Blue Mountain League
pounds Tri-County for 10-2 all-star victory
Special to The Morning Call
Fleetwings' pitcher Ryan Palos had a good news, bad news kind of eighth
inning Friday night in the Blue Mountain League's 10- 2 victory over the
Tri-County League in their 2002 All-Star Game at Limeport Stadium.
news was, the 22-year-old Bethlehem Catholic and Wilkes graduate struck out
news is, he hung a curve letter high to his 24-year-old brother, Mike (MCS
Cardinals) -- and Mike, who starred at both Becahi and Lafayette, launched a
400-foot triple to center to plate the BML's last two runs.
it right up there for him," Ryan smiled. "But I'm not all that upset by it.
Just playing against him was fun. I'm just looking forward to the next time
was the third. [Mike] plays for Banko's A's in our league. Last year, he
went 0-for-4; first game this year he was 2-for-3."
part, Mike Palos said, "I was extremely nervous walking up there. My knees
were shaking. All I could think of was striking out.
hung one. I got lucky."
broke away from a 2-2 tie with an unearned run in the sixth on Dan Borden's
(Lower Nazareth Phillies) RBI groundout, then broke the game open with five
in the seventh. Andy Simock (Catasauqua Black Sox) and Andy Pitsilos (Polysteel
Orioles) each had two-run singles.
blow in the eighth was anticlimactic -- except, perhaps, to his family.
University's baseball coaching staff was exceptionally well represented on
the BML bench.
their Engineers' team, for that matter.
coach Sean Leary (Bethleon) started at short and pitching coach Chris Sule
(MCS) at second. Pitsilos, another Lehigh aide, replaced Leary at short in
Mack, Leary's third aide, didn't play. But his son, Jeremy (Limeport
Dodgers), an LU senior-to-be, did -- as the starter in center. And Dave
Cerminaro (MCS), ace of the Engineers' mound staff, got two seventh-inning
arch-rival, Lafayette, was also in evidence. Leopards' pitching coach Scott
Stewart (ICC Pirates) tossed a scoreless first inning for the TCL and Paul
Engelhardt (Phillies), another aide to Joe Kinney, was a BML coach.
assistant Bob Zerfass (Hellertown Royals) was also a BML coach.
nicked starter Tim Buck (Bethleon) for an unearned run in the second to draw
first blood, but the BML matched that in the bottom half second on singles
by Matt Edwards (Dodgers) and Hank Reifsnyder (Royals).
teams swapped runs again in the fourth. The TCL got its on a walk, a double
by Joe Pochron (Limeport Bulls) and a wild pitch by Ryan Amey (Royals) --
and would have had a second had not P.J. Yoder (Phillies) nailed Pochron at
the plate after snagging Bob Breitfeller's (Northern Yankees) liner to
countered on a double by Edwards and Reifsnyder's single.
Tri-County League -- 010 100 000 --
2 7 3
Mountain League -- 010 101 52x -- 10 16 1
Leslie (2), Grazer (4), Toner (6), Melcher (7), Palos (8) and Peters, Arner
(6); Buck, Amey (3), Stannard (5), McGeehan (6), Cerminaro (7), Hermann (7),
Pavolko (8), Remel (9) and Reifsnyder, Borden (6). W -- McGeehan. L --
Ted Meixell is a freelance writer.
From The Morning Call --
July 13, 2002
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