Softball Lehigh beat out Wheeler Chrysler-Plymouth for...

RECREATION ROUNDUP

August 24, 1993|By Mike Nortrup

Softball Lehigh beat out Wheeler Chrysler-Plymouth for first place in the Carroll County Men's Softball League A Division during the regular season.

And, despite a battle from Wheeler Friday night, Lehigh also proved the better team in the postseason tournament.

the 11 p.m. lighting curfew approached at the Carroll County Sports Complex, Lehigh put the finishing touches on a 17-7 win )) in the bottom of the sixth inning of the championship game.

With two out, pinch hitter Don Snider reached on an error, scoring Barry Griffith with Lehigh's 17th run. The run gave Lehigh the victory via the "slaughter rule," in which a team leading by 10 runs or more after the opponent has had five innings to bat is declared the winner.

Wheeler had barely escaped the slaughter rule when it faced Lehigh in its previous game.

In that game, Wheeler trailed 15-5 in the top of the fifth but scored five times in that inning and went on to win 17-16. The win forced a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament.

John Fowler, who had two homers, a double, and four RBI, highlighted Lehigh's offense in that first game. But, down by 10 runs in the top of the fifth with two out, Wheeler began its comeback when Doug Green singled home a run to make it 15-6.

Later, Tim Winters made it 15-11 with a grand slam to right.

Still trailing 15-11 in the top of the seventh, Wheeler scored six runs on eight hits to take the lead. Wheeler got six hits in a row at one point in the inning.

After the tying run scored on an outfield error, Tom Hill and Jim Dudley singled home runs to put Wheeler on top, 17-15.

Dudley, who had relieved starting pitcher Glenn Monroe and yielded only one run in 2 2/3 innings coming into the seventh, made the two-run lead stand up -- barely.

With his team's lead cut to 17-16 and the tying run on third with two out, Wheeler center fielder Bryan Fornadel made a diving catch of Billy Chapman's sinking line drive to end the game.

Lehigh, however, would not let the rematch slip away.

Mark Fine's two-run double put Lehigh on top 2-0 in the home first. After Wheeler pitcher Monroe's two-run single to right tied it at 2 in the top of the second, Lehigh went ahead for good with five runs in the bottom half.

An error and RBI singles by John Scoone and Frank Buberl plated three runs. Right fielder Jeff Hook's two-run homer to left-center field made it 7-2.

Lehigh went to work again in the home fourth after Randy Janowitz's RBI single had given Wheeler its third run in the top half.

Fowler's third homer of the night made it 8-3. Jeff Jones' and Scoone's RBI singles upped the lead to 10-3.

Lehigh added three more runs in the fourth to make it 13-3. The big hits here were Fine's RBI single and Fowler's RBI double.

Down 13-3, Wheeler scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to escape the slaughter rule.

Janowitz singled home one run and the others scored on errors.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, Lehigh made sure Wheeler couldn't come back.

xTC RBI singles by Will Forney and Barry Griffith and Fine's sacrifice fly had Lehigh on top 16-7.

After a walk loaded the bases, Snider's smash eluded Wheeler third baseman Randy Cole and Griffith came home with the final run.

Earlier, Wheeler had won the losers' bracket final over Artie's, 5-3.

Artie's drew first blood when Mark Andersen singled home Billy Beam in the top of the first.

Wheeler scored four times in the home half of the first after two were out. Seipp singled in the first run and Mike Beam, Tom Hill and Monroe followed with RBI singles to put Wheeler's ahead 4-1.

Winters homered to right-center to up the Wheeler lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the third.

Artie's Rick Candy tripled and scored on a bad throw from the outfield to narrow the lead to 5-2 in the fifth.

Andersen's sacrifice fly scored Beam in the top of the seventh with Artie's final run.

Wheeler's Monroe limited Artie's to four hits, and only two after the first inning.

In the previous game, Artie's nipped Maryland Sportsters, 6-5.

Westminster-based Artie's took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Matt Bower's triple off the top of the center-field fence brought home the first run and George Sinnott Jr. made it 2-0 with a single.

Candy then doubled that lead with his two-run homer to left.

The Emmitsburg-based Sportsters came back with two in the home first, capped by Jeff Ricketts' RBI single.

Artie's scored two in the top of the third on an RBI single by Sinnott and a run-scoring double by Candy to left-center.

Sportsters crept back a bit on Larry Brooks' sacrifice fly in the third. In the fourth, Bobby Pittinger's towering two-run homer to right made it a one-run Artie's lead, 6-5.

Pittinger nearly tied it in the seventh, but his long drive was hauled in near the fence by Artie's right fielder Doobie Sellers.

Dale Reed later singled to put the tying run on base but was left stranded.

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