S. Whitehall advances in
It beats Sports Page on a
Randy Baer 4-hitter to advance to semifinal play against Limeport.
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Randy Baer said Tuesday night was the first time he ever stepped onto
legendary Pfeifle Field in center-city Bethlehem; a baseball park that has
been unkind to many pitchers over the years.
Baer wasn't scared off, however.
veteran right-hander tossed a four-hitter, and South Whitehall chipped away
for some timely hits in posting a 4-1 win over Sports Page in the third and
deciding game of their opening-round series in the Tri-County League.
South Whitehall (21-14) advances to meet two-time defending champ Limeport
in a best-of-five semifinal series, beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fegely
Stadium. The Bulls swept South Whitehall in two games in the semis a year
ago when the semis were best-of-three.
was little shaky early," Baer said. "I was trying to adjust to pitching in
this park and maybe trying to do a little too much. But I settled down after
that and kept the ball down. The defense behind me turned two double plays,
and that was a big help."
Baer, a 1986 Parkland High graduate who has been with the Coplay/South
Whitehall franchise for 11 years, thrives in big games.
"Experience helps," he said. "I had two days to think about this game. You
just try to treat these games like any other ballgame. You try to come out
and throw strikes and let the defense make plays."
yielded Sports Page's lone run in the second when an error, a hit and three
walks added up to trouble. But a double play allowed him to escape without
too much damage.
the fourth, the Page had runners on second and third with two out, but Baer
escaped again with a called third strike off a curve to No. 9 hitter Scott
"That turned it around and gave me confidence that I could throw my curve
for strikes," said the right-hander.
Meanwhile, South Whitehall chipped away for its runs.
Emerick's bloop single into right field scored Rob Gontkosky with the first
run in the second inning, and another run crossed in the same frame when
Chuck Mondschein hit into a double play.
Johnny Hymans' triple plated Eric Csencsits with a run in the fourth to make
it 3-0, and the final tally came in the fifth when Chad Erie doubled and
scored on Rob Gontkosky's single. Gontkosky (2- for-2 with two walks) was
the lone Serpent to have more than one hit.
was a disappointing ending to what began as a superb year for the
second-year Red Sox.
were 14-2 in the first half of the season and 8-8 in the second half," said
acting manager Ed Jones, who was the starting and losing pitcher for Sports
Page. "The pitching cooled down and so did our bats. And what hurt us was
that we didn't have a full lineup every night.
"Even tonight, we didn't have four guys who played in the first two games of
the series. They were playing for teams in other leagues, and one of the
guys had to take a class. But hey, you go with the guys you got, and Baer
pitched a great game. You can't take a thing away from him."
While Sports Page had its season end at 23-12, South Whitehall hopes its
year continues for another two weeks.
veteran club knows that August is the time to be playing your best baseball.
have guys who have been around, and we know when to turn it up a notch,"
Baer said. "It should be a good series with Limeport."
"Limeport's a great team; we respect them a lot," said South Whitehall
manager Kevin Hutter. "In that series last year, we were up 6-0 in the
second game and lost 7-6. That was disheartening. We'd like to turn it
From The Morning Call --
August 5, 1998
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