My­ers, Rams shut out North Penn

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

As LI WKrRwLnJ WKH firsW pitch of an at-bat for a strike was not im­por­tant enough, Pen­nridge’s Evan My­ers de­cided to do so with all three of his pitches. The righthander’s com­mand on Fri­day helped quiet the North Penn of­fense and led the Rams to a 4-0 win.

My­ers never lost his rhythm from pitch one to pitch 78 of his com­pletegame shutout. He scat­tered fivH KLWs DnG sWruFN RuW IRur in the win. Ev­ery in­ning he jogged out to the mound, stepped on the rub­ber to get his sign and quickly got his team back into the dugout to hit.

“I was just keep­ing them off bal­ance all day,” My­ers said. “I was mix­ing speed and lo­ca­tion. I have my back­end pitches, like my slider and changeup, work­ing bet­ter. I feel sharper this year.”

The per­for­mance is what Rams coach Tom Nuneviller is ac­cus­tomed to re­ceiv­ing from his se­nior ace. He has given the ball to My­ers in ev­ery big game over the past two sea­sons and he has rarely dis­ap­pointed.

“It al­ways starts with your pitcher and Evan was fo­cused to­day,” Nuneviller said. “He was good last year, and with an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team, he kept us in a lot of games.”

Help­ing Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence con­test move along at a quick pace was the show­ing by Knights starter Dy­lan Bo­rawski. The se­nior has come out of the bullpen the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son, but with North Penn coach Kevin Manero giv­ing him the chance to start, he did not fail. Bo­rawski scat­tered eight hits, no ex­tra base hits, and struck out three.

“We got very good pitch­ing this week,” Manero said. “What­ever team gets the most pitch­ing is prob­a­bly go­ing to be there in the end and that is re­ally start­ing to come around for us. When all the phases come to­gether we will be in good shape.”

Bo­rawski was rolling through the Rams lineup un­til a base run­ner reached by er­ror to lead off the third in­ning. The Rams (6-3, 4-3 con­fer­ence) scored three un­earned runs on one hit in the frame — gake Gor­don, A.g. Mo­let­tiere and Tyler Shoultes plat­ing run­ners be­fore Bo­rawski could get out of the in­ning.

“This is what the sea­son is about,” Manero said. “We learn, we get bet­ter, and we are at our best when we need to be.”

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