Brew­ers bat­tle by Ply­mouth

The Globe - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin

Ply­mouth and Up­per MoUHODnG fiJuUH WR EH WwR WHDPV that will fac­tor heav­ily when the Pen-Del League play­offs start in two weeks. While Up­per More­land is in the driver’s seat to get the numEHU RnH VHHG, POyPRuWK finGV it­self in a bat­tle with Warmin­ster and Hor­sham for the two seed.

The Pi­rates en­tered Tues­day night’s dou­ble­header a half game be­hind Warmin­ster for the two seed with the op­por­tu­nity to take sole pos­ses­sion af­ter drop­ping a dou­ble­header to LOMA on Mon­day. Ply­mouth failed to Ln LWV fiUVW FKDnFH DV LW IHOO WR USSHU MRUHODnG 3-0.

“It puts a lot of pres­sure on us,” Ply­mouth coach Brian Tor­phy said. “We fell in the standings a lot, we’re just try­ing to main­tain one of those top three spots.”

The Brew­ers opted to toss ace Cory Crispell as the Pi­rates coun­tered with Mike Nes­sel. Both pitch­ers were out­stand­ing, pound­ing the strike zone and seem­ingly throw­ing any pitch for a strike. Nes­sel threw six in­nings al­low­ing three hits and one earned run with seven strike­outs.

Crispell was equally as im­pres­sive, go­ing the dis­tance al­low­ing three hits, no runs and only one walk. CrispHOO DOORwHG RnOy fivH EDVH run­ners for the game, three times in­duc­ing a dou­ble play to end the in­ning.

“I was keep­ing the ball down the en­tire night,” Crispell said. “When you stay down there, you’re go­ing to get a lot of ground balls.”

While Crispell was not al­low­ing run­ners, Nes­sel con

low­ing run­ners, Nes­sel con­tin­ued to work out of jams as the Brew Crew left at least one run­ner on base ev­ery in­ning but the sixth.

8SSHU 0RUHlDnG finDlly broke through in the botWRP RI WKH fiIWK Ln­nLnJ lRDGing the bases with no outs. Pinch run­ner Ryan Kelly and FHnWHU­fiHlGHU 1RElH 8nJHU scored on an er­ror fol­lowed by Pete Moore scor­ing on a wild pitch.

“[Nes­sel started to run out of gas], his pitch count got up, and com­ing off a dou­ble­header Sun­day, hav­ing a dou­ble­header tonight, we have a game to­mor­row I just wanted to push him as hard as I could,” Tor­phy said.

The three-run lead was more than enough for Crispell as he would go on to get the com­plete game vic­tory.

“Th­ese guys beat me last time I threw against them so I re­ally wanted to come out and have a good out­ing,” Crispell said. “We were able to scratch out a few [runs] Ln WKH fiIWK DnG KRlG Rn IURP there.”

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