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Special Edition: Delaware Valley Batting Leaders
FSL Leads the Way
The Friends Schools League posted 3 of the top 4 batting averages and 5 of the top 13 in a list posted on Philly.com.
|Kenneth Rodriguez||George School||44||15||26||10||.591|
|Brendan O’Donnell||Great Valley||58||19||29||14||.500|
|Joey Lancellotti||Penn Charter||78||27||38||36||.487|
|Zack Miles||North Penn||74||20||36||17||.486|
|Chris Newell||Malvern Prep||106||21||48||39||.453|
|Thomas Primosch||Gerrmantown Friends||62||25||28||26||.452|
|Nolan Bolton Dock||Dock Mennonite||58||24||26||25||.448|
|Bryan Hyland||Haverford School||103||26||26||46||.447|
|Mason Miller||Garnet Valley||57||9||25||27||.439|
|Brock Hewitt||Plumstead Christian||64||32||28||34||.438|
|Justin Burkholder||Dock Mennonite||53||15||23||22||.434|
|Adam Estrada||Archbishop Ryan||35||6||15||10||.429|
|Justin Horn||Upper Dublin||54||9||23||6||.426|
|Billy Wolfe||Malvern Prep||40||10||17||10||.425|
|Adam Dixon||George School||36||9||15||13||.417|
|Jack Gontowski||Friends Select||46||16||19||7||.413|
|Brendan Meyer||Plumstead Christian||71||27||29||13||.408|
|Adam Holland||Penn Charter||59||23||24||16||.407|
|Greg Delgado||William Tennent||59||11||24||14||.406|
|Drew Butera Arch.||Archbishop Carroll||32||4||13||4||.406|
|Corey Woodcock||Marple Newtown||57||9||23||11||.404|
|Greg Martin||St. Joe’s Prep||52||8||21||16||.404|
|Andrew Walters||Dock Mennonite||67||17||27||21||.403|
|Mark Seibert||Holy Ghost Prep||45||14||18||14||.400|
|Liam Bendo||Garnet Valley||62||18||27||14||.397|
|Dominic Bertone||Garnet Valley||58||18||23||12||.397|
|Eric Grintz||Downingtown East||65||17||25||19||.385|
|David Hogarth||Haverford School||97||25||37||14||.381|
|Jack O’Reilly||Episcopal Academy||87||25||33||27||.380|
|Garrett Melby||Germantown Friends||82||35||31||24||.378|
|Peter Delaney||George School||45||12||17||9||.378|
|Chris Annas||Friends’ Central||51||16||19||13||.373|
|Tim Becker||Westchester East||70||10||26||12||.371|
|Mike Ferrara||Archbishop Wood||62||21||23||20||.371|
Shipley Threepeats, Tops Friends’ Central 9-3; Abington Wins Quaker Cup
Shipley turned a close championship game into a one-sided affair with 8 runs in the 4th through 6th innings. The Gators opened with a run in the second inning, which the Phoenix matched in the bottom of the 3rd. Shipley then plated 3 in the 4th on 3 singles and two walks. In the 5th they scored twice with an Ian Humes triple in the middle of the action. A pair of Friends’ Central errors allowed 3 unearned runs to score in the top of the 6th, before the hosts tallied twice in the bottom of the frame on a 2-RBI single by Nick Tuverson. Cole Humes earned the win with 4.1 innings of effective relief pitching. He struck out 6 and walked one. Chris Annas took the loss for the Phoenix. Reed Sullivan added a double for the winners, while Dane Greisiger had a double and Annas and Ben Kenney each had a triple for the hosts. Shipley’s three consecutive titles is the second longest baseball championship streak, behind only Germantown’s seven in a row between 2004 and 2010.
In the Quaker Cup championship game played at Westtown on Thursday, May 18th visiting Abington blanked the hosts 6-0 behind a complete game 3-hitter by Gus Born. Born struck out 5 and walked 2 while giving up singles in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings. Only two Moose runners reached third base. On offense the ‘roos were paced by Jared Smith who went 3-3 with 2 doubles, a hit by pitch and 2 stolen bases. They scored right out of the box as 4 of their first 5 hitters hit safely leading to three 1st-inning runs. Will Steinberg and Noah Shanken each had two RBIs in the game. Jon Moldoff took the loss for Westtown.
