Gilbertsville holds off
Coplay 8-5 in Tri-Co playoffs
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Gilbertsville of the Tri-County League has beaten up on everybody this season,
losing just four of 37 games.
fact that the Rangers "own" every team was little consolation for Coplay
yesterday after the Serpents dropped their fifth decision in as many games to
host Gilbertsville - this one by an 8-5 margin in the first game of the league's
best-of-three playoff championship series.
Coplay, as it has done several times this season, came back from a deficit
and had Gilbertsville in its sights, only to fall short.
the Serpents (22-15) still believe Gilbertsville can be had and they'll get
another, and maybe last, chance to prove it today when the rivals face off
at 8 p.m. at Coplay.
always come back, we just wait too long," said Coplay manager/designated
hitter Lou Falco, who watched his club yield seven runs in the fifth and
then score five in the seventh.
Gilbertsville second baseman Brian Gilbert, who doubled and scored twice,
agreed, "We never have an easy game with them. They can score a lot of runs
in a hurry."
Coplay, the 1988 regular season champ, started the season slowly and was
fourth or fifth in its division before making a few switches and coming on
strong to clinch the division. However, the Serpents lost to Gilbertsville,
the 1986 playoff champ, in two straight games in the playoff for the regular
"It's a rivalry, there's no doubt about it," said Brian Gilbert, one of
three Gilberts on the team. "We tend to play better against them because of
"They came back to get the tying run at the plate in the last game of the
regular season championship," he pointed out.
Brian Gilbert led off the bottom of the first with a double to right center.
He was sacrificed to second by Scott Gilbert and scored on a fielder's
choice ball which Coplay shortstop Eric Cscencsits bobbled before nailing
Greg Gilbert in a close play.
Evans followed with a triple, but was wasted.
Coplay starter Jim Emerick calmed down after that. The right-hander faced
the minimum number of batters over the next three innings, with help from
two double plays.
Gilbertsville erupted in the fifth, sending 12 batters to the plate and
garnering eight hits and scoring all seven runs after two outs. During the
rally, Mike Moyer had two hits, a run and RBI, Brian Gilbert launched an RBI
"wood"-rule double to the left-field pines, Scott Gilbert chased a low curve
for a two-run single, and Ryan Fox and Tom Troutman singled in runs off
reliever Bruce Sokol.
has his good days and bad days," said Falco. "When he gets behind in the
count its tough to come back against a good hitting team like this."
Gilbertsville hurler Chris Ludy breezed through the first six innings. He
gave up just six hits and had most players hitting harmless ground balls.
Coplay had a pair of runners on in the fourth and fifth innings, but could
not score. Gilbertsville was aided by a pair of double plays.
visitors came alive in the seventh as Jeff Sodl led off with a single, pinch
hitter Joe Tiwold followed with a single and Jeff Erie and Eric Cscencsits
drove in runs before Scott Morgan (3-for-4) cleared the bases with a drive
to deep right-center.
However, Bill Pugh flied to center and Falco, who won the league's batting
crown for a second straight season with a .461 average, grounded out to end
"They don't give up, that's one thing I like about these guys," said Falco.
"If only we'd get a lead. But, tomorrow night's (tonight) a different
Tonight, Gilbertsville will send undefeated ace Pete Kurtz (13-0) to the
mound while Coplay will counter with ace Randy Baer.
third game, if necessary, will be played at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow at
Gilbertsville and finally bring an end to a long season.
has been a long year with all the rainouts," said Fox. "But, we're ready to
play two more and play our best."
Brian Gilbert said, "With the rain outs, it's been real tough. We've had
sometimes three to five days without playing. But, our pitching's been
tough. Chris pitched a good game today."
Falco added, "It's been a long year and it's tough to keep everyone
motivated. But like I said, we came back during the year and we never give
From The Morning Call --
August 21, 1989
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