Gabelsville rallies to
tie TriCo series
Without two leading hitters and a
manager, Owls beat ICC 10-2.
Special to The Morning Call
Gabelsville had to play Saturday without its leadoff and cleanup hitters,
who were at a wedding. Manager Mike "Doc" Moyer wasn't allowed to wear his
uniform and had to stand behind the bleachers because he is serving a
two-game suspension for ejections.
Owls aren't the Tri-County League's three-time defending and regular-season
champion for nothing.
Konnick scattered six hits, and Gabelsville scored five runs in the first
three innings to cruise to a 10-2 win over ICC in the second game of their
best-of-five semifinal series at Bethlehem Township Municipal Park.
series, tied 1-1, resumes at 5 p.m. today at Gabelsville.
fifth-seeded Pirates (25-15) took the first game from the Owls 3-1 on Scott
Stewart's five-hitter Thursday. Top-seeded Gabelsville received a bye into
had a one-game suspension for an ejection earlier in the year. His ejection
in the series opener was his second of the season, which leads to a two-game
suspension. He is not eligible to be on the bench for today's game as well.
was filling out his lineup card as the umpires met for the pre-game ground
rules and asked one player if he preferred left or right field. At that
point, Gabelsville (28-10) was as vulnerable as it had been all season.
didn't swing the bats well the other night," Moyer said. "[ICC pitcher]
Scott Stewart did a nice job. I knew we had to come out [Saturday], swing
the bat and take advantage of some opportunities. I was a little nervous
coming in, because we didn't have our normal lineup and two of our key
had only one more hit than the Pirates but made the most of it.
singled with one out in the first and went to second on Greg Gilbert's
single. But when the ball went through an outfielder's legs, Fitch scored
and Gilbert went to third. Gilbert scored on Bob Graber's groundout.
Pence homered in the third inning to make it 3-0, then Gabelsville pushed
the lead to 5-0 in the third. Fitch doubled, went to third on Gilbert's
infield single and scored when Gilbert stole second on the front end of a
double steal. Drew Hoffman doubled in Gilbert.
ICC errors helped the Owls score five runs in the seventh. The Pirates made
weren't mentally ready to play," ICC manager Mike Brosious said. "I told
them right after the game, "That's why it's a five- game series.' And now
it's a three-game series."
Gilbert and Hoffman had two hits each for Gilbertsville. Dave Stauffer and
Cory Schneck each had RBI doubles for ICC.
other night, part of our problem was, we came out flat and went through the
motions, thinking we've been here before and we were going to walk through
the playoff and win another championship," Moyer said. "Maybe the other
night was a bit of a wakeup call or a reality check."
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Tim Shoemaker is a freelance writer.
From The Morning Call --
August 4, 2002
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