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Pijanowski Saves Post 184's Doubleheader Sweep
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Bryan Pijanowski gets pumped up when he is called on to save a game, according to Mike Fitzgerald. "He comes in throwing gas," said Fitzgerald, Perkiomen's manager.

            Pijanowski, the team's hardest throwing pitcher, says the role suits him

Ryan Rossiter waits for the throw at third base during the

first game of Perkiomen's Bux-Mont League doubleheader

against Pennridge.

well. "I have to calm myself down a little bit."

            On Saturday, he recorded the final three outs to help Post 184 complete a doubleheader sweep of Pennridge. He retired the only two hitters he faced to save a 7-4 victory and secure his team's fourth straight victory in the Bux-Mont Legion League.

            Pijanowski, a 2017 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School who took a redshirt with Flagler University's baseball team this spring, said closing suits him better than starting because "my best results usually come in the initial two innings."

            Two days later, Trey Livingstone pitched the team to its fifth straight league victory, 2-1, over Nor-Gwyn.

           After posting just two victories in their initial eight games, the Indians (8-7-2 overall, 6-3-1) have won six of their last nine overall. "We're hitting the ball much better," Pijanowski said. "It has become contagious. When I was a younger player on the team, we would wait for the middle of the order to hit home runs. Now everybody is contributing."

            Two of Perkiomen's top-three starting pitchers dominated Post 255 in the doubleheader sweep at Bonekemper Field on June 16. In the early game, Robert Guzman tossed six shutout innings in a 7-0 win. He allowed just three hits and two walks to post the mound victory.

"Robert pounded the strike zone," Fitzgerald said. "He did a good job spotting his fastball and was very effective with his changeup and his curve.

            In the nightcap, Hunter Gooch worked into the sixth inning. Gooch, the beneficiary of a four-run rally in the first inning, scattered six hits and allowed three earned runs.

            After Logan Curley's two-run double in the top of the seventh inning staked Perkiomen to a three-run lead, Pennridge brought the tying run to the plate against reliever Justin Wornham.

Fitzgerald then called on Pijanowski from center field, who ended the game with a strikeout and a double play ground ball. The manager called PIjanowski a luxury permitted by the presence of a quality starting rotation of Livingstone, Guzman and Gooch.

            Post 184's offense registered 21 hits during the doubleheader sweep. Ryan Rossiter finished with three hits and drove in three runs in the first game. Curley added two hits, two RBI and two steals. In the second game, Worhman went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored three runs and stole two bases.  Curley notched two hits, drove in three runs and stole two bases.

            On Tuesday night against the Hawks, Livingstone went the distance on the mound. He scattered three hits and allowed just one walk while posting four strikeouts.  The team scored single runs in the first inning, on a single by Curley and in the third, on Rossiter's RBI ground ball.

            On Wednesday, June 13, the Indians scored twice with two outs in the fifth inning to snap a tie and post a 4-2 home victory over Hatfield in the league. Livingstone crossed home plate on a passed ball to snap a 2-2 tie. Wornham drove in an insurance run with an RBI single.

            Guzman allowed just one unearned run in two innings of relief to earn the victory. Wornham posted the save by tossing two shutout innings. Pijanowski finished with two hits and Wornham drive in two runs.

Sandwiched around the Pennridge doubleheader, Post 184 went 0-3 in the Berks Invitational Tournament. The team lost 4-3 to Fleetwood and 5-2 to Muhlenberg on Friday, June 15 before losing 8-2 to NorChester on June 17.






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