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Late Rally Boosts Post 184 to Win
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            After seeing gloom in their eyes, Manager Logan Curley challenged his players not to shrivel from the challenge of a two-run deficit. Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team responded affirmatively in the bottom of the seventh inning.

            Peyton Borchelt clinched the team's 4-3 walk-off win over Doylestown by

Peyton Borchelt slides safely into third base against 


scoring on a wild pitch in the Bux-Mont League at Bonekemper Field. The play capped a three-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh that allowed the team to overcome a 3-1 deficit.

            Gabe Reptsik earned the mound win despite allowing two unearned runs in the top of the seventh for the Indians (3-0). Reptsik has registered all the team's three victories while tossing 61/3 innings of relief.

            As Post 184's players came off the field after the top of the seventh, Curley said he noticed disappointment etched on their faces. After calling for a huddle, he implored them to not give up. He also reminded the players to have fun.

            The Indians made the most of two hits and two Doylestown errors to post their third consecutive come-from-behind victory. Borchelt's stolen base helped clinch the win.

            "The guys never stopped battling," said Curley, whose team finished with seven hits. "We put the ball in play. When you do that, good things happened. We utilized our speed."

            Jonathan Hansen led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to left field. Pinch-runner Gavin Weiss took third on a ground ball and scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Jake Ankele. A throwing error allowed Ankele to advance to second.

            Ankele then scored on the pivotal play when Borchelt's infield hit resulted in a collision between him and the Tigers' first baseman. Curley said the umpire told him the first baseman hung on to the ball but was not able to touch first base or tag the runner.

            With two outs, Borchelt advanced to third on a passed ball and slid home safely on a wild pitch. The run set off a celebration around home plate.  "The guys really bore down," the manager said. "They proved they are always in the game."

            Josiah Reptsik scored the game's first run in the fourth inning. He led off the inning with a single to left and eventually crossed the plate on Tyler Forrest's grounder.

            Blake Gehman, Perkiomen's starting pitcher, left the game after six innings with a 1-0 lead. He allowed just three hits and four walks.

            In the top of the sixth inning, Gehman worked out of a second and third, one-out jam. After fielding a comebacker, he shoveled the ball to Hansen at the plate to tag out a runner attempting to score from third base.  "Blake is a gamer," Curley said.

            On Thursday, June 9, Post 184 delivered a 7-6 victory over visiting Quakertown. Gabe Reptsik tossed 3 1/3 innings to earn the mound win, striking out two. He added a double and scored a run at the plate.

            Borchelt delivered a triple and drove in two runs. He also stole two bases, scored one and finished with two RBI.

            Forrest drove in two runs for the Indians. Ankele notched two steals and scored twice.






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