N-G picks up for­feit win over Am­bler

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin



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.

“We pitched our best pitcher which is Jay [Kluka], we were re­ally try­ing to get WKH ZLn,” APEOHU RuW­fiHOGHU Donny Woodruff said.

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.”

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