Gilbertsville nails down
another Tri-County title
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becoming the Tri-County League's premier team over the past decade, the
Gilbertsville Rangers haven't needed any help.
in nailing down their seventh title in the last 10 years with a 5-1 victory over
Silver Creek last night in Springtown, the Rangers may have received a huge
assist from Mother Nature.
Back-to-back postponements Monday and Tuesday because of rain allowed
veteran hurlers Tom Hartman and Bob Drumbore to gain two extra days of rest.
The two pitchers then put the Raider bats to rest last night, combining for
a three-hitter in the fifth and final game of the best-of-five series.
don't know if the days off really helped, but I felt very strong out there,"
said Drumbore, who came on with two out in third after Hartman suffered a
leg injury. "Maybe the rain was a blessing in a sense. But then again, their
pitchers got some extra rest, too. I guess it helped us a little more than
Nothing seemed to help Silver Creek over the past few days as the Raiders
were swept three straight after grabbing a 2-0 lead in games in the series.
They even led 2-1 entering the sixth inning of Game 3.
had them down 2-0 and thought we had them put away," said Silver Creek
player-manager Steve Smull. "We didn't finish them off. There's no excuses
here. They won it fair and square. I wish it didn't rain the last two days,
though. It gave Hartman and Drumbore some extra rest and they didn't have to
come up with a No. 3 pitcher against us. But hey, they earned it."
Rangers may have earned the title, but they sure were given their share of
free passes early. Four walks produced a Gilbertsville run in the top of the
Silver Creek, limited to just four runs in the last three games, evened it
up with a run in bottom of the first when Brook Mellman doubled and Chris
Rios singled him home.
things began to unravel for the Raiders in the second when a dropped fly
ball and three more walks led to two more runs.
Silver Creek had its best chance to get back in it in the third when with
two out Hartman hit Rios with a pitch and walked Dan Roth. At that point,
Hartman pulled a muscle in his leg and Drumbore came on. Darren Sutton
greeted him with a sizzling liner to left, but it was hit right at Ranger
left-fielder Jeff Chillot, who snared it.
there, Drumbore was dominant. He retired nine in a row before Matt Smull led
off the seventh with a single. But Smull never reached second as Drumbore
retired the final three to begin another champagne celebration for the
the five or six years that I've been playing here, this is the first time we
had to go to a fifth and final game to win a title," said Ranger
player-manager Mike Moyer. "You never get tired of winning championships.
was really on tonight and he deserves a lot of credit. The rain helped him a
little bit, but he was hitting his spots and throwing hard. If we had played
Monday night, we would have probably only had Drummy for just an inning.
Instead, we got to use him much more."
Offensively, Greg Gilbert and Marty Bauer -- the top two guys in the Ranger
lineup -- were the keys last night. Gilbert had three hits, while Bauer
homered in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth.
could have scored more runs than we did," Moyer said. "We left the bases
loaded in both the first and second innings.
were a little concerned early, plus we were without (normal cleanup hitter)
Jeff Evans who had a previous commitment. Being without Jeff, we could have
been in trouble. But we did the things we had to do. We took advantage of
the walks, got some key hits. Of course, with our pitching, we didn't have
to get too many runs."
While winning championships are always sweet, Drumbore enjoyed last night's
performance for one more special reason -- he beat his brother's team. Mike
Drumbore, Bob's younger brother, had been Silver Creek's third baseman much
of the season.
Because he had to return to Shippensburg University early, Mike wasn't able
to be there for last night's season finale, but big brother was going to be
sure to let him know the final score.
don't know if The Morning Call makes it out to Shippensburg, so I better
give Mike a call," Drumbore said. "It'll be worth the quarter for me to let
him know who won the series."
From The Morning Call --
August 19, 1993
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