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Post 184 Gets Second Shot at Regional Berth
Written by BradleySchlegel, Staff Writer

            A nine-game winning streak positioned Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team with a chance to earn a state regional appearance. However, Quakertown maintained its Bux-Mont League dominance last weekend.

Jordin Dice, right, watches the ball roll towards fight field 

as he runs past Quakertown first baseman, Carl Weiss, at

Bonekemper Field.

           The Blue Jays clinched one of two league berths in the Region 2 Tournament with a 9-3 victory on Sunday, July 7 at Bonekemper Field. Cooper Natisin pitched them to the regular season title.

            According to Jack Schramm, the Indians are determined to join Post 242 in the tournament. They can accomplish that goal by winning the league's post-season tourney – which opens Thursday – or finishing second behind Quakertown, the defending state champion.  "Hopefully, we can keep the season going," said Schramm, a recent graduate of Upper Perkiomen.

            The Blue Jays became the second team to qualify for the regional tournament, scheduled for July 20-24 at the Emmaus Community Park, located at 1401 Shimerville Road.

            Reading captured the first of two Berks County berths by winning its regular season. Lower Macungie is the host team.

            Post 184 secured the No. 2 seed in the league playoffs by ending the regular season with a 12-1 road victory over Nor-Gwyn on Tuesday. Sammy Zematis pitched the team to a 12-1 victory. He did not allow an earned run over five innings, permitting just one hit and two walks while striking out six.

            Post 184's offense took advantage of five errors by the Hawks to score six unearned runs. Schramm and Evan Sands each posted two hits and scored three runs.

            Quakertown, with a roster that features several players from the team that reached the fourth day of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament last season, enters the league playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

            Natisin went the distance on the mound for the Blue Jays against Perkiomen last weekend at Bonekemper Field. The hard-throwing left-hander scattered four hits and allowed just one earned run while striking out six.

            Perkiomen manager Rick Rossiter described Natisin – who handed the team its only other Bux-Mont loss of the season, on June 10 – as "far and away" the best pitcher in the league. Rossiter also lauded Quakertown's offensive acumen.

            The Blue Jays – who took advantage of three Post 184 errors – finished with 10 hits, five of which came during a six-run rally in the top of the second inning. Eight of their nine hitters registered at least one hit. Seven scored at least one run.

            "One through nine, they hit tremendously," Rossiter said.

            In the second inning, Quakertown sent 10 hitters to the plate against Schramm to extend a 1-0 lead. Gunner Rahn delivered the key blow, a three-run triple to left center field. Carver Perrone's two-run hit sparked the outburst.

            A two-run double by Gerry Stanziola in the sixth inning drove in two unearned runs for Post 242. Peyton Myers finished with two hits, while Cole Reich and Perrone each scored twice.

            Evan Sands finished with two hits and posted Perkiomen's only RBI on a single in the seventh inning. Jordin Dice and Jake Creneti, both of whom reached on hits, scored in the third inning on an infield error.

           During the winning streak, the Indians relied on aggressive base running, quality bunting and solid pitching, according to Rossiter. He said the defense has an occasional bad game.

            Schramm claims the success is a by-product of having fun. He said that near the end of the high school season, several seniors huddled to figure out how they would spend their summer.

            "I'm a little surprised at the success we're having," said Schramm, who spent last summer on an AAU travel team. "We viewed it as one last chance to play together."






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