April 12, 1989 |
Frank Bellino and Chris Calvert collected four hits apiece as the Reading Phillies defeated visiting Williamsport, 9-1, last night in a double-A Eastern League game. With the game tied 1-1, Reading (2-2) scored the winning runs in the sixth inning on singles by Bellino, Calvert, Rick Parker and Jeff Williams. The Phillies iced the game with two runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth. Bellino ended with four RBIs. Steve Sharts, who pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, got the win despite pitching just one-third of an inning.
May 30, 1989 |
David Burba of Williamsport had a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday, and Tino Martinez slammed two home runs in the nightcap as the visiting Bills swept two games from the Reading Phillies, 6-3 and 8-1. Burba's no-hitter in the first game was broken up with just one out left in the game when Reading catcher Sal Agostinelli doubled home three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The bases became loaded on two walks and an error. Leftfielder Harry Davis singled home two runs for the Seattle Mariners' Bills in the second to highlight a three-run inning.
July 20, 1989 |
Williamsport second baseman Todd Haney knocked in two runs with a one-out single in the seventh inning, and Reading relief pitcher Bob Scanlan gave up two bases-loaded walks in the same inning, allowing the Bills to score all of their runs in one inning last night and defeat the Phillies, 6-3, in an Eastern League game. Jeffrey Hull was the winner for Williamsport. He gave up four hits in 6 1/3 innings and allowed six walks. Reading starter Pat Combs left the game after three innings with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
September 11, 1990
DEAR Philadelphians, Williamsport appreciates your sympathy with our problems stemming from the influx of ex-addicts and others from your city. But sympathy doesn't do us a bit of good. You ask us to consider that you are dealing with not only a recovering population, but addicts, as well, and all that entails. We tell you straight from the shoulder that you have a distorted view of what's going on here. Our problem, like yours, is with unrecovering addicts and just plain thugs who once haunted your streets, but now look for easy pickin's in Williamsport.
July 29, 2013 |
From the top to the bottom of the organization, catching has been among the most interesting positions for the Phillies this season, and it's likely to remain that way into the offseason. At the big-league level, the Phillies have dealt with Carlos Ruiz's 25-game Adderall suspension, a hamstring injury that kept him out for another month, and a monumental struggle at the plate. Ruiz can be a free agent after the season and there's no guarantee he'll be here beyond Wednesday's trade deadline, let alone next season.
July 29, 2013 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The view looking up at the Phillies' third-base depth chart could be a daunting one for Zach Green, the 19-year-old who mans that position with the Phillies' short-season Williamsport affiliate in the New York-Penn League. In front of him, he'll find Cody Asche, the triple-A Lehigh Valley third baseman who could be in the big leagues in a few days if the Phillies decide to deal veteran Michael Young before Wednesday's trade deadline. He'll also see Maikel Franco, the double-A Reading slugger who is considered the Phillies' best minor-league position player.
August 5, 2013 |
WILLIAMSPORT - As with any 31st-round draft pick, the odds are against Chris Nichols' ever pitching in the big leagues the way his father, Rod, did with three teams in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That's not going to stop him from having the time of his life trying. Something special happened for Chris and Rod Nichols in June 2012. Rod was in his 13th season as a minor-league pitching coach with the Phillies when he learned the team was going to make Chris a 31st-round pick. Father was given the honor of telling his son. "I had a little bit of an idea, but it was just a little bit surreal," Chris said.
June 9, 1989 |
Williamsport, behind the strong right arm of senior Brian Shuler, cruised past Marple Newtown, 9-2, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs yesterday at Central Columbia High. Shuler carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before the Tigers' Brett Baumeister bounced a single through the middle. Marple eventually scored two runs off Shuler in the seventh inning before the Millionaires righthander finished off the Tigers with his sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game.
August 15, 2014 |
WILLIAMSPORT - Edward "Mr. Ed the Barber" Fields, 66, a Philadelphia native who lives here, couldn't contain his excitement as the Taney Dragons passed by on their float in the Grand Slam Parade last night. "PHILLY!!!" he screamed. "This is like Doctor J, Moses Malone and the Broad Street Bullies all in one!" Fields was among an estimated 40,000 people who jammed the parade route along the city's main drag, West Fourth Street, to cheer on the Dragons and the 15 other teams in the Little League World Series, which begins today.
August 12, 2013 |
The Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies' short-season affiliate, have had four players selected for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Norwich, Conn. The four were third baseman Zach Green, righthander Tyler Buckley, catcher Gabriel Lino, and outfielder Jiandido Tromp. The 19-year-old Green, a third-round draft choice in 2012, entered the weekend batting .263 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. Last season he hit three home runs in 169 at-bats for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.