Tri-Co playoff game ends
in darkness and tied 17-17
Cetronia, which rallied
on a Tommy Williams HR, & Jordan Creek will start over again today.
Of The Morning Call
Williams leaves today for Happy Valley, but before he left he made a few
folks in the Lehigh Valley unhappy Sunday night.
Williams' three-run home run with two out in the bottom of the seventh
inning capped Cetronia's comeback in Game 2 of its Tri-County League first
round playoff series with Jordan Creek at the Cedarbrook complex.
home run in the 33-hit slugfest tied the game at 17 and led to a
because Cetronia wasn't done after Williams' three-run blast. Hassan DeJesus
walked, and Jon DiBonaventura singled to coax Jordan Creek Manager Dave
Snyder out of the dugout to make a pitching change.
did, the three-man umpiring crew headed by the Tri-Co's umpire assigner, Joe
LaBella, ended play because of darkness. At that point, it was 8:20 p.m. and
the sun had long since vanished from the South Whitehall Township sky.
Initially, neither team knew what was going on. Some Cetronia players feared
that since the inning wasn't completed, the score would revert back to the
end of the sixth inning when Jordan Creek was comfortably in front 16-12.
LaBella made it clear as he walked briskly away from the heated scene -- and
tried to get his crew away from yelling players, coaches and fans as well --
that the game would officially be considered a tie and replayed in its
entirety tonight back at Cedarbrook.
still needs one more win to end the best-of-3 series.
pleased with their comeback from a deficit that was 17-12 entering the
bottom of the seventh and as large as 14-7 through 4-1/2 innings, some
Cetronia players were not content with a tie.
could have gone at least one more batter," Williams said. "There were two
outs. Either a single would have scored a run and we would have won the game
or they would have gotten the out to end the inning. One more batter
wouldn't have hurt."
many of his players argued, Cetronia player-manager George Horn stayed calm.
would have been nice to finish it, but they made the right call," he said.
"I have no problems with what they did. We're still in pretty good shape. We
only need one more win; they need two."
will miss Williams, who heads to Penn State to begin a football career as a
though Williams, who transferred from Lafayette, will be a red-shirt this
fall, he has to participate in preseason drills that start a little earlier
this year because PSU has an Aug. 28 date with Arizona at Beaver Stadium.
went up to bat in the seventh inning, I told him that this was it," Horn
said. "I told him to go up there swinging hard and finish strong. I guess he
said he hates to leave the guys he has been with all season, but obviously
his athletic future is in football and Joe Paterno could care less about who
wins the Tri-County League championship.
think he'd like it too much if I said I couldn't be there because of a
baseball game," Williams said. "I will miss the guys.
unfortunate I have to leave. If they didn't have that early game with
Arizona, I would be around a little longer. I'll try to stay in touch. At
least I helped them out before I left."
Williams' 420-foot drive over the fence in right-center off a 2-0 pitch was
the biggest hit of a game filled with them.
batted around in the second inning for six runs in the bottom of the sixth,
only to watch Jordan Creek bat around in both the third and fourth innings
to score 11 times.
stars filled both lineups.
was 3-for-5 with four RBIs at the top of the order for the Longhorns
(21-12), while Andy Hammer had three hits and drove in five runs at the
Meanwhile, six different Gators had two or more RBIs. Julio Lebron and Shawn
Cadden had three hits, and Juan Lopez was 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly.
Jordan Creek (19-14) scored in every inning but the second, but still was
left with a zero in the win column.
disappointing, but this was our fifth game of the week and we just ran out
of arms," said Snyder, the Creek's skipper, whose franchise is in the
playoffs for the first time since 1993 and is the surprise of the Tri-Co
after a 9-23 season in 1998.
some decisions that turned out to be wrong. It's tough to be an out away and
not win, but we've bounced back all season. Hopefully, we'll do it again."
From The Morning Call --
August 2, 1999
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