South Whitehall advances to
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Another Bulls' championship run ended Tuesday night.
this had nothing to do with Michael, Scott, Dennis and Phil.
Limeport Bulls' two-year reign atop the Tri-County League came to an end
with a 6-1 loss to South Whitehall at the Cedarbrook Complex near Dorney
Left-hander Rob Gontkosky fired a two-hitter, and Paul Woodling swatted a
two-run home run to lift the Serpents into the Tri-Co finals for the first
time since 1988 when the team was known as Coplay and won the regular season
best-of-5 championship series starts either Friday or Saturday, depending on
the completion of the Cetronia-Gabelsville series.
Cetronia, currently up two games to one, wins tonight, the title series
begins Friday at Cedarbrook. If Gabelsville wins tonight to force a fifth
game Thursday, the title series begins Saturday at either Gabelsville or
Serpents (24-15) didn't care who or when they would play next. They wanted
to savor a 3-1 series win over the defending champs.
"It's definitely nice to be back in the finals," said Chuck Mondschein, the
Serpents' catcher and acting manager since Kevin Hutter is away on vacation.
has been a long time. This is the farthest we've gone since we left Coplay.
And to do it with some of our guys missing makes it more of an
accomplishment. The guys we had here just played hard."
Besides Hutter, the Serpents were without starters Chad Erie, who was
playing for Catasauqua in the Blue Mountain League playoffs, and shortstop
caused some lineup shuffling, but the deck remained stacked in South
Whitehall's favor thanks to Gontkosky.
Whitehall High and Rider College product who spent a few seasons in the
Mets' farm system, allowed only singles to Jim Schaffer in the first and to
Josh Williams in the fifth.
walked four and struck out three and seemed more in command as the game went
have to concentrate on every pitch against that team; those guys can really
hit," Gontkosky said. "Every pitch has to have a purpose. My fastball was
running to the outside part of the plate, and that was getting me a lot of
the biggest out Gontkosky got came with a delivery to first, not home.
nobody out in the top of the third and South Whitehall ahead 3-1, Josh
Williams was on first after a walk. Trouble was brewing with the second,
third and fourth hitters in the order next.
Gontkosky picked Williams off first, derailing a potential big Bull inning.
"That was big," Gontkosky said. "The hitters coming up were all hitting
about .450. Josh was going on first movement and I gave him a little move
and we got him."
After trading runs in the first inning when -- Schaffer's RBI single doing
the damage for Limeport and Jeff Erie's RBI hit putting the Serpents on the
board -- it was all South Whitehall.
Woodling hit his two-run homer with two out in the second. A bobble in left
on Lou Falco's single allowed Mondschein to score in the third. Johnny
Hymans and Jim Emerick added RBI hits in the fifth and sixth, respectively.
Woodling and Emerick finished with three hits apiece and Falco added a pair.
"We're on a roll right now," Mondschein said. "No matter who we face, we'll
be the underdogs in the finals. We lost to both teams three times. But
that's OK. We'll still come out swinging."
Meanwhile, Limeport packs away the bats after a 29-9 season.
"Gontkosky pitched a great game," said Bulls' skipper Bill Fatzinger. "The
last few years we got the breaks. In this series, they got the breaks."
From The Morning Call --
August 12, 1998
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