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Kilroy Looking to Make up for Lost Time with Blazers
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-06-30

            David Kilroy's battle to make up for lost time on the baseball field has shifted to Quakertown. Though the climb may be steep, Kilroy says he's getting better every day.

David Kilroy, playing first base fo the Quakertown Blazers, reaches

to tag a Capitals bse runner as he slides back on base in Sunday's

double-header.

This summer, the Green Lane resident has received semi-regular at-bats for the Blazers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.

            On Sunday afternoon, the first baseman started the second game of a doubleheader split with the Trenton Capitals.  "I'm still getting used to the speed of the game," Kilroy said after an 11-10 loss in extra innings at Memorial Park Stadium.

            The sophomore from Mansfield University, who is sharing playing time with Lehigh's Charlie Von Werne and Joe Gorla, went 0-for-2 in the game. He is hitless in 10 at-bats for the Blazers while swinging a wooden bat.  "The pitching here is a big jump from what I am used to," said Kilroy, who is listed as 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. "My goal is to improve every day. I feel great. I believe I can compete in this league. My at-bats are getting better."

            He last played regularly during the summer of 2019 for Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team. Kilroy missed his entire senior season with Upper Perkiomen due to COVID-19.

This spring, he got just one at-bat for the Marauders. With four first baseman on the roster, playing time was scarce, according to Kilroy.

            In Sunday's first game, Quakertown (5-8) rallied for a 6-4 victory over the visiting Capitals. The team posted three runs in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 3-3 tie. Sam Barletta scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Drew Cusick and Colt Narciso followed with consecutive run-scoring hits.  

            Todd Erney tossed two innings of relief to post the mound victory. Jude Negron surrendered one unearned run in the seventh inning to record the save.

            Gorla and Sam Barletta each posted two hits and scored twice for the Blazers. Colt Narisco added two hits and drove in two runs.

            In the second game, Trenton rallied for a run in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 10-10 tie. Trenton built a 9-1 lead through the middle of the fifth inning. A six-run outburst in the second inning against Blazers starting pitcher Kevin Small sparked the advantage.

            The Capitals posted six unearned runs on just one hit during that inning. A misplay of a two-out popup sparked the rally. Nine consecutive hitters reached base safely during the inning including six via walk, one hit by pitch and one strikeout wild pitch.

            Quakertown started its comeback in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three runs on four hits. In the sixth, Brian Nicolas delivered a two-run double.

            Down 10-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Blazers scored four runs on three hits to force extra innings. Narciso's two-run single to left with two out capped the flurry.

            Three days earlier, the Blazers rallied from a 10-run deficit against the same team to post an 11-10 victory. Ben Watson registered two hits and drove in four runs, while Mitchell Balint added three hits.

            Thomas Faggioni scored three runs for Quakertown, which notched four runs in the seventh inning, six in the eighth and one in the bottom of the ninth. Scott Poulson struck out the side in the top of the ninth to earn the mound victory.


 

 

 

 

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