In semifinal contests played on Tuesday, May 16th #1 seed Friends’ Central topped George School 7-4 and #2 seed Shipley defeated Germantown 9-1. After 3 scoreless innings at Friends’ Central, George School scored two runs in the 4th and 2 more in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead before the hosts exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th (four of the runs scored after 2 outs). The rally consisted of four singles, a double, 2 walks and an error. For the Phoenix Alec Andrews and Greisiger each had 2 hits and Andrews had 2 RBIs while Kenney added a double to the cause. The Cougars had a double from Kenneth Rodriguez and a solo homerun from Tommy Kumar. Andrews started on the mound for the winners and lasted 4.1 innings. Tuverson took over in the 5th and closed out the game for the win. For the Cougars, Rodriguez started, lasting into the 5th. He was charged with 3 unearned runs. Adam Dixon took over and was charged with the loss.
At Shipley, the Gators had their hitting shoes on, pounding out 12 hits including 4 doubles, a triple and a homerun. Gerard Sweeney led the way with a double and a 2-run homer in the 4-run 5th inning. Sweeney had 3 hits as did Jack Dougherty. Cole Humes earned the win for the hosts, pitching 5 innings of 1-hit ball, striking out 12 and walking 3. Dylan Yachyshen took the loss for the Tigers.
In the Quaker Cup semifinals played on Monday, may 15th Westtown topped ANC 12-2 and Abington beat Moorestown 6-2. At Moorestown, the Kangaroos overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring 5 runs over the final three innings. Jared Smith, Peter Conahan and Nick Sinni each had two hits to support the winning cause. Sinni, Born and Doug Watford each had a double. Born and Zach Anderson knocked in two runs apiece. Steinberg pitched the distance for the ‘roos, yielding just 3 singles, while striking out 3 and walking 4. Jakob Hull took the loss for the Foxes.
At Westtown, the Moose scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and then put the game out of reach with a 7-spot in the 2nd inning. Patrick Culcasi earned the win for the hosts and contributed a double to the offensive cause. Moldoff also doubled for the winners. Xander Pendleton absorbed the loss for the Lions. No other details were available.
Playoff Matchups Set: Saturday Semifinals Postponed Due to Rain
The heavy rain on Saturday, May 13th washed out all scheduled playoff games. The Quaker Cup semifinals were rescheduled to Monday, May 15th, with the League Championship semis to be held the next day. Championship pairings have Friends’ Central hosting George School and Shipoley hosting Germantown. The Quaker Cup matchups pair Westtown with ANC and Moorestown with Abington.
On Monday, May 1st Moorestown visited Friends Select and engaged in a back-and-forth affair with the hosts finally emerging on top, 8-7. The Foxes struck first with a run in their first at bat, but the Falcons responded with 4 in the second and one in the third. Moorestown then put a 5-spot on the board in the fourth inning, knocking out Select’s starter, Jacob Taranta. Select regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the 5th, but Moorestown promptly tied the game with a single tally in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Taranta hit his fourth single of the day and advanced to second on an outfield error. Jack Gontowski then doubled him home for the winning run. Noah Semel, who came on in relief of Taranta, gave up a one-out single in the top of the seventh to put the tying run on base, but then induced a game-ending double play. Semel got the win, pitching 3.2 innings, yielding 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 and walking one. Jakob Hull took the loss, giving up all 8 runs in 5.1 innings. Vishal Doshi led the offense for Moorestown with a triple, 2 singles and 3 RBI’s in 3 at bats. Teddy Kinzler added two doubles in 3 at bats to the Foxes’ attack. Aside from Taranta’s 4-4, Alec Kane paced the Falcons with a single, double and triple and 4 RBI’s in 3 at bats. Grant Pavol also had 3 hits for the winners.
