Gilbertsville tops Emmaus,
ups Tri-County mark to 10-1
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nipping host Emmaus 3-2 last night, Gilbertsville solidified its position atop
the Tri-County League's South Division with its 10th win in 11 games.
while owning a 10-1 record and first-place in a division would excite most
clubs, the Rangers seem unfazed by it. In fact, as unbelievable as it may sound,
they're sure they can do much better.
"We've done all right, but I think we're really just starting to get it
together now," said veteran Jeff Evans, who slugged a pair of doubles and
scored two runs last night as Gilbertsville battled back from an early 2-0
haven't been hitting the ball as well as we expected we would. We're finally
getting all of our college kids now and the whole team is coming together.
This was a good win for us here."
made the win especially "good" was that it came over an Emmaus club that was
right on the Rangers' heels in the South. The Braves, in just their third
year in the Tri-Co, have been the league's surprise club through the first
month of the season with an 8-2 mark entering last night's game at the
Emmaus High School complex.
figured we'd be good this season, but we knew nobody else would expect us to
be any good," said Brave manager Dave Ernst. "We've made steady improvement
in our first two years in the league, going from 13-14 in our first season
to 17-13 last year.
"This year, we picked up some pitchers like Steve Rau, Pat Toner and Dave
Arndt and that should make us that much better. We've had the hitting in the
past, but not the pitching."
Braves had the bats booming early last night when they jumped on Ranger
pitcher Chris Ludy for three hits and two runs in the first inning. Ernst's
sacrifice fly and Kyle Fisher's single drove in the runs.
despite having baserunners in each of the next four innings and getting two
hits apiece in the third and fourth, Emmaus failed to score again.
the third, Ludy escaped trouble with a double play. Then in the fourth,
Ranger left fielder Kirk Rentschler threw out an Emmaus runner at the plate
by about 10 yards as he foolishly tried to come around from second on a
Those squandered chances proved especially costly since Ludy settled down.
"Chris (Ludy) is the type of pitcher that gets stronger as the game goes
on," Evans said. `He made some adjustments and got into a groove."
Speaking of grooves, Evans found one at the plate as he doubled and scored
on singles by Bob Drumbore (3-for-3) in both the second and fourth as
Gilbertsville came back to tie it.
the head coach at Oley Valley and we reached the quarterfinals of the PIAA
State playoffs this year, so I was away from playing for some time," Evans
said. "I haven't been getting the number of swings I normally get. But I'm
starting to get it going."
Gilbertsville got the go-ahead run in the fifth when Chris Mackey doubled to
left and scored on Rentschler's single to center. Ludy made the tally stand
up as the winner, yielding just two hits over the last three innings.
haven't thrown for about 10 days and I'm the kind of guy who needs to pitch
much more often to stay sharp," Ludy said. "I wasn't getting my curveball
over early in the game and it's tough to throw from behind in the count when
you don't have a curve. Later on, I found my curve and was getting ahead.
"Emmaus swings the bats well and plays fundamental baseball. They're going
to be tough all season."
That's the Braves' plan.
"We feel we'll be there at the end," Ernst said. "This was a good ballgame
between two good teams. I'm sure the fans enjoyed it. We just didn't come
out on top. But we're not going to go away. We'll be back."
From The Morning Call --
June 16, 1992
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