Pennridge eases to win over Plumstead
For the second year in row Pennridge entered the Connie Mack State playoffs as the number one seed. Late Saturday night its quest for the state title, which came up short last season, began at Limeport Stadium against Plumstead.
When speaking with Pen- nridge shortstop Dan Long after its Bux-Mont championship win he said the team was “not going to surprise anybody,” and that “everyone is coming for xthem].”
Despite not playing its best game, Pennridge showed why it’s the number one seed and the team to beat as it pulled away late from Plumstead, winning 12-4.
“I think we have the bull’s eye on our back, being the number one seed from Bux- Mont, I think everyone looks at us as maybe being the favorite,” Pennridge coach Dave Snider said. “I told xthe] guys before the game xPlumstead] has no pressure on them, they’re not expected to win tonight, we are expected to win.”
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“He played very well,” Snider said. “Really that’s kind of a new position for him. He hasn’t played a whole lot of third base. We kind of stuck him there earlier in the year and he just showed us that he can really do the job there.”
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the game as it scored three runs on three Pennridge errors.
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Other than the fourth inning, Plumstead’s offense was shut down due to outstanding pitching of Eric Wesolowski. Wesolowski pitched six innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run.
“He just gives you everything every time out,” Snider said. “Just knowing that we can start a tournament with him, you expect to win.”
With game still close, but not much in question, Pennridge batted around in the the sixth inning putting up fivH runV Ln WhH IrDPH, HVVHntially sealing the game.
The target on Pennridge will only get bigger as it moves on.
“It’s playoffs and anybody can beat anybody,” Suder said. “We have to win four straight to win the state championship, so xwe take