Three games were played on Tuesday, May 2nd. At George School Dylan Yachyshen was very efficient on the mound, pitching 5 scoreless innings, before yielding 3 unearned runs in the 6th, as Germantown topped the hosts 10-3. Yachyshen struck out 4, walked two and scattered 5 hits. Kai Cummings pitched the 7th inning, giving up one hit while striking out the side. Garrett Melby continued his hot hitting with a 3-4 day. He scored three times and drove in two runs. Thomas Primosch and Alex Mirage also contributed two hits each for the Tigers. Cummings had a triple. Nick Lilly had two hits for the Cougars, including a double. Kenneth Rodriguez took the loss for George School, pitching 5 innings and giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 2.
At Abington, the ‘roos scored twice in the third inning on the way to a 2-0 win over Friends Select. Will Steinberg got the win with 6+ innings of 4-hit ball, striking out 9 and walking 3. Zach Anderson earned a save by striking out the side in the 7th inning after coming in with the tying runs on base. Jack Gontowski was the hard-luck loser for the Falcons, yielding 2 unearned runs on 4 hits, while striking out 14 and walking 3 in six innings. The hosts scored on a single, a dropped third strike, 2 stolen bases and a 2-RBI single from Anderson, all with two outs.
At Westtown, Jon Moldoff was too much for ANC as he struck out 18 Lions’ batters in a 7-inning effort as the Moose won 9-1. Westtown scored 1 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd and 3 in the 6th, while amassing only 5 hits, but taking advantage of 7 ANC miscues. Patrick Culcasi had a double and Patrick Durkan had a triple for the winners. Joe Dybalski accounted for the only ANC run with a 6th inning home run. Xander Pendelton took the loss for the Lions.
On Wednesday, May 3rd Friends’ Central and George School finished a game which was postponed by rain on April 22nd after only one scoreless inning had been completed. The game resumed in the second inning with the Phoenix scoring 2 runs and then putting a 10-spot on the board in the 4th inning to complete a 12-0 win. Chris Annas had started the game for the hosts on the 22nd, but Alec Andrews pitched in the resumption, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 11 batters in 4 innings. Adam Dixon took the loss for the Cougars. In the 10-run outburst the Phoenix had 8 singles a double and back-to-back homeruns from Andrews and Ben Kollender.
On Saturday, May 6th Friends’ Central topped visiting Friends Select 11-1. After the Falcons had tallied once in the top of the first inning, the Phoenix scored 6 runs in the bottom of the first and then scored four more in the third and one in the fourth to assure the 10-run victory. Nick Tuverson led the offense for the winners with a 3-3 day including a double and 3 RBIs. Leo Burman also doubled for the winners. Pavol again had 3 hits for Select, while Gontowski added a pair of singles. Kevin Montresor earned the win, while Semel took the loss.
On Monday, May 8th Moorestown visited ANC and took home a 6-2 win. Surya Reddy went the distance for the Foxes, yielding 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 9 and walking just one batter. The visitors tallied three times in the first inning, using 3 walks a fielder’s choice and a single. Mark Johnson paced Moorestown’s offense, going 2 for 3, including a double, and scoring 3 runs. Dybalski went 2 for 3 for the Lions with a triple. Braden Heilman absorbed the loss.
Four games were played on Tuesday, May 9th. At Friends’ Central the hosts blanked Abington 9-0. Four Phoenix pitchers combined for the shutout yielding four hits, with Tuverson getting the win and pacing the offense with three hits. Max Auberbach and Dane Greisiger had doubles for the winners, who scored in each of the first five innings. Steinberg took the loss for the visitors.
At Moorestown, Westtown took home an 8-2 win. The Moose were paced on offense by Moldoff with a pair of round trippers and Culcasi who went yard once. Moldoff had 4 RBIs and threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts. Hull took the loss and Mark Johnson had a pair of hits for the Foxes.
