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Gooch Pitches Post 184 to a Pair of Victories
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-06-28

            Hunter Gooch pitched Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team to pair of

Perkiomen shorstop Justin Wornham turns a double-

play during the third inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over

Plumstead

recent Bux-Mont League victories. The first one came in relief in a 6-5, 10-inning victory over Pottstown on Saturday, June 23. Three days later, he tossed six dominant innings in a 2-1 win over Plumstead.

"Hunter is pitching really well right now," manager MIke Fitzgerald said.

            Bryan Pijanowski saved both victories for the Indians (8-4-1 league, 9-10-2 overall), who have won seven of their last eight league games.

            According to Gooch, the team is playing better as a team than they were during the early part of the season.  "We're able to manufacture runs," he said.

            On Tuesday, Gooch allowed just a first inning run and made Post 184's two-run, third-inning rally stand up. He allowed just four hits and one walk while posting eight strikeouts on 71 pitches. According to Fitzgerald, Gooch lifted him to limit his pitch count and allow him to pitch against Quakertown on Saturday.

            After surrendering a run in the first inning on two hits, Gooch dominated Plumstead with a overhand curve ball he learned from his father and Perkiomen's pitching coach Arnold -- who logged nine professional seasons in the Rockies, Mets and Reds organizations -- and a four-seam fastball.

            "After the first inning, Hunter really settled in," Fitzgerald said. "Plumstead's hitters could time his fastball because his curve was lights out."

            The Indians took advantage of two errors to score twice in the second inning. Trey Livingstone's single to left drove in the go-ahead run during the inning.

            Three days earlier, Gooch came on in relief in the sixth inning with his team leading the Steelers 5-2. He allowed three runs. However, the pitcher didn't melt, according to Fitzgerald.

"Hunter gets tougher after an inning like that," the manager said. "I was pleased with the way he battled."

            Gooch responded with three shutout innings of relief, working into the 10th inning to earn the decision. In four innings overall, he allowed just two hits and struck out three. Pijanowski came on the bottom of the 10th inning after his predecessor issued a leadoff walk to strike out the side to record the save.

            Livingstone's third RBI of the game – on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning – snapped a 5-5 tie and lifted the Indians to their sixth straight league victory.

            Fitzgerald prioritized the game against Pottstown over Souderton in order to remain in second place in the standings and to help secure home field advantage for the league playoffs.

"Pottstown is a scrappy team," he said. "Nothing affects them."

            Robert Guzman, Post 184's starting pitcher allowed just two earned runs on six hits in five innings against Pottstown. The team supported Guzman with two runs in the first-inning on a double by Livingstone and single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Pijanowski drive in the runs in the third and fifth, while Guzman's sacrifice fly in the sixth staked it to a 5-2 lead.

"I liked the way our offense put pressure on the opposition," Fitzgerald said. "We need to keep doing that to be successful."

            Justin Wornham and Pijanowski each delivered two hits and scored two runs. Livingstone registered two hits.

On Sunday, Perkiomen dropped a 12-2 five-inning lost to Souderton, the league's first-place team. Post 234 scored four-runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to invoke the 10-run rule. Wornham and David Kilroy drove in the Indians' only runs in the fifth inning. 


 

 

 

 

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