The Perkiomen School baseball team knows what it feels like to win championships. Last Thursday, for the fourth consecutive year, the Panthers earned the Tri-County League title by defeating West-Mont Christian Academy in a 7-4 final decision.
Despite having the home field advantage playing at Baker Field, Perkiomen School found themselves on the bottom of a three-run lead by the Wings in the fourth inning. Initially, Perkiomen had a difficult time figuring out opposing pitcher, Pat Flynn. However, West Mont’s lead was short-lived. Soon the Panthers began timing pitchers, stringing together timely hits and finding all the right gaps.
The West-Mont Wings could not match the late-game offensive pressure of the Panthers and soon began making defensive mistakes. Perkiomen School took advantage of these opportunities and optimized on the errors, paving the way to a multiple-run gain.
In the fifth inning, Perkiomen was able to come back and score a total of six runs. These runs gave them a 7-3 lead over West-Mont. Junior Esteban Martinez got the inning going with an infield single, followed by a series of hits from Jorge Otero and Joey Pena.
Although following the Panthers' fifth inning rally, pitcher Noah Kauffman gave up a two-out homerun to West-Mont pitcher Flynn, he finished the game with a total of eight strikeouts. While Kauffman continued to hold strong behind the mound, the win can unquestionably be attributed to a total-team effort.
“This has probably been one of the easiest groups to coach. They’re always ready, get along great together, and know the difference between when it’s time to be serious and when it’s time to have fun,” commented 23-year head coach Ken Baker.
Although the Panthers are losing five seniors, having won four league championships within their first four years participating in the Tri-County League, the team is confident that their ability will carry over into next season.
“Someone will have to step up when it comes to pitching, but our bats will definitely be back,” stated Baker.