Gabelsville goes 1-up in
Owls' Rodney Miller supplies key hits
in 7-2 decision over Limeport.
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initially placed into the ninth slot in the Gabelsville batting order,
Rodney Miller balked.
from college where I was used to hitting second, I wasn't too happy to be
put ninth," Miller said. "But hey, it's better than sitting. I look at it
like it's the second leadoff spot."
may have been No. 9 in the order, but he was No. 1 in the pain-in-the-butt
department for Limeport Thursday night.
had two of his team's six hits and drove in three runs as the host Owls
posted a 7-2 win in the replay of Game 1 of the Tri- County League
in the best-of-five series will be played 7:30 tonight at Limeport with the
third game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday back at Gabelsville.
off the momentum generated Wednesday when a four-run rally with two out in
the bottom of the fifth inning forged a 9-9 tie, Gabelsville scored a pair
of runs in three consecutive innings off long-time nemesis Glenn Kushma.
Miller was in the middle of two of those innings from his spot at the bottom
of the order.
tripled to right-center to score Ryan Fox with his team's first run in the
bottom of the third and then scored the go-ahead run on a groundout.
fourth, he took a Kushma pitch in the arm with the bases loaded to force in
a run. He then drove in his team's final run of the night with a
pitcher can have a tendency to think I'm going to be an easy out hitting
ninth," said Miller, a 1996 Boyertown High School graduate who is entering
his last full year at Bloomsburg University.
not that bad of a hitter," said Gabelsville player-manager Mike "Doc" Moyer.
"He's got some wheels and can do some things on the bases. Tonight he was
able to come through in big situations. If you make a mistake, he'll hit
now, Kushma had made few mistakes against Gabelsville.
us at least three times and we have never beaten him, so I was glad to get
off the schneid against `Kush'," Moyer said. "I don't know what it was with
us against him. He's not a pitcher by trade and yet, we couldn't beat him
Gabelsville (31-5) didn't exactly tear the cover off against Kushma, but
three of the five hits the Owls had off him were for extra bases. The last
big blow was Jeff Evans' two-run home run in the fifth.
meanwhile, struggled with another Bloomsburg product, pitcher Shawn Betz.
drove in both runs with a sacrifice fly in the third and a double off the
fence in left in the fifth. Kevin Kershner also solved Betz with three hits.
Bulls, losing for the first time on the road in the postseason after four
straight wins, couldn't mount a charge.
lacked the timely hit," said player-manager Billy Fatzinger. "This was the
first time our bats have been shackled for awhile. (Betz) made the pitch he
needed to make when we had baserunners."
said Betz changes speeds and hits spots well. And he found it fitting that
both Miller and Betz were keys to the Game 1 win.
two guys graduated from Boyertown together and are now up playing at
Bloomsburg together," Moyer said. "They're two of the younger guys we have
on this team and they're good kids. I guess if you look at us and all the
different ages, it's really an interesting mix of players."
mix that Moyer hopes will produce two more wins and the franchise's first
title since 1995.
Limeport, bidding for its third crown in four years, isn't ready to concede.
we were weren't going to sweep them," Fatzinger said. "They're too good not
to win a game or two. They've never been swept in a series and neither have
we. I expect us to come back tough in Game 2 and it's still going to be a
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August 13, 1999
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