, so this year really is enjoyable because we're
winning and have a team where the guys get along so well.
"We started turning
things around last year when we just missed the playoffs. Then this year, we
picked up a few guys who had been playing at Limeport - Dale, Herbie Hemerly
and Dave Lutte - and they really have solidified our team. We've already
clinched the first winning season in the team's history. But because I
remember the old days, I still do a lot of worrying. You don't forget the
But at least for the
moment, the bad days for the Angels are as gone as one of Weiss' home runs.
To go along with the potent offense, Allentown has gotten solid pitching
from Ganser, Lutte, Chapman, Mike Witkowski, Scott Buck and last night's
winner, Todd Downing.
Downing, who was the
starting quarterback at Allen High and just completed his freshman year at
Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., had a three- hitter through five
innings. Using what he called "a drop changeup," Downing kept the Rangers
offstride until the sixth when Gilbertsville struck for four hits and four
runs. Lutte came on to get what proved to be the game- ending outs as
darkening skies forced the action to end.
"They say winning
isn't everything, but winning does make playing fun," said Weiss, who had
his 8-for-8 streak broken with a 375-foot flyout to center in the fifth.
"Last year, playing ball had become a second job for me. Now, it's fun
NORTH PARKLAND 10 - A total of 25 hits produced 26 runs with Quakertown
on top over visiting North Parkland.
had starter Tom Hartman and relievers Bob Kile and Glenn Dally pitching to
catcher Steve Bauder with Dally winding up the game's winner.
Two homers were hit
by Kile - a solo shot in his team's three-run first inning and a two-run
shot in his team's five-run second. Also adding to Quakertown's 16 runs was
Scott Davis who had a two-run shot in the first.
(11-8) had two hits each from Randy Engle and loser Dan Yannes.
SALISBURY 11, OLD
ZIONSVILLE 7 - Salisbury scored six runs in the fourth inning, capped by
a Dave Ernst grand slam, as the hosts set down Old Zionsville in six
Joe Ambrose helped
Old Z to a 4-1 in the second, lacing a two-run triple and scoring on a Jeff
Kressley single. Salisbury retook the lead in the sixth when Leo Bott
singled and scored on a Joe Ernst sacrifice fly, and two walks and a
fielder's choice loaded the sacks for Dave Ernst, who won the game in
Ambrose was 3-for-3,
and Mike Lenygel had two hits for Old Zionsville in the losing cause.
From The Morning Call --
July 9, 1988
The Morning Call