Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on August 18, 1996 · Page 16
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The Indiana Gazette Thursday, August 20, 1992 — Page 16 West Lebanon completes a thrilling comeback Mf. >• West Lebanon coach Vince Curren, left, and manager Mike Bertolino raise the ICL regular-season and playoff championship trophies in triumph after their team completed its stunning comeback on Wednesday. At right, WL's Bruce Yard stirred up a cloud of dust as Colonial's Don Dell tried fif apply a tag. (Gazette photos by Bechtef)] The 'W's'cruise to 7-0 victory, third straight ICL title By WILLIAM J. KENNY Gazette Contributing Writer WEST LEBANON - The closest shave West Lebanon had Wednesday wasn't until after the ballgame. In last year's World Series, the Minnesota Twins needed an llth-in- ning homer by Kirby Pucketl and a lOlh-inning run by Dan Gladden to take Games 6 and 7 in one of the most exciting Series ever seen. This year's Indiana County League finals promised to be the same after Colonial Motor Mart took the first three games, only to drop the next two, setting up a nail-biting home-and-home set with regular- season champ West Lebanon. Unfortunately for those who enjoy exciting baseball, ICL followers will be giving their fingernail clippers quite a workout in the next few days, because the only trimming of any kind that went on at either the sixth game or yesterday's seventh oc- cured when WL manager Mike Bertolino's hair was shaved off at home plate following his team's title clinching victory. After the W's toppled Colonial 15-1 Tuesday, Bruce Yard banged out four hits and Ernie Peterman threw a one-hit shutout, leading West Lebanon to its third straight ICL crown by ousting the Motormen 7-0 last night at Bertolino Park. "It feels great," Bertolino said. "This has got to be one of the best ever, to come back from down 3-0 and win it four straight, especially when we saw three games, three years in a row looking us right in the face. We just fought, everybody fought." Using their "no L" magic — West Lebanon players and coaches tore the L's from their hats before Game 4 — the W's fought for a 5-1 win in the fourth game, a much closer one than the score indicates, came from down four runs to take the fifth 7-6 and knocked the cover off the ball to roll in the last two contests by a combined 22-1. Doing most of the knocking was the shortstop, Yard, who took home the playoff MVP hardware despite playing in only four games; granted they were the four West Lebanon wins. Prior to that, Yard was busy hitting .565 for the Knickerbockers of Johnstown in the AAABA tournament. "We knew we'd get Bruce back (eventually)," Bertolino said. "He makes our infield so much more solid." Yard does a little for the batting order, too. Besides not committing an error in the series, he went 9-for-16 with seven RBIs, seven runs scored, two homers and four doubles. "I started out slow down there Continued on page 18 Colonial Motor Mart — » 1'" Magatich cf 3-0-0-0, GofT Ib 3-<HH) Del! as WHM), Belts 3b 3-fHH), Ruffner c 1-WH), Stewart If 3-0-0-0, Bowman 3-0-0-0, Grejtak dh 1-0-OX). 1 Blubaugh p (MMM. Fisher p (MHH). Janidlo-Jb.' 1-0-1-0. Totals 21-0-1-0 ' .; West Lebanon — 7 - • Nagy cf 3-1-1-0. Maschak If 2-2-1-1, B.Yardss' 4-2-4-2, J. Yard 3b 3-0-1-0, Hoff Ib 4-1-2-3, Prugh I*' 3*1-0, Pcterman p 4-0-1-1, Devine dh 2-r-Oflr Fello c 0*0-0, Savage 2b 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-7-11-7 Colonial Motor Mart Mo MO I - 0 1 I, West Lebanon 140 aw x — 7 II ( 2B-B.Yard 2. Hoff. HR-Maschak. Colonial Motor Mart Pitching " '." Blubaugh (LI, 1'.<.IP.3H,4R,4ER,3K,3BB Fisher 4% IP, 8 H. 3 R. 3 ER, I K. 2 BB West Lebanon Pitching Peterman (Wl. 7 IP, I H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 4$B Pirates surprise Padres in 3-2 win PITTSBURGH IAPI - Danny Cox was taught the lesson that all new Pittsburgh Pirates learn very quickly. Surprise is a word that doesn't belong in manager Jim Leyland's vocabulary. .Just ask Bob Walk. Just ask Gary Redus. Just ask Jeff King. The Pirates are two-time defending National League East champi- SAKDIIGO TMi ii Mririllk OrJkud itt-ttc JCMI Slt*d2b Ancvp ikrkbi 2071 1010 3000 3010 7100 1000 0000 7000 4121 3171 3000 2000 1000 0000 0000 2? 