Ex­eter de­feats Daniel Boone

Ex­eter makes easy work of un­der­manned Daniel Boone, 12-4

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

BIRDS­BORO » It’s a safe bet Daniel Boone’s bat­ters were more than happy to see Nick Klee exit from the mound dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

Ex­eter’s starter was re­lieved of his pitch­ing du­ties in the fifth in­ning of this Berks County League matchup at Boone’s Op­ti­mist Field. Klee, who com­pleted his se­nior sea­son at Ex­eter High this spring, had a twohit shutout go­ing at the time he was re­placed by Colin Gehringer.

Of course, there was a le­git­i­mate rea­son for the move in the course of the Blue Jays’ ul­ti­mate 12-4 vic­tory over the Ori­oles.

“I want him to pitch Tues­day (against Shillington),” Ex­eter man­ager Troy Spiers ex­plained. “We want as many starts as we can get out of him.”

Two en­coun­ters with Klee in the span of a week was Boone’s un­en­vi­able fate. The O’s saw him this past Mon­day, and they were sad­dled by a four-hit, eight­strike­out 9-1 loss.

“We’ve strug­gled against him,” DB skip­per Mike Bar­bera noted. “He’s do­ing some­thing well against us.”

Boone (3-4) cel­e­brated the mound-to-first base switch be­tween Klee and Gehringer by shak­ing out of their game-long of­fen­sive funk. They cut into the Jays’ nine-run lead by scor­ing three time off Gehringer — in the process, end­ing Ex­eter’s bid to ef­fect a “mercy rule” fin­ish — and once more against Deavor Koch, who ended up fin­ish­ing out the sixth and sev­enth.

“When Klee went out, the mo­men­tum picked up,” Bar­bera noted. “We were see­ing the ball bet­ter.”

Vic­tor Gon­za­lez and Brett Goodrich each col­lected pairs of hits off the Blue Jay re­liev­ers, Goodrich (2-for-4) driv­ing Gon­za­lez (dou­ble) home to start off the sixth. Goodrich score, in turn when Chris­tian Dekker smacked a two-run sin­gle to right that also plated Josh Pic­car­reta (walk).

Boone’s first run was set up by Pic­car­reta dou­bling to left off Klee, be­com­ing the last bat­ter the Blue Jays’ south­paw would face in the game. Gehringer got off to a slow start, walk­ing Michael Bishop, Dekker and Matt Stevens in suc­ces­sion to force Pic­car­reta home.

“Nick Klee was out­stand-

ing,” Spiers said. “He threw only 40 pitches. Amer­i­can Le­gion ball has a pitch­count rule sim­i­lar to the high school.”

Boone’s pitch­ing pos­ture was ef­fec­tively bent by Ex­eter’s 15-hit of­fense, which clubbed six dou­bles and saw five bat­ters fin­ish with mul­ti­ple hits. The Jays (3-6) scored twice in their first at-bat, added four more in a third-in­ning bataround, then com­bined for six more over the last four frames. Alex Bar­low was par­ticu-

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larly hot, go­ing 5-for-5 and

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driv­ing in three runs out of the third spot. Ex­eter’s right fielder had two of his team’s two-bag­gers to his credit, in ad­di­tion to scor­ing twice.

“We re­ally like his ap­proach at the plate,” Spiers said. “He’s stay­ing in the zone, hit­ting the pitches he wants.”

An­drew Bar­low com­ple­mented a 3-for-5, three-run plate show­ing with a heady steal of home plate in the third for Ex­eter’s sixth run of the game. Julian Tor­res and Jon Lach (two RBI) each went 2-for-4 with dou­bles, and Nate Serba dou­bled as part of his 2-for-5 out­ing.

“We’re get­ting a lot more

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team at-bats,” Spiers said. “We’re fo­cus­ing more on ‘qual­ity at-bats,’ work­ing to score run­ners.

“I think we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,”

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he added. “We’re one of the youngest — if not the youngest — teams in the league. We’re try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery time we take the field.”

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Ex­eter’s An­drew Bar­low (3) slides in ahead of the tag from Daniel Boone catcher Vic­tor Gon­za­lez to steal home dur­ing Satur­day’s game. Ex­eter beat the Ori­oles, 12-4.

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Ex­eter start­ing pitcher Nick Klee de­liv­ers to the plate dur­ing Satur­day’s game against Daniel Boone.

Ex­eter’s Alex Bar­low con­nects for an RBI sin­gle dur­ing Satur­day’s game against Daniel Boone.

Daniel Boone’s Tim Richard de­liv­ers to the plate dur­ing Satur­day’s game against Ex­eter.

Ex­eter’s Julian Tor­res (19) slides into home as the throw sails past Daniel Boone catcher Vic­tor Gon­za­lez dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

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