Defensive Issues Cost Indians in Loss to Owen J. Roberts
Shoddy defense has plagued the Upper Perkiomen baseball team this season.
Upper Perkiomen committed five errors in the final two innings Monday in an 8-3 loss to Owen J. Roberts in PAC-10 action at Bonekemper Field. The miscues, which led to six unearned runs in the sixth and seventh innings, allowed the Wildcats (7-7) to extend a 2-1 lead.
The Indians (3-11) have surrendered 55 unearned runs in 14 games.
"We have to be able to play better [in the field]," Indians head coach Frank Mercon said. "Errors have been an issue...Good defense is not part of Upper Perkiomen baseball right now."
Inclement weather prevented the Indians from practicing on their field until the third full week in April, according to Mercon."Fielding rubber balls in the gym just don't get it done," he said. "We missed a lot of time outside."
Chris Kachmar, Upper Perkiomen's starting pitcher, kept his team in the game early. Kachmar, who surrendered only two RBI-hits by Noah Beebe in the second and third innings, trailed 2-1 through the fourth. However, Erik Stauffer relieved Kachmar in the fifth. Mercon said Kachmar, who threw 84 pitches in four innings, struggled slightly with his control.
"Chris did the job," the coach said of Kachmar, who walked three and struck out three. "He has all year."
Owen J. Roberts took advantage of three infield errors in the sixth to go ahead 5-1. Ben Condello scored from second on a pick-off throw that got past first baseman Jacob Breyer. Blake McCourt's two-run single capped the rally.
In the seventh, Jake Leclerc delivered the inning's only hit, an RBI double to cap a three-run flurry. Dante DeBrigida finished with two hits for Upper Perkiomen, which scored twice in the sixth inning to pull within 5-3. Daron Pijanowski delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
On April 23, the Indians overcame four errors with a seventh-inning rally to post an 8-7 road victory over Pottstown. The Indians scored four runs in their final at-bat. An RBI-hit by Erik Stalford highlighted the rally. DeBrigida finished the game with three singles and two runs scored for the Indians. Brandon Frickmann added two hits and two RBIs, while Daulton Breyer contributed two hits. Pijanowski, Upper Perkiomen's starting pitcher, earned the victory despite allowing seven runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked four and surrendered eight hits. Jacob Breyer recorded the final two outs to preserve the victory.
Ryan Krause's RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh pulled the Trojans within one run. However, they got no closer. Dakota Robinson finished with three hits, including a double, for Pottstown.
The following day, the Tribe suffered a 14-3 road loss to Methacton. Pijanowski finished with two hits, while Frickmann delivered a home run and drove in two runs for the Tribe. Kyle Lowery's three-hit, two-RBI performance paced a 14-hit offensive outburst for the Warriors, who clinched the victory in five innings. Jim Shomberg, Austin Bregman, T.J. Tornetta and Kyle Feaster each delivered two hits for Methacton. Starting pitcher Tim Carfrey worked four innings to earn the victory for the Warriors.