LC sees pos­i­tives in de­feat

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

“I want to say to­day was more a score­board loss, but maybe a mo­ral win,” WKH sHnLRr RuW­fiHlGHr sDLG. “It’s some­thing we can take from and build into an­other game.”

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.

Lans­dale Catholic (1-3, 1-0 Philadel­phia Catholic League Blue aivi­sion) put run­ners on base in both the fiIWK DnG sLxWK, EuW WKH 3Dn­thers got out of both in­nings thanks to dou­ble­plays.

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.

aan Car­ney took the loss for Lans­dale Catholic, sur- ren­der­ing two earned runs in 1⅓ Ln­nLnJs Rn WwR KLWs.

“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.”

GLEERns finLsKHG 2-IRr4 with a dou­ble, while Pat aug­gan was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cru­saders. Scott went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Kyle ais­eroad was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

“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.

Perkiomen School took a 1-0 lHDG Ln WKH WRS RI WKH firsW Ds Joseph Pena — who led off the game with a walk — scored on a Lopez sin­gle to cen­ter.

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.

The Pan­thers, how­ever, took back the lead for good Ln WKH fiIWK. -RsHSK DHLRs- San­tos was hit by a pitch, went to sec­ond on a ground out, then third on Sierra’s sin­gle. aeLosSan­tos was able to steal home to make it 5-4 when Sierra was caught Ln D runGRwn EHWwHHn firsW and sec­ond.

Sierra reached se­condly safely on the play, then scored on Cruz’s ground out.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / GE­OFF PAT­TON

Lans­dale Catholic’s Chris Wal­lace de­liv­ers a pitch dur­ing Mon­day’s game against Perkiomen School.

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