Perkiomen's Josh Fell slides across homeplate safely adding another run to the board for Monday night's 8-7 win over visiting Lansdale.
Despite being outhit 9-5, and committing five errors, Perkiomen still found a way to post their third straight Bux-Mont American Legion league victory Monday night defeating Lansdale, 8-7.
"It's one of our worst games of the year," said Perkiomen
Head Coach Mike Fitzgerald after Perkiomen held on for the 8-7 win. "I think the guys might have been a little tired after playing two games yesterday. When we got off to the slow start I think we started pressing a little. It seemed like the harder they tried the harder it became to get things turned around."
Fortunately for the locals, the Cannoneers didn't arrive at Bonekemper Field with their A game in tow either. A pair of costly errors, eight walks, and costly mental mistakes provided Perkiomen with more than enough opportunities to notch the victory.
A first-inning unearned run gave the visitors the early 1-0 lead. Lansdale returned the favor in the bottom of the second by committing an error on a sacrifice bunt. The result would be two unearned runs and a 2-1 Perkiomen lead.
Fitzgerald had to watch his team commit three errors in the top of the third that allowed two more unearned runs to cross the plate and put the visitors back on top 3-2.
If both teams' defensive play through the first three innings was to be described as sloppy, what occurred in the bottom of the fourth may fall into the category of bizarre.
Eric Stalford opened the inning with a single. Glenn Boyer bunted, moving Stalford into scoring position. Zach Miller drew a walk, and Perkiomen would eventually have runners on second and third with one out. Perkiomen center fielder Zach Zappo was called on to lay down the squeeze bunt, and it was then that things went haywire for the Cannoneers.
Stalford broke for home, possibly too soon, and a pitch to Zappo at the plate rode up and in. But Zappo managed to get the bunt down somehow, plating Stalford with the tying run. When the defense was late covering at first, Zappo beat the throw. When the on field spectators stood admiring the play, Zappo continued on to second, and the 40-foot dribbler turned into a standup double.
Zappo would eventually score and Perkiomen took a 5-3 lead into the fifth inning. Lansdale scored a run in the top of the sixth, making the score 5-4. When Perkiomen scored three times in the home half of the inning to push the score to 8-4, it appeared Post 184 had finally put themselves in position for an easy win.
On this night, though, nothing would come easy for either team. Perkiomen starting pitcher Glenn Boyer (6.2IP 8H 7R 4ER 1BB 5K) took the hill in the seventh, looking for the complete game win. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced, but when Sean McMonagle's double plated a pair of runs, Fitzgerald had no choice but to go to the bullpen.
Jake Breyer was called on to finish the job and quickly got ahead of Max Stewart 0-2. Stewart though, then blooped a ball down the left field line, and when the Perkiomen defense choose to try and gun down the meaningless run at the plate, Stewart raced to second. By the time the ball was done rolling around the first base fence area, Stewart stood just 90 feet away with the tying run.
Breyer, however, sealed the deal, striking out the next hitter he faced, and Perkiomen completed the regular season sweep of the visitors.
Lansdale's offense was lead by Sean McMonagle (3-4 -4 RBI-2R-2B). Joey Spallinger was 2-3, and Leo D'Agostino had 3 runs scored. Perkiomen was lead by Stalford (2-3- 2R), and Zappo (2-3-2RBI-2R). Levi Stoudt had 2 RBI.
The win leaves Perkiomen at 6-6 in league play; good enough for sixth place currently. The team plays 11 games in 10 days beginning Friday. The next home game is Saturday at 7 p.m. versus Pennridge; then Monday versus Quakertown, also at 7 p.m.