Shipley eeked out a win over George School in extra innings, 2-1. The Cougars scored in the first inning on three straight singles to open the game, but that was all the run production they could manage. Three Gators pitchers combined to strike out 14 George School batters, while walking none. Cole Humes went four innings, striking out 11. Dilon Bevan pitched three scoreless innings and earned the win. Gerard Sweeney set the Cougars down in the eighth to earn the save. Kenneth Rodriguez pitched 7 innings for George School, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Dylan Kirton pitched the eighth inning and absorbed the loss. The Cougars were one out from a 1-0 victory in regulation before Jack Dougherty singled and was plated by a double from Blake Rodack to tie the game at 1-1. In the top of the 8th a walk, a stolen base and a 2-out single by Humes brought in the game-winner. In the bottom of the 8th the Cougars advanced the tying run to 3rd base with two outs before Sweeney ended the game with a strike out. Rodriguez had three hits, including a double, while Will Vamos had a triple for George. Humes had three hits for the winners.
The final game on the 9th was a slugfest between Friends Select and ANC, with the Falcons coming out on top 11-7. The Falcons scored early and often and led 11-2 after 6 innings, before the Lions plated 5 runs in the 7th inning to close the gap. Taranta earned the win, while Pendelton took the loss. Pendelton and Eric Kenney each had two hits for ANC, while Semel had two hits for Select. The Falcons struck out 15 times, while the Lions took advantage of 10 walks to go with 8 hits. Silas Mohr has a triple and 3 RBIs for the winners.
The final regular season game was played on Wednesday, May 10th between host Germantown and Shipley with the winner earning the #2 seed and hosting the loser in a semifinal game. The Tigers scored three times in the first inning, but like George School, could not plate another run. Shipley tallied once in the 2nd, twice in the 6th and scored the winning run in the top of the 7th. GFS combined three singles with an error to score their first inning runs. A double and a single gave the Gators a run in the 2nd inning. Three singles and a pair of errors produced two 6th inning runs. Mike Buckmire relieved Dylan Yachyshen in the 7th inning and got the first two outs before issuing four straight walks to force home the winning run. Jack Dougherty pitched the distance for the Gators, striking out 9, walking just one and contributing a double on offense. Yachyshen gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings for Germantown.
The first round of the Quaker Cup playoffs on Thursday, May 11th featured a rematch of the Friends Select-ANC game of two days earlier. This time ANC managed a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Falcons. The Lions earned their first league win of the year and a trip to the semis with the 9-inning win. Further game details are unavailable at this time.
Friends’ Central on Top in Franklin Division; Tight Race in Penn Division
Friends’ Central remained unbeaten in League play at 7-0, while GFS, Shipley and George School were in a scramble for supremacy in the Penn division. GFS and Shipley sit at 6-2, while George is at 5-2. Key matchups this week have George hosting GFS on Tuesday, Friends’ Central hosting George on Wednesday and Shipley visiting GFS on Friday.
On Wednesday, April 26th two games were played and both resulted in 10-0 decisions. At Friends’ Central, Chris Annas hurled a 5-inning no-hitter for the Phoenix as they blanked Westtown. Annas struck out 9, walked 4 and hit two batters in his 93-pitch outing. The offense for the hosts was led by Alec Andrews who belted two solo homeruns on a 3 for 3, 4-RBI afternoon. Dane Greisiger added a double for the winners, who scored three times in the first inning and added four runs in the third and three more in the fourth. Patrick Durkan took the loss for the Moose.
At Shipley (the game was originally scheduled to be at George School, but was relocated due to field conditions), the Gators and Cougars were scoreless through three innings before Shipley scored 10 runs in the 4th through 6th innings to hand George School its first FSL defeat of the season. Cole Humes pitched the distance for the winners, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking one. The Gators closed out the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning with no outs to clinch the 10-run rule victory. Gerard Sweeney knocked in two runs with a triple and then scored the final run on a single. Sweeney had 3 RBIs for the afternoon. Four Gators each amassed two hits. Sweeney and Ian Humes contributed doubles to the winning cause. Joseph Kumar singled in the fifth inning for George School’s only hit. Adam Dixon took the loss for the Cougars.
On Thursday, April 27th three more games were played. One of them mirrored the previous day’s results, but the other two were nail-biters. At Moorestown, Mike Buckmire of Germantown threw a 4-hit complete game shutout as the Tigers beat the Foxes 10-0 in five innings. Buckmire struck out 5 and walked none. Garrett Melby was the offensive hero for the winners, going 4-4 with 5 RBIs and 4 runs scored from the leadoff spot. Melby had 2 doubles, a triple and a three-run home run to right field. Thomas Primosch also doubled and had two RBIs.
