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Post 184 Sweeps Doubleheader
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2019-06-12

            Levi Gehman's heady reaction and some timely two-out hitting lifted Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team to a win in its initial victory over Pottstown. Then, the team's offense carried it to a doubleheader sweep last weekend in the Bux-Mont League at Bonekemper Field.

David Kilroy creates a cloud of dust as he dives to the back to first base

during Perkiomen's doubleheader sweep of Pottstown.  Kilroy finished 

with two hits in the second game.

            In the first game on Saturday, June 8, Gehman converted a bunt attempt into a double play in the seventh inning. He retired the only two hitters he faced to save a 5-3 victory for the Indians.

            In the nightcap, Post 184 pounded out 14 hits in a 7-2 victory. Ryan Rossiter delivered three hits and scored twice. Cameron McKeehan registered two hits and scored twice for the team, which has won three straight.

            In the early game, Gehman saved a victory for Robert Guzman, who allowed just one run in three-plus innings in relief. A student at the Salem Christian School in Macungie, Gehman came on after Guzman surrendered consecutive hits to open the inning.

            However, Gehman induced Owen Morton to pop up an attempted sacrifice. The pitcher caught the ball, and threw to second to double off Maximus Dopwell. Gehman, one of Post 184's starting pitchers, then retired Zachary Szpindor on a ground ball to end the game.

            Manager Mike Fitzgerald called for a high fastball on the first pitch to Dopwell, with the hope that he would pop up the bunt.  Levi made a real good play," Fitzgerald said. "He's got really good baseball sense."

            Starting pitching should be the strength of the Indians (3-1 league, 4-5 overall), according to the manager.

            In the third, the Steelers took advantage of three errors to score a pair of unearned runs and force a 2-2 tie in the top of the third inning. Both scored on a bunt with the bases loaded. Pitcher Malachi Duka got an out at the plate, but errant throws by catcher Lance Templeton and first baseman David Kilroy allowed the runs to cross the plate.  "We made some sloppy plays and gave them two runs," Fitzgerald said.

            In the bottom of the third, the Indians rallied for three runs on consecutive two-out hits by Templeton, Evan Shade and Gehman. They stole four bases during the inning and delivered five hits during the frame.  "Those hits with two outs really help," Fitzgerald said. "Our guys can score runs in that situation."

            In the nightcap, Perkiomen's offense dominated. Playing as the visitors, it scored in every inning but the sixth. The team stole three bases. Kilroy, Evan Shade and Gehman each registered two hits.

            On the mound, Aric Kressly and Tim Landis did not allow an earned run. Landis earned the victory by allowing just one hit and striking out five in 3 1/3 innings.

            Two days earlier, Post 184 defeated Plumstead 11-0 in five innings. Hunter Gooch earned the victory, allowing just one hit and fanning 11.

            Leadoff hitter Justin Wornham finished with two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Kilroy and Templeton each added two hits, while Gehman scored twice.

            The Indians are off until Saturday, when they will participate in a Father's Day tournament at Muhlenberg High School. They are scheduled to resume league play Sunday on the road against Plumstead.


 

 

 

 

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