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Post 184 Suffers Frustrating Losses
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2019-06-26

            Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team suffered a one-run loss over the

Post #184's Tim Landis is tagged out at second base

during Tuesday night's loss to Hatfield-Towamencin. 

weekend to Doylestown, stranding the winning run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Manager Mike Fitzgerald called it the most frustrating defeat of the season.

            Two days later, the Indians dropped a 6-3 Bux-Mont League loss to Hatfield-Towamencin. Fitzgerald said game wasn't far behind in terms of frustration.

            On Tuesday against the Titans, Post 184 committed three errors in their third consecutive loss and ran itself out a potential rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

            "Our pitching and defense let us down," Fitzgerald said. "The defense was pressing. It looked like they were trying to turn a triple play with one guy on base."

            Justin Wornham finished with three hits for Post 184 (4-6 league, 5-11 overall). Levi Gehman added two hits and scored two runs.

            Perkiomen mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning against Post 933. The team loaded the bases on consecutive walks and a hit batter.  However, the Indians could not score another run. The runner from third base attempted to score on a wild pitch on a strikeout by Post 933 reliever Jason Krause and was tagged out at the plate. Krause recorded the final two outs to register the save.

            The Titans opened the scoring in the fourth inning off Post 184 starting pitcher Hunter Gooch. His throwing error to second base on comebacker helped stake them to a 4-0 lead. They notched three hits off Gooch during the inning.

            Down 5-1 in the fifth, Perkiomen pushed two more runs across the plate. Gehman scored on a fielder's choice ground ball, and Evan Shade stole home on a walk to Ryan Rossiter.

            On Sunday, June 23, Post 184 lost 7-6 to Doylestown. Malachi Duka and David Kilroy each had two hits and scored two runs. Tim Landis drove in three runs.

            Down 7-3 in the seventh inning, after allowing four runs in the first inning, the Indians nearly rallied for the victory by scoring three unearned runs. Landis worked a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh. Joe Delzingaro drove in the second run on a fielder's choice ground ball. Lance Templeton scored from third on a throwing error with one out to get team within one run.

            They had the tying and winning runs in scoring position when Joey Loynd recorded a strikeout to end the game and post a save.  "To spot that team four runs early, and then get so close to a victory was tough," Fitzgerald said. 

            One day earlier, Perkiomen dropped a 14-3 loss to Nor-Gwyn in five innings. Gehman delivered two of their seven hits. He absorbed the mound loss, permitting five earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work.

            On Friday, June 20, the Indians rallied late to notch a 10-0 victory over Doylestown. They snapped a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, before putting the game away with six runs in the seventh inning.

            Evan Shade finished with two hits, scored two runs and drove in two. Duka delivered two hits, while Gehman and Landis both scored twice.

            Midway through the regular season, Post 184 is in danger of missing the playoffs, according to Fitzgerald. He said the team will likely have to compete with Doylestown to earn the final berth.

            He described Thursday's home game against Lansdale as "must win." The Indians will host Warrington on Friday before playing a doubleheader Saturday at Pennridge.


 

 

 

 

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