The Upper Perkiomen Braves opened the final week of the regular season Monday night and came away with a 4-2 win over Quakertown at Bonekemper Field.
Still looking for their first league win since joining the Tri-County League this season, the visitors got on the board first as they scored a run in the top half of the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead. Brian Weinstein, who would have a big night offensively for the visitors, opened the inning with a single, stole second and scored on a fielder's choice.
That lead didn't last long though, as Brandon Reil lined a one-out single to right field. Brett Fullerton doubled to left center, plating Reil who had swiped second, tying the game at one. Nolan Graber followed with a line drive single that drove in Fullerton and Upper Perk was up, 2-1.
Quakertown had a chance to do more damage in the top of the second. Joey Haywood singled and stole second with one out. Dalton Kline singled with two out, and a throwing error allowed Haywood to score tying the game at two. Quakertown starting pitcher Trevor Hickey reached on a walk and Weinstein picked up his second straight hit of the game to load the bases. Upper Perkiomen starter Charlie Haag would get out of the inning without any further damage by inducing an inning-ending ground ball out.
The visitors didn't realize it at the time, but the missed opportunity to get to Haag and the Braves in the second would prove to be their only opportunity. The Braves started cruised through the next four innings, allowing just two more hits in Haag's final four innings of work.
The Braves posted an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning to go ahead, 3-2. It was Haag who scored what would prove to be the game-winner after drawing a one-out walk on a 3-2 pitch.
The Braves scored again in the fourth as singles by Trey Livingstone and David Gehman would eventually produce the final run of the game.
With Haag's pitch count nearing 100 by the end of the sixth inning, Upper Perk head coach Perry Breyer turned the game over to Tyler Keyser. Keyser would need only six pitches to post the save, but not before Weinstein collected his third hit of the game for Quakertown. Haag (6IP-7H-2R-2ER-2BB-4K) got the win.
Lost was the effort of Quakertown starter Trevor Hickey. Hickey was the hard luck loser as he went the distance for the visitors. Hickey (6IP-6H-4R-3ER-2BB-4K) threw 85 pitches in the game.
Quakertown's offense was led by Weinstein, 3-4 1R, and Dalton Kline, 2-3. Lake Friday and Haywood each had a hit. Upper Perk got a two-hit effort from Nolan Graber.
With the win the Braves' league record improves to 13-6. The team wraps up the regular season tonight with an away game against the league-leading Boyertown Grizzlies at 6 p.m. They will open the playoffs Monday, July 14 with the opponent and location yet to be determined.