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Miller’s Hustle Sparks Perkiomen to Victory Over Quakertown
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Correspondent

Perkiomen shortstop Josh Fell puts the tag on Quakertown's Sage Fuhrmeister before he's able reach second base in Saturday night's game at Upper Perk High School.

        Zach Miller noticed some indecision and knew he had a single. Though his eighth-inning ground ball only rolled past the first-base bag, Miller legged out an infield hit.  "At that point I knew we would win," said Miller, the No. 9 hitter on Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team. "This team is so clutch."

        Three hitters later, Miller scored the decisive run in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Quakertown in the Bux-Mont League at Bonekemper Field. He crossed the plate on Tom Aaron's two-out double.

        The extra-inning rally capped a successful doubleheader day for the Indians (6-1 league, 9-3-3 overall), who defeated J.P. Mascaro 20-5 earlier Saturday.

        "This is a good team," said manager Mike Fitzgerald, whose team has posted five shutout victories in the league. "The players believe in themselves. They have a lot of confidence, but they just don't show it."

        Perkiomen, which couldn't muster a hit against Blue Jays starting pitcher Vincent Lacava until the seventh inning, broke through in the eighth. "We don't quit," Fitzgerald said.

        With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Miller hit a slow roller that the Quakertown first baseman fielded to his right. Lacava was slow to break off the mound to first base.

        "As soon as I saw that hesitation, I knew I had a hit," Miller said.

        A two-out, infield single by Josh Fell set up Aaron's game-winning hit to right center field.  The ending secured the mound victory for Levi Stoudt, who allowed just one hit and recorded nine strikeouts.

        Quakertown's best offensive threat came in the seventh against Stoudt, when Sage Fuhrmeister worked a leadoff walk. But Indians catcher Jake Breyer threw out Fuhrmeister attempting to steal second, and Stoudt struck out the next two hitters to end the inning. Fitzgerald called Breyer's throw a pivotal play.  "If that runner would have gotten to second, then moved to third on a sacrifice, Quakertown would have been in great shape," the manager said.

        On June 10, Daron  Pijanowski pitched Post 184 to a 3-0 league victory over visiting Pottstown.  Pijanowski went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out two.  Tom Aaron finished with two hits and two RBI. He delivered an RBI single in the first inning. In the third, he registered an RBI-double and eventually stole home.

        Two days later, the Indians relied on a 15-hit barrage to post a 9-4 non-league victory over Daniel Boone.  Levi Stoudt finished two hits and four RBI, while Erik Stalford added three hits and scored twice for Post 184, which overcame an early 3-0 deficit.

        Stalford, despite allowing three runs in the top of the first, recovered to post the mound win. In six innings, he allowed four runs on seven hits and registered seven strikeouts.

        Inclement weather forced Perkiomen to suspend its league game at Pennridge on June 8. The scoreless game will be resumed in the top of the fifth at 6 p.m. on July 3 at Bonekemper Field. The regularly scheduled game between the teams will follow.

        The Blue Jays (3-3, 10-3) split a league doubleheader Saturday, winning 1-0 at Hatfield earlier in the day behind the pitching of Zach Metz.  "Zach did a real nice job," Quakertown Manager Bob Helm said.  Pitching has carried the team this season, according to Helm.  "So far it's been a good season," he said. "The offense has been a little frustrating at times."






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