Chad Erie's slam powers S.
Whitehall's Tri-Co win
Seventh-inning blast helps overcome a
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Erie brothers -- Chad, Bill and Jeff -- have been playing baseball for
years, ever since they were growing up in Egypt.
course, as good as they have been, the Erie boys have been overshadowed by
their sister, Lorie, who was a record-setting softball player at Whitehall
High and Kutztown University.
Saturday at Cedarbrook Field, for at least one shining moment, Chad became
the most famous member of the Erie family as he swatted a grand slam in the
top of the seventh to lift his South Whitehall team to a 6-5 Tri-County
League win over Cetronia.
Erie's slam with one out erased a 5-2 deficit and sent the Serpents on to
their 14th win in 22 games.
was my first slam since my senior year of high school when I hit one against
Northampton," said Chad, who like his brothers and Lorie, is a Whitehall
family loves sports, especially baseball. We love to play the game. I'm
sorry Jeff wasn't here tonight. He's at a good friend's wedding reception.
I'm surprised he didn't leave that to come to the game. He usually doesn't
Until the top of the seventh, it looked like Jeff Erie was only going to
miss a tough Serpent loss.
Cetronia took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth when the No. 8 and No. 9
men in the order, Bobby Brown and Rod Strobl, respectively, hit back-to-back
Longhorns added two runs in the last of the fifth when again the bottom of
the order struck.
Weierbach, the No. 7 man, doubled in a run and scored on Strobl's RBI
single. Earlier, Brown singled in a run, meaning that the last three guys in
the Cetronia batting order accounted for all five of the team's RBIs.
Emmaus grad Dan Hayes looked like he was going to protect the 5-2 lead as he
got player-manager Kevin Hutter to fly out to start the seventh. But an
error on Eric Csencsits' grounder to short opened the door to a Serpent
Lead-off hitter Andy Kies followed with a infield single and Chuck
Mondschein walked to load the bases for Erie.
was a 2-0 fastball I hit," Erie said. "I just wasn't going to take a strike.
I was swinging all the way. Hayes pitched a good game and it took a couple
of breaks for us to get it going. I just got around his on his fastball and
that was it."
Winning pitcher Jim Emerick got the first two outs in the bottom of the
seventh before two singles and a walk loaded the bases. He got Weierbach on
a fly to right to finally end it.
just wanted to get Chad a chance to hit because he's always capable of
hitting it out of the park," Hutter said of Erie's heroics.
"This was a good win for us, especially since we lost to Castle Hill in our
last game Wednesday. Castle Hill had just four wins all year before they
beat us. We're having a nice season and playing good ball. But we've mixed
in some bad ones, too, like giving Quakertown its first win. This one helps
make up for a loss like that."
Meanwhile, George Horn, back as Cetronia's manager this year, lamented one
that got away.
"We're doing all right; we're 11-8," he said. "When we have everyone here,
we're tough up and down the lineup. Today, we got big hits from Brown and
Strobl, guys who don't normally play. It's a shame we wasted them."
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June 29, 1997
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