Coplay win cuts coach's vacation
Shawn Andrews' shore sojourn
gets bumped as Reds force Game 5.
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Sometime tonight Jen Andrews will pack her 10-month-old
daughter in the car and head to the New Jersey shore for a family vacation.
Well, not quite the whole Andrews family. Something somewhat unexpected has come
up for husband and father Shawn, manager of the Tri-County League's Coplay Reds
— the fifth game of the Reds' semifinal series with Limeport.
Battling back from the brink of elimination, Coplay forced the deciding game
with its second-straight win in the series Tuesday, thumping the Bulls 10-4 at
The Coplay win, powered by Mike Bortz's three hits and three RBIs, means Andrews
will spend Thursday at Limeport's Fegely Stadium (7:30 p.m.) instead of lying
next to his wife of two years and their infant daughter on the beach in New
''I'm in a little hot water at home, and I told her I'm sorry,'' Andrews said
somewhat sheepishly after urging his team to ''at least get us into the finals''
now that his vacation plans have been foiled.
''But she knows how badly I want this, and that time is running out.''
Time seemed to be running out on the Reds' season, but Kevin Reese's brilliant
four-hit shutout in Sunday's 1-0 win gave Coplay life, and Tuesday the Reds
battered Pat Toner and two relievers for 12 hits.
''We're supposed to be out of this series already,'' said Bortz, a 2005 Pen
Argyl High grad in his first year with the team. ''So we've just come out the
last two games and have had fun. We were pressing the first two games, and it
Andrews added: ''We've been playing like this all year. We've gotten behind
early in so many games this year and then came back, so I knew we could do it in
Coplay, which had scored in just two of the 14 innings over the last two games,
pushed runs across in four of its six at-bats Tuesday, and Bortz had a hand in
three of them.
Bortz's first hit, a line-drive single to left, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the
An inning later, after Limeport tied the game with a run on a disputed double
play groundout, Bortz highlighted a three-run outburst that put the Reds on top
Batting with the bases loaded and two outs, Bortz worked the count full from
Toner, then skied a pop-up high into the cloudless sky behind third base that
probably should have been the third out.
However, neither Limeport shortstop Jeremy Bartha nor left fielder Dave
Shoemaker could catch up to it, and after a long run Shoemaker lunged but
couldn't make the catch. It fell for a two-run single, and moments later a balk
brought in the inning's third run.
''The pitch was high, probably ball four, and I was made at myself for
swinging,'' Bortz said. ''But here, with a high sky and no clouds, sometimes its
hard to see a ball like that, and luckily it fell in.''
Now down 4-1, Limeport had opportunities the next two innings but couldn't take
advantage. The Bulls' best chance came in the fourth, when, with a run in on one
of Shoemaker's three hits, Doc Neiman was hitting the bases loaded and one out.
Neiman worked a 2-2 count from winner Paul Giovannoli, fouled off two pitches,
took ball three, and then got a piece of three more pitches. Finally, on the
11th pitch of the at-bat, Neiman hit the ball fair — but right at J.R. Graver
near the third base bag. Graver stepped on third, then fired to first to
completed the inning-ending double play.
The Bulls left the bases loaded again in the fifth after Coplay got a run in the
bottom of the fourth. This time the Reds answered with five runs, keyed by a
Bortz double and Kevin Thompson's two-run double, to pull away.
''We didn't get one or two key hits, and we didn't play all that well
defensively,'' admitted Bulls coach Chris Parsell, who doesn't think pressure
will get to his team Thursday.
''We've got guys that have been through league championships before,'' said
Parsell, who lost leadoff hitter Luke Pile for Thursday when Pile was ejected
with two outs in the top of the seventh by home plate umpire Joe Labella.
''We'll be ready.''
Limeport Bulls 001 100 2 — 4 10 1
Coplay Reds 013 150 x — 10 13 3
Toner, Krauss (5), Jeff Pochron (5) and Neiman; Giovannoli
and Calarco. W-Giovannoli. L-Toner.
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August 9, 2006
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