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Perkiomen Baseball Opens Season with Win over ANC
Written by Dave Teufel Correspondent
2015-04-08

 

Perkiomen first baseman Saul DeLeon was able to dig out the throw to the bag in time to get the ANC batter out before he reached the base.

                Last Thursday's game against Academy of the New Church may have been played more like a scrimmage than an actual non-league contest, but after seven straight potential opening day cancellations, just getting on the field was cause for excitement.

                Home team Perkiomen jumped out to an early lead by plating three first-inning runs. Leadoff batter Alex Soriano opened the home half of the first by drawing a walk. Charlie Barebo followed with a bunt single. Tom Aaron and Naquan Holden pounded out back to-back extra-base hits in the frame.

                One of Perkiomen's strengths this year should be their pitching staff. When starter Devon Crossin did not return to the mound for a second inning of work, it was clear Panthers head coach Ken Baker was going to use the opportunity to give some mound time to as many of those arms as possible.

                Crossin, a junior southpaw, struck out two of the three batters he faced in his inning of work. Levi Stoudt, another junior who many believe to be the ace of the Perkiomen staff, pitched the second inning. Stoudt also struck out two of the three batters he faced.

                By the time Josh Cruz took the hill for the Panthers in the top of the third, Perkiomen had batted around in their half of the second inning. Perkiomen scored seven times to make the score 10-0.  Saul DeLeon opened the inning with a double. Christian DelToro and Javi Quinones had singles while Cruz added a double. Barebo and Holden each picked up their second hits of the game in the inning.

                Cruz would yield the only hit of the day, a dribbler up the third base line off the bat of Lions' left fielder Galen Stevens-King. Cruz, though, would follow the trend set by Crossin and Stoudt as he also struck out two batters in the inning. Jared Sapirman and DelToro worked the fourth and fifth innings, each posting two more strikeouts of opposing batters.

                Taking advantage of eight free passes, the Perkiomen offense plated seven more runs in the final two innings to go on to a 17-0 win. The big blow was a three-run homerun of the bat of Sapirman in the bottom of the fourth inning.

                After the contest Perkiomen head coach Ken Baker shared his thoughts on what he thinks will be keys to a successful season for his 2015 Panthers team.

                "I think pitching will be our main strength," said Baker. "We have three returning starters in Stoudt, Crossin and Cruz who give us experience. Last year they played big rolls in getting the team to the championship game of the state tournament. Jared and Christian give us depth and both have thrown well so far. Actually, depth in general is one of our biggest strengths this year. I think this is the deepest team I've had since I began coaching at Perkiomen. I also like our team speed; I think we will be able to use that as a plus too. Biggest thing will be the pitching - guys will need to throw strikes, if they can do that consistently we should be tough every time out."

                The Panthers will look to their seniors to anchor the offense this season. Soriano appears to be tasked with getting the Panther offense started, hitting in the leadoff spot. Angel Lopez, Aaron and Holden will be relied on to provide the pop, hitting in the heart of the Panther lineup. Lopez, who looks to be the front runner in locking up the starting catcher's job, will also be responsible for handling the talented Perkiomen pitching staff.

                Perkiomen will play their first league game today when they travel to face Renaissance Academy. The team returns home Saturday to do battle with Chestnut Hill in a game that is slated to start at 12:30 p.m.


 

 

 

 

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