Bears baseball blasts off in opener
It may have been the first game of the year, but the Boyertown baseball team appeared to be in mid-season form Saturday.
With Austyn Levengood and Caleb Harrison sparking the offense, the Bears handled Muhlenberg, 11-2 in a non-conference showing. They proved particularly opportunistic against the host Muhls, scoring five unearned runs in the top of the fifth to erase Muhlenberg’s initial 2-1 lead.
Levengood was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three steals, and Harrison was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Mitchell Peers and A.J. Kline each drove in pairs of runs for Boyertown, which capped their day with a five-run seventh at-bat.
Drew Hartman, pitching 2-2/3 innings in relief of starter Mike Hohlfeld, got the win off his onehit, three-strikeout performance. Boyertown’s four pitchers seeing action — Gavin Henderson and Jared Waldman closed out in relief — combined to fan nine and limit the Muhls to six hits.
Jake Kuczawa went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Dean Light doubled for Muhlenberg, which sustained its first loss of the season.
OLEY VALLEY 1, OWEN J. ROBERTS 0
» The Wildcats could muster only two hits against Lynx’ starter Reece Kauffman during this nonconference showing.
The game’s lone run came in the bottom of the third inning when Oley’s Gavin Troutman scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Pellock. OJR’s biggest threat came in the top of the first inning when Andy Blum hit a two-out triple but was stranded at third. OJR used five different pitchers and held Oley to just three hits. Kauffman’s pitching line included a walk and a strikeout in the win.
BOYERTOWN 9, METHACTON 6 » Sydney Fox netted a hat trick to lead the Boyertown girls lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over Methacton in a Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division matchup Thursday.
Behind Fox, Ashley Dierolf and Liz Tamasitis added two goals apiece while Amanda Diachynsky and Amber Marberger were each credited with solo tallies. The Bears outscored the Warriors in both halves, including a 5-3 advantage at the break. Sydney Tornetta paced Methacton with a hat trick and an assist while Julie Byrne scored twice. Mia Sheldon had a goal while Katy Benton added an assist.
BOYERTOWN 10, SOUDERTON 9 » Sydney Fox and Amanda Diachynsky scored three goals apiece to lead the Bears to a non-conference win over the Indians.
Fox also added an assist as Boyertown jumped out to an 8-4 lead by the half. Ashley Dierolf and Kristi Kada added a goal and an assist in the win while Hayden Corcoran and Liz Tamasitis were each credited with solo tallies. Sarah Didget and Kasey Fox combined for eight saves in the goal.
BERKS CATHOLIC 11, BOYERTOWN 10» Brady McFalls and AJ Robinson scored three points apiece during the Bears’ non-conference loss against the Saints.
McFalls netted a hat trick while Robinson had a pair of goals and an assist for Boyertown (01). Brewer Johnson and Carter Watts each had a goal and an assist while Alex Axman, Christian Hellreigel and Chris Moccia each scored once. Garrett Heidecker had four goals and two assists for Berks Catholic while Alex Mancuso (three goals), Jaden Bookser (two goals) and Joseph Albert (three assists) had four points apiece.