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Stalford Delivers Key Hit in Perkiomen’s Win over Warrington
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter

Perkiomen second baseman Levi Stoudt forces the runner at second and pivots to make the throw to first base in the fifth inning of a 1-0 victory over Warrington on Sunday, June 25. Eric Dykie reached on the fielder's choice ground ball to prevent the Indians from posting a triple play. 

        Erik Stalford prefers playing baseball in a more relaxed atmosphere where having fun is the top priority.  He said the atmosphere around the Perkiomen's American Legion team is more serious.

        "This is my last year, and I'm glad to be playing in a competitive league with the guys I've known for the last 10 years," Stalford said.

        On Sunday afternoon, he drove in the game's only run in a 1-0 victory over Warrington at Bonekemper Field. Stalford singled home Levi Stoudt, who reached on an error, in the bottom of the second.

        "Our bats will probably have to wake up before the playoffs," Stalford said.

        Trey Livingstone and Devon Crossin combined to hold the A's to just three hits. Livingstone tossed the initial five innings to earn the victory. Crossin earned his first save of the season with two shutout frames.

        The victory capped a successful weekend for the Indians (14-4 league, 16-4 overall), who posted consecutive wins over Hatfield prior to defeating Warrington.  "Things are going very well," Stalford said.

        On Friday, June 24, Levi Stoudt pitched Post 184 to a 6-0 victory. Stoudt went the distance, striking out nine. He allowed three hits and one walk.

        Stoudt delivered an RBI-triple and Josh Fell followed with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.  A four-run rally in the fifth inning put the game away for the Indians. Elias Gabel-Tripp delivered a two-run single and Stoudt contributed an RBI-double.  Brett Fullerton finished with three hits.

        The next day, the Indians rallied from an early, four-run deficit to win 6-5. Stoudt, who doubled leading off the top of the sixth inning, eventually scored on a one-out wild pitch to snap a 5-5 tie. Daron Pijanowski allowed just one hit in the final two innings to earn the save for starter Bryan Pijanowski.

        Stoudt and Logan Curley each finished with two hits in the victory.

        On Sunday, Post 184, playing without three seniors from Upper Perkiomen High School and regular third baseman Tom Aaron (hand injury), managed just three hits against A's starting pitcher Ryan Yates. Stalford delivered the key blow off the soft-tossing lefthander, a roller through the infield that plated Stoudt from second.

        "I'm seeing the ball pretty well," said Stalford, who played club baseball at Bloomsburg University this past spring.

        Stalford, who played third base and pitched over the weekend, would like to play as much as possible. But said his top priority is to see the team succeed, even if that means fewer at-bats for him once the post-season begins.

        "The best players should be on the field when it counts the most," Stalford said.

        Perkiomen kicked off its final week of the regular season with 2-1 road loss to Plumstead on Tuesday, June 28. Stalford, the Indians' starting pitcher allowed both runs in the bottom of the second inning. He went five innings on the mound, permitting five hits and four walks while posting three strikeouts.

        Bryan Pijanowski delivered two of Post 184's four hits. Leadoff hitter Brett Fullerton scored its only run in the top of the first inning.

        The Indians will complete their regular season schedule with a road game Thursday against Souderton and a home game Friday versus Quakertown.

        According to Manager Larry Pijanowski, Matt Schneider, at the beach with fellow classmates Gabel-Tripp and Kacey Myers, should return in time to pitch the regular season finale.






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