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Haag Delivers Walk-Off Victory for Indians
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-04-12

            Down six runs after 3 1/2 innings, Charlie Haag said he was forced to contemplate Upper Perkiomen's baseball team starting the season with three

consecutive.  "It was not looking pretty," he said.

            However, the Indians rallied to defeat visiting Pottsgrove 9-8 last week in the Pioneer Athletic Conference for their first win of the season. Haag's line single to center ended their first home game of the season and capped a four-run rally in the bottom the seventh inning on Friday, April 6.

            "Not everybody gets the opportunity to deliver a walk-off hit," the senior said. "But I couldn't have done it without my teammates. It feels great."

            Haag and Robert Guzman each posted two hits for Upper Perkiomen (1-2), which overcame a 7-1 deficit midway through the fourth inning. John Miller scored three runs, and Justin Wohrman earned the mound victory with 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief.

            "We needed a win badly," head coach Frank Mercon said. "It's great for the guys to come back the way they did. We're inexperienced at some spots, and we were coming off two good games where we were the better team but lost."

            According to Haag, the win will allow the Indians to relax rather than ruminate about a 0-3 start. Down 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh, they sent eight hitters to the plate against Pottsgrove reliever Ethan McMonayk. Their initial five hitters reached base safely during the inning. Line singles by David Kilroy and Guzman got them within 8-7. Miller's bunt hit then loaded the bases.

            "I have to give the guys credit, they strung together some really good at-bats up and down the lineup," Mercon said.

            Wornham's walk forced home the tying run. Haag then drove a pitch over the head of center fielder Kyle Fenhel to cap the Indians' comeback.

            Mercon described Haag, a senior infielder who is receiving significant varsity at-bats for the first time, as thoughtful and coachable. For more than a week, they have been working to correct a loop in Haag's swing.  "I think I found my No. 2 hitter," the coach said.

            In the top of the fourth inning, Upper Perkiomen's defense faltered, helping the Falcons to score six runs off starting pitcher Hunter Gooch and reliever Dod States. Alex Stump's two-run single highlight the flurry, which included three unearned runs.

            The Indians responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out single by Wornham. They added two more in the sixth to get within 8-5 on Wornham's bases-loaded walk and a double-play ground ball.

            One day earlier, Upper Perkiomen allowed three runs in the sixth inning in a 4-2 loss to Upper Merion.

            Zach Hooven delivered the key blow, a two-run double on a 3-2 pitch off Trey Livingstone, for the Vikings, who overcame a 2-1 deficit that put them ahead for good.

            Haag and Kilroy each notched two hits for the Indians, scored single runs in the second and fifth innings to go ahead 2-1.

            Mike Hutchinson tossed a complete game victory for Upper Merion. He scattered nine hits and struck out eight, while issuing one walk.


 

 

 

 

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