Battle It Out
MOUNTAINDALE August 1, 2000 The race for
supremacy in the Northern Leagues Eastern
Conference South Division is heating up.
The Catskill Cougars found themselves just half a game
back of the division-leading New Jersey Jackals as of
Monday, after going 2-2 to end the week.
None of the four division teams is out of the race,
however, as the gap between first-place New Jersey
(67 second half) and last-place Allentown
(69) stands at a mere game.
Thursdays first game was a 9-3 win for the Cougars
(68) , as they finished up their series against the
Waterbury Spirit with a doubleheader. Right fielder Ryan
Pond broke open the game with a bases-loaded triple in
RBI singles by left fielder Nelson Abreu and catcher Guye
Senjem, also in the first, put Catskill ahead 6-0. This
turned out to be all the cushion winning pitcher Jody
Treadwell (43) needed, as he went 5 innings,
allowing 3 runs.
The second half of the doubleheader went the other way,
with Waterbury defeating Catskill 4-1. Catcher Robert
DeFabias RBI single in the second wasnt
enough to stop the Spirits offense, as they scored
two runs in both the third and fifth innings. Waterbury
pitcher Finley Woodward (43) went 6 strong, giving
up only one run.
Fridays game with the Elmira Pioneers also went
against the Cougars, this time by a score of 10-3. Elmira
first baseman Greg Shepard hit a grand slam to cap off
the Pioneers six-run sixth, placing the game out of
reach for Catskill.
The game had been knotted at 3-3 until this frame.
Catskills runs all came on a homer by catcher Guye
Senjem in the second inning. Cougars pitching allowed 14
walks in the course of the game.
Saturday saw a reversal of fortune for the Cougars, as
they squeaked by Elmira by a score of 4-3.
The game was tied in the ninth when first baseman Rafael
Martinez hit a one-out bases-loaded single to win the
game for Catskill.
Reliever Chet Chambliss (22) got the victory, but
starting pitcher John Challinor was masterful, allowing
just one earned run in 7 innings of work. Catskill got
production from nearly everybody, as eight separate
players accounted for the Cougars eight hits.
Sundays game was postponed due to rain. It will be
made up as part of a doubleheader on August 29.
Catskill travels north of the border on Wednesday to play
a three game set against the Quebec Capitals.
They return to Baxter Stadium on Sunday, August 6 to face
off with the division-leading New Jersey Jackals.