Homer Caps Comeback
By Rob Potter
CALLICOON May 30, 2000 -- Rory Carriers two-run home run in
the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday gave Delaware
Valley a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over visiting
With one out and Manor clinging to a 6-5 lead, DVs
Gary Hubert reached base on an infield error. Carrier
then stepped to the plate and launched an offering from
Wildcat hurler Tim Mills deep to left center.
The ball landed about 10 feet beyond the fence and set
off a celebration by the DV players and fans.
It couldnt have happened to a nicer
guy, DV coach Bill Kirk said of Carrier, who also
pitched the first five innings of the contest.
For awhile, though, it looked like Carrier and his
teammates might be on the opposite end of the outcome. A
RBI single by Manors Ryan Edwards in the top of the
first gave the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Wildcats struck for four more
runs. Singles by Ryan Carlson, Jason Will and Tim Mills
loaded the bases with only one out. A sacrifice fly by
Tom Dobrydney increased the lead to 2-0. A DV error then
allowed both Will and Mills to score.
Two batters later, an RBI single off of Carlsons
bat gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
DV (105, 74 Western Sullivan League)
responded immediately to the Manor offensive outburst.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles took advantage of
two Manor errors as well as three solid hits
including a base-loaded single by Ian Detch that
scored two runners to cut the lead to 5-4. Detch
then scored the tying run when he reached the plate on a
Manor regained some momentum when Edwards led off the
fifth inning with a solo home run to deep left field. But
the 6-5 lead only lasted until Carrier stepped to the
plate in the seventh inning.
It was a shame somebody had to lose this
game, Kirk commented. Manor played a great
game. And Tim Mills pitched wonderfully, he gutted out
(Because of the recent rash of rainouts, Manor faced
Narrowsburg in Callicoon prior to playing its scheduled
game versus DV. Mills pitched the final three innings
versus the Indians.)
Kirk also praised his team and noted that Hubert came in
to pitch in the sixth and held them so we could try
and get a timely hit in the seventh. Hubert got the
win and is 2-0 on the season.
Im proud of my team, Kirk added.
We were down 5-0 and we didnt fall apart. My
guys wouldnt quit.
Carlson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Edwards was
3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
It would have been nice to end the season with a
win, but we ended on a better note than we started the
season, said Manor coach Chuck McKenna, whose squad
finished with a 412 overall record (39 in WSL
play). We didnt give up and played [DV] tough
to the end of the game.
Indians Help Playoff Hopes
Narrowsburg knocked off Livingston Manor by an 8-3 score
in a Western Sullivan League (WSL) baseball game Thursday
Due to the recent stretch of cloudy, rainy weather, the
two teams agreed to play in Callicoon because Manor was
slated to face Delaware Valley later that afternoon.
The win gave Narrowsburg a 612 overall record and a
56 WSL mark, while Manor dropped to 4-11 and 3-8
versus WSL foes.
According to Narrowsburg coach Scott Haberli, his team
needed to beat Roscoe the follwing day to clinch a
Leading the way for the Indians were catcher Mike Poppolillo, who hit a two-run homerun and picked two
Manor runners off base, and Rob Taylor, who recorded a
double and a pair of RBI. In addition, Roy Jay had a
double and a triple and Matt Peloquin scored twice for
Both teams played a great game, noted Haberli. And both teams played great defense. We
were just able to get a few more timely hits and that
made the difference.