Silver Creek rallies for 6-5
Of The Morning Call
Silver Creek could play the top teams in the Tri-County League every day, it
might be among them.
Creekers remain below .500 overall, but have given many of the league's top
clubs fits. Last night they not only gave visiting Quakertown fits, but a
stomach-turning 6-5 loss as well.
Pitcher Tom Hartman's throwing error on Matt Smull's slow roller just in
front of the plate allowed both Mike Andre and Brook Mellman to score with
two out in the seventh inning, giving the Creekers a thrilling,
come-from-behind win over one of the Tri-Co's best.
lost so many close games this year ourselves, so I'm gonna take this one,"
said the Creek's first-year manager Joe Smull, whose team improved to 8-10.
"We've beaten the good teams, but we're not beating the teams that you'd
figure we should beat. This team (Quakertown) humiliated us with seven home
runs in the first game this year, but we've beaten them twice since.
can play a team like this even, it's just a matter of getting a break or
break or two is exactly what Silver Creek got in the seventh against
Hartman, the Orioles' player-manager who had shut the door on the Creek
since relieving Glen Reineke in the fourth. Hartman allowed just two hits in
three scoreless innings entering the bottom of seventh when his team's 13th
win of the season disintegrated into its sixth -- and undoubtedly -- most
disgusting loss of the year.
Andre led off the inning with a swinging bunt to first that Quakertown first
baseman Bob Drumbore fielded and flipped to Hartman covering. But in trying
to find the bag, Hartman dropped the ball, leaving Andre safe.
Hartman seemed on his way to working out of the jam, getting a pair of fly
ball outs around a Mellman single. Smull then tapped a roller about 25 feet
in front of the plate. Hartman came off the mound, bobbled the ball and then
fired it to first. The ball arrived in time, but it hit the dirt and bounced
past Drumbore and down the rightfield line.
Andre scored easily and Mellman, running hard from first, also beat the
throw from right as the Creek dugout emptied on to the field in celebration.
"Things started falling our way," said Mellman, who had three of his team's
10 hits. "I know my hit in the last inning was just a gimme that fell in
there. We've lost a lot of games like that this year ... in the top of the
seventh, the bottom of the seventh. We've relinquished a lot of leads all
Actually, both teams kept relinquishing the lead last night. After
Drumbore's home run in th e top of the second put the Orioles up, the Creek
got two in the bottom half of the inning on Jon Ference's RBI- single and a
Quakertown went back in front 3-2 in the third on Brian Hoehn's two-run home
run, but the Creek erased that advantage in the bottom of the third on
Smull's run-scoring single and Bill Krchnavy's sacrifice fly.
Orioles, who lashed out 10 hits in all, got a pair of RBI singles by Rod
Rush and Steve Bauder in the fourth to move back in front and stayed in
front until the final play of the game.
"Baseball's a funny game," said Joe Smull. "We're really just trying to get
to .500 this year and try to build from there. They (Quakertown) have five
guys that were on this team last year. Most of our guys came from the Alpha
team that folded up. We've got a lot of guys from Easton, P'burg and the
Nazareth area, plus three guys who stayed from last year's team.
"We're rebuilding, just trying to see what we can do. I haven't coached in
five years when my last son was in junior legion. I was just up there in the
stands harassing umpires before. Now, I'm down on the field and not
second-guessing people anymore."
Smull could only guess, however, how good his team's record would be had it
not lost its best pitcher (Bob Carr) for the past several weeks because of
an injury. The Creekers stayed with Kirk Einfalt last night and the lanky
righthander settled down after a shaky start and wound up as the game's
"We've got a good mixture of guys on this team -- some young, and some who
have been around awhile," said Mellman, an Easton High grad who will be a
sophomore at Muhlenberg this fall. "We're just hanging in there. A win like
this, though, is just a lot of fun."
From The Morning Call --
July 7, 1990
The Morning Call