Whitemarsh sweeps past Nor­ri­ton for ti­tle

The Globe - - SPORTS - By Jonathan Van­der Lugt

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

On the (sup­posed) last day of a bru­tal heat wave Satur­day af­ter­noon, Whitemarsh headed back to Paul V. Fly El­e­men­tary in East Nor­ri­ton to con­tinue its matchup in the Montco Ju­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball League cham­pi­onship round.

The Pa­tri­ots picked up right where they left off, lit­er­ally, af­ter clos­ing out the vic­tory in Fri­day night’s sus- pended game and dropped Nor­ri­ton in the sec­ond game RI WKH finDO, 3-1.

“Last night, the bats came alive,” Whitemarsh man­ager Ned Hark said. “Our pitch­ing has been fan­tas­tic — we gave up one run tonight and two runs last night. It’s said in base­ball that some­times you’re only as good as your pitch­ing.

“That’s what we’ve got­ten. We’ve got­ten great pitch­ing.”

The arms the Pa­tri­ots threw to­day were in­deed lights-out. Af­ter com­ing in to SLWFK D VFRUHOHVV finDO Ln­nLnJ in the con­tin­u­a­tion of last night’s game, Ryan Bischoff started the sec­ond game and WKUHw 2 1/3 Ln­nLnJV RI RnHrun ball.

Matt Cooper re­lieved Bischoff in the third af­ter Bischoff sur­ren­dered a dou­ble to Jack Day­walt. Day­walt ended up scor­ing on RLFKDUG MHOLWR’V VDFUL­fiFH fly, EuW WKDW’V DOO WKH RIIHnVH that Nor­ri­ton was able to put to­gether for the rest of the con­test.

CRRSHU finLVKHG wLWK 4 2/3 in­nings of shutout ball, giv­ing up only two Nor­ri­ton hits and strik­ing out one.

“I was mostly try­ing to throw strikes,” Cooper said. “It worked out pretty well.

“I just tried to stay calm. I was hop­ing for some more runs, but it didn’t re­ally mat­ter. We got three runs and played good de­fense, so we held the lead.”

Bischoff and Cooper got all the sup­port they ended up need­ing in the top of the sec­ond. Af­ter Con­nor Kis­sane reached on an er­ror, Kevin Ashen­fel­ter sin­gled and Noah Gold­stein walked, load­ing the bases for Luca Amoroso.

Amoroso de­liv­ered, hitWLnJ D EDOO WR OHIW­fiHOGHU MHOLto deep enough to score Kis­sane. Kevin Bier then roped a dou­ble to deep left-cen­ter, plat­ing Ashen­fel­ter and Gold­stein in what proved to be the game-win­ning hit for Whitemarsh.

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