Pa­tience proves key as Owen J. Roberts pounds Boy­er­town

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

BUCKTOWN » Com­ing off a game where his team could only muster two hits last week­end against Oley Val­ley, Owen J. Roberts man­ager Greg Gil­bert chal­lenged his play­ers to be more ag­gres­sive at the plate.

The Wild­cats an­swered that chal­lenge Fri­day evening with a 13-3 six-in­ning rout of vis­it­ing Boy­er­town in a Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Lib­erty Divi­sion matchup.

“It was nice to see us swing the bat today,” said Gil­bert. “Our guys were way more ag­gres­sive than we were against Oley.”

The Wild­cats blended ag­gres­sion and pa­tience at the plate, uti­liz­ing both dur­ing a key nine-run third in­ning that fea­tured four walks and four hits.

With the win, OJR (1-0 PAC, 1-1 over­all) has now won its league opener the past five sea­sons. Mean­while Boy­er­town (0-1 PAC, 1-1 over­all) lost its league opener for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Fri­day’s loss was the first time the Bears were 10-runned since the 2012 sea­son, which they opened up with a 13-2 loss against Pope John Paul II High School.

“It’s a shame they had to en­dure that,” said Boy­er­town man­ager Todd Moyer, “but hope­fully they take away some­thing from it. We were try­ing to throw too hard, swing too hard, make great plays in­stead of mak­ing the rou­tine plays.”

First base­man Andy Blum led off the bot­tom of the third in­ning with a double, then came around to score on a sin­gle by des­ig­nated hit­ter Frankie Guinan. Then with men on first and third, catcher Jor­dan Siket blasted a two-run triple off the top of the wall in right-cen­ter to give OJR a 6-3 lead.

“We needed to get that lead, so I was look­ing to stay calm up at the plate,” said Siket. “He threw me a change-up on the outer half of the plate and I was right on it.”

That would spell the end for Boy­er­town starter Mike Hohlfeld, who was tagged with six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks on a day that he couldn’t get set­tled in on the mound. Reliever Drew Hart­man strug­gled in his place, al­low­ing six more runs (five earned) and only record­ing one out be­fore be­ing pulled.

Siket fin­ished 2-for-4 with a run scored while Guinan wound up with three RBI. Third base­man Leif Werge­land was 2-for-3 with an RBI double while Jack Rine­himer had two runs scored and an RBI.

“I think I was most happy with our de­fense,” ad­mit­ted Gil­bert. “For the first league game of the year to not make any er­rors, I’m not gonna say I’m sur­prised, but it’s def­i­nitely good to see.”

Daw­son Stu­art picked up the win on the mound pitch­ing into the fourth in­ning be­fore giv­ing way to Dan Stofko. Stu­art was tagged with three runs on six hits and three walks. Stofko didn’t let a sin­gle man on in his 2-1/3 in­nings of work.

Cen­ter fielder Austyn Young-Le­ven­good proved a bright spot for Boy­er­town in his de­but against his for­mer team. The OJR trans­fer led off the game with a solo home run to straight away cen­ter on the sec­ond pitch he saw and fin­ished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Sec­ond base­man Sam Lon­gacre was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Jared Wald­man was solid in re­lief, al­low­ing just one run on four hits and two walks in three in­nings of work.

For Moyer and the Bears, Fri­day’s game was one of the more for­get­table starts to the year. They’ll look to get back on track Mon­day with a home game against Methac­ton while OJR will host Perkiomen Val­ley, who suf­fered a for­get­table 10-1 loser against Spring-Ford Fri­day night, next Tues­day.

“We’ve got our work to do,” said Moyer. “The good thing is our fans didn’t have to pay to get in to this one.”

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boyertown’s Austyn Young-Le­ven­good, right, cel­e­brates with Quinn Ma­son (23) af­ter hit­ting a home run dur­ing the first in­ning of Fri­day’s game.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen J. Roberts’ Ben Karpin­ski (23) slides in safe ahead of the tag from Boyertown’s Broc Babb on Jor­dan Siket’s triple dur­ing the bot­tom of the third in­ning Fri­day. Owen J. Roberts won 13-3 in six in­nings.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen J. Roberts’ Ben Karpin­ski (23) cel­e­brates with Ryan Glenn af­ter both scored on Jor­dan Siket’s triple dur­ing the bot­tom of the third in­ning Fri­day.

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