At Abington, the hosts scored two unearned runs (one in the first inning and one in the sixth inning) and then held off ANC’s 7th inning rally to hold on for a 2-1 win. Each team managed just 4 hits. After the first two Lions batters in the top of the 7th inning struck out, Eric Kenny worked a walk and Galen Stevens-King tripled to right field. With that at bat, ‘roo’s pitcher Will Steinberg reached his pitch limit and Zach Anderson came in to pitch with the tying run on third. After 5 foul balls, he induced a ground out to second base to earn the save. Steinberg was awarded the win, striking out 10 and walking 2. Braden Heilman pitched the distance for the loss, also striking out 10 and walking only one.
At George School, Friends Select topped the hosts 4-3, by stemming a Cougar rally in the bottom of the 7th. The Falcons tallied twice in the first inning, once in the fourth and once in the top of the 7th to take a 4-1 lead. Chuck Ryan singled in 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th for the hosts before the game was closed out. Kenneth Rodriguez suffered the loss, but also hit a triple. Tommy Kumar doubled for the Cougars who had 7 hits, but committed 4 errors. Jacob Taranta earned the win for Friends Select, striking out 3 and walking 6 while allowing 3 hits in 5.1 innings. Jack Gontowski earned the save for the visitors. Taranta had a double for Select.
Three games were played on Friday, April 28th. At Abington, Friends’ Central blanked the hosts 3-0 behind a combined 1-hitter by Andrews and Nick Tuverson. Max Auerbach went 3-4 and Mark Masi had two hits for the Phoenix who scored one run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Galen Born took the loss for the ‘roos, striking out 5 and walking one in five innings. Andrews got the win, striking out 8 and walking 2 in four innings. Tuverson got a 3-inning save while striking out 4 and walking one.
At Westtown, Shipley scored 3 runs early, expanded the lead to 7-3 and then held off a Westtown 7th inning rally for a 7-5 win. Jack Dougherty was credited with the win after lasting 4.2 innings, allowing just two hits, but walking 7. Jon Moldoff took the loss for the Moose, lasting 5.1 innings, allowing 6 runs, but only 2 earned. He struck out 7, walked 2 and at the plate had two doubles and 3 RBIs.
After two consecutive league losses, George School took out their frustration on ANC, scoring 7 times in the 4th inning and 10 times in the 5th inning in a 20-3 road victory. The Cougars amassed 15 hits (14 singles and a double by Peter Delaney) in the win. Dylan Kirton got the W, while Stevens-King took the loss. Delaney led the way offensively for the Cougars with a 3-3 day with 4 RBIs. Joey Kumar, Dixon, Rodriguez and Kirton each had two hits, while Dixon and Nick Lilly each knocked in three runs. For the Lions, Stevens-King had a double and Gannon Blair and Joe Dybalski each had two hits.
A very busy week wrapped up with two games on Saturday, April 29th. At Westtown, the Moose rode a two-run triple with two outs in the sixth inning by Evan Fudala to overcome Friends Select 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Patrick Culcasi threw 6.1 innings for the win, yielding one unearned run, 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Durkan earned the save by recording the final two outs, including a pickoff at second base to end the game. Moldoff also had two hits for the winners. Noah Semel took the loss for the Falcons.
At Shipley, the Gators blanked Abington 10-0 in 5 innings. Blake Rodack led the way for the hosts with a double, a triple and 3 RBIs. Sweeney also doubled and had 3 RBIs. Jeff Extor got the win, pitching 3 innings of no-hit ball, striking out 5 and walking 6. Nick Sinni took the loss for the ‘roos. Doug Watford had their only hit.
Friends’ Central and George School Remain Undefeated in League Play;
Showdown Rained Out on Saturday
Four league games were played on Tuesday, April 18th, and all four were won by the visiting teams. At ANC, Shipley scored 5 runs in the first inning and tacked on 7 more in the second frame on the way to a 19-7 win over the Lions. The Gators amassed 16 hits, 14 singles, a double and a triple, led by Max Warshal who went 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Kevin Verzella earned the win, pitching 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2. Rob Buckley absorbed the loss for the hosts.
