Quakertown pitcher Vincent Lacava went the entire game Monday at Upper Perk and permitted only one hit. In the seventh inning he drove in the only run of the game, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 win.
Vincent Lacava dominated Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team on the mound Monday night. He also drove in the only run for Quakertown in a 1-0 victory in the Bux-Mont League at Bonekemper Field.
Lacava, who permitted only one hit, delivered the decisive single in the top of the seventh inning for the Blue Jays (6-7-1, 11-9-1 overall). "Vincent did it all tonight," Quakertown Manager Bob Helm said.
The lefthander, who utilized an effective changeup, walked two and struck out three. Helm called it his team's first shutout victory in three years. Lacava outdueled Indians starter Levi Stoudt, who allowed only three hits and two walks. Two of the hits came in the top of the seventh, when Quakertown snapped a scoreless tie to sweep the two-game season series with Post 184 (8-9).
Aaron Besch, who legged out an infield hit to lead off the inning, took second on a throwing error. After moving to third on a bunt, he scored on Lacava's line single to left.
The Indians' best scoring chance came in the first. Stoudt led off the game with a single to center and advanced to second on an error. He was sacrificed to third, but stranded there following a walk and a fly out.
Lacava, who allowed only a leadoff walk to Zach Zappo leading off the sixth, faced the minimum number of hitters of the final six innings.
"Our hitters didn't make the adjustments," Perkiomen Manager Mike Fitzgerald said. "Instead of hitting the pitch on the outside corner the other way, we tried to pull everything."
The Blue Jays, who came into Monday's game in seventh place in the league standings, are gearing up for a late playoff push. Helm said he figures they need to win two of their final six games to secure a playoff berth.
Over the weekend, the Indians went 1-2, including a doubleheader split with Pennridge on Saturday at Bonekemper Field. Post 184 managed eight hits in a 6-3 loss. Tom Aaron and Brendan Fitzgerald each posted two hits, while Jake Breyer scored two runs. Pennridge scored five runs in its final two at-bats.
However, the Indians salvaged a split by scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 6-5 win. After loading the bases with one out on two walks and a hit batter, Erik Stalford was forced out at home plate on an infield grounder. Boyer followed with his third hit of the game to snap a 5-5 tie off Eric Wesolowoski.
On Sunday, Perkiomen lost to 11-2 at Nor-Gwyn. The Hawks utilized an eight-run rally in the second inning to build an 11-1 lead. Stoudt scored both runs for the Indians. Eric Boyer registered two hits and drove in a run.
Perkiomen, which started play Monday in sixth place in the league, wraps up its regular season at Warrington on July 3 and at home against Hatfield on July 4.
The Bux-Mont League playoffs are scheduled to begin July 10, according to Fitzgerald. He said the top eight teams qualify.