The Upper Perk Braves Youth Legion baseball season came to an end last Friday evening when they fell to the Twin County regular season champion Boyertown Grizzlies by a score of 4-3.
Boyertown got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Tyler Kreitz opened the inning with a single. One out later, Gavin Mourar drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Grizzlies' starting pitcher Mike Hohlfeld was called on to bunt.
On the third pitch of the at-bat with the Braves infielders all breaking to cover a base, Hohlfeld pulled back and swung. The slow bouncer found its way into shallow left field loading the bases, bringing the top of the order to the plate for the Grizzlies.
Braves' starter Kacey Myers struck out the next hitter he faced, but when Jake Dicesare lined a ball down the left field line for a bases clearing triple, Boyertown went up 3-0.
The Braves, though, would battle back, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Brett Fullerton was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. Ben Tryon reached on an error. Tyler Keyser singled, plating Fullerton. Tryon would score on a ground out off the bat of Myers that cut the Boyertown lead to 3-2.
In the fifth the Braves would tie the score at 3. David Gehman reached on an error to start the inning, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a ground ball by Brandan Reil.
In the bottom of the fifth, though, the Grizzlies would score what would be the game-winning run, using a one out double by Cory Melchior and a Braves error to seal the victory.
Boyertown's offense was led by Dicesare (1-2 3B 3RBI 1BB) and Melchior 2-4 2B 1R). Upper Perk was led by Fullerton (1-2 1BB 1HBP 1R) and Bo Duca (2-3). Myers, Tryon, Tyler Keyser each singled. Keyser, Myers, and Reil had an RBI each. Myers (6IP-6H-4R-3ER-3K-2BB-2HBP) suffered the loss. Mike Hohlfeld (5IP-3H-3R-1ER-5K-1BB-1HBP) earned the win, while his brother Pat (2IP-3H-0R-1K-0BB) picked up the save.
After falling to Spring City in game one of the Twin County playoffs, the Braves earned the right to face Boyertown by posting a 2-1 win at home over Norchester last Wednesday. The Braves scored a pair of runs in the second inning and starting pitcher Nolan Graber did the rest, posting the complete game victory.
The Grizzlies would eventually win the playoff tournament with a sweep of Spring City this past Saturday. Boyertown won the first game 3-2, and then cruised in the finale 8-0. Spring City had defeated Boyertown in their first meeting, winning 5-4 in extra innings setting up the show down with the Braves.