Westminster gets back on track, beats Gettysburg, 9-1 Elks' Bruchey earns 3rd victory

June 25, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Westminster Elks weren't about to let Sunday's 17-2 loss to South Penn League champ Taneytown keep them down for very long.

The Elks started a new winning streak last night with a 9-1 win over the visiting Gettysburg Generals in a men's baseball league game at Uniontown.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Elks (13-8).

The Elks jumped on the Generals (11-11) early, scoring a run in the first and five in the second to give pitcher Jeff Bruchey more than enough support.

Bruchey had the Generals guessing all game and was one strike away from a shutout when Chad Fetter hit a double to center to drivein the Generals' lone run.

Bruchey scattered seven hits, and the run in the seventh was unearned. He was ahead of the Generals' batters all night, mixing a slider and curve with a deceiving fastball.

It was the right-hander's third win this season.

"He's a complete pitcher with a variety of pitches," said Elks coach Walt VonBussenius Sr.

"He's had good stuff all season long and now the guys are getting him more support," VonBussenius said. "He's a gamey player who likes to battle out there."

After taking advantage of three first-inning Generals' errors to go up 1-0, the Elks batted around in their five-run second.

Dave Policheck led off with a single and Al Becker followed with a walk. One out later, Denny Snyder's grounder to short was mishandled, loading the bases.

Eric Barnes, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, hit a bases-loaded single to drive in two runs. Doug Week followed with a single up the middle to score Snyder and make it 4-0.

Bryan Kelbaugh followed with a run-scoring single, and Barnes scored the Elks' fifth run on a wild pitch by Generals starter Rod Helwig.

"This was a big win as far as coming back from the Taneytown loss and the guys getting confidence back," VonBussenius said. "They're playing good ball and really starting to believe in themselves. That's been the key.

"Even when we were down against Taneytown we were hitting the ball hard -- just right at people -- and believed we could come back," VonBussenius said.

The Elks' final three runs came with two outs in the fifth.

The Generals should have been out of the inning, but Becker's pop fly was misplayed by center fielder Ray Kotula.

Mark Orell followed with a run-scoring triple to right-center. Snyder singled him home and Barnes added a double to left field for his third RBI of the game.

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