Brewers take control with pair of victories
An already delayed game which ended up being suspended until the next day wasn’t enough to slow down an Upper Moreland team which hasn’t been very familiar with defeat in the last four postseasons.
Entering this year’s playoffs on a 24-game winning streak, which has seen four consecutive Pen-Del ieague championships for Upper Moreland, the Brewers continued to do what they do best, defeating Northampton in each of the first two games of a best-of-five semifinal series on Sunday afternoon at Masons Mill Park’s Joe Donovan Field.
Thanks to a 5-1 win in Game 1 and a 3-0 win in Game 2, the Brewers took control of the series before the two teams traveled to Northampton to play Game 3 later on Sunday.
In the first game, Doug Brown finished off the masterpiece which he started on Saturday before the rain fell, pitching a complete game two-hitter, striking out 11 batters while allowing just one unearned run to pick up the victory.
If the Brewers continue to play the way they did on Sunday, it’s going to be tough for any team to get past them in the finals.
And it was both the pitching staff and the offense which helped against Northampton.
Mark Roth blasted a tworun homer in the bottom of the second inning to put Upper Moreland up 2-0 in Game 1. That score remained until the suspended game resumed on Sunday, which saw Upper Moreland waste little time in putting more runs on the board. Af- ter one run in the fifth, the Brewers scored two more in the sixth thanks to a double by Mike Gers, an RBI single by Nick Chiaverelli and an RBI double by Nobel Unger.
In Game 2, which began shortly after the first game concluded, it again only took until the second inning for the Brewers’ bats to get going.
After Nick Fasano led the inning off with a groundrule double to left-center field, it appeared that Northampton would get out of the inning unscathed, but a catcher’s interference call kept the winning going for the Brewers. A wild pitch and an RBI single by Bryan Torresani scored Fasano and Gers to put Upper Moreland up 2-0 after two innings.
With right-hander Corey Crispell on the mound, the Brewers cruised to victory.