The Perkiomen baseball team posted its third win in four tries, defeating the George School Saturday afternoon at Baker Field, 11-0.
Perkiomen held a 1-0 lead heading into the home half of the third inning when Panthers' centerfielder Tets Hashimoto started off the inning with a single. Hashimoto promptly stole the next two bases, and scored on the double steal when the throw from the Cougars' catcher trickled into center field.
Cougars starting pitcher Colin Ganges retired the next Perkiomen batter, and with two outs, could have escaped the inning yielding only the one run. However, Panthers cleanup batter Tom Aaron had other ideas, and drove the ball to the fence in right field for a triple.
Josh Cruz followed with a single. Levi Stoudt drew a walk, and when Saul DeLeon double the pair home, Perkiomen was well on its way to win No. 3.
By the time the inning ended, the Panthers had sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to take an 8-0 lead.
It would prove to be seven more runs than Perkiomen starter Devon Crossin needed, as the Panthers' left hander allowed just two hits in going the distance in the mercy-ruled five inning game.
Perkiomen tacked on three more runs in the fourth, and when the game ended, Panthers head coach Ken Baker talked about his young squad and its fast start to the 2014 season.
"We're a young team," Baker said. "We only have two seniors (Joey Pena and Hashimoto) on the team so I'm happy with the way things have gone over the first few games. We've made a few errors on defense, but the players have responded well after a mistake. Bad things can sometimes snowball with young players, but so far, to their credit, the players have handled themselves pretty well in those situations. Offensively we are focusing less on things like a player's batting average and more on team goals like quality at-bats. Things that maybe don't show up in a box score, like hitting behind runners, and scoring two-out runs. The key though moving forward will be our pitching. We're a young staff of sophomores and freshman; a lot will depend on how they hold up throughout the year."
How Perkiomen will hold up remains to be seen, but how they've started the season can only be a positive in the eyes of the Perkiomen coaching staff.
Prior to Crossins' effort on Saturday, the Panthers got a complete game performance the day before from Levi Stoudt in a 5-0 win against Haverford. Stoudt (7IP-5H-0ER-1BB-8K) also drove in a pair of runs.
Tom Aaron, Joey Pena and Javi Quinones each had multiple hits in Friday's 5-0 win.
The Panthers will travel to face Chestnut Hill on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 a.m. They return home for games on Monday and Tuesday before heading across town to play Upper Perkiomen next Thursday. All three weekday games begin at 4 p.m.