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Deltoro Earns Mound Victory for Perkiomen
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Perkiomen second baseman David Smith chases down a Haverford School runner he caught stealing in the home opener played Saturday at Perkiomen.

        Back spasms curtailed Christian DelToro's junior season, limiting him to just six innings on the mound.

        On Saturday, DelToro tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings of relief to help Perkiomen School notch an extra-inning win in its season opener.

        "That's the kind of performance we expect from Christian," head coach Ken Baker said.

        The senior made sure his back muscles were loose and relaxed prior to the team's 4-3 nine-inning victory over Haverford School. DelToro called himself an advocate for pre-game stretching.

        DelToro did not permit a hit and registered five strikeouts in relief, allowing the Panthers (1-0) to rally from a 3-0 deficit.

        "I felt really good," said DelToro, who was expecting to throw one inning. "I threw the ball really well. I came here to pitch."

        Last season, the Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico native felt back spasms in the team's first game against Penn Charter. The injury forced him to miss two weeks towards the end of the season. DelToro said the discomfort lingered all season.

        "I didn't care about stretching before games then," he said.

        Now, DelToro allows himself adequate time for pre-game stretching. He also works his body every day with a roller.

        "I learned my lesson," he said.

        On the mound, DelToro prefers to challenge hitters. He relies on a two-seam fastball with good movement.

        According to Baker, Levi Stoudt and DelToro should provide a potent starting pitching duo for Perkiomen School. The coach said should also provide defensive stability up the middle.

        Either can play shortstop when the other pitches, according to Baker. He said DelToro will play shortstop and Stoudt will go to second when neither take the mound.

        According to Baker, DelToro was scheduled to throw only one inning Saturday. He relieved Devon Crossin with two outs and bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning with his team trailing 3-0.

        DelToro stayed on the mound after the Panthers rallied for three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth on one hit. A two-out infield hit by Marlon Lindsey, their first of the game, forced a 3-3 tie.

        After loading the bases in the eighth inning, Perkiomen School clinched its victory in the ninth. A sacrifice fly by David Smith with the bases loaded drove home David Duechter.

        DelToro called the effort against the Fords, who the team defeated last season the state tournament semifinals, a quality victory.

        According to Baker, Smith's game-winning at-bat should provide the player with a significant boost of confidence.

        "David did a great job fouling off three or four pitches with two strikes," the coach said of Smith, a freshman third baseman from Collegeville.

        Early on, the Panthers offense struggled against Haverford School pitcher Ben Tracy. The pitcher faced the minimum number of hitters through five innings. He allowed only one base runner, plunking Perkiomen School's leadoff hitter Josh Cruz with a pitch in the first inning.

        Stoudt, the Panthers' starting pitcher, allowed one run on three hits in four innings. He registered four strikeouts.






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