Men's softball Union Bridge won its first Carroll County...


September 03, 1993|By Mike Nortrup

Men's softball Union Bridge won its first Carroll County Firemen's Softball League postseason tournament last weekend.

Jamie Green's sixth-inning two-run homer, his second of the game, broke a tie and gave Union Bridge a 12-10 victory over New Windsor in Sunday afternoon's championship game at Salt Box Park in Woodbine.

The winners, who went 4-0 in the tournament, had knocked New Windsor into the losers' bracket earlier in the day with a dramatic 13-12 win in the winners' bracket finals.

In that game, they used a tiebreaking bases-empty homer by Larry Brooks in the home seventh to score the deciding run.

A so-so sixth in the 11-team league during the regular season, Winfield managed to battle all the way to the losers' bracket finals before falling by a run to New Windsor and finishing third.

Winfield took to the field in a losers' bracket game against Reese right after Union Bridge dispatched New Windsor.

Reese's first five batters singled, and it took a quick 5-0 lead.

Dennis Dell, John Frock and Scott Taylor drove in Reese runs and erratic Winfield fielding handed Reese two more.

Reese went scoreless, though, the rest of the way. Marcie Poole's bases-empty homer to left and Jerry Little's RBI single cut Reese's lead to 5-2 in the top of the second inning.

Winfield, down 5-3 after five, then erupted for nine runs in the last two innings.

Archie Muller's two-run single in the sixth tied it 5-5.

Dean Zepp's RBI single then put Winfield ahead 6-5, and it went on to score two more times in the inning to take an 8-5 lead.

Poole's three-run homer climaxed a four-run seventh to put Winfield on top by the final score of 12-5.

Winfield continued its roll in the losers' bracket showdown with New Windsor, leading 5-0 after the top of the fifth inning.

Poole and Tim Legore hit sacrifice flies, and Frank Shamer and Zepp singled in runs to lead the early Winfield attack.

New Windsor was scoreless in the first five innings against Winfield pitcher Ron Legore, who later was named tournament most valuable player in a poll of the team managers.

But it came alive in the home sixth, scoring four runs with the help of four errors, and cutting the Winfield lead to 5-4.

Jeff Blackston's sacrifice fly tied it 5-5 in the home seventh.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Mike Kreimer scored from first base on Tim Colliflower's single and an outfield error on the hit, giving New Windsor a 6-5 win and another shot at Union Bridge.

Union Bridge, though, jumped to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Jamie Green's first homer made it 2-0 and Alan Warehime's two-run blast to left doubled that lead.

Brian Etzler's sacrifice fly scored the fifth tally.

New Windsor retaliated with three runs in the second.

Colliflower's two-run triple to right and Mike Kreimer's sacrifice fly narrowed the deficit to 5-3.

But Union Bridge made it 8-3 in the home second, with RBI singles by Fred Green and Warehime being the key hits.

New Windsor scored four in the third to cut the lead to 8-7. Patrick Heilman and Steve Kreimer had RBI singles.

New Windsor then pulled ahead 10-8 with three in the fifth as Steve Kreimer and Bud Petry drove in runs with singles.

Union Bridge tied it with two in the home fifth.

Mike Green singled in the first one and Etzler the tying run to knot the game at 10.

In the home sixth Green's two-run sixth-inning shot to left-center put Union Bridge on top to stay.

New Windsor threatened in the top of the seventh but Doug Smith lined out to end the game with runners on second and third.

* Hamel Commercial, Inc./Thumpers finished second in last weekend's National Softball Association Men's Class D Regional Tournament at Watkins Regional Park in Prince George's County.

The squad, which played in the Carroll County Men's Softball League's A Division this year, was 6-2.

It dropped a 7-6 verdict and the 15-10 championship game to Back Stretch Saloon of Dundalk.

HCI/Thumpers beat Paul's Tavern, 17-8, in the opener. Mike Hernandez was 4-for-4 and Wade Shifflett was 3-for-4 as HCI ripped Fireside/Sunrise, 14-4, in the second game.

Defense was the key as the locals threw out two runners at the plate in their 9-6 victory over Excalibur/Bad Boyz in the third contest.

Tony Folio broke a 5-5 tie with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning to clinch HCI's subsequent 7-5 win over the Panthers.

HCI's record improved to 5-0 and pitcher Jim Madery scattered eight hits in a 4-1 win over Pine Grove (Del.).

Back Stretch then beat HCI, 7-6.

The winners scored two in the home seventh after run-scoring hits by Tommy Yox and Folio had put the locals ahead 6-5 in the top half.

HCI beat Frank's Den/Hot Spot, 16-5, in the losers' bracket final.

It jumped ahead early with an eight-run second inning highlighted by two-run singles from Dan Barnes and Mike Kraus.

The top four batters in the KCI/Thumpers' batting order -- Marty Miller, Barnes, Kraus and Madery -- were 14-for-16 in the game.

But the locals lost in the championship game.

Back Stretch, which also was this year's NSA Class D state champ, jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first two innings.

Lee Ludwig and Marty Miller hit two-run singles as HCI clawed back within 12-8 before Back Stretch pulled away.

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