Lansdale pulls away from Ambler
Tigers use 7-run 7th inning to take control
AMBLER » The Perkiomen Valley Twilight League game between Lansdale and Ambler Monday evening looked like the battle between the top two teams should — a one-run game after six innings.
But then it got out of hand.
Second-place Lansdale scored seven seventh-inning runs to take full control of a 10-2 win over firstplace Ambler at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.
Ben Workheiser put Lansdale ahead, 3-2, in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI double.
The Tigers first two batters of the seventh recorded outs before the game-securing rally started.
Joe Casselberry knocked in two runs with a double, Workheiser three with a double and Nick Strizziere and Matt Hanson each knocked in one run.
“I got down two strikes,” Workheiser said of his threerun double. “I was waiting for a hanging curveball or something, but I think he threw me a fastball. I was just ready for it. I was ready to break the game open and help us, help my pitcher.
“Just seeing that we had the lead and try to pour it on,” he added about the seventh-inning rally. “Two outs, (seven) runs. We got the top of the lineup rolling, started off with two outs right away, but it didn’t stop us to just try and give (Lansdale pitcher Anthony Civitello) a lead and let him go and finish off the game.”
Lansdale (14-5) totaled 15 hits — including seven doubles — against arguably the best pitcher in the Perky League, Ambler’s Andy Noga.
“In a 30-game season you’re bound to have a game or two like this,” Ambler player-coach Pete Moore said. “It is what it is. The good news for us is that it’s a week where we bounce back and play Tuesday at Trooper, Wednesday at home against Pottstown and Thursday against Norristown, so plenty of baseball to be had and we move on.”
Noga pitched against Lansdale earlier in the season and threw a complete game three-hitter. Monday he struck out seven batters over 6 2/3 innings and allowed ten runs — all earned.
“Be aggressive early with his fastball,” Workheiser, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI, two runs and three doubles — said of the scouting report on Noga. “That’s what I was told since we have some veteran guys. Attack early and I did on the first one. It was 2-0 and I swung on a fastball.”
“Tip your cap to (Lansdale),” Moore said. “They put some good swings on balls. I think that Andy had a long layoff between starts just because of the weather we had last week. We tried to line him up last week with who we wanted him to throw against and two of his starts got rained out. I think with a guy like Andy that’s in such a rhythm, when you get extra time off that can almost be a detriment to you. He’s the best pitcher in the league and we have confidence he’ll bounce right back in his next start.”
Lansdale’s Civitello was brilliant on the mound. He scattered six hits over seven innings, struck out seven batters to one walk and both of his runs were unearned.
Ambler (15-2-3) tied the game at two in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eric Ruhland plated Mark Mccough on a sacrifice fly and Colin Kennedy hit a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Bob Drozdowski.
Workheiser got the Tigers on the board first. He led off the third inning with a double and scored on a Hanson single.
Cody Clarke singled home Jason Brooke in the top of the fourth inning to give Lansdale a 2-0 lead.