LC sees positives in defeat
The Lansdale Catholic baseball team’s comeback came up a run short, but senior Tom Gibbons still saw positives in the effort the Crusaders gave Monday afternoon.
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A four-run fourth inning pulled the Crusaders even with Perkiomen School, but a pair of runs by the visiting 3DnWKHrs Ln WKH fiIWK wDs MusW enough for them to secure a 6-5 non-league victory over LC at School Road Park.
“I think we ended on a high note. We started hitting well and during the beginning of the game we had no energy, no focus,” Gibbons said. “auring the end of the game, we started coming back, chipping away at the lead and we got hits after hits.
“And at the end, we didn’t pull the win out, but it was nice, something to build off of for tomorrow.”
Josh Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for Perkiomen School, providing Perkiomen with the game-winning run as his JrRunG RuW Ln WKH fiIWK Dl- lowed Juan Carlos Sierra to score from second for a 6-4 lead.
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With one out in the seventh, a Kevin Scott single and a Gibbons double to left put runners at second and third. After a ground out, Scott came home after Brian Farrell reached on an error, EuW D fly RuW Rn WKH nHxW DWEDW finLsKHG LC’s rDlly.
“Last year we struggled kind of winning these games and after an inning like that (the fourth) up 4-0, end up 4-4, we often times lost our competitiveness,” Perkiomen School coach Ken Baker said. “And we did not do that today.”
Jose Marce earned the victory for the Panthers (3-1), allowing four runs — all earned — on four hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked four while also going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Levi Stoudt collected the save, giving up one unearned run DnG IRur KLWs Ln WKH finDl three innings.
“It was good. It was good game for us, I hope it was a good game for them. And it’s one of those competitions that we’d like to keep going,” Baker said.
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“WH GLG fiJKW EDFN DnG we’re improving a lot. I don’t think you’ll see the quality of team we have until late in the season. But I think they’re going to be really, really good,” Lansdale Catholic coach Rick Norwood said. “We’ve just got to learn how to win right now.”
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“There was a lot of positives. And that’s why a game like today, I could lose my mind and go crazy over those two or three plays and scream and yell. But for us WR fiJKW EDFN wDs D ELJ thing,” Norwood said.
For Perkiomen School, Esteban Martinez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, Sierra was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Angel Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored.
Lansdale Catholic was missing Sean Becker (illness) and Ian Conwell (sprained ankle) from its lineup, while Perk School was without an injured Naquan Holden.
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The Panthers tacked on three more runs to their advantage in the third. With two outs, Cruz doubled to center, plating both Lopez and Sierra. Martinez followed with another double to center, scoring Cruz for the 4-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Matt Hull drew a two-out walk to load the bases. A walk to James Basile on the nHxW DW-EDW ErRuJKW 0DrN Savini, while a auggan RBI single made it 4-2. Scott then singled to center, plating both Hull and Basile to tie the game.
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Sierra reached secondly safely on the play, then scored on Cruz’s ground out.
Lansdale Catholic’s Chris Wallace delivers a pitch during Monday’s game against Perkiomen School.