Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
As the Tri-Valley Bears watch from the dugout,
teammate Bill Gorman slides into J-Y catcher Jim
Kautz during the second inning of
Wednesdays title game. Gorman was safe when
the ball was knocked from Kautzs mitt.
WSL Title Goes to Tri-Valley
By Rob Potter
MOUNTAINDALE June 9, 2000 -- Following Wednesday nights
Western Sullivan League baseball championship game
between the Tri-Valley Bears and
Jeffersonville-Youngsville Trojans which was held
under the bright lights of Baxter Stadium several
people remarked that the game itself was a fitting way
for the final curtain to fall on WSL baseball.
The game which was the final WSL title game ever,
due to last years merger of Delaware Valley, J-Y
and Narrowsburg was a bit more enjoyable for the
Bears and their fans, however.
A six-run second inning was the key, as T-V (16-4
overall) went on to record a 7-6 victory. The win also
gave the Bears their fifth consecutive WSL baseball
The springs third meeting between the teams was
necessary after each squad finished its league schedule
with a 10-2 mark.
Im going home to eat a bottle of Tums,
said T-V coach Jim Kelly. That was a great way not
only for the season to end but to end the league. You had
two great teams going head to head and they battled right
to the end.
Part of the reason Kelly needed an antacid was the
comeback spirit of the Trojans. After T-Vs six-run
second inning and an RBI single by Brian Garber in the
top of the fourth gave the Bears a 7-3 lead, the Trojans
began scratching out runs. In the bottom of the fourth,
leadoff batter Jim Kautz reached base on an error and
then scored on a single by Ryan OMara to narrow the
gap to 7-4.
OMara ended up on third following a balk by T-V
pitcher Josh Lowitz and a ground out. He then scored on a
wild pitch to make the score 7-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, James Christiansen scored on
a passed ball to make it a one-run game.
But Lowitz (9-2), who gave up five hits, walked six and
struck out five on the evening, set the Trojan batters
down in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to
seal the win.
It was a good game, but a tough game to lose,
J-Y coach Dan Hart commented. Tri-Valley is a very
good team. We had a nice comeback, but couldnt get
J-Y (12-4 overall) actually got on the scoreboard first
with a three-run first inning. RBI singles by Maynard
Schmidt and Jon Fanning and a T-V error gave the Trojans
the early lead.
But that advantage was erased in the top of the second
when 10 Bears went to the plate.
A pair of J-Y fielding miscues and solid RBI singles by
Ben Monell and Durk Pearston gave T-V its first four
runs. In fact, Pearstons hit back up the middle
plated Monell with the go-ahead run.
Garber then followed with a single to right field that
scored both Lowitz and Pearston for the 6-3 lead.
My hats off to Jeff, they played a great
game, Kelly said. We had that one big inning,
but then they battled right back and made us work for
OMara took the loss on the mound for the Trojans.
He gave up nine hits and struck out six.
Hart was obviously disappointed by the final score, but
not by his team. He praised the Trojans
particularly seniors Adam Hauser, Kautz, OMara,
Sean Ruppert and Schmidt for their tenacity.
They played their butts off tonight, he said.
I would take this team and play anywhere. They are
a great group of kids and Im sad to see the season
end this way.