Gabelsville surprises Silver Creek with rout
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First-year franchise Silver Creek traveled to Gabelsville
Friday night as the first place team in the Tri-County League.
Suffice to say, the host Owls didn't give a hoot.
Gabelsville scored six runs in the first inning and then sent 12 men to the
plate in a nine-run second en route to a stunning 17-1 rout in a battle of two
of the Tri-Co's top teams.
The game could have been stopped after 4 1/2 innings by the league's new mercy
rule, but both managers decided to play it out through seven.
The Owls (15-4) pounded their way past the Raiders (13-4), who have lost three
of their last four after a 12-1 start.
Rich Kropp and Mitch Schueck each went 3-for-4 and combined for six RBIs, while
Kyle Hoffman and Ryan Bosch slugged home runs. Hoffman's two-run home run,
during the second-inning outburst, landed in a field on the hill above Lee
Hoffman drove in three runs overall.
''Honestly, we looked at this as a big game,'' said Gabelsville manager Mike
''Doc'' Moyer. ''It wasn't a must-win situation, but we wanted to come out and
play well and see what would happen. I certainly didn't expect this kind of
Neither did Silver Creek, which had been in first place since the start of the
season. The Raiders, who lost to another league power, Tri-City, 9-6 on
Wednesday, were held to six hits by Gabelsville's Justin Konnick.
''We're not playing well at all right now,'' said manager Dylan Dando. ''We just
got our butts kicked tonight, but this is the tough part of the year.
Everybody's excited the first 10 or 15 games or so, but once you get into the
heart of the season it gets tougher. Our guys thought they were better than they
actually are. You still gotta go out and play.''
Silver Creek will try to bounce back against the Northern Yankees tonight.
Silver Creek 001 000 0 — 1 6 2
Gabelsville 690 110 x — 17 16 1
Medina, Hritz (2), Stezenko (5) and Schmitt; Konnick and Dierolf. L: Medina.
HRs: Gabelsville, Hoffman (2nd, 1 on), Bosch (5th, none on).
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June 25, 2005
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