Bris­tol gets beat up by Dirt­bags in pre-play­off skir­mish

The Advance of Bucks County - - OPINION - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Edi­tor

– In WKH YHry firsW JDPH RI WKH sea­son, Bris­tol Le­gion Post 382 bat­tled Falls Le­gion Post 834 to a near stand­off, though the Dirt­bags came out ahead af­ter nip­ping Bris­tol by a 9-8 score. The next matchup be­tween the squads re­sulted in a 4-4 draw.

So it was only nat­u­ral for Post 382 head coach Tim Mon­aghan to ex­pect a bet­ter re­sult than the one he got from his team Wed­nes­day night, July 3 in a pre-Fourth of July matchup with Falls.

Post 834 went to work al­most right away, tag­ging Post 382 left­hander Jar­rett Pat­man with three runs in the top of the sec­ond in- ning. First base­man Scott Jensen (3-for-5) got the big hit in the in­ning, a stand-up triple that sent Shane Mon­aKDn KRPH wLWK WKH firsW RI a dozen runs in the game, a 12-2 win that fa­vored the Dirt­bags.

“The score wasn’t in­dica­tive of the job that he did tonight,” said Coach Mon­aghan, of Pat­man, an in­com­ing sopho­more at Con­well-Egan Catholic. “I thought he got hurt a lit­tle bit on some 0-2 pitches that he left up in the zone. “Young guys do that. “As a young guy, he has to learn to make them hit more pitch­ers’ type pitches in those sit­u­a­tions.”

Falls short­stop Bran­don Gar­rett drove runs in with RBI sin­gles in the sec­ond in­ning and again in the fourth as Post 834 pulled out to a 5-0 lead by the mid­dle of the fourth frame. The ELJ Ln­nLnJ FDPH Ln WKH fiIWK how­ever, when the Dirt­bags pushed six runs across the plate – all, with two outs.

Post 834 start­ing pitcher Beau Flem­ing (1 H, 2 R, 7 K, 1 W) – at the time in the mid­dle of a no-hit­ter on the hill for Falls – ig­nited the of­fen­sive out­burst with the firsW RI KLs WwR GRuElHs Ln the game, this one a crush­ing blow over the head of WKH FHnWHr­fiHlGHr.

Flem­ing came home on Dn 5B, sLnJlH Ey RuW­fiHlGHr Tim Hild but the big hits in the in­ning were a two-run dou­ble by catcher Devin McDer­mott and a two-run sin­gle by Justin Jacko that pushed the score to 11-0.

In the sixth, Flem­ing opened the in­ning with an­other crush­ing dou­ble then scored on a force at sec­ond base on a grounder by Chris Ro­mano as Falls pushed the score to 12-0.

WLWK WKH JDPH firPly Ln the bag, Post 834 spent the next half-in­ning giv­ing a pair of runs away as Falls com­mit­ted four er­rors in a sin­gle frame. Bat­tling a full count, pinch hit­ter Collin Pool broke up Flem­ing’s no-hit­ter with a drib­bler down the third base line that MusW GLHG Ln WKH Ln­fiHlG JrDss. A throw­ing er­ror on the play put Pool on sec­ond base and he scored on the sec­ond of two er­rors – one throw­ing, one catch­ing – by Falls

which broke up the shutout. Yet an­other throw­ing gaffe at short pushed the score to LWs fi­naO scRrH.

“:hHn yRu’rH SOayLng a WHaP OLNH FaOOs, yRu GRn’W have room to make any kind of mis­takes and we NnRw WhaW,” saLG 0Rna­han. “It’s dis­ap­point­ing. We’ve SOayHG WhHP WRugh aOO yHar so it’s tough to come here and have that kind of an efIRrW.”

FRr WhH DLrWEags, LW was their eighth straight win in Lower Bucks Amer­i­can LegLRn SOay as FaOOs SushHG its record to 12-1-2 in the /BA//, 13-4-1 RYHraOO. 0Han­whLOH, BrLsWRO IHOO WR 7-8-1 with just two games re­main­ing in LBALL ac­tion.

A WRugh Gay Rn WhH hLOO IRr PaWPan, whR was chargHG with 11 of the 12 runs scRrHG Ey WhH ‘Eags, whR EangHG RuW 14 hLWs Ln WhH cRnWHsW LncOuGLng IRur IRr ex­tra bases. En­ter­ing the PaWchuS, WhH 15-yHar-ROG was com­ing off a shutout win over Lower Southam­pWRn anG a cORsH 2-1 ORss WR YarGOHy-0Rr­rLsYLOOH.

“:H IHOW EHIRrH WhLs gaPH that we were right there wLWh [FaOOs]. -ar­rHWW haG SLWchHG wHOO Ln hLs SrHYLRus two starts so this was an op­por­tu­nity to see how he’d do against one of the bet­ter RIIHn­sHs Ln WhH OHaguH,” saLG cRach 0Rnaghan.

“With a few ad­just­ments on some of those 0-2 and 1-2 SLWchHs, I WhLnN WhH scRrH wRuOG haYH EHHn a OLWWOH GLIfer­ent. I don’t think he was 10 runs worse than their OLnHuS WRnLghW.”

Com­ing off back-to back LBALL cham­pi­onships and a RHgLRn 3 WLWOH Ln 2011, BrLsWRO cHrWaLnOy GRHs nRW ORRN SRLsHG IRr a WhrHH-SHaW. 7hHn agaLn, whR’Ga WhunN WhHy’G wLn LW aOO Ln /RwHr BucNs OasW yHar? /HaguH SOayRIIs EHgLn FrLGay, -uOy 12 so any­one can win.

PRsW 382 Ls a shHOO RI WhH team that went to the PA /HgLRn SOayRIIs WwR yHars ago with just Gino CeIaORnH, 0LNH PHWrLzzL, anG A.-. 6OHzRsNL aORng wLWh nHwcRPHrs DyOan EEHrW (BrLsWRO), DHrHN :hLW­fiHOG (Ln­jurHG) Zach 6chwarWz (BHn­saOHP) anG Dan 6uOOLYan (BHn­saOHP) OHaGLng the squad in its cur­rent cam­paign.

Pho­tos by Steve Sher­man

Bris­tol Le­gion left­hander Jar­rett Pat­man got rocked Wed­nes­day night, July 3 in his first out­ing against Falls, which won 12-2.

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