Souderton deals mennridge first loss
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.”
Hatfield’s Bryce Mengel releases a pitch during Bux-Mont American Legion League action against Nor-Gwyn.