Stahley's, Ganser nail
Limeport, clinch first
Of The Morning Call
Ganser's legs felt like putty, but his arm was like a hammer and his pitches
like nails during Stahley's 6-3 win over visiting Limeport last
night in a playoff for first place in the Tri-County League's Northern Division.
Ganser, who is also the manager of the Angels (21-9), thought last night's game
would be a rain out. It did, in fact, rain most of the day but the field at
Scherersville was fine.
thought it was going to rain so I went for a 50-mile bike ride (Sunday).
When I got here I said, `Oh God, I can't believe we're playing. My legs feel
like putty.' But I knew I had to go a whole game."
last time Stahley's played Limeport (20-10), Ganser left the game in the
final inning with a 3-1 lead.
ended up losing that game and have been struggling ever since," said Ganser.
night, the strong southpaw allowed just three hits and one walk while
striking out seven. The win propelled the now two-time Northern Division
champs into a rematch of last year's title contest with Southern Division
series begins 6 p.m. Friday at Gilbertsville.
Limeport is awaiting the South to decide its third-place team.
Limeport had been closing in on Stahley's all season and finally tied the
Angels by winning three games over the weekend while Limeport went 2-1
during the week. But the streak didn't last.
league forced us to play more than we should have in the last couple of
days," said Limeport manager Ish Fatzinger. "After a while I think you just
Limeport was headed in the right direction in the third inning when
shortstop Tony Sneska slugged a two-run homer over the fence in left-center
field with Chris Kernick aboard. Kernick swung at strike three and would
have been the third out of the inning, but the ball got away from catcher
Sneska's positive for Limeport was turned into a positive for Stahley's
after he stood at home plate to watch the flight of his ball.
Angels took offense to the gesture and came back to score four runs in the
bottom of the third -- all with two outs. The big blows were a two-run
double by Joe Alesczyk (two hits, two runs) and a two- run single by Mookie
think that was definitely the turning point in the game," said Alesczyk, a
University of Alabama team member who also plays for the Quakertown Blazers.
"It lit a spark under us and got us motivated."
Smith (2-for-2) got behind in the count no balls and two strikes before
working a full count off losing pitcher Bruce Alpaugh and then jumping on
winners added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth as pinch- hitter Matt
Hlay (sacrifice fly) and Wotring (single) each knocked in a run.
Angel shortstop Dale Weiss was 3-for-4, and Wotring was 2-for-3.
Limeport, which lost to the Angels three times this season, added a run in
the sixth when Kernick collected an infield single and later scored on Joe
Fatzinger's fielder's choice.
real cause of the loss was Ray, he really mowed us down," said Ish Fatzinger.
"He had good stuff and we never really challenged him. My hat's off to him."
There were plenty of defensive gems in the contest, including a pair of
diving plays by Sneska, who was also involved in a double play.
"Defensively this was a great game," said Ganser. "These guys played great
tonight. This is the way they're capable of playing every single game, and
they can play better than this."
Angels will have to be at their best to beat two-time Tri- County playoff
champ Gilbertsville, a team which has beaten Stahley's both times the teams
faced each other this season and last year during the playoffs.
have like a mental block against Gilbertsville," said Ganser.
Limeport had a shot at its first regular-season, divisional crown since
1982. The last time Limeport won the playoffs was in 1988.
From The Morning Call --
July 30, 1991
The Morning Call