Pitching, defense keeps Yardley-morrisville on a roll
Yardley-Morrisville is continuing its recent roll in the Lower Bucks American Legion League (LBALL). Including recent wins over Newtown Post 440 and Bristol Post 382, YardleyMorrisville has now won seven league games in a row, and eight straight, overall.
On Wednesday evening, June 19 at Jay Dunlap Memorial Field, the team registered its latest triumph, a 3-1 victory over Lower Southampton. YardleyMorrisville jumped on Marlins starter Matt Kenzil right DwDy LQ WKH WRS RI WKH fiUsW, tagging the Neshaminy junior for two runs.
After leadoff hitter Kyle Marshall reached as a hit batsman, Ryan Sheaffer and Jack Seibert loaded the sacks with back-to-back sLQJOHs WR OHIW fiHOG. 0DUshall then scored on a balk and Sheaffer came home on D sDF-fly Ey -HII 7DOOPDQ.
Y-M padded its edge in WKH fiIWK RQ D sLQJOH Ey 7DOOman and an RBI double by Leo Hernandez. LoSo scored its only run in the game in the seventh. Starter Jake Goldberg registered a complete game win on the hill for Yardley, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Kenzil surrendered three runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking none in seven innings of work.
As has been the case of late, Y-M won yet another low-scoring affair.
“We have been getting great pitching all season and now our defense is start- ing to come together and that’s keeping us in games,” said Y-M head coach Mike Decembrino. “While we haven’t hit as well as we’d like to, we’ve had some key hits in certain situations.
“Because of the pitching and the defense, we’ve been able to hold on in some of these low-scoring games.”
In a recent 1-0 win over Newtown June 14 at Council Rock North, second baseman Ben Decembrino pushed home the game’s only run when he slapped D JURuQGHU WR fiUsW EDsH WKDW could not be handled by the 1HwWRwQ LQfiHOGHU.
Decembrino’s RBI scored Steve Sabatino from third base for the game-winner while lefthander Joe Sabatino recorded the pitching win, limiting Post 440 to just two hits. Tyler Scheuer took the loss for Newtown.
Dan Kleish registered the pitching win in a 2-1 victory over Bristol June 17 at Truman. In a scoreless game in the seventh inning, Steve Sabatino pushed home the fiUsW UuQ LQ WKH JDPH wLWK a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Jack Seibert from third base. Jake Goldberg came home with the winning tally on an error committed by Post 382.
Against defending league champion Bristol, Yardley took both ends of a doubleheader with Post 382, winning 1-0 and 5-1.
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Yardley-Morrisville batter Ben Decembrino gets out of the batter’s box in a recent win over Bristol. With a 3-1 triumph over Lower Southampton, Y-M has now won seven straight in Lower Bucks Legion play.