Fatzinger, Unger power Brewers
Bill Fatzinger and Steve Unger each
homer as Lehigh Twp. staves off elimination 13-4.
The Lehigh Township Brewers live for another day as they
made the most of ten hits, a handful of walks and another handful of errors to
beat ICC 13-4. The Pirates
now lead the best-of-five Finals Series 2-games-to-1.
were relatively quiet until the bottom of the second, when Jeremy Bartha
smashed a liner through the box for a leadoff single. Bartha advanced to second
on a throwing error, and then made it to third after Omar Torres reached on an
infield error. After Torres stole second, Nick Bowen cracked a sacrifice fly to
center to put the Brewers up 1-0.
ICC looked like they were going to take complete control of the series in the
top of the third. Chad Stecker ripped a 1-1 pitch deep to left for a leadoff
home run, and the Pirates had tied it at 1-1. Josh Mohlmann followed with a
ground-rule double, which was followed by an RBI single by the red hot A.J.
Peracchia to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. After a strikeout, Chad Waelchli
ripped Jeff Erschen’s first offering over the right-field fence for a 4-1 lead,
and it appeared ICC was well on their way to a sweep. But Erschen settled down
in a hurry. In fact, he retired the next eight batters to give his Lehigh
Township teammates a chance to get back in the game.
Brewers responded. Immediately.
Lindenmuth worked a six-pitch walk to leadoff the third. After a stolen base,
Bill Fatzinger reached on an infield error to put runners on the corners.
Fatzinger then stole second, and Eric Schmitt nailed a 3-1 pitch to the gap in
right-center to plate two runs and the Brewers had cut the deficit to 4-3. That
deficit was erased two pitches later, as Steve Unger launched a majestic home
run, well over the fence in left-center, and Lehigh Township had the lead back
at 5-4. ICC’s Dan Smith then worked around a walk to get out of further trouble
in the third.
trouble came a-calling again in the Brewers’ half of the fourth. A pair of
one-out walks to Charlie Torres and Lindenmuth set the stage for Fatzinger, and
the venerable veteran smacked an opposite-field shot to left-center, which
cleared the fence for a three-run shot, and Lehigh Township increased their
advantage to 8-4. Fatzinger’s clout ended the day for Smith, and Marty Rowan
entered the contest and promptly ended the fourth without further damage. But he
had a little help from shortstop Stecker, who made the defensive play of the series, diving
full-out to his backhand side to snag a one-hop screamer from Schmitt. Stecker
then quickly gathered himself enough to make a strong throw to first. That was a web gem,
folks. Maybe the Blue Ridge Cable cameraman (Channel 13) caught that one.
the Brewers were not done scoring. Omar Torres blooped a single to right to
start the bottom of the fifth. After a stolen base and a pop out, Brandon
Leslie ripped a single to left to score Torres and it was 9-4, Brew Crew. After
Leslie stole second, Charlie Torres singled to right to score Leslie and chase
Rowan from the game as Lehigh Township was now in command 10-4. Dan Fazakas
took the hill for ICC. Charlie Torres greeted him by stealing second and he
promptly scored on an infield throwing error, which allowed the batter,
Lindenmuth, to trot into second safely. Fatzinger then lashed a 1-1 offering to
center to score Lindenmuth and it was 12-4 Brewers. After a walk to Schmitt and
a fly out, Lehigh Township scored their 13th run on another infield
throwing error, ICC’s fifth “E” of the game.
Pirates stranded a pair of runners in the top of the sixth before the umpires
smartly called the game due to darkness after 5 ½ innings.
went 2-for-4 with the home run, four RBI and three runs scored, Unger went
2-for-4 with his towering two-run home run, Omar Torres was 2-for-3, Lindenmuth
scored three runs without the benefit of a base hit and Erschen struck out 10
and picked up his
third postseason win, one in each playoff series, to move his playoff record to
3-0. The Pirates had nobody with multiple hits, but Stecker and Waelchli both
Four moves back to Bethlehem Township Thursday at 5:45. It will be Josh
Friebolin taking the mound for Lehigh Township, while Ryan Lindley is the
likely starter for ICC.