N-G picks up forfeit win over Ambler
Nor-Gwyn and Ambler entered as two teams badly in need of a win in Monday night’s Perkiomen Valley Twilight League game. Perhaps it was a combination of the heat and losing record, but Ambler would be the team taking the loss but not by the result of its play on WKH fiHOG.
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With both teams’ pitchers looking nearly unhittable after the fourth inning, the game appeared destined for extra innings. In the eighth LnnLnJ, 5HEHOV fiUVW EDVHPDn Mick Foley was ejected from the game for talking back to the umpire after a strikeout, but this would only be the start of what was about to transpire.
In the top of the ninth inning, Merv Woodlin was on second base via a passed ball after his third single of the game. Woodlin was then caught stealing third base then Kyle Gaffney promptly struck out to end the inning.
Ambler manager Marty Eckert and pitcher Jay Kluka were disgruntled with the call made at third base the half inning prior. After talking to the umpire warming up between innings, Kluka was ejected from the game.
“Kluka’s a good kid,” Woodruff said. “He gets stressed out sometimes, but I can see why he got upset just because he always goes to these games where he pitches so well and then we don’t come through for him and so I guess that was like the [climax].”
After the dust had marginally settled, Eckert was then ejected from the game. After only one batter in the bottom half of the ninth inning the umpire decided he had seen enough and call the game a forfeit in favor of Nor-Gwyn.
“I don’t really care what went on [on Ambler’s side],” Nor-Gwyn coach Tony Dibricida said. “They lost their composure, and in 27 years of doing this, I’ve never seen that happen before.”
For Nor-Gwyn, it knows at this point in the season it’s all about trying to string wins together and make sure the end of the year is when it’s playing its best ball.
“We have really no room for error at this point,” Dibricida said. “I just told [my team] the second half of the season, the way we went 3-10 WKH fiUVW KDOI ZH FDn JR 10-3 and be right in the mix.”
“I’ll say it once, I’ll say it to [anyone], I’d say our team is going to be there at the end and I wouldn’t want to play us in the playoffs.”