It started with one of those magical moments that just about every young player has fantasized about: being at the plate with the bases loaded, two out, and a full count with your team down by a run.
Perkiomen's Daulton Breyer got to experience it for real Monday night, when he connected on a two-strike pitch that found its way into left field, scoring a pair of runs that capped an amazing four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Pennridge, 6-5.
Breyer's base hit not only won the game, but extended Perkiomen’s season as it forced a one-game playoff with Nor-Gwyn for the last remaining playoff spot.
Asked about his heroics after the game, Breyer tried his best to downplay the situation, but the ear-to-ear smile on the 16 year-old made it pretty clear it was a special moment.
“I just wanted to put the ball in play and make something happen," said Breyer. "I did start to feel some pressure though when the count got to 0-2.”
The scoring started as Pennridge plated a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to go ahead, 2-0.The visitors doubled their lead with two more in the fourth, making it 4-0. Perkiomen got those two runs right back in their half of the inning on Brendan Fitzgerald’s two-out base hit that plated Chad Force, who had singled to lead off the inning, and Zach Zappo, who walked. Pennridge scored their final run in the sixth, making it 5-2.
Three outs away from their season ending, Perkiomen Head Coach Frank Mercon sent Dante DeBrigida to the plate to lead off the inning.
DeBrigida promptly doubled down the left field line. One out later Jamie Boyle singled, but when that was followed by out number two, it appeared Perkiomen's chances of playing another day where all but over.
Down 5-3, Ian Benz walked. Force singled to right, scoring Boyle, to make the score 5-4. Zappo hit a hard ground ball that was knocked down by the Pennridge third baseman, but rolled too far for anyone to make a play, setting the stage for Breyer.
“We got all the bad breaks we could get this season tonight things finally went our way," said Perkiomen Manager Frank Mercon after the game. "We didn’t quit, we had good at bats, hit the ball hard, put it in play and something good finally happened. I could say I was disappointed that things didn’t go quite as well as we would have liked this year, but right now I couldn’t be happier.”
Tuesday Perkiomen traveled to Nor-Gwyn to face the Hawks in a one game elimination for the right to advance into the Bux-Mont League playoffs as the number eight seed. Post 184 came away with an impressive 8-0 shutout and will open the playoffs Thursday at 5:30 pm against the Doylestown Tigers at Central Bucks West High School.