Post 184's Austin Orsini stretches out across the ground at first base to get back as the Pottstown first baseman reaches towards him with the ball. Orsini was called out by the umpire, bringing a protest from the Perkiomen coach.
Looking to put an end to its three-game losing streak, Perkiomen Post 184 hosted the undefeated Steelers last Friday night at Bonekemper Field in Pennsburg. Unfortunately for Perkiomen, the Steelers left just as they had arrived, undefeated, as they handed Perkiomen its fourth straight loss by a score of 11-3.
If trying to knock of the Bux-Mont League’s only remaining undefeated team wasn’t hard enough, doing it shorthanded made the task even tougher as three would-be starters for Perkiomen were on the shelf at game time.
The first-inning woes that seem to have plagued Post 184 for most of the season so far continued, with the visitors taking advantage of some Perkiomen miscues to plate three first-inning runs. They would collect another unearned run in the top of the third to go ahead, 4-1.
Perkiomen, though, shook off the rough start and once again made a game of it by scoring a pair of runs in their half of the inning. Daultan Breyer led off the third with a base hit. One out later, Perkiomen got three straight hits from Noah Kauffman, Brendan Fitzgerald and Ryan Harris to make it a one-run game at 4-3.
Adam Regensburg, who would prove to be a thorn in the side of the Perkiomen pitching staff all night long, led off the top of the fourth inning with the second of his four hits. Three straight walks pushed Regensburg across the plate with run number five for the Steelers. Two outs later, Sage Reinhart singled to right and Pottstown took a 7-3 lead.
Perkiomen once again tried to battle back in the home fourth, but when Matt Tice was gunned down at the plate trying to score from first on a double by Breyer, it all but put an end to any chance Post 184 had of climbing back into the game. The Steelers would add a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Perkiomen collected eight hits – three from Breyer and two from Fitzgerald. Pottstown netted 13 led by Regensburg. Reinhart had a three-hit night, while John Hartman and Jim Mullen each had two hits. Jason Hydier picked up the win, while Noah Kauffman suffered the loss.
Friday’s loss to Pottstown was only the beginning of what would be a tough few days for Post 184, as Perkiomen fell to Quakertown on Saturday night by a score of 6-3. Perkiomen took an early 1-0 lead but could manage only four hits through seven innings, two of which were delivered by Ryan Harris. Trailing 1-0 after the first inning, Quakertown scored in five of the next six innings to pick up the win.
Monday Perkiomen traveled to Pennridge where their offensive woes continued as they fell by a score of 5-0. Perkiomen managed only three hits in the game; two from Dante DeBrigida.
Post 184 will look to turn things around at home this Friday when they host Plumstead at 7 p.m.