3 I 3 010 000 010—2 010 070 00«— 3 IS). W-Sm D*«g 1, PimWdl 1. «*- S«i Die* i. Pimbw«b b 2»-G«r»« (211, Kkrt (17), AC* |1). SlMfM 111) Hi— Sxtiqo |«). S»— »«*! Ill) CS-ttfci (3). b, (J|. i-SUkwl, M. SI-OtMui. IP H t El M SO DnUttL.3-3 gkrhki 5 0 0 0 IMn Ib 4020 «C*r1 4 ; i o MU 3010 ViSMri 1001 McCUirf 4111 ElfTP* 3070 Mtnrilb 3010 |M*« 2010 «H3k 1 0 II 0 StoijUt 0000 IMn 1000 Wgftp Trth NMfbi C«i p 33 2 9 2 Wi *«ftW.7-4 C.i 5, 1 WP-VT W* {KM) 73333 10022 61112 1-321000 1 2.3 1 0 0 0 0 , M. Inwn t-2 : J3 «— 34.M6 ons, but they've surprised many with their four-game division lead. With Bobby Bonilla and John Smiley gone, the Pirates were expected to be yesterday's news. Not when Leyland won't say what surprises he has planned for tomorrow. With the Pirates leading San Diego 3-1 Wednesday night, Leyland called on Cox — purchased the day before from Triple-A Buffalo — with runners on first and third and one out in the eighth. Cox has pitched in the late innings as a starter, but he's rarely done it as a reliever. He didn't have a single save in 185 major-league games, and here he was trying to earn one in his first game with a new team. And — surprise! — He got it, allowing Darrin Jackson's sacrifice fly before finishing up a 3-2 Pirates' victory that added a game to their ML East lead over Montreal. The Expos lost 4-2 to Atlanta. Was Cox, almost exclusively a starter in 10 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, surprised to find himself in a brand-new role in the middle of a pennant race? Continued on page 18 Searcy moves as; Ilkin ends holdout Danny Cox collected his firsf major league save in his first appearance with the Pirates on Wednesday evening. (AP Leaf Photo) By RICK WEAVER Gazette Sports Writer LATROBE - Normally when a player comes to camp a month late, he has plenty of catching up to do with the rest of the team. But considering the sorry play displayed by the Steelers' offensive line in the first two preseason games, it is entirely possible right tackle Tunch Ilkin is no worse off than the guys why have attempted to hold the fort during his month-long holdout. In fact, it is more likely the Steelers improved themselves in that area. And it's not just because Ilkin finally arrived at the Steelers' training camp Wednesday after signing a new one-year contract. Steelers head coach Bill Cowher told the media he plans to move first-round selection Leon Searcy from right tackle to left guard while returning Carlton Haselrig to the right guard position he had held until a knee injury put him out for a few days. While Searcy was not exactly doing Mary Tyler Moore imitations with his helmet upon learning the news of the switch, he remained willing to accept it in stride. "It's something that I've got to get adjusted to," said Searcy. "I was getting kind of comfortable at right tackle; I picked up on plays real well. "But, like I said when I first^ot here, I'm willing to contribute wherever I'm needed. "I'm going to turn it into a positive, one way or another. I think it's going to pay off in the end, playing guard and tackle. Hopefully, my versatility will keep me in the league a little longer." The transition will prove a .bit more difficult for Searcy, who had been projected by pro scouts as-a guard before the Steelers chose him in the first round of the 1992 draft. "You have so many reads at the guard and center position," he said. "So it's just a matter of really starting all over, not taking a step back. "It's going to take a little time, being able to react (to plays)." ,; Searcy denied being disappointed, though he maintained he had prepared himself to play tackle throughout the offseason. But he will certainly be needed at left guard, where Duval Love had started until spraining his right ankle Monday night at New Orleans. Continued on page 18 Chucks conduct business as usual, Raiders continue surge This is the week thai the high school football programs open preseason drills and its always interesting to see how many candidates each school has reporting for opening day. Up in this area, some of the numbers include: Punxs'y 66 candidates; DuBois 41; Clearfield 41; St. Marys 48; BrockwaySS; Brookville 48. Sixty-six is a pretty representative figure at Punxs'y based on the past several seasons. Only 41 players at both DuBois and Clearfield is kind of surprising since both are Quad-A schools. Brookvillc's