At Friends Select, visiting Friends’ Central upped their league record to 4-0 with a 12-2 win. The Phoenix scored once in the second inning, four times in both the 3rd and 4th innings and closed out the shortened contest with 3 runs in the 5th inning. Alec Andrews accounted for all the 4th inning runs with a grand slam homerun. Nick Tuverson got the win on the mound, pitching 4 innings while yielding two singles, two unearned runs, striking out 4 and walking none. Jack Gontowski was charged with the loss for the Falcons.
At Moorestown, the Foxes jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 2 innings, but their offense stalled and George School tallied 6 times over the final 5 innings to take home a 6-3 win. Adam Dixon, 3-3 with a rightfield homerun and 2 RBIs and Kenneth Rodriguez, 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs led the way offensively for the Cougars. Dixon got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, while Jakob Hull took the loss for the hosts.
At Westtown, Germantown’s Mike Buckmire yielded two unearned runs in the first inning, and then nothing else through 6 strong innings, as the Tigers topped the Moose 10-2. Buckmire scattered 4 hits, struck out 5 and walked 2. Joseph Block pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the winners. The Tigers struck for 6 runs in the third inning (taking advantage of 3 Westtown errors) and added another 4 runs in the 6th inning. Thomas Primosch (3-4) led the way with a triple and a solo lead-off home run to left field in the 6th inning. Johnny May went 2-4 with 4 RBIs for GFS. Jon Moldoff took the loss for the hosts.
Four more league games were played on Friday, April 21st. At ANC, Westtown needed one extra inning to top the hosts 8-7. The game was tied at 6-6 through regulation before the Moose plated two runs in the top of the 8th inning and then held the Lions to one run in the bottom of the frame to secure the win. Patrick Durkin got the win and Braden Heilman took the loss. Jon Moldoff homered for the winners.
At Germantown, the hosts scored in 5 of 6 innings and combined 7 hits with 12 walks to top Friends Select 10-1. Sam Istvan pitched 6 innings for the win, allowing 1 run and 2 hits, while striking out 7 and walking 3. Eli Kushner pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Tigers. Jacob Taranta took the loss for the Falcons, yielding 7 runs in 3 innings. The first four batters in the Tigers’ lineup each had 2 RBIs. Primosch had a triple and Tyson Maddox had a double for the hosts.
At Shipley, Friends’ Central scored one run in the 1st inning and two more in the 3rd before the Gators tallied once in the 4th as the Phoenix won a 3-1 pitcher’s duel. Alec Andrews pitched 6 strong innings for the win, yielding one run (unearned) on three hits, while striking out 9 and walking 4. Tuverson got the save with a scoreless 7th inning (2 K’s). Cole Humes suffered the loss for the hosts, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up three unearned runs on 4 hits, striking out 9 and walking 2. There were no extra base hits in the game.
Abington and George School played under the lights at Middletown Community Park in Yardley. The Cougars eked out a 4-3 win to remain undefeated in the league at 4-0. Abington scored a run in the top of the 1st inning, then fell behind by 3-1 after 3 innings. They tied it with 2 in the 4th, before surrendering the game-winner in the bottom of the 5th. Dylan Kirton earned the win for the Cougars with 5 strong innings, yielding 3 runs (none earned) on 5 hits, with 5 K’s and 3 walks. Rodriguez notched the save with 2 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 5 and walking one. Will Steinberg took the loss for the ‘roos. Joseph Kumar had an RBI double in the 2nd inning for George School.
On a rainy Saturday, April 22nd two games were played and George School at Friends’ Central succumbed to the elements. At Abington, Germantown scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning and 6 more in the 6th inning on the way to a 16-2 win. Garrett Melby paced the Tigers with 5 RBI’s on a 3-4 day, including a bases loaded triple. Sam Istvan and Kai Cummings each had a double for the winners. Dylan Yachyshen pitched 5 innings for the win, yielding 2 runs (both unearned) on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking one. Block pitched a scoreless 6th inning to close the game. Jared Smith and Randall Allen each had two singles for the ‘roos. Allen suffered the loss on the mound.
