Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
OUT AT THE
PLATE: Tri-Valleys Mike
VonBourgondien (23) and Delaware Valleys
Rory Carrier look back to the umpire as he calls
VonBourgondien out in Wednesdays game.
VonBourgondien was attempting to score on a fly
ball, but was cut down by a good relay throw and
For Defending Champ
By Frank Rizzo and
NARROWSBURG May 19, 2000 -- The Bears are back.
After starting off the season with four straight loses,
including two in Western Sullivan League (WSL) play,
Tri-Valley now has won eight straight baseball games,
seven of them in the WSL.
The latest for the defending league champs came on
Wednesday, 8-6 over host Delaware Valley in Callicoon.
We werent playing well, said first-year
coach Jim Kelly after his team crushed host Narrowsburg
17-7 on Monday. (But) we didnt get a complete
team for a while we were always lacking one of our
starting nine for one reason or another.
The main culprit in the early slump, according to Kelly,
was our defense. At one point we gave up 42 runs,
and 28 were unearned. Our defense wasnt there.
Since then weve been outscoring other teams [by an
average of] 12-6 and playing good defense.
The league losses came to Delaware Valley (18-8 on April
7) and frontrunner Jeff-Youngsville (8-4 on April 14).
Shortstop Durk Pearston victimized Narrowsburg for the
second time on Monday. On May 2 he went 3-for-4,
including a homer, and drove in four runs as the Bears
In the second round game Pearston drove in six runs with
four hits, including a double and a triple in support of
winning pitcher Josh Lowitz.
Mike VanBourgondien added four RBI with four hits,
including two doubles.
The Bears chased Indian starter Robert Taylor with five
runs in the second inning and seven in the third to take
a 14-2 lead.
Narrowsburg had runners on second and third with one out
in the bottom of the third, but Lowitz got out of the
Narrowsburg scored four in the fifth against reliever
Adam Moore, the big blow a two-run double by Matt
Nordenhold (he had an RBI double in the third).
Later that inning, Taylor came up with the bases loaded
and two outs, and tagged a ball to deep center, where
James Paul made a nice leaping catch to save more runs
Were looking to do well in sectionals,
Kelly commented. The league title is out of our
T-V (114, 72 WSL) was slated to play
Jeff-Youngsville (110, 90 WSL) yesterday in
Jeffersonville, weather permitting. Results were
unavailable at press time.
Narrowsburg coach Scott Haberli was looking beyond the
Bears (a Class C school) to a crucial game against Eldred
the next day (unfortunately for the Indians, Eldred won
8-1 behind Craig Vandermarks four-hitter, dropping
them to 37 in WSL play).
Theres a lot of pride on this team, and what
went on in (the early innings Mondays game) was
unacceptable to me or them, Haberli said apropos
his teams coming to life in the later innings.
The Indians need to beat both Livingston Manor and Roscoe
in their remaining games to have a chance at making