By Ted Waddell
JEFFERSONVILLE May 30, 2000 -- Both teams came to win during
Thursday afternoons boys varsity baseball at
Lions Field in Jeffersonville.
And both teams had the records to show they were
contenders for the Western Sullivan League (WSL) crown:
the unbeaten home team Trojans of
Jeffersonville-Youngsville (90 WSL/110
overall) took to the field ranked number one in NYS in
Class D, while the Bears from Tri-Valley (8-2/10-4) were
the four-time defending WSL champs and had a nine-game
winning streak coming in.
At the end, Tri-Valley walked off the field with a
ten-game winning streak as they defeated Jeff-Youngsville
24-6, handing the home team their first loss of the year.
The big inning was the sixth, when the Bears racked up 20
The Bears scored two runs in the second with consecutive
homers by Brian Garber and Mike Van Bourgondien.
In the bottom of the second, the Trojans battled back
with three runs. Ryan OMara led off the inning by
getting hit with a pitch and, after losing pitcher
Maynard Schmidt struck out, advanced on a passed ball.
Kyle Brights single sent OMara across the
plate and Bright went to second on error in the outfield.
T-V starter Josh Lowitz followed by walking James
Christiansen and Scott Ruppert to load the bases. John
Compton beat out an infield single which scored Bright,
and Christiansen came home when a wild pitch got away
from catcher Van Bourgondien to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
In the third frame, the home team added two more to the
scorebook. Adam Hauser got a free trip to first and
OMaras double sent him across the plate.
Schmidt walked and advanced to second and third on passed
balls, one of which also scored OMara. The inning
ended with the score 5-2 in favor of the home team.
In the top of the fourth, Tri-Valley made it a 5-3
ballgame. Durk Pearston got to first on a dropped third
strike, stole second and went to third on a passed ball.
An RBI single by Garber scored Pearston.
Both teams added a run to their scores in the fifth
frame. In the top of the inning Ryan Barnard singled,
stole second and scored for the Bears on an RBI single by
winning pitcher Josh Lowitz.
For the home team, Schmidt walked and moved up a base on
a passed ball. With two out, an RBI single by
Christiansen scored Schmidt to give the Trojans a 6-4
And then came Tri-Valleys 20 run top of the sixth.
For the Bears it was an inning made in heaven, and for
the Trojans it was a frame fashioned in hell as the
visitors shattered their seasons undefeated record.
In the inning, the Bears came within one batter of
sending their lineup on a trio of round trips to the
In the first nine-run round of the sixth, Pearston
singled, Garber singled, Van Bourgondien singled, Mike
Sheeley doubled, Bill Gorman singled, James Paul singled,
Barnard walked, Lowitz doubled and Moore singled to give
the Bears a 13-6 lead.
In the next chapter of the sixth, Tri-Valley picked up
another eight runs as the lineup came back to the hot
plate for second helpings.
Pearston doubled, Garber singled, Van Bourgondien
singled, Sheeley singled, Gorman flied out to center
field for the innings first out, Paul singled,
Barnard singled, Lowitz singled and Moores base hit
made it a 21-6 ballgame.
In the sixths epilogue, Pearston stepped up the
plate for the third time in the fateful inning and
singled, followed by a base hit by Garber and a double by
Van Bourgondien. Sheeley flied out for the second out,
Gorman reached on an error, Paul singled, Barnard walked
and Lowitz grounded out to the second baseman to
mercifully for the Trojans end the 20 run
inning to close the scorebook at 24-6.
Although Lowitz had a couple of shaky innings in the
second and third frames, he settled in on the mound to
strike out eight, walk six, and give up four hits. At the
plate, he was 3/6 with three singles up the middle and
I thought our bats really did a great job,
said Lowitz. They came through in that one inning,
which was a real big one for us. In the beginning our
defense was a little shaky, but in the end we came up
with a lot of good defensive plays.
For the Bears, the middle of their lineup (3rd-6th men)
carried the day in the sixth frame as between Pearston,
Garber, Van Bourgondien and Sheeley, they accounted for
12 RBI out of the 20 runs, and scored 11 times.
Pearston was 3/5 with a triple, a double and a single.
Garber was 5/5 including a homer and four base hits. Van
Bourgondien was 4/6 with a home run, a double and a
couple of singles. Sheeley was 3/5 including a double and
a pair of base swats.
The Trojans sent three hurlers to the mound in the sixth
inning, as Schmidt was relieved by John Compton and Jon
Due to the recent spate of rain, both teams have seen
limited time on the field in last few days. For the
Trojans, their last three games were rained out, and the
last time they faced an opponent was last Wednesday in a
game against Roscoe.
In the past two weeks, the Bears had played two games,
their latest a storm-shortened outing against the Blue
Devils on Tuesday.
I knew we were going up against a tough team,
said J-Y coach Dan Hart. I thought it was going to
be close, and for a while it was. But then they started
hitting the ball to places where we couldnt catch
Tri-Valley is a good team, he added.
Harts reaction to the sixth inning? All I can
say is, Wow!
According to Tri-Valley coach Jim Kelly, as four-time WSL
champs, everyone was aiming to knock off the Bears.
Out of fifteen games, weve only had five
players compete in all of them, so things were a little
mixed up at first, he said.
Everyone had a great night at the plate, said
Kelly of Thursdays 24-6 trouncing of the undefeated
Trojans. The players are real excited about it. For
the last several days, this game was all they were
Looking toward the upcoming sectionals, Kelly said,
I hope our bats keep alive. Hopefully we can make
some noise next week.