Pen­nridge eases to win over Plum­stead

North Penn Life - - SPORT - By Tim Hindin thindin@mont­gomerynews. com

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.”

One thing that Pen­nridge can usu­ally rely on is its of­fense. The of­fense wasted no time get­ting started putWLQJ uS D WwR-VSRW LQ WKH fiUVW in­ning when third base­man ZDFK 0uUHGGD VDFUL­fiFHG LQ Sam Suder and Dan Long scored on a wild pitch.

Muredda, in ad­di­tion to scor­ing a run and hav­ing a two-RBI night at plate, was one of few who were parWLDOOy VWHOODU LQ WKH fiHOG IRU Pen­nridge. Muredda made VHYHUDO GLI­fiFuOW SODyV LQ­clud­ing three con­sec­u­tive to re­tire Plum­stead in or­der in the sec­ond in­ning.

“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.”

With Pen­nridge look­ing at a 5-0 lead af­ter two in­nings, it ap­peared well on its way WR DQ HDVy fiUVW JDPH wLQ, EuW sloppy de­fense in the fourth in­ning let Plum­stead back in

the game as it scored three runs on three Pen­nridge er­rors.

“We didn’t make some plays Ln WhH fiHOd Dnd WhDW’V uVuDOOy our strong point,” Snider said.

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

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