Lans­dale pulls away from Am­bler

Tigers use 7-run 7th in­ning to take con­trol

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

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.

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