Northern's bats arrive on
time against Stahley's
Yankees no longer shooting blanks in the
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Tri-County League's "Young Guns" are no longer shooting blanks.
Matter of fact, the Northern Yankees, in just their third season of
existence, are gunning down some pretty big targets these days as evidenced
by Tuesday night's 11-6 dismantling of perennial Tri-Co power Stahley's.
game, played in Scherersville, was halted by darkness after six innings. The
contest began about 10 minutes late because only one umpire showed up.
Northern bats arrived on time, however.
Yankees scored four in the first and broke open a 4-4 tie on Brian Buchman's
three-run home run in the third. They tacked on two each in the fourth and
Northern's 12th win in 25 games this season was a milestone for the
franchise. The Yankees won just five times in their rookie 1995 season and
11 in '96.
that first year we ran it more like spring training with everybody playing
in every game," said Yankee skipper Lee Higgins. "Last year, we improved and
won 11 and this year we're putting it together pretty well. We have all
young guys in college and we're trying to bring them along in a four or
five-year period. Most of these guys are age 23 and under"
Buchman, a 20-year-old Parkland grad, picked a great time for his first home
run of the season. The former North Parkland legion standout followed a walk
to Jason Strunk and a single by Casey Higgins with a drive over the
"This was a good time for me tonight," said Buchman, who was 3-for-4 with
five RBIs. "I've been struggling a little bit, so it was good to come out of
it. Stahley's is a good team and they beat us pretty bad (11-1, May 16), so
we wanted to pay them back."
While Northern reached double-digits in the scoring column for the second
straight night (the Yanks scored 14 in a win over Quakertown Monday),
Stahley's couldn't duplicate the 15 runs it scored Monday against Allentown.
Mariners, Tri-Co finalists last year, had just one hit over the final four
innings and six overall. They also couldn't take advantage of seven walks it
received from Yankee hurlers Glen Cathers and Jason Strunk.
"We're struggling right now," said player-manager Dave Lutte. "We started
off the year 10-1 and beat (division leaders) Gablesville and Center Valley
in back-to-back games. Ever since then we're in a `win one, lose one'
pattern. We're just in a rut.
played Bethlehem (tonight) and then we have 10 days off in a row. That
10-day break couldn't come at a better time. It's just a quirk in the
schedule, but we're thankful for it."
Stahley's is still 15-7 and in first place in the Tri-Co's North Division.
Northern, meanwhile, needs a strong run in its last nine games to make the
talent's here and it's just a matter of these guys maturing," said Higgins,
who got two hits and two RBIs from Jeremy Smith, a two-run double by Scott
Werner and two hits from Brian Ware.
don't know if we can make the playoffs. If we finish .500, I'd consider it a
From The Morning Call --
July 2, 1997
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