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Quakertown Looking for ACBL Title
Written by Staff Report

            Quakertown was scheduled to play one game Wednesday for the Wolff Division title. With a win, the team would advance to Saturday's ACBL title game, against the

Quakertown shortstop Sean Szestowicki, left, attempts

to tag a runner on a stolen base attempt during the

second inning of an ACBL playoff double-header on

July 30.

Kaiser Division champion, at Staten Island University.

            On Tuesday, the Blazers split a doubleheader with the Bergen Metros in the division championship series.

            The Blazers won the second game 8-3 as Owen Petrich delivered a double and a triple and scored three.

            Petrich leads the league with 15 homers and 50 RBIs. He holds the Quakertown record for home runs, shattering the previous record (10) set by Pat Kelly in 1991.

            Sean Szestowicki and Lucas Floyd each finished with two RBIs for the Blazers, who rallied from an early 3-2 deficit. Petrich delivered a two-run double during a three-run rally in the top of the second inning.

           Dominic Proietto tossed eight innings to post the mound victory. He permitted four hits and one walk while striking out nine.

            Malachi Duka pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win. The Green Lane resident issued one walk and struck out one.

            In the first game, the Metros pounded five extra-base hits to rally for a 15-12 victory. Ethan Young doubled and homered and finished with three RBIs.

            Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to spark the decisive three-run rally. Two additional runs scored on wild pitches by Matt Choi, who absorbed the loss.

            Christian Alonso went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Michael Cilio and Jason Sanfilippo each scored three runs for Bergen, which scored in every inning but the fourth and sixth.

           Petrich finished with two hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs for the Blazers, who led 12-11 through seven innings. His grand slam highlighted a seven-run third inning rally.

            Floyd added a three-run homer in the third inning. Riley Davis posted three hits and scored two runs.

            After ending their season with the second-best record in franchise history, the Blazers (33-10-1) opened the Wolff Division playoffs by eliminating the Trenton Generals.

            On Sunday, July 31, Quakertown posted a 7-1 win in the final of a three-game series at Moody Park in Trenton. Szestowicki, a sophomore from West Chester, had a team-high four hits.

            Leadoff hitter R.J. Huth finished with three hits and stole a base for Quakertown, which scored the game's final seven runs. Carter Jagiela had two hits and scored two runs. Tommy Faggioni delivered three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning.

            Jake Reese earned the mound victory. In six innings, he allowed just one run while scattering eight hits. The senior from Alvernia University issued two walks and struck out six.

            Duka pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He allowed two hits and issued one walk.

            Playing as the home team, Quakertown posted three-run rallies in the fourth and fifth innings against Generals starter Devin Sweeney and relievers Trevor Kobryn and Jake Potts.

           Faggioni's two-run double highlighted the fourth-inning rally. Davis added a sacrifice fly.

            One inning later, Faggioni worked a bases loaded walk. Huth drove in a run on a fielder's choice ground ball.

             One day earlier, the teams split a playoff doubleheader at Memorial Park Stadium. In the early game, Joe Valenti pitched Quakertown to a 7-0 victory.

            Valenti, a Harleysville resident, tossed a shutout. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out four.

            Jagiela finished with two hits, scored one run and drove in another for the Blazers, who took control with a four-run rally in the second inning. Zack Kovalchik delivered two hits.

            Huth scored twice and delivered a two-run single in the second. He scored on a triple by Riley Davis. Jagiela's RBI double capped the flurry.

            In the second game, the Generals sent 13 hitters to the plate in the sixth inning to secure their 14-7 win. They took advantage of three Quakertown errors to score eight unearned runs to snap a 6-6 tie and avoid elimination.

            Jackson Shollenberger finished with two hits and scored two runs. Huth scored twice for the Blazers, who rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.

            Davis delivered a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning for Quakertown, who played as the visitor in the second game. His run, on a single by Kovalchik, forced the tie.






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