Gilman assures there'll be Game 3 sometime/where


When and where may be in doubt, but there will be a Game 3 of the MSA B Conference baseball championship series.

Gilman assured it yesterday, knotting the best-of-three series with a 15-8 victory over Southern. The Bulldogs had won Game 1, 9-4.

"We don't have a site yet, but we will find some neutral site to play it," said Roger Wrenn of Patterson. We'll probably know by tomorrow [today]."

Never mind the site. The date had been moved from tomorrow, to Monday and now Game 3 is set for next Wednesday.

"Southern asked not to play Friday [tomorrow] because of its prom," said Wrenn. "We set it up for Monday, but Gilman has exams Monday and Tuesday and can't play."

Should it rain next Wednesday, Wrenn joked that the series may be set for Labor Day weekend.

It really was that kind of day and game yesterday as both starting pitchers, Southern's Gerry Gastiger and Gilman's Terry Tabbs, wilted in the heat and humidity.

Everything seemed a bit whacky. Southern got only one run on three first-inning hits, then Gilman got two in the bottom of the first on one hit. Scott Allan hit a lead off home and one came on a walk, passed ball and an error.

"That was a key hit," said Gilman coach Marty Meloy. "I know the final score was 15-8, but Allan's home run boosted our confidence, especially after they had scored first."

Both pitchers were perfect in the second inning, a rare bit of normalcy.

Southern grabbed a 3-2 lead in the third as Jerry Fischer tripled in a run and scored on Jimmy Loetz's single.

Gilman promptly tied it at 3 as Mike Weinfeld singled, was balked to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Jamal Cox's single. That all came after two were out.

Gilman erupted for seven runs on three hits and five errors in the fourth as 12 players batted.

Southern pecked away and it was 10-7 as Meloy called on relief pitcher Willie Marbury to slam the door. The rookie sophomore came on to face Southern's 3-4-5 batters, Gastiger, Fischer and Loetz.

"I was very nervous," said Marbury, who gave up only a run-scoring single to Fischer. That was near perfect, since Fischer has had six hits and seven RBIs in the series.

Gastiger finally collapsed in the seventh, walking the bases full and yielding a triple to ninth batter Tim Elliott. The Greyhounds scored their last five runs on only that one hit.

"That's the way it goes when we play Gilman," said Southern coach Bill Parker. "I guess you can say we are in good shape, since we'll have Fischer well rested to pitch for us."

Next Wednesday? Wherever? Make that very well rested.

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