Yard­ley Post 317 gets the run­ners on and in

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

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Edi­tor With Yard­ley Post 317 pitch­ers Justin An­drews and Matt Gra­ham rest­ing their arms af­ter split­ting time on the hill in Western’s open­ing Lower Bucks Amer­i­can Le­gion League play­off win over Northamp­ton on July 13, Tom Kreil­ing was counted on in a big spot in Sun­day’s en­su­ing bat­tle with Yard­ley Mor­risville.

The third-seeded Riversharks had given No. 2 seed Le­gion Post 317 a bat­tle in all three du­els be­tween th­ese squads and July 14 at Kop­per Ket­tle field was no dif­fer­ent.

While Kreil­ing wasn’t per­fect, he was pretty good, enough so that he pitched Western to a com­plete game 2-0 tri­umph. A re­cent grad­u­ate of Ne­shaminy, Kreil­ing walked just one bat­ter while scat­ter­ing six hits and strik­ing out six.

“Ev­ery­body is look­ing to play, get on, get over and get in,” said Western head coach Dave Vac­caro.

“Tommy did a nice job get­ting the lead­off hit­ter out to­day and that’s the key, es­pe­cially play­ing with th­ese wood bats.

“You let that lead­off bat­ter get on and get bunted over (to sec­ond). Now, you have two chances – es­pe­cially if you’re in the meat of your lineup – to get a base hit to bring that run in.

“Tommy did a nice job tak­ing away that bunt sit­u­a­tion – tak­ing away that part of that phi­los­o­phy.

“That’s the best thrown all year.”

While Mor­risville starter Joe Sa­batino sur­ren­dered 10 hits, he did a nice job him­self scat­ter­ing them around. Western left many of those run­ners stranded in­clud­ing leav­ing the sacks jammed in the bot­tom of the first af­ter string­ing to­gether three con­sec­u­tive sin­gles though all with two outs.

Post 317 fi­nally man­aged to break a score­less dead­lock in the bot­tom of the fifth af­ter get­ting right fielder Jake Franzen on


board with a lead­off sin­gle. Af­ter catcher Mike Burns ad­vanced Franzen to sec­ond with a sac­ri­fice bunt, Sa­batino got a huge out when he struck out the ever danger­ous An­drews look­ing.

But back-to-back sin­gles by out­fielder -oe Guen­ther and first base­man Evan Mul­hol­land pushed the win­ning run across as Western went on to a 2-0 tri­umph.

Not coin­ci­den­tally, Franzen, Guen­ther and Mul­hol­land ig­nited the Post 3NT of­fense in a N0-0 tri­umph over No. 5 seed Northamp­ton -uly N3 at Ne­shaminy. All three in the tri­umvi­rate drove in runs while Mul­hol­land added a pair of RBIs and Guen­ther pitched in with two hits.

Guen­ther added an­other 2-for-4 per­for­mance at the plate in Sun­day’s 2-0 vic­tory over Mor­risville in- clud­ing an in­field sin­gle that kept the win­ning rally go­ing in the fifth.

Western got a pair of run­ners on in the sev­enth when Burns drew a one-out walk and Guen­ther sin­gled with two outs. Again, Sa­batino ex­tin­guished the rally how­ever to give his team a chance when he got the danger­ous Mul­hol­land to ground out back to the mound.

Post 3NT fi­nally got the in­sur­ance run it needed in the eighth when Kreil­ing led the in­ning off by get­ting on board on an er­ror, go­ing to third on -or­dan Ang­jelo’s sin­gle and scor­ing on a sacfly by Gra­ham.

A good out­ing for Kreil­ing turned in to a tough night for Mor­risville which fell into the loser’s bracket af­ter com­ing back to beat Bris­tol N0-9 on catcher -ack Seib­ert’s walkoff dou­ble in Sun­day’s rain de­layed restart. If Kreil­ing could be faulted at all, it was the fact he hit four bats­men, though none of those run­ners scored for Mor­risville.

“ee had his fast­ball go­ing tonight and we were chal­leng­ing hit­ters (in­side),” ex­plained sac­caro. “When he goes in with his two-seamer, some­times it rides up on him a lit­tle bit.

“It hap­pened in sit­u­a­tions where there was no threat – two or three of those came with two outs and no­body on. You just come back and get the next guy.”

It’s a phi­los­o­phy that has worked for Western all sea­son long, to the tune of NR reg­u­lar sea­son wins and now two in the Lower Bucks Le­gion play­offs. For their ef­forts, Post 3NT ad­vances to a win­ners bracket bat­tle with top-seeded Falls Mon­day, -uly NR back at Kop­per Ket­tle.

Iron­i­cally, Western suf­fered all three of its losses this sea­son at the hands of Post 834. Still, sac­caro likes his team’s chances against the Dirt­bags, who swept Post 3NT in a -une O3 dou­ble­header at Penns­bury. The first time the sides squared off, Western took a N-0 lead into the mid­dle in­nings only to see Falls win on a two-run shot over the fence by Falls first base­man Beau Flem­ing.

By los­ing, Mor­risville mean­while fell into the losers bracket and went up against No. 4 seed Bris­tol -uly N4 at Ne­shaminy (Post 382 won 6-3 and beat WestErn 10-9 Wo rEACH WHE fi­nAL).

Photo by Steve Sher­man

Yard­ley Post 317 out­fielder Joe Guen­ther stroked a pair of hits to help Western ad­vance on July 14. Post 317 was ousted by Bris­tol the next day when it lost to Post 382 by a 10-9 score.

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