Soud­er­ton top­ples Hat­field

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin

Most teams fa­tigue to­ward the end of a sea­son, es­pe­cialOy Ln WKH cDsH RI HDW­fiHOG WKDW was play­ing its ninth game in seven days. Soud­er­ton was able to take ad­van­tage RI WKH WLUHG HDW­fiHOG WHDP and pull out a 5-4 win Mon­day night.

Soud­er­ton was led by the top of its lineup all game. Lead­off hit­ter hyle Weg­ner opened the scor­ing when he scRUHG Rn 5B, GRuEOH IURP ScRWW GuLOLDnR. BRWK WHJnHU DnG GuLOLDnR PDGH sLJnL­f­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions through­out the game.

“Our top of our or­der can hit,” Soud­er­ton as­sis­tant coach Nick Meara said. “They hit ev­ery game in and out.”

HDW­fiHOG EDWWOHG WR JHW Uuns and broke through in the third in­ning man­u­fac­tur­ing two runs. How­ever, it left the bases loaded, a prob­lem that KuUW HDW­fiHOG cRn­sLsWHnWOy.

“2I ODWH wH’vH EHHn GRing a very good job of get­ting our base run­ners on and get­ting guys into scor­ing po­si­tion with less than two RuWs,” HDW­fiHOG cRDcK 0DWW Gal­lagher said. “One thing we have to do bet­ter is get WKH WwR-RuW KLW, DnG WKDW’s not easy to do.”

AIWHU HDW­fiHOG WRRN WKH lead 2-1 in the third, Soud­er­ton an­swered im­me­di­ately scor­ing two runs in the top of the fourth in­ning when WHJnHU URSHG D WwR 5B, sin­gle to re­gain the lead 3-2.

HDW­fiHOG KHOG sHUvH DnG re­cap­tured the lead in the ERWWRP RI WKH fiIWK Ln­nLnJ wKHn WKH fiUsW WwR KLWWHUs RI WKH Ln­nLnJ, BREEy ScRWW DnG BUDGy WHsW, UHDcKHG Rn HUrors and later scored. The two un­earned runs tipped the score­board to 4-3 in Hat­fiHOG’s IDvRU.

“We took the lead, but we took a one-run lead,” Gal­lagher said. “What we re­ally needed to do was when we had other op­por­tu­ni­ties, af­ter we took the one-run lead, we re­ally needed to keep those in­nings go­ing.”

HDW­fiHOG’s sTuDnGHUHG chances came back to get them as Soud­er­ton had one more come­back push in the top of the sixth in­ning led by Weg­ner and Guil­iano.

Weg­ner led the in­ning off with a walk and was able to ad­vance to third, af­ter steal­ing sec­ond, a passed ball moved him only 90 feet away from ty­ing the game. WHJnHU DnG BUDG SWROWIus were able to pull off an adlib safety squeeze to plate the ty­ing run.

Af­ter the

well-ex­e­cuted

squeeze play Stolt­fus stole sec­ond and seem­ingly set the ta­ble to score to ty­ing run, but Stolt­fus was caught try­ing to steal third. With its scor­ing threat look­ing thwarted Guil­iano ripped a go-ahead home run over the leIW fielG Ience.

“Ev­ery­thing went in our fa­vor,” Meara said. “xWeg­ner] and Stolt­fus man­aged, with­out coach­ing to score a run on their own.”

“ScRWW, flaW RuW WhaW kLG can hit.”

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