By Rob Potter
NARROWSBURG May 9, 2000 -- Delaware Valleys Billy Reichmann
and Narrowsburgs Mike Popolillo squared off in a
pitchers duel Friday in Narrowsburg.
By the time the two were done throwing strikes, the Eagle
and Indian hitters had combined for only 13 hits and
But the Narrowsburg batters made slightly better use of
their hits to grab a 5-2 win over DV. The win improved
Narrowsburgs season mark to 49, 24 in
the Western Sullivan League, while the Eagles dropped to
73 overall and 42 in WSL play.
The key blow for Narrowsburg came in the second inning.
With a 1-0 lead, the Indians added to their advantage.
After the first two batters of the frame recorded outs,
Evan Kraack reached base on an error. Matt Nordenhold
then followed with a ground-rule double to the deepest
regions of center field to move Kraack to third base. A
single by Bruce Nober then loaded the bases for Roy Jay.
Jay, the third batter in the Indian lineup, ripped a
single up the middle to score both Kraack and Nordenhold
for a 4-0 lead.
DV rallied in the top of the third, however. After
Terrance Fink led off the inning with a double and Gary
Hubert followed with a single, Rory Carrier reached base
thanks to an error on a infield grounder. The play also
allowed Fink to score and cut the Narrowsburg advantage
After James Sykes walked to load the bases, Cody Bojo hit
a fielders choice ground ball to short that plated
Hubert with the second DV run.
But that would be all the Eagles would get as Popolillo
struck out the next two batters to end the scoring threat
, holding DV in check the rest of the way.
Popolillo moved to 24 on the season with the win
and scattered six hits over the seven innings. He struck
out seven and walked one.
Reichmann (42) allowed only one earned run while
striking out three and walking only one batter.
We were pretty much shut down, noted DV coach
Bill Kirk. Popolillo pitched a great game and Bill
threw a great game for us. But Narrowsburg deserved to
win it; they played very well.
Jay finished the day with a double and a pair of RBI.
Nober had two hits and an RBI and Nordenhold added two
doubles and an RBI.
For DV, Fink had a double, single and run scored and
Hubert finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
It was good defensive battle, said
Narrowsburg coach Scott Haberli. The team that made
fewer mistakes won. Our bats are finally starting to come