Hoffman hoping experience pays off for Falls
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.
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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.
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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.