North Penn rallies past Souderton
With runners on second and third base, it was awfully tempting to hand North Penn’s Eddie Posavec the open base on Tuesday. But Souderton recognized the Knights’ lineup did not get much easier after the threehole hitter and went after the Binghamton-bound catcher.
Posavec made the Indians pay with a two-run triple to tie the score in the third inning. The decision was questioned, but later proven correct as the men behind Posavec propelled the Knights to an 8-T Suburban One Continental Conference win at sic Alderfer Memo- rial Ballpark.
It was not only respect to sticks surrounding the centerpiece, but Indians coach Mike Childs had all the faith in his senior right-hander aan O’Hara. While O’Hara missed his spot in that instance, he came right back and limited the damage.
“Give them credit,” Childs said. “They hit the ball, put the ball in play and took advantage of our mistakes. If we execute we are going to win games, but we have to do that. You have to show up for league games.”
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“There were some positive things,” Childs said. “We got bunts down and moved guys around well. We got guys in scoring position and had a chance. It is the breaks of baseball and we will go back to work tomorrow.”
Just as the Indians’ lead ballooned to 5-2, the Knights’ aylan Borawski came in and gave his team a chance to rally back. Borawski allowed two hits and struck out three in his three plus innings of work and received the win for his efforts.
“We are getting good relief pitching to keep games where they are,” Knights coach Kevin Manero said. “We have a lot of arms and we have a lot of innings to play where we will get to see some guys.”
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“We have a good lineup top to bottom,” Bertucci said. “I like hitting in front of Eddie and in behind (Chris) Kersey. I get good pitches to hit and try to do what I can with the ball. I have been seeing a lot of fastballs.”
O’Hara hit Posavec with a pitch and walked Albaugh,
forcing Childs to make another tough decision. He stuck with his senior. O’Hara got ahead in the count against Brady West, RnOy WR VHH WKH rLJKWfiHOGHr rocket the 0-2 offering into the gap and tie the score. Nate Heller drove in the two go-ahead runs with a single up the middle.
“We beat ourselves,” Childs said. “We dropped a ball early that led to runs and on a 0-2 pitch, that should not be hittable, was hittable. aan knows better. I will take aan 10 out of 10 times. He can be my starter any time. He just let one get away.”
“We need guys like Nate in the bottom of our order to put the ball in play,” Manero said. “If we are putting pressure on the defense we can get a lot of production.”
Nine-hole hitter Nick Yacopino tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh , which proved to be important. Josh Freed’s RBI groundout inched the Indians within a run, but with two outs Borawski induced a ground out, giving the Knights (1-1, 1-0) an early edge in the SOL Continental.
“We have a lot of seniors on the team and there is leadership all around,” Bertucci said. “We are alwDyV JRLnJ WR fiJKW WR WKH last out.”
North Penn’s Brian Maher releases a pitch during Tuesday’s Suburban One Continental Conference game against Souderton.