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Kachmar Finishes Strong for Blazers
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            During his two weeks with the Quakertown Blazers, Chris Kachmar made a significant contribution out of the bullpen. He recorded two saves, including one in the semifinal round of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.

            On Sunday, Kachmar tossed a shutout inning in the championship round against the Allentown Railriders. The 2015 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School retired all three hitters he faced, registering two strikeouts.

            However, that performance was not enough to prevent the Blazers from consecutive doubleheader losses at Memorial Park Stadium in the best-of-three series. Allentown won 6-2 and 4-0 to clinch their third straight league title.

            Following the loss, Kachmar expressed appreciation to Quakertown Manager Chris Ray for the opportunity to accumulate a few more innings heading to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend. In 3 2/3 innings, the pitcher allowed two runs on two hits and notched four strikeouts. 

            "Chris was great," Ray said. "He throws a hard fastball and an overhand curve out of the same arm slot, which makes him tough to hit."

            Kachmar, who replaced former Perkiomen Legion teammate Levi Stoudt on the Quakertown roster after Stoudt reached his innings limit, called the ACBL a competitive league.

"It was fun to play here," said Kachmar, who worked the ninth inning in the final game. "Hopefully this will help prepare me for the fall season at Lipscomb."

            The Blazers swept a doubleheader over the South Jersey Giants three days earlier to win a semifinal playoff round. Kachmar earned the save in the first game, a 10-9 victory. He came on with two outs, then issued a walk to load the bases. However, he induced Dom DAlessandro - who led the league in home runs (15) and RBI (49) - to ground out to end the game.

            In the championship round Sunday, Quakertown found itself locked in a 2-2 tie with Allentown into the eighth inning of Sunday's first game.

            With the bases loaded and two outs, pitcher Dino Cattai surrendered an RBI single to Brady Mengel, the Railriders No. 9 hitter, on a 0-2 curveball. A second run scored on the play when the ball got past right fielder Mike Anastasia. James Bleming followed with a two-run double to cap the four-run rally.

            Cattai hung a curveball on the single by Mengel, according to Ray.

            "Dino was attacking the hitter," the coach said. "That's what we have stressed with our pitchers all season.

            In the second game, Railriders starting pitcher Josh Yocum allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight in the clinching victory.

            "(Allentown's) pitchers did a great job," Ray said. "You could tell they have been in this situation before."





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