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Post 184 Receives Forfeit Victory
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-06-23

            Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team received its first victory of the season earlier this week without throwing a pitch. Doylestown forfeited its game in the Bux-Mont Legion League on Monday.

            Post 210 didn't have enough players to field a team, according to Indians manager Mike Fitzgerald. He blamed the decision on travel baseball.

            Inclement weather and the increasing popularity of the weekend circuit have forced Post 184 to complete 11 games in 13 days, including Tuesday's game against Plumstead, which was rescheduled for the following day. The team has only two scheduled off days before the league playoffs, which are scheduled to commence July 8.

            Beginning with Thursday's road game against Plumstead, the Indians are slated to play five consecutive days. According to the manager, they have enough pitching to get through the stretch.

            A slew of cancellations have forced Fitzgerald to abandon his plan to schedule any non-league games to supplement a 12-game league schedule. He expressed concern that a July 2 home game against Muhlenberg might need to be cancelled in order to get those games in.

            So far this season, Post 184 (1-2-1) has started four games and finished three. On June 17, the Indians lost 5-2 on the road to Nor-Gwyn. Jacob Ankele finished with two hits and scored two runs.

            Jacob Eagle posted two of their seven hits and drove in both runs. His single in the top of the third inning staked Post 184 to a 2-1 advantage.

            The A's scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning off Perkiomen starting pitcher Zach Gehman to go ahead 3-2. They added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

            Two days later, the Indians' game against Quakertown was suspended in the bottom of the third inning with the score tied 3-3. They scored twice in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk to Gehman and Logan Smith's bunt hit.

            However, Quakertown rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 3-2 on John Qualteria's three-run single. Post 184 scored the tying run in the third inning on Shane Mohan's hit.

            On Monday, June 21, Perkiomen was awarded a forfeit victory over Doylestown. According to Fitzgerald, Tigers manager Thomas Spratt informed him the night before that eight players would not be available.

            According to Perkiomen's manager, Spratt wanted to make up the game in one of the two days before the start of the playoffs. However, Fitzgerald objected.  "We shouldn't have to reschedule games due to travel baseball," he said.

           According to Fitzgerald, travel baseball has put the Bux-Mont League in jeopardy. He said league officials need to do something to keep players on rosters. He suggested that it organize weekend tournaments with teams from other Legion leagues that would attract college coaches.

           Additionally, the manager didn't rule out potentially moving Perkiomen to a different league. Fitzgerald said he might examine a potential shift to the Lower Bucks League. He also claimed the Berks League invited to the team to join several years ago, but that he stayed in the Bux-Mont out of loyalty. "I'll do whatever is necessary to get back to an 18 to 20 game league schedule," Fitzgerald said.


 

 

 

 

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