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Eastern Firemen's Softball League: Grahamsville Sweeps Bethel for Eighth Straight Title

Aug 31, 2020

By By Frank Rizzo

By: Democrat File Photo by Frank Rizzo
Don Ter Bush of the Grahamsville Fire Department Softball team, above, nearly got a victory on his 65th birthday Friday night. He was knocked out in the sixth inning by the Bethel F.D. and wasn't the recipient of a comeback that gave Grahamsville the championship win.
Published September 1, 1992

MONGAUP VALLEY - Even if the script didn't quite work out to Hollywood fashion, it still had a satisfying ending for Don Ter Bush.
The Grahamsville Fire Department softball team won its eighth straight championship and 10th in the last 11 years as it continued to dominate the Eastern Firemen's Softball League. The Bethel FD was its latest victim, getting swept in two games in the championship series which concluded Friday Night at Eddie Collins Memorial Field in Mongaup Valley.
What made Friday night's 13-11 clinching victory extra special was that Ter Bush was on the mound for Grahamsville and celebrating his 65th birthday.
“I was thinking about that (winning on his birthday),” Ter Bush admitted.
It would have been a nice birthday present to pick up the win, but Bethel, fighting to avoid elimination, had other plans.

With Ter Bush seemingly in command with a 8-4 lead, Bethel finally got to the senior hurler, driving him from the mound with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Garigliano came on to stem the tide and pick up the win when Grahamsville mounted a comeback to come out on top 13-9.
“I'm glad I wasn't the losing pitcher,” Ter Bush commented.
Losing isn't something that Ter Bush, with 47 years of pitching experience, doesn't taste too often when he's hurling for Grahamsville. So dominant has that team been in the firemen's league that Ter Bush has lost only one game in the past five years.
It doesn't faze him to face players very much his junior.
“The old slow ball will get ‘em off balance, then I throw the old heater, as fast as I can,” Ter Bush said.
“I've got a good defense behind me,” he added. “And on offense, everyone can hit the ball out of the park.”
“I don't know how he gets away with it,” admitted Ken Ter Bush, Don's son and the team's manager. “I've gotten compliments from other teams about dad.”
Ken thought the secret of Don's success is that he doesn't walk too many batters and moves the ball around well.
“We tell him to just throw strikes, let the other team hit the ball. If we get outhit we deserve to lose,” Ken said.
To get to the championship round, Grahamsville swept Neversink 16-4 and 9-6.
In the opening game romp Mike Garigliano was on the mound and was backed by a 16-hit attack. Walt Garigliano was the hitting star, going 4-for-4 with seven RBI. Mike Garigliano was 3-for-4 while Craig Ter Bush had a 2-for-3 day with two RBI.
In the 9-6 victory, with Don Ter Bush on the mound, the Ter Bushes helped their father with strong days at the plate. Ken was 3-for-4 with three RBI while Craig was 4-for-4.
Former Tri-Valley Central School baseball stars Fernando Costa and Kurt Scheibe Jr. both went 2-for-4 with Costa adding three RBI.
For Neversink Paul Lepke and Tommy Mitchell both went 2-for-3 with Mitchell driving home three runs.
In the other semifinal Bethel beat White Sulphur Springs in three games, all close contested.
The opening game of the championship series saw Grahamsville gain an easy 12-2 victory on their home field over Bethel as Mike Garigliano outdueled Dennis Dietrich. Grahamsville whacked Dietrich for 17 hits.
Fernando Costa and Gene Barkley led the attack with 3-for-3, two RBI performances. Craig Ter Bush added two more RBI with a 3-for-4 day.
“It's a good rivalry,” Ken Ter Bush said. “Guys get pumped up against Dennis. He's one of the better pitchers in the league.”
In the second game, where Don Ter Bush was relieved of one of his birthday gifts, Grahamsville got outhit for only the second time this year, 14 to 13.
The perennial champions opened the scoring in the first on a solo shot over the left field fence by Ken Ter Bush. They seemed to put the game out of reach with seven runs in the third, on five hits and two Bethel errors.
Bethel, as noted, fought back with seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-8 lead.
Craig Ter Bush led off the top of the seventh with a single. Walt Garigliano flied to center, with Ter Bush tagging and moving up to second. Ken Ter Bush was the recipient of an error by the usually sure-handed Tony Marceano at short. Craig scored and Ken wound up on second. Mike Garigliano hit a routine fly to center, which Bob Yakin inexplicably dropped. Matt Costa followed with a run-scoring single and Garigliano also scored when the ball got away from Yakin. Gene Barkley, Fernando Costa and Rob Schmidz hit consecutive singles to put the final two runs across.
For Grahamsville, Barkley, Schmidz, and Fernando Costa had two hits and two RBI apiece while Jack Frost went 2-for-4.
Steve Cassidy was the hitting star for Bethel, crushing a two-run homer and going 3-for-3 with three RBI.

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