Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
While teammate Rory Carrier leads off third (and
coach Bill Kirk atches), Delaware Valleys
Matt Karkos pops the ball up in Wednesdays
8-4 loss to the host Eldred Yellow Jackets.
Winning pitcher Chris Desseauve got out of the
inning and went on to win.
By Ted Waddell
ELDRED April 21, 2000 -- Despite a field made sloppy by a
spate of recent rainstorms, the home team Eldred Yellow
Jackets defeated the Eagles of Delaware Valley 8-4 in
Wednesdays rescheduled Western Sullivan League (WSL) baseball game.
The first inning was a big frame for both teams. In the
top of the first, Eldred pitcher Chris Desseauve walked
leadoff batter Bill Reichmann and then served up a free
trip to first base to Terrance Fink. Gary Hubert then
doubled, sending Reichmann across the plate. Rory
Carriers single scored Fink, and sent Hubert to
third. A sac fly by James Sykes then scored Hubert.
But then Desseauve, with the bases still loaded, kept
more Eagles from crossing the plate.
In the bottom of the first frame, Desseauve and John
Schneider hammered out consecutive singles against
Delaware Valley starter Bill Reichmann, who then issued a
walk to Craig Vandermark to load the bases. Clean-up
batter Jason Rondinelli then singled and drove in
Desseauve and Schneider. Bob Card singled, sending
Vandermark scampering across the plate. Tom Butlers
sacrifice scored Card, followed by a single by Wayne McKenley, which sent Butler home and gave Eldred a 5-3
In the second frame, Reichmann walked and then scored on
a double by Hubert to make it 5-4.
Eldred picked up a run after Desseauve reached on an
error and advanced to third on a single by Schneider.
After Vandermark walked to load the bases, Desseauve
scored on a fielders choice by Rondinelli.
In the fourth Rondinelli scored on a double by Card after
reaching first on a walk.
In the fifth frame, it was all Desseauve: after reaching
base on a single, he stole second and then scored on a
double by Vandermark to end the scoring at 8-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, Delaware Valley third-year
varsity baseball coach Bill Kirk replaced Reichmann with
Terrance Fink. Eldreds starter Desseauve stayed the
course despite a rocky first inning to pick up the win.
Eldred played very well, and they are very well
coached, said Kirk. They were running the
hit and run against us like crazy, and it
seemed to work every time. They hit the ball right [to
the spot] our floater had just vacated to make a play on
the base runner.
Eldreds pitching and timely situational
hitting was just too much to overcome today, he
According to Kirk, hes taking the loss in stride.
So far this season, Delaware Valley has played three
The field was sloppy, and I think that hurt both
teams, said Frank Kean who has been coaching swarms
of Yellow Jackets varsity baseball teams for 27 years.
Chris [Desseauve] has a good arm, and from the
second inning on, he got stronger and stronger. I think
his control made the difference.
According to Kean, his teams usually get off to a slow
In the beginning of the season, we usually have a
big problem getting the guys to field well and hit, but I
think weve started to come around, he said.
We always come around by half way through and start
winning. Were a little early this year, and I think
Desseauve and McKenley both went 3-for-4 on the game
while Card went 2-for-4. Hubert and Carrier had two hits
each for DV.
The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 in league, 4-2 overall. DV
fell to 21 in league play.