Brew­ers take con­trol with pair of vic­to­ries

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

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.

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