Wis­sahickon rings up Cru­saders

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

For a warmup be­tween in­nings, Wis­sahickon base­ball coach Shan­non Gunby likes to play mu­sic from his iPhone for both his squad and the op­pos­ing team. DurLnJ WKH PLGGOH Ln­nLnJs the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers amped up the play­ers, but by the top of the sev­enth, the speak­ers rang with tolls IrRP AC/DC’s ‘HHOO’s BHOOs’ — a fiWWLnJ HnG WR Lan­sGaOH Catholic’s day.

The Tro­jans clocked in a 10-2 wLn RYHr WKH YLsLWLnJ Cru­saders.

POaFHG firPOy Ln WKH PLG­dle of the con­fer­ence standLnJs, WKLs nRn-OHaJuH JaPH could have been a game for WKH TrRMans WR RYHrORRN. AW 4-4 RYHraOO anG 4-3 Ln Sub­ur­ban OnH APHrLFan, WKLs break in con­fer­ence play marks the mid­way point of the sea­son. For the Tro­jans, 2010 Sub­ur­ban OnH FKaPSs, they’re de­ter­mined to use the re­main­ing games to pro­pel them­selves into the po­si­tion they think they should be.

“We were us­ing this game as our liftoff game to get through the rest of the seasRn anG finLsK sWrRnJ,” saLG goe Gor­man, who made his firsW SLWFKLnJ aSSHaranFH Ln re­lief Tues­day. “We don’t SOan Rn finLsKLnJ .500 aW WKH end of the sea­son.”

Gor­man, the se­nior catcher for Wis­sahickon, be­gan his day where he nor­mally GRHs, bHKLnG WKH SOaWH. BuW, by WKH fiIWK KH was firPOy anG FRn­fiGHnWOy Rn WRS RI WKH mound.

“I hurt my knee in the be­gin­ning of the year and I haven’t been catch­ing as much,” Gor­man said. “(CRaFK Gunby) WROG PH he’d try to use me off the mound be­cause I can throw the ball pretty hard.”

Gor­man came in with a 5-2 OHaG Ln WKH bHJLn­nLnJ RI WKH fiIWK wKHrH wHnW 1-2-3 and then pitched two score­less in the sixth and sev­enth. He even got a hit in the bot­tom of the sixth, for which one of the coach­ing staff shouted, “Hey goe, you need a coat?” The next bat­ter, Michael Mar­can­toninni, KLW a WwR-run sKRW WR OHIW anG rRunGHG WKH basHs wLWK a fisW in the air.

“I knew with a run­ner on base I wanted to make some­thing hap­pen,” Mar­can­toninni said. “I worked the FRunW WR WwR-anG-WwR anG , got a fast­ball up in the zone and was just able to drive it.”

HLs WwR-run KRPHr FaSSHG RII a fiYH-run fiIWK anG sLxWK in­ning and put the Cru­saders to rest. With strong play from the top to the bot­tom of the lineup, in­clud­ing some young­sters like Nick Falso at

third base and gu­lian OsterneFN Ln FenWeU, GunEy KDV FRn­fiGenFe Ln KLV SODyeUV WR turn the sea­son into a pos­i­tive one.

The pitch­ing in par­tic­u­lar has been the Tro­jans’ strong VuLW DOO yeDU ORnJ. In OeDJue, the Tro­jans haven’t dropped D JDPe Ey PRUe WKDn WKUee, such as their 4-1 loss to Chel­tenham. The oth­ers were 3-2 ORVVeV WR SSULnJ­fieOG DnG WR un­de­feated league-lead­ing Up­per More­land.

“RDnGy FUDnNen­fieOG DnG Billy McFar­land are two league starters and they’ve Eeen OLJKWV RuW, WKeLU (RAV have been down in the ones FRPELneG,” GunEy VDLG. “IW’V veUy GLI­fiFuOW IRU uV WR look at the fact that we have three league losses con­sid­er­ing how well our pitch­ers KDve WKURwn.”

Gunby cited the age-old tru­ism of a “lack of ex­ecu- WLRn,” WKDW KDV KeOG WKe WeDP EDFN. BuW, Ln WKe ODVW WwR weeNV DORne, WKey’ve RuWs­cored op­po­nents a com­bined 34-3 in four games. Thir hit­ting was the piece they’ve been miss­ing and play­ers and coaches alike hope to see the trend con­tinue.

“We KDve FRn­fiGenFe Ln DOO RI RuU JuyV,” MDUFDnWRnLnnL said. “As long as ev­ery­one is hit­ting we’re go­ing to win EDOO JDPeV.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

North Penn’s Han­nah Young races past Cen­tral Bucks South’s Cor­rine Ken­ney dur­ing Tues­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence match.

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