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Post 184 Improves Playoff Standing with Offensive Outbursts
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Since a frustrating loss last month, Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team has won four of its last five games. The team has improved its playoff standing,

Perkiomen's David Kilroy slides across the plate safely

in Sunday night's continuation of Saturday's rained out

doubleheader against Pennridge. Kilroy had two hits,

scrored twice and had an RBI in the game which was

completed at Upper Perk.

according to Manager Mike Fitzgerald.

            "It's our push to get a higher seed," Justin Wornham said.

            On Sunday night, Post 184's offense posted its biggest offensive inning of the season to complete an 11-1 victory over Pennridge in the Bux-Mont League. The team rallied for nine-runs on seven hits in the third inning to salvage a split in a doubleheader that started the day before.

            "We're playing better," Fitzgerald said. "We're starting to hit the ball."

            However, the Indians might have lost a key contributor for the rest of the season, according to Fitzgerald. Wornham, their shortstop and leadoff hitter, rolled his left ankle during the lopsided victory.

            "If Justin is out, we'll just have to overcome it," Fitzgerald said. "He would be a big piece to miss."

            After a 6-3 loss to Hatfield-Towamencin on June 25, the manager said his team faced an uphill battle to qualify for the league playoffs, which begin Thursday, July 11. But after a 6-1 victory over Landale on June 27, a forfeit win over Warrington the following day, and a doubleheader split with Post 255, Fitzgerald expressed optimism that the Indians (8-7 league, 9-12) overall can at least maintain the No. 6 spot to avoid a first-round game against Souderton or Quakertown.

            On Thursday, June 27, the Indians posted a 6-1 victory over Lansdale. Levi Gehman earned the mound victory, tossing five-plus innings while allowing two hits and four walks. He struck out five.

            They scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend a 2-1 lead. Three runs came home on an outfield error on a ball off the bat of David Kilroy. Evan Shade added three hits for Post 184.

            On Saturday, Perkiomen lost the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at Pennridge. In the early game, Aric Kressley absorbed the mound loss in a 3-1 defeat despite allowing just five hits. He went the distance, allowing just two earned runs and no walks while striking out four.

            "Aric pitched great," Fitzgerald said. "We just didn't support him."

            Cameron McKeehan drove in the team's only run on the fourth inning. His single with the bases loaded scored Shade, who reached on an infield error to get the Indians within 2-1. However, a double play ground ball by the next hitter ended the inning.

            In the second game, which resumed Sunday night at Upper Perkiomen High School in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning, Post 184 rallying for nine runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third inning. Duka, Kilroy and Templeton delivered consecutive RBI singles. Landis, who posted two hits during the third, followed with a two-run double to highlight the inning.

            In the fifth, Templeton's single drove in the 11th run and invoked the 10-run rule. He finished with three hits and two RBI to pace a 13-hit barrage. Landis scored two runs. Baxter Sewall registered two hits and two RBI, while Wornham posted two hits.

            "Our guys hit a lot of fastballs early in the count," Fitzgerald said. "We've been stressing the need to be aggressive early in the count a lot lately. It was nice to see."

            Connor Martin tossed three shutout innings Saturday to earn the victory. He allowed one walk and three hits while striking out three. Duka pitched the final two innings. The reliever allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three.  "Malachi dominated with fastballs," Fitzgerald said.

            At Warrington on Monday, Dalton Dunlap led the Indians to a 14-5 victory. Dunlap paced their 12-hit barrage with two hits and two RBI. He also scored twice. They batted around in twice, scoring seven runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

            Duka finished with three RBI and scored two runs. His two-run single highlighted the fifth-inning outburst. In the seventh inning, Dunlap, Kilroy and Sewall each delivered run-scoring hits.Gehman, their starting pitcher, earned the victory by allowing one run on one hit and five walks in four innings.






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