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