One Game Behind Elmira
MOUNTAINDALE August 18, 2000 The Catskill
Cougars are just a game out of first place after winning
two of their last three this week.
At press time, Elmira led the Northern Leagues
Eastern Conferences South Division with a
1414 record while the Cougars mark was
Heres a rundown of the Cougars recent games:
Last Thursdays 6-3 win against Les Capitales de
Quebec featured a stellar pitching performance by
Catskill relievers Aaron Dinkel, Chet Chambliss and
Darren Fidge, who went a combined 31¦3, striking out
four Quebec batters and walking none.
Starter Brent Iddon (43) got the victory after
going 52¦3, allowing three earned runs. Catskill
designated hitter Ron Johnson hit a three-run bomb in the
first, catapulting the Cougars to an early 3-2 lead.
Center fielder Adam Burtons RBI double in the
second helped to seal the deal.
Saturdays game against the New Jersey Jackals was
rained out, and was played as part of a double header
Sunday. Catskill split that doubleheader, winning the
first game and losing the second.
Their win was due largely to timely hitting and mental
errors on New Jerseys part. With two out in the
fifth, left fielder Nelson Abreu hit a two-run single,
one of his two hits for the game. Jackals pitchers then
proceeded to walk home three more runs, giving Catskill a
Centerfielder Adam Burton also had two hits for the day.
Cougars closer Darren Fidge got the save, his 14th of the
Catskill lost the days second game by a score of
7-2. After going up 2-0 in the first on third baseman
Gavin Finglesons two-run double, the Cougars were
not able to muster any more offense.
Catskill finished up the series with the New Jersey
Jackals with a 6-1 victory Monday.
The game saw Catskill jump out to an early lead with a
solo homerun by designated hitter Tony Darden in the top
of the first. They then scored in each of the first four
innings, leading 5-0 by the fifth.
New Jersey managed one in the eighth against pitcher Jody
Treadwell (63), who went eight innings, giving up
just one run. Left fielder Nelson Abreu was 2-for-5 with
an RBI, and shortstop Ben Utting was also 2-for-5, with 2
The Cougars continued their winning ways Tuesday by
taking the first game of their series with Adirondack, a
16-14 slugfest. Catskill sent 13 men to the plate in the
first, scoring nine runs. Adirondack came back to take an
11-10 lead at the end of four.
But the Cougars were not to be denied, going ahead for
good with three runs in the fifth, the big blow a two-run
single by first baseman Rafael Martinez.
Right fielder Ricky Peel had four hits for the Cougars,
and third baseman Gavin Fingleson had 4 RBI. Every
starter on both teams had at least one hit.
Adirondack struck back on Wednesda, winning 8-1. After
the Lumberjacks put up six runs in the second, hurler
Chad Ward held Catskill to just seven hits and one run in
7 innings of work.
Second baseman Mario Deluca had two of those hits.
Designated hitter Tony Darden had the sole RBI in the
Catskills loss, coupled with Elmiras win over
the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, places the Cougars 1
back of the Pioneers.
Catskill finished up their series with Adirondack
yesterday in Glens Falls. Results of the game were not
available as of press time.
They travel to Albany today to start a three game set
with the Diamond Dogs.
The Cougars return home on Tuesday, August 22 when they
play back to back three-game sets with Waterbury and
Allentown at Baxter Stadium.