recent football resurgence is mirrored in its turnout of 48 players and Brockway's staff has to be pleased with 35 players since the Rovers haven't had enough for an intra-squad scrimmage in recent seasons. * Speaking of squad sizes, why do pro teams get by with 40 players while college teams have squads of 110-120 players? Someone asked that very question of Joe Paterno at the recent media day press conference. Here's his explanation: "Pro teams can practice all day long. Because of classes we try to limit practice session to two hours," Paterno said. He adds that in the complex scheduling of a college practice. "We need 22 players here to work on punt returns, 22 over here for kickoff coverage, 22 here for a defensive scrimmage, 22 here for offensive scrimmage, etc. To get everything done in two hours we need a lot of players all doing something at the same time." « We haven't heard any talk about it yet, but it would be a nice idea if some group in Punxsutawney (the Booster Club, perhaps?) were to arrange a bus trip to the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh on the night of Monday, Oct. 26.Thafs the night that the NBA exhibition game between the New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers will be played in Pittsburgh. It would be a nice gesture on behalf of the community of Punxsutawney to salute Chuck Daly in some way for having coached the famed Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal. A plaque or something from his former hometown would make a nice pre- game ceremony. * Speaking of Daly and the Olympics, we read where neither he nor any of his assistant coaches, Lenny Wilkins, Mike Kryzewski and P.J. Carlesimo, received a gold medal in Barcelona. Coaches of winning teams do not receive medals. Daly, it was also reported, did achieve one of his By DAVE PUTNAM Gazette Staff Writer single pre-Olympic goals — not to call a timeout in any of the games. * Friday, Aug. 21 will be a big night in Brookville football. That's the night the new lights at the Raider football stadium will be tested and presented to the fans for the first time. Installation of lights at the BAHS field has been a controversy of long standing in Brookville, but the lights were installed this summer and the Raiders will be playing home games under electricity this fall. 0 There's word that Bub Maietta of DuBois has scrapped his pro baseball dreams and is now looking toward a college football career. Bub played in the Tiger and Red Sox farm system for three seasons prior to this summer when he played for the DuBois Rockets in the Federation League. He has now departed and will be trying to make the football team at Youngstown State. Maietta played football in his sophomore and junior years at DuBois, setting a Beaver career passing record even before he passed up his senior grid campaign to prepare for baseball. * High school sports fans in the Punxs'y- DuBois area will be following the college football career of Steve Taneyhill because of his high school competition in both football and basketball against the Chucks and the Beavers. Taneyhill, a talented and somewhat controversial athlete at Altoona, is already making some waves down in Columbia where he is a freshman on the South Carolina grid squad. A newspaper report down there says that Taneyhill has said that he is good enough to start in his first year, a statement that didn't go too well with returning starter Wright Mitchell. "People who believe a freshman can come in and start really don't know much about college football. It took me years to learn the offense and it's not something you learn over night," says Mitchell. Taneyhill replies, "Football is football, it doesn't matter at what level — if you can play, you're going to be playing." The Gamecocks open on Sept. 5 against Georgia —stay tuned. * Short shots; Clarion H.S. gets a great young man in the hiring of Dave Constantino as its new head basketball coach. ... John Bernardo, one of the shining lights in District 9 wrestling, has resigned as head coach at Brockway after 22 years. 19 as head coach. He guided the Rover matmen to a great 168-61-6 record.... Don't be surprised to see one of the District 9 football teams come out in a single-wing offense this season. More later.

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