Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
HIM: Liberty catcher Matt Stoddard
applies the tag to Monticellos Josh Meddaugh, who was attempting to score in Tuesdays
By Ted Waddell
JEFFERSONVILLE April 28, 2000 -- Going into the top of the seventh,
Monticello pitcher Terrance Hulse was sitting pretty on a
scoreless two-hitter, as the Panthers led the Liberty
But the Monticello hurler had a couple of mental lapses
on the mound, which allowed two runs to cross the plate
on a pair of hits. Although a shutout eluded Hulse at the
end, he led the Panthers to a 5-2 win.
The teams took to Lions Field in Jeffersonville as
part of the Sullivan West Spring Break Tournament. Last
years inaugural edition was called the Delaware
Valley Spring Break Tournament, but after the recent
merger, the tourney underwent a change of name.
Monticello won that inaugural tourney.
After the game, Monticello coach John Spear expressed
relief at getting out of a bases loaded with no outs
first inning and lamented leaving a lot of players
In the top of the first, the Indians had the bases
stacked with no outs. Matt Stoddard nailed one to center
field, but the runner failed to tag up from third. Joe
Calacurcio hit it back to Hulse, and the Panthers
executed a 1-2-3 double play to escape.
In the bottom of the first, Monticellos leadoff
batter, George Brandes, singled and later crossed the
plate on a base hit by Josh Meddaugh.
In the second frame, Brandes walked with two outs and
made it to second on an error, and then advanced to third
on a wild pitch by Indians hurler Mike Poje. A double by
Scott Coddington sent Brandes across the plate, and a
single by Meddaugh knocked in Coddington to give
Monticello a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth frame, Poje served up a walk to Brandes.
The runner advanced on a base hit by Coddington, and then
scored from third on a sacrifice by Meddaugh to up the
lead to 4-0.
In the fifth, Justin Diaco reached on an error and
advanced to second and third on a pair of passed balls.
Mark Stofko sacrificed to drive in Diaco to close out the
I thought about taking out my pitcher in the
seventh inning, but he wanted to finish it, said
Spear. He made a couple of errors at the finish to
make it a little more exciting than it needed to be, but
I think he was a little tired.
We got a couple of early key hits, but we
didnt later in the game and we left a lot of men on
base, he added.
Coddington had three hits while Meddaugh and Brandes had
two each for the Panthers, who advanced to play Fallsburg
in the title game yesterday. Results were not available
at press time.