Limeport romps 12-4 to
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Limeport capitalized on four errors and eight Allentown walks to take a 12-4 win
and the Tri-County League baseball championship last night at Limeport's Fegely
Things looked bright early for Allentown (25-8) as Dave Lutte led off the second
inning by hitting Carl Solarek's first pitch over the left-field fence for a
Limeport countered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the
Schaffer led off the inning with a a walk and Jack Goddess singled to left.
John Szalachowski's sacrifice bunt moved the runners over to second and
third with one out. Mark Somers then belted a two- run double to the
left-field wall to drive in two runs.
inning continued with more gifts form Allentown. Erick Dieter drew a walk
and Chris Rios was hit in the head with a pitch to load the bases. John
Evans walked to drive in the third run forcing Allentown's Todd Downing out
of the game.
Ganser came on to pitch and promptly forced Bill Coyle to hit a slow roller
to third baseman Steve Neikam. Neikam threw the ball over catcher Rick
Rothrock's head, allowing a run to score. Bill Fatzinger then belted a two-
strike curveball to right-center for a two-run single for the 6-1 lead.
After a fielder's choice by Schaffer, Fatzinger alertly scored from third
when Ganser turned his back on the play.
with the early six-run cushion, coach Bill Fatzinger Sr., wasn't taking any
don't take anything for granted," Limeport coach Bill Fatzinger said. "I
knew we had to play and we played. They have nine guys that can hit it out
of the park, I didn't feel comfortable till the last out was made. I'm just
happy we got it done."
While Solarek was shutting the door on Allentown in the third, fourth and
fifth innings, Limeport broke through again in the fourth inning for two
more runs. Fatzinger Jr. led off the inning with a rope to center and
Schaffer followed with a single to left.
Fatzinger, running the bases agressively, tore through second and headed to
third. Leftfielder Dave Chapman's throw to third was off the line and
Fatzinger scored easily. Schaffer scored the other run of the inning on a
Trailing 10-1, Allentown caused a small stir in the sixth inning with three
Chapman led off the inning with a single to center and Lutte cracked an RBI
double to the gap in left center. He moved to third on a wild pitch and
scored on Mookie Smith's bloop single to left. Smith moved to second on a
wild pitch and Neikam knocked him home with a seeing eye single to right
Limeport quelled all Allentown thoughts of a possible rally with two more
runs in the sixth inning, again on gifts.
Dieter reached first on what should have been a routine play by Ganser. But
the Allentown hurler pulled firstbaseman Lutte off the bag for an error.
Chris Rios followed with a single to center knocking Ganser out of the game.
John Evans, batting against Mike Witkowski, hit an apparent double play ball
to Neikam at third base. Neikam stepped on the bag at third and threw wildly
to first base allowing Rios to score. Evans scored the final run of the game
on a wild pitch.
the game, Solarek allowed six hits and struck out three batters.
Fatzinger thoroughly enjoyed Solarek's performance on the mound and the
season in general.
"I've had six straight outstanding pitching performances, they were all
good, every one of them," Fatzinger said. "And super defense. Yes, baseball
is fun again this year."
From The Morning Call --
August 14, 1988
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