At Moorestown, the hosts jumped out to an 11-0 lead after two innings then withstood a furious comeback by ANC which narrowed the lead to 11-9, before winning 14-11. Although the Foxes only mustered 6 hits, they received 17 walks and 3 hit batsmen. They scored four times in the first inning with just one hit, and 7 times in the second inning with only 2 hits. Back to back doubles by Heilman and Colin O’Hara started the Lions on the comeback trail in the 4th inning. A grand slam home run over the right field fence by Eric Kenny capped a 7-run 5th inning outburst to bring the visitors to within two runs. The hosts secured the win with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, all scoring on bases loaded walks. Jakob Hull earned the win, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 5 and walking one. Buckley absorbed the loss for ANC. Galen Stevens-King had a double for the visitors.
Bats Warming Up in Week Two
Four league games were played on Wednesday, April 12th. Host Germantown topped ANC 20-1 in a game shortened to 3½ innings. The Tigers scored 5, 11 and 4 runs in their three at bats. ANC tallied on a 4th inning homerun by Braden Heilman. It was one of 2 hits for the Lions. Thomas Primosch led the Tigers with a homerun and 4 RBIs. He was one of 5 host players with 2 hits. Dylan Yachyshen earned the win for GFS. Heilman took the loss for ANC.
At Friends Select, Abington took home a 9-1 road win over the Falcons. Will Steinberg went the distance for the win, yielding 4 hits while striking out 11and walking just one. He also knocked in 3 runs with a bases loaded triple to break the game open in the top of the 7th inning. Peter Conahan went 3 for 3 and scored 3 runs for the ‘roos. Jacob Taranta took the loss for the Falcons.
Shipley blanked visiting Moorestown 14-0 in a 4½ inning contest. Jack Dougherty threw a complete game 4 hitter, striking out 4 and walking 2. Ian Humes led the Gators at the plate with 3 doubles in 3 at bats, producing 4 RBIs. Gerard Sweeney doubled twice in 4 at bats, knocking in three runs. Evan Johnson also drove in three runs with 2 hits. Dougherty and Jesse Haines also had two hits each. Nick Boller took the loss for the Foxes.
At George School, the Cougars scored twice in the bottom of the 6th inning to top Westtown by a 2-1 score. Dylan Kirton started for the hosts and pitched 5 effective innings, yielding one run and striking out 5. Adam Dixon took over mound duties in the 6th inning and retired the Moose in the final two frames. The Cougars plated their two runs using a double and three singles. Dixon got the win for the hosts, while Jon Moldoff was tagged with the loss while pitching a complete game and striking out 7.
Three games were played on Thursday the 13th and the visitors won all three. At Friends Select, Shipley pitched a combined 5-inning no-hitter in a 20-0 win. Freshman Jeff Extor pitched the first 4 innings, striking out 8, for the win. Marco Grimmig pitched the 5th inning, striking out two. Humes hit three doubles for the second day in a row and drove in 6 runs. Sweeney had 3 RBIs and a double. Jack Gonotowski took the loss for the Falcons.
At Germantown, Friends’ Central tallied 6 runs in the second inning and held off the Tigers’ late rally to win 9-5. Cullen Gilroy smashed a bases loaded triple to bust open the second inning rally. The Phoenix scored 5 of their runs with 2 outs. Alec Andrews was awarded the win, yielding 1 run in three innings. Thomas Primosch took the loss. Neither starting pitcher was as sharp as in previous games. Ben Kollender also tripled for the winners, while Ben Mass had a triple for the hosts. The Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the 7th and ended the game on a line drive to center field with the bases loaded. Chris Annas closed out the game for the visitors.
At Westtown, Moorestown pitcher Jakob Hull yielded a run to the hosts in each of the first two innings and then shut the door as the Foxes took home a 7-2 win. Hull pitched the distance, scattering 10 hits, striking out three and walking none. Teddy Kinzler tripled and drove in 2 runs and was one of three Foxes with 2 hits. Moldoff had 4 singles in 4 at bats for the Moose. Patrick Culcasi took the loss, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing 4 earned runs, striking out 7 and walking none.
