Perkiomen eliminated from Bux-Mont Tournament after 9-2 loss to Plumstead
The hot bats that launched a miracle seventh-inning comeb
ack to beat Pennridge, and then rolled over Nor-Gwyn one night later, propelling Perkiomen Post 184 into the Bux-Mont League playoffs, went silent. Perkiomen lost their second straight game of the tournament, falling Friday night to Plumstead 9-2 at their field.
Perkiomen's James Boyle got things started with a single in last Friday night's playoff game at Plumstead.
After a season that started on a very scary note, with a player hospitalized, bad breaks, tough losses, and at times turmoil, Perkiomen survived the regular season and somehow found a way to reach the playoffs. Players learned quickly, though, that teams which are pitching-depleted don’t stick around long once they get there.
With his top three starters already used or unavailable, Manager Frank Mercon was forced to put the ball in the hands of his young players, and the Plumstead offense wasted no time in welcoming them to the postseason.
Things started out on a positive note for Post 184 as they sent seven hitters to the plate in the top of the first inning. James Boyle got things started with a single, and was sacrificed to second by Ian Benz. Jake Dougherty singled and Perkiomen scored a run when Chad Force reached on an error. Daulton Breyer singled to load the bases, but the opportunity for a much-needed big inning ended when the next batter was called out on strikes.
Plumstead, however, would not allow their chance at a big inning to slip by as they singled twice, took advantage of a Perkiomen error, added a walk and a pair of two-out singles that resulted in a four-run first inning, and a three-run lead for Plumstead. The opponent’s fast start would suck the life out of the young, inexperienced Perkiomen team and prove to be more than enough as Plumstead cruised to an easy win, eliminating Perkiomen from the playoffs.
Plumstead banged out 13 hits with each member of the starting line-up getting in on the action at least once. Perkiomen, on the other hand, netted only six hits, two of which came in the game’s final inning when they scored their last run of the season on a double off the bat of Zach Zappo.
Down eight runs with two out and nobody on in the seventh, there would be one more memorable moment left in the Perkiomen season. It came when Chad Force, in his final career at-bat, laced a 3-2 pitch into left field for a base hit.
Force was replaced with a pinch runner and, as the All-League PAC-10 outfielder walked off the field for the last time, he received applause and handshakes from his teammates and fans.
Two other players who also finished their careers last Friday were Zach Kern and Jake Dougherty. Kern, who broke into the starting lineup late in the season, reached base in two of his five trips to the plate in the playoffs. Dougherty was 2-4 in Friday’s game. It will be the battery of Dougherty and Force that will leave the biggest hole to fill when Perkiomen takes to the field for the 2013 season.
“Jake and Chad were the leaders,"
said head coach Frank Mercon. "Jake was always willing to do anything to make the team better, he was unselfish and always put the team first his entire career. He never complained and when he struggled he worked his tail off to get better. Chad was dedicated and hard working. He never quit and always gave it everything he had win or loss. He had a great attitude and was committed to being the best he could be. They’re both quality young men on and off the field. They play the game the right way and I wish them both the best. We’re going to miss them next year.”