GLEN ROCK — Many of the main faces that led Glen Rock to its prominent place among the top teams in Central League history have retired.
Guys such as Fritz Allison, John Devilbiss, Scott Stevens, Matt Gonzalez, Tim Hare and Rod Anderson will always live among the pantheon of Glen Rock greats.
Andy Rosenzweig remembers watching those standouts as a youngster. While he didn’t get a lot of playing time, the former Susquehannock High School and York College standout learned a lot from them all.
Nowadays, Rosenzweig, who is in his late 20s, is counted among the core for "The Rock." To his credit, Rosenzweig is doing his best to imitate the greats that played before him.
Monday evening, Rosenzweig roped a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth that turned a 9-8 deficit against Mount Wolf into what eventually became a 10-9 victory.
“Just trying to make contact,” he said. “I was just trying to get the ball to the outfield. Luckily (the count) was 3-0 and I probably shouldn’t have swung, but it was right down the middle.”
Avoiding another disappointing loss: Rosenzweig’s big hit turned what could have been a second straight game of sorrow for his mates into an uplifting experience. "The Rock" (6-3) previously lost 6-4 to a Pleasureville team that had just two wins entering Saturday’s action..
“We spotted (Pleasureville) six runs, and if we had another inning we probably would have come back and tied it,” Rosenzweig said. “It was a rough loss for sure.”
It again looked grim for the home team when Mount Wolf plated six runs in the first inning, but Glen Rock evened up the score 8-8 by the fourth.
The Wolves (5-4), however, regained the lead in the fifth when Mark Burnside was hit by a pitch by reliever Steve Aulbrandt with the bases loaded.
“It would have been tough for them to win it that way,” Rosenzweig said. “So it was nice to earn it.”
Rosenzweig did just that by coming through for his team in the clutch. A one-out walk by Dan Rogers was followed by a double off the fence in right by Conor Miller, which set the stage for the team’s No. 7 hitter.
“I just found a hole,” Rosenzweig said. “It worked out for all of us.”
The same can be said for Rosenzweig, who has slowly, but surely turned into one of the guys that his team looks to for leadership. He certainly seems to enjoy it.
“There’s less and less guys that I played ball with in high school around,” he said. “But there are still some guys that I grew up with playing. And the young guys bring a little life around here.”
Wolves lose third straight: While the home team celebrated a comeback victory, the Wolves were left wondering "what if" for a third game in a row. After losing one-run games against Manchester and Stoverstown, Monday’s setback marked another one-run loss for co-managers Jeff Kuhn and Dave Heckert.
“Those are three games we could have won,” Kuhn said. “But that’s the way it is. You have to make plays. One hit here or one out there and it changes everything.”
Miller led Glen Rock with three hits, while Scott Merkel and Justin Anderson each finished with two hits. Merkel, Dan Rhodes, Anderson, Miller and Rogers each scored two runs to account for all 10 of the team’s runs.
Aulbrandt picked up the win after coming in for starter Casey Hood in the fifth with one out and the bases loaded. Burnside was the only batter to reach against him. He retired eight of the nine batters he faced, including five strikeouts.
Dustin Kuhn collected three hits and two RBIs to lead Mount Wolf, while Steve Pokopec, Dan Dierdorff, Brant Myers and Cody Santiago each tallied two hits.
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