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Post 184 Suffers Three-game Losing Streak
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-06-29

            Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team played its worst defensive game of the season last weekend. Six errors in a 4-3 loss to Nor-Gwyn on Sunday, June 26 in the Bux-Mont League at Bonekemper Field led to its first losing streak of 2022.

            On Tuesday, the Indians suffered their third consecutive loss. Quakertown

Perkiomen catcher Gavin Weiss catches a throw from third

baseman Blake Gehman.  The Nor-Gwyn runner scored on 

the play during the fourth inning Sunday, June 26.

scored seven runs in its final two innings to register a 9-8 victory at Memorial Park Stadium.

            Blake Gehman posted a team-high three hits for Post 184, which led 7-2 after batting around in the top of the fourth inning. Jake Ankele and Peyton Borchelt and Ryan Peterson each registered two hits.

            Against the visiting Hawks, two bad defensive innings spoiled a solid pitching performance by Borchelt. The left-hander did not allow an earned run. He scattered six hits and struck out two.  "Peyton did great," Manager Logan Curley said.

            Curley described Borchelt, who caught for the high school team in the spring, as the ideal utility player. Borchelt has played first base and the outfield this summer.

            "Peyton does whatever we ask of him," Curley said.

            Against the visiting Hawks, Post 184 had a chance to take a commanding lead in the bottom of the second inning. The team loaded the bases with no outs against pitcher Alek Harkins on a hit by Ryan Ferdock and two errors. However, it came up empty after the next two hitters hit two shallow fly balls and Harkins recorded a strikeout.

            Curley said that, and the emotional letdown from the previous half inning, could have helped lead to Nor-Gwyn's rally in the top of the third inning.

            Nor-Gwyn's leadoff hitter Ryan Sullivan put his team ahead 1-0 with a double to left field.  Ben Kreiger scored on the play after reaching on a fielding error with one out. Sullivan came home on Seth Walton's misplayed grounder to put his team ahead 2-0.

            However, the Indians rallied for a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning. They strung together four hits. Peterson and Borchelt delivered runs-scoring hits. Ankele scored from second on Peterson's bunt single to get them within 3-1. Borchelt followed with a line single to left to forge a tie. Brandon Mazzie's groundout capped the outburst.

Nor-Gwyn responded with two more runs in the top of the fourth. A fielding error on a ground ball by Ben Farley leading off the inning set up the decisive rally. Farley scored the tying run on a ground ball to third off the bat of Nick Pavlovich, who eventually scored the decisive tally on the second error of the inning on an infield grounder.

            Perkiomen threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting runners at the corners with one out. However, Harkins worked out of trouble by recording a strikeout and inducing a ground ball.

            One day earlier, the Indians lost 11-1 to Doylestown in five innings. Mazzie drove in their only run with a single in the first inning. Borchelt scored the run after reaching on their only other hit.

            The Tigers rallied for six runs in the third inning off Zach Gehman to take a commanding 7-1 lead.


 

 

 

 

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