Soud­er­ton deals men­nridge first loss

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele ni­uele@mont­gomerynews. com

men­nridge was never go­ing to go through the Bux­Mont sched­ule un­de­feated, but it was just a mat­ter of who would have enough firH SRwHr WR GR LW. GLvHn the way Soud­er­ton’s lineup has been pound­ing the ball, it was no sur­prise that the Braves were thar team.

Soud­er­ton used a sixrun fourth in­ning to down league-lead­ing men­nridge 9-6. Dan O’Hara led the Braves, go­ing 3-for-3 with two dou­bles and four RBI, while starter Brian Gibbs put out a solid 5 1/3 in­nings, strik­ing out two and, for the most part, hold­ing down a po­tent men­nridge lineup. Soud­er­ton did it on just six hits, but took full ad­van­tage of free passes.

“Ev­ery time we play men­nridge, it’s a war,” Soud­er­ton coach maul Meara said. “They are never out of the game. Our pitch­ers pitched well, and there were points in the game, like the six-run in­ning, where I thought we looked re­ally good.”

Ev­ery­thing was go­ing right for men­nridge early. Rocky Wright’s club scored three runs early by way of a sDFrL­fiFH fly Ey BrDG 0LsLalek in the sec­ond and a twoRBI triple by Danny Shane in the third. To that point, starter Trevor Dal­ton had only al­lowed one hit and was cruis­ing. men­nridge looked well on its way to a ninth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Then the wheels fell off in the fourth.

Dal­ton got in trou­ble early in the in­ning. Al­though he gRW WwR RuW RI WKH firsW WKrHH hit­ters out, he also walked two and hit one, al­low­ing O’Hara to de­liver a basescle­ar­ing three-RBI triple to tie the game. Af­ter an­other walk, Dy­lan Mor­risette clubbed a two-RBI dou­ble to give Soud­er­ton a two-run OHDG, LWs firsW RI WKH gDPH. Lead­off man Kyle Wenger fol­lowed suit with an RBI dou­ble of his own and the Braves went from down three to up three.

“No­body ex­pected us to be 20-0, but it was nice while it was hap­pen­ing,” Wright said. “I think 8-0 might be the best this team has ever started. Soud­er­ton hit the crap out of the ball tonight. We gave up a lot of walks; I’m not sure why. Once you start giv­ing up the ball around the hit­ting zone, this team is go­ing to hit the ball.”

It seems that a new part of the Soud­er­ton lineup comes through ev­ery game. In this one, the six through nine hit­ters in the or­der were locked in. O’Hara, Gibbs, Mor­risette and Cory Ca­paldi com­bined to go 5-for-8 with four GRuEOHs, sHvHn 5B, DnG fivH runs scored. Re­gard­less, the Braves are prov­ing that their lineup is amongst the best in the league.

“O’Hara had three hits and he’s hit­ting sev­enth; I think he would be in the top four in the lineup any­where else,” Meara said. “We are pretty good all the way through, I feel good about our lineup this year. Things started turn­ing around at that menn State tour­na­ment for us and we are start­ing to see the ball bet­ter.”

Ca­paldi and O’Hara had back-to-back RBI dou­bles in WKH fiIWK, SuWWLng 6RuGHrWRn up 8-3. men­nridge, how­ever,

is too good to mail it in no mat­ter what the score is. Af­ter a few in­nings of slowly JHWWLQJ WR GLEEs, WKHy fiQDO broke through a bit with a three-run sixth. Mike Kac­er­gis had an RBI dou­ble, while two more runs came RQ fiHOGLQJ PLsFuHs. RHJDUG­less of how they got the runs, all of a sud­den it was a tworun game with mo­men­tum fa­vor­ing Pen­nridge.

Re­liever Kyle Tip­ping was hav­ing none of that come­back talk, re­cov­er­ing to get three straight outs in the sevHQWK DIWHU DOORwLQJ WKH fiUsW two bat­ters of the in­ning to reach base. It was the end of an im­pres­sive run for Pen­nridge, but the con­tin­u­a­tion of great form for Soud­er­ton.

“We’ll bounce back. This might be a bless­ing in dis­guise for us,” Wright said. “Not that any­one wants to lose, but you have to take a pos­i­tive out of a neg­a­tive. We are go­ing to play a good Pottstown team next week that also hits the ball well, so hope­fully this wakes us up.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

Hat­field’s Bryce Men­gel re­leases a pitch dur­ing Bux-Mont Amer­i­can Le­gion League ac­tion against Nor-Gwyn.

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