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Post 184 Gets Only Five Hits in Loss to Souderton

Perkiomen shortstop Levi Stoudt attempts to tag out a Souderton baserunner in a Bux-Mont Legion League game on Sunday at home. Souderton defeated Post 184 7-1.

            Though the situation in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday may have called for a bunt, Perkiomen American Legion manager Larry Pijanowski sent up a pinch hitter and allowed him to swing the bat.

            Erik Stalford grounded into a double play, but the decision sent a signal to the Indians that Pijanowski wants the offense to set the tone.

            "The situation may have called for a different strategy," the manager said. "But our guys work so hard at hitting, and I wanted to give them the opportunity to open up the game."

            Post 184 managed just five hits in a 7-1 loss to Souderton in the Bux-Mont League on Sunday, June 12.  Nate Luscombe went the distance on the mound for Souderton, registering nine strikeouts.

Thylar Summarell, Souderton's No. 4 hitter, went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI off Post 184 starting pitcher Trey Livingstone.

            Brett Fullerton finished with two hits for the Indians (6-2 league, 8-2 overall), who scored an unearned run in the third inning.  Their best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth trailing 4-1.  Elias, Gabel-Tripp and Fullerton led off the inning with consecutive hits. Stalford, hitting for catcher Ben Tryon, lined a hard foul down the right field line before rolling a ground ball to third base, which Kyle Lennon turned into a double play.

            According to Pijanowski, the situation might have called a different strategy.

            "I was going with an intuition," the manager said. "Erik swings the bat well. He's been making solid contact, and I would like to get him more at-bats."

            Luscombe utilized a fastball and slider to keep Perkiomen's hitters off balance, according to leadoff hitter Josh Fell. He described Luscombe the best pitcher the team has faced all season.

            According to Pijanowski, the pitcher distracted some of the Indians hitters by talking to them during their at-bats.  "He took some of our hitters out of the game, the manager said. "We can't allow that to happen."

            According to Fell, the pitcher was talking and smiling at Post 184 hitters from the mound. He said some of the younger hitters might have been affected by the interaction.  "The older players have to shake that off" Fell said.

            Pijanowski expressed concern that the Indians' offensive has struggled against Luscombe and Doylestown's Luke Irons, two of the better pitchers in the league.

            "I'm kind of worried that we didn't make better contact against two very good pitchers," the manager said. "But I am confident we will, eventually, against those kinds of guys. It's still early in the season, and I am still moving the lineup around."

            According to Fell, Perkiomen is focused on qualifying for the league playoffs, then making another post-season run.  "It's still early in the season," he said.

            On Monday, June 13, Post 184 defeated Quakertown 8-2.  Gabel-Tripp, Aaron and Fell each posted two hits to lead an 11-hit barrage for the Indians. Brett Fullerton drove in three.  On Tuesday, they defeated visiting Nor-Gwyn 16-13.






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