James Boyle of Perkiomen Post 184 stretches out to beat the throw to the bag after a base knock in the first inning in Tuesday's season opener in Hatfield.
The Perkiomen Post 184 baseball team started strong in their first game of the season against Hatfield; however, a powerful storm quickly interrupted Tuesday’s game, causing a cancellation after one and a half innings of play.
In the top of the first inning, brothers Vince and James Boyle, batting two and three in the rotation, were both able to secure a base hit. Despite being unable to produce a susbsequent run, Perkiomen’s defense didn't allow Hatfield to earn a single baserunner in the bottom of the inning. Perkiomen’s time in the field was quickly ended after a catch by Vince Boyle in center field, a play at second by Ian Benz, and a grounded out to first pciked up cleanly by Devyn Kerr.
The team’s offense was just as strong in the top of the second inning, as Jake Dougherty led Perkiomen with a single up the middle. Benz then brought Dougherty to third with a single to shallow left field. Coming up big for Perkiomen, Kerr pounded a ground ball to Hatfield’s shortstop who was unable to make the play, allowing Dougherty to score and giving Perkiomen a 1-0 advantage.
Shortly after Perkiomen’s earned run, officials called the game due to a combination of severe rain and lightning.
“Well, if the inning and two-thirds we’d played are anything like the rest of the season, I think we’ll do very well,” joked second-year head coach Frank Mercon.
This year's Post 184 coaching staff, comprised of Mercon and assistant coaches Brian Reimers and Andrew Farris, have already set their sights on a playoff position down the road.
“We have a lot of experience and defense, our young pitchers just need to establish themselves a little more,” explained Mercon.
This season the team expects their toughest matchups to be against league competitors, Warrington and Doylestown, due to their skilled returning players. However, with Jake Dougherty returning after his freshman year at Skidmore College, and seniors Devyn Kerr, Chad Force, Kyle Saylor and Vince Boyle all stepping up, Perkiomen unquestionably recognizes its own potential.
The next Perkiomen Post 184 game will take place Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Lansdale.