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Defense Dooms Perkiomen in Loss to Warrington
Written by Dave Teufel, Correspondent
2012-06-28

        Last week ended on a sour note for Perkiomen Post 184 as they lost three games in four days, the final one coming Sunday to the Warrington A’s by a score of 5-1.

        Last Thursday Post 184 lost to Nor-Gwyn in 10 innings. Perkiomen took a three-run lead into the bottom of the sixth at Hostelly Field, but three straight hit batters to open the inning would eventually make it a 5-4 game by the time the inning ended.
        The Hawks won the game in the bottom of the tenth on a catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded.
        Friday Perkiomen hosted Warrington and had the bases loaded on several occasions but just couldn’t come up with the clutch hit they needed. The game would eventually be halted due to weather, leaving the two teams to pick up where they had left off on Sunday before their regularly scheduled game in Warrington. That would end with the A’s claiming a 7-2 win.
        In the full game that followed, the Perkiomen bats remained quiet as the team could muster only three hits off the A’s hurlers, but it would be the defense that provided the A’s with all their run-scoring opportunities.
        Perkiomen loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the second, but could plate only a single run. They would give the run right back in the bottom of the inning as a pair of two-out errors allowed Warrington to tie the score, 1-1.
        The unearned run was unfortunate, but the real issue would be the toll the three errors would take on Perkiomen starter Vince Boyle.
        Boyle retired the first two batters he faced in the first, but an error led to six extra pitches in the inning.
        Boyle would retire the first two hitters he faced in the second also, but the pair of errors would force Boyle to throw an extra 16 pitches in the inning. Instead of a quick five-pitch inning, Boyle threw a total of 21. When he finally finished the second, his pitch count had reached 41, 50 percent of which were directly related to the Perkiomen errors.
        Boyle retired the first two batters he faced in the third and fourth innings, but the magic ended when Warrington put together a two-out rally in that fourth inning that resulted in the 5-1 Warrington win.
        The one bright spot for Perkiomen came Saturday when they traveled to Doylestown and knocked off one of the league’s top teams, 7-4.
        Ian Benz, who had been roughed up by the Tigers earlier, was outstanding pitching into the seventh inning before giving way to Kyle Saylor.
        Perkiomen currently sits in eighth place with a record of 5-8 as they head into the final third of the season. One advantage for Post 184 is all their remaining games are at home. The seven-game home stand started this past Tuesday and runs through July 7. The next game is this Saturday when they host Plumstead at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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