Tigers claw past short­handed Am­bler

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Dennis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

Bad news: Lans­dale has not hit any­where near what it was ex­pected to when the sea­son be­gan.

Good news: The Tigers are still win­ning.

Take Tues­day night, for ex­am­ple, when the Tigers FRl­lHFWHG Dll RI fivH hLWV against host Am­bler - two on WhH Ln­fiHlG - yHW VWLll HPHrJHG with an 8-4 win in a con­test short­ened to six in­nings due to im­pend­ing dark­ness.

ThH vLVLWRrV WRRN DGvDn­tage of 10 walks and a cou­ple of er­rors, scored three times in the sec­ond in­ning and four times in the fourth, then snapped a mini-twogame los­ing skid to earn their 10th win of the sea­son.

“We’ll take runs any way we can get them,” said Tigers sec­ond base­man Josh Fink, who reached base three times in four plate ap­pear­ances. “It wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily pretty, but we won the game and at the end of the day that’s what counts.”

“This same thing hap­pened in our game with Pottstown,” said Tigers manDJHr .HvLn 0FCDnn. “ThHLr pitch­ers walked peo­ple and ZH WRRN DGvDnWDJH.

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The host Rebels were with­out a hand­ful of play­ers DlRnJ ZLWh PDnDJHr 0DrWy Eck­ert, who were all ejected Ln 0RnGDy nLJhW’V IRrIHLW loss to Nor-Gwyn. But the Tigers, bat­tling through WhH Ln­jury EuJ WhHPVHlvHV, showed lit­tle sym­pa­thy.

ThH TLJHrV JRW D firVW-Ln­ning run on a pair of walks and Zach Hess’ RBI dou­ble, then added three more in the sec­ond af­ter the bases were loaded on walks.

Rocky Fer­rier chased home team­mate Ja­son Al­cott Rn D fiHlGHr’V FhRLFH JrRunG ball, then saw his brother 0LNH FHr­rLHr VFDPpHr hRPH on a Rebels throw­ing er­ror.

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The Rebels got one back on Kyle Gaffney’s two-out RBI sin­gle off Lans­dale starter and win­ner Carl Motts in the home third.

But Lans­dale blew it open in the fourth, once again, with a lot of help.

Ryan Con­way walked, took sec­ond on Rocky Fer­rier’s sin­gle, moved to third on Fink’s sec­ond hit of the game and scored on a passed ball.

Af­ter a walk to Ja­son Mills reloaded the bases, Hess hit a ground ball to short which was thrown away, plat­ing three runs.

From there, Motts and re­liever Jor­dan Premick kept the Rebels at bay, al­though the Rebels made it in­ter­estLnJ ZLWK D WKUHH-Uun fiIWK that fea­tured Don Woodruff’s RBI dou­ble and a two-run dou­ble by wach Rober­son.

And once again, the Tigers were un­der­whelm­ing of­fenVLYHOy, EuW finLVKHG Rn WRS.

“We have tal­ent here,” Fink said, “and whether it’s pretty or ugly we’ve been get­ting it done.

“HRSHIuOOy, ZH’OO VWDUW fiUing on all cylin­ders (of­fen­sively) soon.”

“With the skele­ton crew we had here, we’re happy to come away with the win,” McCann said, “and when we start get­ting some of our play­ers back from in­jury we feel we’ll start scor­ing more runs.

“Right now, the mid­dle of our lineup - Mills, Hess and (Tim) Edgar - have been solid, and they’ve helped put us where we are.”

Which is near the top of the league standings.

As for play­ing the role of the team the rest of the league is gun­ning for, Fink said that label is mis­lead­ing.

“We don’t think of our­selves that way,” he said. “We’re just play­ing one game at a time.

“We don’t think of our­selves as any­thing other than what we are, just a team try­ing to win ball­games.”

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