Perkiomen's Zach Miller gets caught in a rundown between second and third base in Tuesday night's game against Plumstead. Perkiomen lost 3-1.
In a game where both starting pitchers struggled, and the Perkiomen offense could not take advantage of key opportunities early in the game, the Blue Jays finally erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim an 8-4 win Sunday night at Memorial Stadium in Quakertown.
Perkiomen scored in the top of the first inning on a ground ball up the middle, off the bat of Brendan Fitzgerald. Blue Jays second baseman Jake Perrine prevented a second run from scoring when he fielded the ball deep behind the second base bag. A walk to Eric Stalford loaded the bases, but a strikeout of the next batter ended the inning.
Quakertown took the lead in the bottom of the second on a one-out double by designated hitter Tyler Guidos that plated a pair of runs putting the Blue Jays on top 2-1.
The game would become a battle of the bullpens in the third inning, as neither starting pitcher could record an out in their half of the inning. Blue Jays starter Turin Martutartus (2+IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2K, 3BB, 1HBP, 56P) gave way to Robert Fuhrmeister after Brandon Frickmann (2-4, 2 RBI, 1R) singled to left tying the game at two. Stalford (2-3, 1BB) singled to load the bases with only one out. Matt Schneider drew a walk giving Post 184 a 3-2 lead. Like they had in the first inning though, Perkiomen could not produce the big hit, and the top half of the inning ended with Perkiomen clinging to a one run lead.
Perkiomen starter Brendon Fitzgerald (2+IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 1K, 3BB, 46P) gave up back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the third. The second was off the bat of Vince Lacava (1-4, 1 RBI) that plated Jon Lilley (2-3, 1 RBI, 1R) tying the game at 3. Jake Breyer was summoned from the Perkiomen bullpen and on one pitch, squashed the potential Blue Jay rally by getting the next batter to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
The game was knotted at four heading into the home half of the sixth inning when Guidos (2-3, 3 RBI, 1R) delivered what would prove to be the game winning hit that scored Aaron Besch, who walked to lead off the inning.
Fuhrmeister (5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1K, 2BB) threw an uneventful seventh inning to pick up the win. Breyer (3.3IP, 3H,3R, 3ER, 1K, 2BB) suffered the loss. Jacob Reed also had a multiple hit game for the Blue Jays going 2-2, 2BB, 2R. Quakertown out-hit Perkiomen 9-6.
The win lifted the Blue Jays record to 2-1 in league play while Perkiomen dropped to 1-2 in the Bux-Mont 3-4 overall.
Post 184 did pick up its first league win last Saturday night, defeating Lansdale by a score of 7-0. Levi Stoudt was masterful, allowing just one hit while going the distance for Perkiomen. Stoudt struck out five and didn't allow a walk. Perkiomen pounded out 11 hits led by Stalford (4-4, 2 RBI). Tom Aaron was 2-3, with 1 RBI and three runs, and Brendan Fitzgerald was also 2-3, with 2 RBIs.
Perkiomen will travel to Pottstown Friday for a game at 6 p.m., and will be at home Saturday to host Nor-Gwyn at 7 p.m.