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Perkiomen School Baseball Continues League Dominance
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-05-10

            Though capturing league championship has become routine for Perkiomen School's baseball team, Sam Glavin says the thrill of victory remains sweet. On Monday, Glavin's bat helped the team capture yet another Tri-County Independent School League title.

            In a 10-0, five-inning victory over Barrack Hebrew Academy, the senior delivered two doubles and drove in two runs. David Smith added two hits and two RBI, while Carlos Torres and Jayden Kemp permitted just one hit for the Panthers (14-7), who have captured 24 consecutive league crowns.

            "It's definitely an accomplishment," said Glavin, a senior from Coopersburg.

            After struggling early in its semifinal round game Thursday, the team dominated the Cougars in the title game. Glavin's two-run double in the second inning highlighted a four-run rally and staked Perkiomen School to a 5-0 advantage. Meanwhile, Torres tossed four perfect innings. He struck out five hitters in four innings.

            "We started the game a lot more focused (than the semifinal)," Glavin said.

            Except for a communication miscue in the fifth inning, which led to Barrack Hebrew Academy's only hit, the Panthers' defense played a clean game. Head coach Ken Baker said several players made significant strides at the plate and in the field from their 10-3 victory over Collegium Charter School four days earlier.

            "Hopefully that will carry over into the rest of our season," Baker said.

             On Thursday, May 3, an efficient pitching performance by Zach Smith helped the Panthers overcome a shaky defensive performance in the first inning. An infield error led to three unearned runs and a 3-0 deficit.

            Despite committing a double-error to open the top of the second inning on a swinging bunt, Smith regained his poise. The East Greenville native allowed just one base runner the rest of the way. The walk he issued to opening third inning was erased on a double play.

            "I had faith the guys behind me we going to make the plays," Smith said. "Even after the first inning. The players on this team have each other's back."

            Smith, who threw 58 strikes and finished with 77 pitches, retired the final 14 hitters he faced. Baker said he thought about using Marc Molnar in relief, but didn't have time to warm him up because of Smith's efficiency.

            "The last four innings went so quick," Baker said. "Zach did not get flustered. He threw strikes. He pounded the strike zone."

            The Panthers offense delivered a run in the bottom of the first on Glavin's bloop single. They rallied for four runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Manny Ariza's two-run double highlighted the third-inning flurry. Chris Pow, Kemp, Ariza and Garret Knowles each drove in a run during the fourth inning. 

            Perkiomen School qualified for the Pennsylvania Independent School State Tournament, which begins May 22. Baker, the seeding chairman, he doesn't expect the team to receive a home game in either of the initial two rounds. He said too many non-league losses will likely force them to the road.


 

 

 

 

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