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Strong Fourth Inning Gives Indians Win Over Falcons
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

The Indians' Erik Stalford is tagged out at third after getting caught between the bases in the second inning of Tuesday's game against Pottsgrove.

                Chris Kachmar pitched and hit his way to victory in Upper Perk's 5-3 win over Pottsgrove on Tuesday at Bonekemper Field.

                Kachmar struck out 10 in his six innings of work and drove in the lead-run during a four-run rally in the fourth inning.

                The Tribe backed Kachmar's performance by batting around in the fourth to wipe out a 1-0 Pottsgrove lead.

                The junior righthander came out firing, clocking 85 on a radar gun, and striking out eight Falcons in the first three innings by mixing in his overhand curveball and change-up.

                "I was throwing my fastball, I could really place that, and then my off-speed really backed up my strong fastball," Kachmar said.

                Pottsgrove managed to nick the Tribe (2-9) for an unearned run in the second, after Kachmar struck out the first two hitters of the inning.

                Dominique Johnson lined a single to left and got to second on a wild pitch. Justin Toth grounded a ball to the right side that went off the glove of first baseman Jake Breyer. Second baseman Ethan Steuer got to the ball, but fired past Kachmar, hustling to cover first, and Johnson scored.

                Kachmar struck out Max Stump to end the threat.

                The bottom of the inning got off to a promising start when Erik Stalford was plunked with a fastball, and Daulton Breyer roped a single to right.

                But with Daron Pijanowski showing bunt, Stalford was picked off second to help short circuit the inning.

                In what later amounted to poetic baseball justice, the bottom of the fourth began almost exactly the same way.

                Stalford opened the inning with a walk on a full count pitch from Pottsgrove starter Tyler Hibbs. Daulton Breyer lined his second hit of the game.

                With Pijanowski strolling to the plate again in a bunt situation it was déjà vu. But this time Stalford got back on two Pottsgrove pick-off attempts and got to third when Pijanowski eventually grounded into a fielder's choice with Breyer forced at second.

                The next hitter, Steuer, got behind 1-2 but served a single to left to tie the game.

                Jake Breyer walked to load the bases and Pottsgrove manager Rich Ashburn pulled Hibbs in favor of Justin Leamy.

                Kachmar, hitting out of the lead-off spot, lined a 3-1 fastball into left to give the Tribe a 2-1 lead.

                "I felt like I knew what was going to come," Kachmar explained. "I was guessing fastball, and he threw it, and I just hit it hard."

                Zach Zappo followed with a two-run single over the first base bag and the margin grew to 4-1.

                Kachmar was obviously losing some steam on his fastball but managed a 1-2-3 fifth before running into trouble in the sixth.

                With a man on third with none out, Kachmar got his 10th K of the day on a slow curve to Nick DeCurtis but followed that with a five pitch walk to Matt Steinmetz.

                Hibbs ripped the first pitch he saw right at third baseman Stalford, who calmly stepped on the bag to double off Satchel Sciaretta.

                Zappo (2-for-2 with a walk) padded the lead in the sixth with his third RBI of the day.

                "I was just seeing the ball well," Zappo said. "I was just thinking fastball the whole way. He just left it over the plate both times."

                The breathing room was needed.

                Stalford took over for Kachmar, who had thrown 104 pitches, and ran into trouble after striking out Johnson to begin the seventh.

                Justin Toth walked on five pitches, and Max Stump reached on an error by Brandon Frickmann.

                Stalford induced Garrett Bleakley to bounce to first, but a Leamy single brought home Toth to make it 5-2 and bring the tying run to the plate for Pottsgrove (0-10).

                Sciaretta, who had three hits, singled home Stump before Stalford struck out pinch hitter Mike Gantert on a nasty curve to preserve Kachmar's win.






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