Upper Perk's Chris Kachmar stretches to reach first base, as the Perkiomen Valley pitcher throws to the bag, looking to prevent the steal in Friday's game at Upper Perk. The Tribe fell 9-4 in the PAC-10 game. The Indians rallied from the loss on Saturday in a 7-5 win over Pottstown.
The Upper Perkiomen baseball team was able to put a rough fourth inning behind them and rally to defeat visiting Pottstown 7-5 last Saturday afternoon at Bonekemper Field.
The Tribe took the early lead when Daulton Breyer drew a two-out walk from Trojan starter Jason Hydier. Indians second baseman Ethan Steuer followed with a double to the gap in right center field, plating Breyer and giving the locals a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
Pottstown came right back to knot the score at 1-1 in the top of the third, as Logan Pennypacker, Jordan Mullen and Travis Wallace each singled off Indians' starter Jake Breyer.
Things would unravel for the Indians in the top of the fourth. The inning started with a single by Ty Wolfel. Hydier followed with a bloop single to right, and when the ensuing sacrifice bunt ended with a fielding error, the Trojans were poised to have a big inning.
A balk and two more fielding errors later, the inning finally ended, but not before the visitors had climbed out to a 5-1 lead.
The four-run cushion appeared to be more than enough for the Trojans and Hydier, as the Tribe could do little against the Pottstown starter through the first five innings. But in the home half of the sixth inning, a rising pitch count seemed to be taking a toll on the Trojans' ace.
Erik Stalford collected the Tribes' third hit of the game when he opened the sixth with a leadoff single. After a pair of wild pitches, Brandon Frickmann drew a walk, putting runners on the corners.
The Trojans may have breathed a sigh of relief when Dante DeBrigida grounded into a fielder's choice, which resulted in the first out of the inning, but the inning was far from over as a walk and hit batter loaded the bases. A fielding error brought the score to 5-3, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daron Pijanowski brought the Tribe to within a run at 5-4.
Chris Kachmar delivered a two-out single that tied the game at 5-5, and when the throw home was off-line the Tribe took the go-ahead run just 90 feet away. When Zach Zappos' ball landed just out of the reach of the Pottstown second baseman, the Tribe had come all the way back to claim a 7-5 lead.
DeBrigida, who had come in to relieve Breyer, wasted no time on setting the visitors down in the top of the seventh, as he struck out all three of the hitters he faced to secure the Tribes' first PAC-10 win of the season.
The Tribe will host the Perkiomen School in a non-league contest today at 4 p.m. before returning to PAC-10 play Tuesday at 4 p.m. at home against Pottsgrove.