Welcome to the final Flashback Friday before the 2013 Timber Rattlers season. The start of the season is very close and the time is here to start looking ahead to this team.
A jam packed Goodland Field is the setting on July 29, 1969 as the Appleton Foxes face the Quincy Cubs on a special night. Tim Petermann has the story in the July 30 edition of The Post Crescent.
Record Crowd of 8,054 Sees Foxes Deal Quincy Cubs 7-5 Setback on 'AAL Night'
Don Eddy Gains 12th ML Victory
The first eight Appleton batters reached base safely in the seventh inning, urged on by a record-breaking crowd of 8,054 as the Foxes scored six runs to erase a 5-1 deficit and defeat Quincy, 7-5, at Goodland Field Wednesday night.
The overflow AAL Night crowd roared with delight as Appleton rocked three Quincy hurlers for seven hits - five of them consecutively - and six runs before there was an out in the frame.
Up to that point, the partisan crowd had little to cheer about as Chris Barkulis unloaded a pair of solo homers against Foxes' ace hurler Don Eddy and three Quincy runs scored in the fifth on just one hit, two walks and a groundout while the Foxes managed just one run.
The win, Appleton's fourth in the last five games and seventh in 10 games against Quincy, kept the Midwest League-leading Foxes in front of runnerup Clinton by one game.
Appleton and Quincy will square off in a twin bill today with the first tilt scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Despite the fact that the Foxes trailed, 5-1, when a pinchhitter batted for Eddy in the bottom of the seventh, the Swaledale, Iowa, lefthander was credited with his 13th victory of the season against just two losses since the Foxes had taken over the lead before reliever Rich Moloney stepped on the mound.
Eddy, the ML's winnings pitcher, has recorded six straight triumphs since losing to Clinton in mid-June and has now beaten Quincy three times.
After Barkulis' round-tripper in the second inning, the Foxes tied the score in the bottom of the from on Glen Redmon's 2-bagger, a wild pitch, and Joe Bowen's single to center.
In the Foxes' spectacular seventh, singles to left by Wayne Weatherly, pinchitter Dan Rouke, and Roger Reid sent Quincy starter Earl Stephenson to the showers.
The Foxes did not let up on reliever Hector Brito and he left after surrendering a single to Jim Redmon and a ground-rule double to Mark Marquess. He eventually was tagged with the loss.
Lexyie Pop came on and promptly uncorked a wild pitch before walking Glenn Redmon. Greg Howell and Ken Hottman followed with singles to drive in the final two runs.
Out to Center
Joe Bowen, the ninth Appleton batter, flied out to center for the first out. Denis Gideon then took the mound as manager Walt Dixon's fourth pitcher in the inning and got the final out.
The Foxes, who had rapped out 12 hits the previous night, came up with 14 against the Cubs including three by Wayne Weatherly.
Marquess collected two hits to bring his 2-game total to five hits including two doubles. Reid got one hit and has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
I have mentioned this before, but it is worth noting again. Mark Marquess is the legendary head baseball coach at Stanford.
8,054? At Goodland Field? How was that even possible? The story does not specify.
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