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Junior Legion Rallies for 4-1 Victory over Phoenixville
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

The Braves' Bo Duka runs into the Pottstown shortstop as he is tagged out on a steal attempt during Monday night's home game against the Baby Steelers.The Braves came away with a 2-1 win.

                Brandon Reil used his arm to record the final out of the top of the sixth inning Tuesday. His leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth sparked the four-run rally that lifted the Upper Perk Jr. Legion to a 4-1 win over Phoenixville in the Twin County League at Bonekemper Field.

                Nolan Graber allowed just two hits and one unearned run on the mound for the Braves (7-3 Twin County), who notched their third straight league win.

                Graber, who took a no-hitter into the sixth, fell behind 1-0 on a misplayed ground ball to third with two outs off the bat of Phantoms shortstop Matt Osisek-Byrne.

                Reil, Upper Perk's left fielder, prevented Phoenixville from scoring a second run on the same play, throwing out Jarod Carboy at the plate to end the threat.

                "Brandon did a great job," said Upper Perk manager Perry Breyer. "That was what we call a do-or-die play, and he executed it really well."

                The ejection of a Phoenixville assistant coach for arguing the call fired up the Braves, according to Breyer. "We carried that enthusiasm right into the bottom of the sixth," he said. "Brandon started the whole thing off."

                His team trailing 1-0, Reil led off the inning with a single to right off Phantoms starting pitcher Jimmy Kingsbury. He took second on an errant pickoff throw, third on a hit by Graber and scored on Ben Tryon's infield grounder.

                The Braves secured the victory by adding three unearned runs in the frame. Tyler Keyser scored the winning run from second on an infield throwing error. Brett Fullerton's two-run single capped the scoring.

                Fullerton led Upper Perkiomen with three hits.

                On Saturday, the Braves defeated the Uwchlan Eagles 7-1.

                Trey Livingstone tossed a complete-game victory, allowing one hit while striking out nine.

                Fullerton led the Braves offense with four hits, while Tryon and David Gehman each contributed two hits. Nick Schmoyer added a two-run single.

                On Fathers' Day, they lost 7-3 to the Boyertown Bear Cubs in a non-league game.

                On Monday, Ben Tryon's hit in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Braves to a 2-1 win over Pottstown.

                Kacey Myers, who scored the winning run, led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Graber's sacrifice.

                Robert Guzman, who worked the eighth inning on the mound, struck out two hitters to earn the victory.

                Myers, Upper Perkiomen's starter, allowed one run and one walk while striking out six in seven innings against the Baby Steelers.

                The Braves are scheduled to host the Boyertown Grizzlies on Thursday at 7 p.m. before hitting the road to face Spring City and Norchester on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

                "This is our second time through the league, so we know what we're up against," Breyer said. "We're going to have to play flawless baseball to stay in the games."







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