North Penn ral­lies past Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.”

O’Hara al­lowed two hits WKrRuJK WKH firVW IRur Ln­nLnJV and his of­fense sup­ported KLP wLWK fiYH runV Rn HLJKW hits off Knights’ starter Brian Ma­her. O’Hara him­self recorded a pair of hits, as did John San­toianni. In­di­ans lead­off hit­ter Stephen Hink had three hits in the game.

“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.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / GE­OFF PAT­TON

North Penn’s Brian Ma­her re­leases a pitch dur­ing Tues­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence game against Soud­er­ton.

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