Limeport goes 1 up on
Josh Williams hurls 1-hitter in Tri-County
League Finals opener.
Of The Morning Call
Asked to sum up his team's 3-1 loss to host Limeport in the opening game of the
Tri-County League Championship Series last night, Woody's player-coach Dave
Lutte shrugged and said, "Josh just threw a helluva game."
"Josh" was Bulls' righthander Josh Williams, who unfurled an impressive
one-hitter in giving his club a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series that resumes at
5:45 tonight at Scherersville.
"Josh is a competitor, a real tough kid," Lutte said. "He shut us down. Our
guy (Bob Schleicher) threw a good game, we just didn't help him out. Josh
had great location. He seemed to be able to put the ball where he wanted it,
Limeport, in the Tri-Co finals for a second straight year, jumped on top in
the bottom of the first. Williams and Kevin Kershner singled and scored on
Bill Fatzinger's single to right.
"(Schleicher) gave me a curveball down and in and I was able to pull it down
the first-base line," said Fatzinger, Limeport's player-manager. "Most lefty
hitters like the ball down and in. He made me look stupid on my next two
at-bats, but luckily that time turned out well for me. We knew it was big
because Schleicher's a tough pitcher. We knew it wasn't going to be a
Limeport (27-9) didn't have many big hits the rest of the night. The Bulls
had 10 hits, but left the bases loaded in the first and stranded two runners
each in the third, fifth and sixth.
Limeport's only other run came in the fifth when Glenn Bubser reached on an
error and scored on Scott Heppenheimer's two-out single.
was all Williams needed as the Central Catholic and Allentown College
product notched four 1-2-3 innings.
lone struggle came in the fourth when walks to Jeff Snyder and Tony Galucy
and a single by Dale Weiss -- the lone Woody's hit -- loaded the bases with
one out. Dave Toth brought Snyder home with a sacrifice fly to left, but
that was all the Mariners (27-12) would get off the hard-throwing
was a big game and I just wanted to come out and throw strikes," said
Williams, who struck out six and walked four. "I was just hitting spots. I
had a lot of help from the bench calling pitches. "They hit me around a
couple of weeks ago, scoring six runs in about three innings. Last time I
was getting behind in the count. Tonight, I wanted to get ahead of them."
Fatzinger, whose team fell behind in its previous playoff series against ICC,
was happy to get the series opener this time.
"This is a big win," Fatzinger said. "I didn't want to fall behind in this
series. I couldn't sleep well after we lost Game 1 last time. It's
definitely better than being down 1-0. It's going to be a long series,
though. Woody's has a good, experienced team. We're certainly not thinking
sweep by any means."
actually, the first game loss is a good omen for Woody's, which fell in
series openers against Silver Creek and Center Valley and came back to win
the series each time.
in Game 2 this time, Limeport will probably start Dennis Kinney, the
rubber-armed lefty who has been almost unhittable in the playoffs.
"If I had Dennis Kinney, I'd use him all the time; in fact, we were a little
surprised we didn't see him tonight," Lutte said. "We know we'll see him in
the next game. It's going to be tough, but we've bounced back before and we
hope to do it again."
From The Morning Call --
August 14, 1996
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