Hoff­man hop­ing ex­pe­ri­ence pays off for Falls

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

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Edi­tor Win­ners of 11 straight in Lower Bucks Amer­i­can Le­gion League (LBALL) play, Falls Post 834 is cruis­ing along at 16-4-1 over­all and 15-1-2 in the league. The team is led by a bunch of savvy vet­er­ans, most of whom are re­cent high school grad­u­ates or col­lege fresh­men.

An in­com­ing sopho­more at Gwynedd-Mercy Col­lege, righthander Beau Flem­ing mowed down the com­pe­ti­tion in the Dirt­bags’ 12-2 win over Bris­tol July 3 at Tru­man High School. A 2012 grad­u­ate of Con­wellE­gan Catholic, Flem­ing al­lowed just two runs – both un­earned – on one hit and a walk while strik­ing out seven.

Big Beau ac­tu­ally had a no-hit­ter go­ing un­til the sixth in­ning when Post 382 pinch hit­ter Collin Pool HNHG RuW Dn Ln­fiHlG sLnJlH on a drib­bler down the third base line that just died in the Ln­fiHlG JrDss.

Bris­tol (8-9-1) pushed both of its runs across the plate in the sixth (a frame that saw four Falls er­rors) but re­ally, Flem­ing had con­trol of the game from the out­set and helped his team win go­ing away. Com­ing on the heels of a re­cent 3-2 win over Yard­ley-Mor­risville and a 10-2 tri­umph over Lower Southamp­ton, Post 834 pushed its win streak in Lower Bucks play to eight.

“Beau is throw­ing all three of his pitches for strikes, he’s get­ting ahead early and he’s mak­ing hit­ters hit his pitch,” said Falls head coach Pete Hoff­man. “You can’t ask for more than that.”

At the plate, Flem­ing went 2-for-4 with a pair of dou­bles, a run scored and an RBI. Mean­while, Dirt­bags short­stop Bran­don Gar­rett, a re­cent grad­u­ate of Penns­bury High School, went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. His RBI sin­gle with two outs in the top of the fourth in­ning helped push the score to 5-0.

First base­man Scott Jensen, a re­cent grad­u­ate of Tru­man, went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, a triple and a pair of runs scored. His standup triple in the sec­ond Ln­nLnJ GrRYH KRPH WKH firsW of a dozen runs for Post 834. An­other hit, an RBI sin­gle with two outs in the fiIWK KHlSHG LJnLWH D sLx-run out­burst by Falls.

Dirt­bags catcher Devin McDer­mott, a re­cent grad­u­ate of Bucks County Tech­ni­cal School, went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. His two-run dou­ble – also with two outs – plated Jensen and Nick DeMarchis, push­ing the score to 8-0.

Justin Jacko, an in­com­ing se­nior at Penns­bury, went 2-for-5, a pair of RBI and a run scored. His two-run

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Photo by Steve Sher­man

Falls Le­gion righthander Beau Flem­ing al­lowed just two runs on one hit and a walk in the Dirt­bags’ 12-2 win over Post 382 on July 3 at Tru­man.

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