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Post 184 Streaking Towards Bux-Mont Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-06-30

            Before starting its stretch of seven games in seven days, Perkiomen American Legion manager Mike Fitzgerald warned his players to prepare themselves.  "Buckle

Legion Post 184 playe Malachi Duka slides home safely as the Hat-

field-Towamencin reaches for the ball being thrown for the plate in

Friday night's game at Upper Perk.

up," he told them. "We've got a long road ahead."

            The Indians have made the most of their opportunity, winning six straight between Wednesday, June 23 and Monday. A 3-2 road loss to Hatfield-Towamencin on Tuesday night ended the run. According to Fitzgerald, his players have embraced the challenge.  "The team is playing better baseball every game," he said.

            Post 184 (6-2) displayed an ability to rally late in a 6-4 home victory over Hatfield-Towamencin on Friday, June 25. Two days later, they earned a share of first place in the Bux-Mont League standings after a 12-4 victory over Quakertown in the completion of a suspended game.  "This team is bonding," Fitzgerald said. "You can see it on the bench, when they warm up and when they take batting practice. They feel like they are accomplishing something."

            The Indians started their streak with a 14-4 victory over Plumstead in five innings. Daulton Dunlap posted two hits and drove in two runs. Jake Ankele added two hits and scored twice. Zach Gehman tossed four innings to earn the mound win.

            They followed with a 7-3 road victory over Pennridge on Thursday, June 24. Shane Mohan, Blake Gehman and Jacob Eagle each drove in two runs. Evan Shade scored twice.  Mohan finished with two hits, including an RBI single to cap a three-run rally which snapped a 2-2 tie. Post 184 added two additional unearned runs during the frame. Malachi Duka earned the mound victory. The starting pitcher permitted two earned runs on six hits. He fanned six hitters. Gabriel Reptsik tossed the final two innings to earn a save.

            On Friday, June 25, Perkiomen rallied for their third consecutive victory by overcoming a three-run deficit against Hatfield-Towamencin. They scored two unearned runs on the same play in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie.

            Aric Kressly tossed six innings to post the victory. He allowed two earned runs on 11 hits and registered three strikeouts.

            Donavan Hanney pitched the seventh inning to earn the save. He worked around a two-out single.

            Brandon Mazzie posted three hits and scored twice for Post 184, which trailed 4-1 midway through the third inning. Conor Martin delivered two hits.

            Duka's two-run single in the bottom of the third started the comeback. Martin manufactured the tying run with his legs in the fourth inning, stealing third with two outs and scoring on an errant throw by the Titans' catcher.

            Perkiomen plated the decisive runs in the fifth inning. With two outs, Mazzie and Duka scored on Blake Gehman's ground ball. Hatfield-Towamencin shortstop Peter Saldutti committed two errors on the play. He booted the grounder, then delivered an errant throw to first base.

            The Titans scored four runs (two earned) on four singles off Kressly in the third inning to go ahead 4-1. An infield error helped set up the rally.

            On Saturday, the Indians needed only five innings to beat Doylestown 10-0. Jacob Eagle led them with two hits and drove in three runs. His two-run single capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the second inning. Mazzie and Duka each scored two runs. Martin contributed two hits. All but one starter contributed to the 10-hit attack.

            Blake Gehman went the distance on the mound. He permitted just three hits while striking out four.

            The following night, in the resumption of the suspended game with Quakertown, Post 184 exploded for nine runs to post a 12-4 victory at Memorial Park Stadium. Shade finished with four hits, three runs scored and five RBI.

            Duka added two hits and drove in three runs for the Indians, who earned their share of first place in the league standings on the strength of a six-run, two-out rally in the fourth inning. Duka's two-run double highlighted the outburst.

            Zach Gehman tossed the final five innings, striking out nine, to earn the victory. He permitted just one run, working around two hits and five walks.

            On Monday, Perkiomen received its second forfeit victory of the season, over Pennridge.

            The next night, it lost in the bottom of the eighth inning on a walkoff double by Titans shortstop Jack Picozzi off Mazzie.

            Martin finished with two hits for the Indians, who scored both their runs in the second inning. Zach Gehman delivered an RBI hit and Smith added a sacrifice fly.


 

 

 

 

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