Limeport advances to
Chad Arnold throws another two-hitter
in 6-0 victory over Lehigh Twp.
Of The Morning Call
Township received good pitching throughout its Tri-County League semifinal
series against Limeport.
great pitching beats good pitching, and that's why the Bulls are going on to
the Tri-Co championship series and the Brewers are going on vacation.
Arnold's second two-hit shutout of the series highlighted Limeport's 6-0
series-clinching win Tuesday night in Berlinsville that sends the
regular-season champs back to the Tri-Co finals for the second straight year
and fifth time in six seasons.
Bulls (30-4) will play Gabelsville (31-4) in a rematch of last year's title
series won by the Owls.
best-of-5 finals begin at 7:30 Saturday night in Limeport. Game 2 will
follow Sunday in Gabelsville.
three days off between series, both pitching staffs should be well rested.
And that means more bad news for hitters.
though Limeport finally broke through for six runs after being held to nine
through the first three games of the series, the Bulls are hardly bashing
the ball. They made the most of six hits off surprise Lehigh Township
starter Brandon Leslie.
pitchers carried us in this series," said Limeport center fielder Pete
Remaly, who had two hits, including a home run. "Their pitchers pitched
well. Our guys just rose to the occasion and lifted us up."
shouldered more of the load than Arnold, the Bull lefty who tossed 15
scoreless innings in gaining all three Limeport wins.
didn't feel especially strong Tuesday night.
didn't feel like I had a lot of pop," he said. "I just hit my spots. I moved
the ball in and out. I wasn't overpowering. I only had three strikeouts.
They hit the ball, but our guys made the plays."
retired the first 10 batters he faced before hitting Steve Smull with a
pitch with one out in the fourth.
wanted to come inside on him, and it just kept coming and never tailed
back," Arnold said. "I didn't want to do that."
still had a no-hitter until Eric Faisetty lined a single to left to start
the sixth. But he was erased on a double play before Omar Torres plopped a
hit into right-center later in the inning for the Brewers' only other hit.
finished strong, getting the Brewers 1-2-3 in the seventh.
aware I had the no-hitter going, but I just wanted the win and the shutout,"
Arnold said. "I was just happy to see us score some runs."
Limeport didn't exactly make enough noise with the aluminum to stir the
patrons at the nearby Berlinsville Hotel or Becky's Drive- In.
Bulls used a single, two walks and a fielder's choice to plate a run in the
home run to left made it 2-0 in the fourth. Limeport scored a run without a
hit in the fifth, getting the tally on a third- strike wild pitch.
by Remaly, a stolen base and a two-out RBI single by Jonmichael Vito
(2-for-2) made it 4-0 in the sixth. Two unearned runs capped the scoring in
least some guys who weren't hitting hit the ball hard, so that's a good
sign," said Limeport manager Scott Heppenheimer. "And with Chad pitching,
all you want is three or four runs and you're usually going to win."
Township, limited to six runs and 14 hits in the four-game series,, tipped
its cap to Limeport's arm strength. Brewer skipper Shawn Andrews didn't
regret his decision not to use ace pitcher Josh Friebolin.
pitched 17 innings in a week, and the last thing I want to do is ruin his
arm, because he's still a young man," Andrews said after his team finished
21-16. "Brandon threw a great game for us, but we didn't make all the plays
behind him. It didn't matter because we didn't score.
still proud of our season," he said. "We only need to add a couple of pieces
and we'll be back here next year."
Limeport 001 111 2 -- 6 6 0
Township 000 000 0 -- 0 2 1
and Vito; Leslie and Andrews. HR: Limeport, Remaly (4th, 0 on).
From The Morning Call --
August 9, 2000
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