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North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

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Pen­nridge and Lans­dale has had po­lar op­po­site sea­sons in the Bux-Mont League. While Pen­nridge is en­joy­ing a 15-P record that in­cludes two eight-game win­ning streaks, the Can­nRnHHUV finG WKHPVHOvHV DW the bot­tom of the league. When the two squared off Rn WKH HvH RI WKH SODyRIIV, the re­sult was pretty much all chalk.

TDNLnJ DGvDnWDJH RI PLVcues and get­ting a solid per­for­mance from start­ing pitcher Aaron Hern­don, Pen­nridge all but locked up a top two seed in the play­offs ZLWK Dn HDVy 12-2 ZLn RvHU LDnVGDOH Ln fivH Ln­nLnJV. The Can­noneers hurt themVHOvHV IRU WKH PRVW SDUW, buW the Pen­nridge bats made the vLVLWRUV SDy GHDUOy IRU HvHUy mis­take.

“Lans­dale is strug­gling, and it’s re­ally easy to look past them, but I’m glad we didn’t,” Pen­nridge coach Rocky Wright said. “They look like they are an imSURvHG FOub. TKHy ZHUH KLWt­ing the ball pretty well. We re­ally want to go into the play­offs play­ing well.”

Pen­nridge started the game off the way it knows how, putting three runs on WKH bRDUG Ln WKH fiUVW Ln­nLnJ. AOO WKUHH WDOOLHV FDPH vLD WKH er­ror, but they were set up by hits from Tyler Shout­les and goe Unangst. Lans­dale struck back with a pair in the top of the sec­ond on back-to­back RBI sin­gles by willur Rahim and garded Hunter, JLvLnJ WKH DSSHDUDnFH WKDW LW would be a close game.

Un­for­tu­nately for Lans- dale, the wheels fell off in a big way af­ter that.

Wright’s club put up six runs in bot­tom half of the sec­ond, quelling any hope of D FRPSHWLWLvH JDPH. WDONV and er­rors once again hurt the Can­noneers, but Pen­nridge started to swing the bats well. Unangst and Danny Shane both walked with the bases loaded to bring home runs, while Ben Lip­pen­cott punched an RBI sinJOH WKURuJK WKH Ln­fiHOG. TKH bLJ bORZ, KRZHvHU, ZDV -DNH Gor­don’s two-RBI base hit.

“It was a tough game, but Pen­nridge is a good team,” Lans­dale coach gim Dugan said. “We got off to a rough VWDUW; ZH PDGH fivH HUURUV Ln WKH fiUVW WKUHH Ln­nLnJV. TKH kids are play­ing hard, but we DUH D yRunJ WHDP. WH KDvH D lot of kids com­ing back next year. We’ll be bet­ter next sea­son.”

The Can­noneers brought on Leo D’Agostino in re­lief and he pitched fairly well. HH JDvH uS D Uun Rn 6HDn MFLHRG’V VDFUL­fiFH fly Ln WKH fourth and two runs crossed the plate on er­rors while he was on the mound in the fiIWK, buW IRU WKH PRVW SDUW JDvH 3Hn­nULGJH D WRuJKHU JR. Lans­dale did man­ager eight hits and a few in­nings with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion, but a com­bi­na­tion of bad at bats and great Pen­nridge de­fense did not al­low a run to score af­ter the sec­ond.

Pen­nridge has one more game, against Perkiomen, buW LW FDn nRZ PRvH LWV DW­ten­tion to the play­offs. With his lineup in­tact and pitchLnJ UHVWHG, WULJKW LV FRn­fi­dent that his club will make a great run at ti­tle when the play­offs start on Thurs­day.

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