Strong Pitching in Season Openers
Three games were played on Tuesday, April 4th to open the 2017 season. Host Friends’ Central defeated Moorestown 9-1 behind 6 strong innings from Alec Andrews (4 hits, 0 earned runs, 7 K’s, 0 walks). Kevin Montresor pitched the final frame for the Phoenix, striking out 2 and walking one. The hosts scored three times in the 2nd inning and led 5-1 before icing the win with a 4 run outburst in the bottom of the 6th inning. All nine starters had hits for the winners. Andrews got the win, while Jakob Hull took the loss for the Foxes. Joe Abate had two hits for Moorestown, while Mark Massi, Ben Kenney and Ben Kollander each had two for the Phoenix.
At Germantown, visiting George School took advantage of Tigers’ miscues to tally 5 unearned runs in the 3rd and 4th innings and top the hosts 5-2. Ken Rodriguez hurled 6.2 innings for the win, yielding 9 hits, but only two 1st inning runs, while striking out 4 and walking none. Dylan Kirton came on to record the final out in the bottom of the 7th, earning a save. The Tigers loaded the bases in the 6th and 7th innings, but could not push across any runs. For GFS, Dylan Yachyshen took the loss, but pitched a complete game, yielding 7 hits and no earned runs, while walking 2 (one intentionally) and striking out none. Charles Ryan had two hits for the Cougars, while Alex Mirage went 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly for the Tigers. Ben Mass also collected two singles for the hosts.
At Abington, visiting Westtown scored twice in the first inning and 3 more in the 3rd inning to take a 5-1 win over the ‘roos. Jon Moldoff was dominant on the mound for the Moose, striking out 15 and walking just one, while yielding 4 hits in 6.2 innings (pitch limit reached) to claim the win. Patrick Culcasi recorded the final out. Moldoff also had two hits and two RBIs to lead the offense. For Abington, Will Steinberg took the loss, but pitched well, striking out 6, walking 2 and yielding just 4 hits and 5 runs (3 earned).
On Wednesday, April 5th Friends’ Central defeated host ANC 20-3, in a game shortened to 5 innings by the mercy rule. The Phoenix scored in every inning and finished off with a 9-run top of the 5th. They accumulated 14 hits (12 singles) among their 28 base runners. ANC scored twice in the bottom of the 1st to trail by only one run at that juncture, but they could only manage one more run on the day. Alex McDonnell pitched 4 innings for the win (6 K’s, 3 walks) and was one of three Phoenix players with 3 RBIs (Ben Kenney and Cullen Gilroy were the others). Braden Heilman absorbed the loss for the Lions and Owen Thygeson had two hits.
Two games were played in cold, windy weather on Friday, April 7th. At Shipley, visiting Germantown used a 5-run 4th inning to top the Gators 6-3. Thomas Primosch earned the win for the Tigers yielding 2 hits and 3 unearned runs in 4.2 innings (pitch count reached). Sam Istvan got the save giving up no runs in the final 2.1 innings. Jack Dougherty took the loss, giving up all 6 runs in 3.2 innings of work. The visitors loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 4th on a pair of walks and a single. Another walk forced in the first run. A fielder’s choice brought home the second run and then a single by Primosch and a double by Istvan brought home the final 3 runs of the inning. Primosch, Istvan and Johnny May each had two hits for the Tigers.
At Moorestown the Foxes used a 6-run 4th inning to top the Kangaroos 11-5. Jakob Hull earned the win lasting 6.2 innings (pitch count reached). He scattered 13 hits, walked 2, struck out 3 and gave up all 5 earned runs. Gus Born was tagged with the loss, pitching 4 innings and giving up 9 runs, but only 4 of them earned. Moorestown hit 6 singles and a double in their big inning and added in a hit by pitch and a wild pitch to put the game out of reach. Hull and Kyle Eiffes each had 3 hits for the Foxes and Vishai Doshi had 2 hits. Eiffes scored 3 runs, while Surya Reddy knocked in three and Teddy Kinzler plated 2. Zach Anderson paced the Abington offense with 3 hits and 2 RBIs.