Up­per More­land fin­ishes off Northamp­ton

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

The loss which ended Up­per More­land’s 2S-game post­sea­son win­ning streak turned out to be noth­ing more than a small bump in the road to what Coach Pete Moore hopes to be his team’s fifth con­sec­u­tive Pen­Del League cham­pi­onship.

Fol­low­ing a one-run loss in the third game of the day on Sun­day, the Brew­ers came back out on Mon­day with the de­ter­mi­na­tion to not waste an­other day be­fore ad­vanc­ing to the cham­pi­onship round. And thanks to a great pitch­ing per­for­mance and a six-run third in­ning, Up­per More­land was able to come out on top, de- feat­ing Northamp­ton, V-2, in Game 4 of a Pen-Del semi­fi­nal se­ries at the Northamp­ton Rec Cen­ter.

Moore pitched a com­plete game, while the Brew­ers capped off a big third in­ning with a Mike Gers tworun home run to left field en route to the easy vic­tory.

“It was big for us to close it out to­day,” Gers said. “We came in know­ing what we needed to do. Ob­vi­ously, we didn’t play our game yes­ter­day in Game P, but to­day, we came out fo­cused and played great de­fen­sively. Hit the ball hard and it came out well for us.”

With the win, Up­per More­land (PP-7) will now host Warmin­ster in a best-of-five cham­pi­onship se­ries start­ing this week­end. The War­riors, coached by Dave Boyce, swept Hor­sham af­ter win­ning three games on Sun­day by scores of S-1, V-0 and 7-0.

On Mon­day, af­ter Moore shut down the Orange (1821-2) in the first two in­nings, Up­per More­land came out in the top of the third in­ning and started its rally. Af­ter Bill Deboer was hit by a pitch and Brett Reynolds and No­bel Unger both walked, Moore hit a tworun sin­gle to get the scor­ing started. Two bat­ters later, Pat Dameron hit a two-run dou­ble, which was fol­lowed by Gers’ home run.

Nick Fasano blasted a home run in the fifth in­ning to put Up­per More­land up 7-0 and knock Northamp­ton’s starter out of the game. Brett Reyn- olds added a two-run home run in the sixth to make it V-0.

“It’s awe­some. It’s easy to pitch with the lead,” Moore said. “You just go in and pound the zone and the guys be­hind you make plays when you’re up big like that. We go up 2-0 and Pat gets the big hit to go up 4-0, which was huge for us.”

With the Brew­ers’ bats go­ing strong, things were eas­ier for Moore, who was per­fect through three in­nings be­fore al­low­ing a lead-off dou­ble in the bot­tom of the fourth.

The right-han­der fin­ished his com­plete game win with three strike­outs and zero walks, while al­low­ing just four hits and two runs – both of which came in the six in­nings.

Mont­gomery Me­dia file photo / SCOTT RO­MAN

Up­per More­land’s Andy Noga steps to the plate with a pitch dur­ing Pen-Del League ac­tion last week.

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