Perkiomen third baseman Ryan Harris prepares to fire the ball to first after fielding a grounder for a force out of the approaching Plumstead runner in Saturday night's home game.
Scrambling to secure a spot in the Bux-Mont League's postseason, Perkiomen had a chance to get one step closer last Saturday night when they hosted a 7-8 Plumstead team that sat just ahead of them in the race for one of the eight playoff spots.
Looking at the team's remaining regular season schedule, it was a game that Perkiomen could win with a solid fundamental performance. If past history was any indication, it was a game they probably should win as they had already defeated the visitors in their earlier matchup by a score of 3-1.
When Perkiomen plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to go ahead 3-0, it started out looking like a game they would take. The score then climbed to 5-0 after the second inning.
The problem was Plumstead never got the memo that they were finished. Perkiomen flat-lined, and when it was over, Plumstead had found a way to claim victory from the jaws of defeat, and left Bonekemper Field with a 7-5 win, and a solid hold on the seventh spot in the standings.
Tempers began to flare a bit during the team's post-game huddle as head coach Frank Mercon expressed his concerns to his ball club.
Cooler heads would prevail, but a look at the last five innings of the game would explain Mercon's frustration with the team.
Post 184 would squander away a 5-0 lead in a critical game for a team struggling to reach the playoffs. Perkiomen would be out-hit 8-1 over the final five innings. The only hit was a bunt single by Zach Zappo leading off the seventh inning. Perkiomen pitching, in the mean time, yielded five walks to go along with the eight hits that produced seven earned runs. The defense committed several errors and, had it not been for two bad base running mistakes by the visitors, the damage could have been much worse.
Perkiomen's playoff hopes remain alive as they finish the regular season this week. The team will play a doubleheader against Lansdale before hosting Hatfield on Thursday. They will finish the regular season on Saturday when they host Pennridge. Both games are at 7 p.m.
If Perkiomen can run the table in their final four contests, they would most likely lock up the final playoff spot. They will need at least two, maybe three wins, and some help from Hatfield to get in should they stumble in any one of their remaining games.
Hatfield hosts a 7-12 Nor-Gwyn team Friday. A Nor-Gwyn win could knock Perkiomen out of contention. Quakertown also remains mathematically in the hunt, but would have to win at least four of their six remaining games, most of which are against the league’s top teams.