stealing second, Martin scored the final run on a
hard-dirt infield error.
was clearly Sullivan, the shortstop who had played for
the Boyertown Legion squad the past two summers,
including the team two years ago that eclipsed 50 wins.
really just had to adjust (to Wiltrout)," the Ursinus
College junior said. "He was throwing a lot of off-speed
pitches, keeping us off balance. The second and third
time through the order we were able to keep the weight
back and wait."
Sullivan might be somewhat inexperienced in the adult
Tri-County League, it's not as if he can't play. He made
the Tri-County all-star team this season with a .370
he must earn his keep among so many veterans, and that
means batting last in the order.
upstart who helped kick-start the playoff series was Tim
pitcher from Upper Perkiomen High barely qualified for
the postseason. He needed eight more innings of work the
final week to make it, and he earned seven of those in a
complete-game, one-hit shutout against these Bulls on
the last day.
didn't dominate Tuesday. Mayza opened the game with five
balls. The 6-foot-4 left-hander allowed five hits, three
walks and two runs in four innings. Still, the recent
high school graduate kept the Owls close until the bats
jumped ahead 2-1 in the third. With one out, Matt Nuhfer
walked, Scott Garger (two runs) singled and Dan
Hemberger grounded out to score Nuhfer. Ben Swatsky
(2-3) singled home Garger.
tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with
just one hit. Wiltrout plunked Ryan Zakszeski, his third
hit batter, with one out. After a groundout moved
Zakszeski to second, Dan Pierce pinch ran. He scored on
a single by Shawn Betz (2-3, RBI, run).
Limeport manager Pat Lane: "They gave us so many
opportunities in the first four or five innings. We
didn't capitalize. There's a big difference being up two
or three runs and being up one, especially when you play
Gabelsville turned double plays in each of the first two
run-scoring single down the third-base line by
Limeport's Brian Ernst in the top of the fifth scored
Garger with the go-ahead run, setting the stage for the
Gabelsville sixth, Mike Schwager singled and moved to
second on a bloop single by Dan Pierce. Sullivan doubled
both home for the lead.
Gabelsville (28-7) called on Todd Stapleton to close out
the seventh. Apart from one disastrous regular-season
outing in which the Northern Yankees scored seven runs,
Stapleton pitched 20 scoreless innings in his other
season, Gabelsville and Limeport have split six games.
Both the regular-season finale — a 1-0 Gabelsville
victory — and Tuesday night's game could have gone to
(23-13) will send Ryan Palos to the mount tonight at
7:30 at Limeport Stadium in Game 2. Palos was the
hard-luck loser in that regular-season showdown against
Gabelsville figures to send veteran Betz (5-2, ERA under
2.00) to the mound. Betz is also batting around .450.
don't really have one dominant ace," said Owls manager
Matt Danner, whose alma mater South Carolina won the
college NCAA championship this year. "We have about four
pitchers we can go to."
Gabelsville is the two-time defending league champion.
Limeport 002 010 0 — 3 7 1
Gabelsville 011 004 x — 6 8 0
Wiltrout, Steve Geisel (6th) and Ben Swatsky. Tim Mayza,
Gary Hessler (5), Todd Stapleton (7th) and Ryan
Zakszeski. W-Hessler. L-Wiltrout. DP: G-2. SB: Limeport-Justin
Godusky, Swatsky, Scott Garger. Gabelsville-Bret Umstead,
Josh Martin. HBP: G-Shawn Betz, Mike Schwager and
Zakszeski by Wiltrout. PB: G-Zakszeski. WP: G-Mayza. CS:
L-Swatsky. Sac: Limeport-Dan Hemberger.