Perkiomen Post 184 shortstop Brandon Frickmann attempts to tag a Plumstead runner as he slides into second base in Friday night's home game.
Perkiomen Post 184 finally snapped the six-game losing streak that has plagued them since the end of May when they defeated Plumstead Friday night at Bonekemper Field by a score of 9-2.
Perkiomen put it all together as they clicked on all cylinders for probably the first time all season on their way to the Bux-Mont American Legion win.
“We have played a lot of close games this year," said Post 184 Head Coach Mike Fitzgerald. “A lot of real good games, but it seemed like there was always that one inning or one missed opportunity that did us in. We didn’t have any of that tonight. We had a mental error or two, but we didn’t make any errors in the field, and we got key hits when we needed them. It was probably our best all around game as a team so far this year.”
Perkiomen took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an infield single by Daulton Breyer that plated Jamie Boyle, who had reached on an error.
Perkiomen broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth when Brendan Fitzgerald led off the inning with a double over the third base bag. Dante DeBrigida followed with an RBI single. Ryan Harris reached on an error, and Erik Stalford delivered a base hit that scored DeBrigida. A two-out base hit off the bat of Zach Zappo produced yet another run, and when the inning ended Perkiomen held a 5-1 lead.
The four-run cushion was more than enough for Fitzgerald as the Perkiomen starter would go the distance, scattering seven hits while walking just two in his seven innings of work.
The Perkiomen manager hoped the win would be the start of something positive for his squad as they near the mid-way point of the season.
“We’re entering a tough stretch over the next few days that could make or break our playoff hopes," said Fitzgerald. "We have six games in six days and some of those are against teams like us that are battling to still make the playoffs. I think if we can play .500 ball over that stretch we still have a very good chance to get in the playoffs.”
Unfortunately for Fitzgerald’s squad, the sweet taste of victory didn’t last very long as they traveled to Warrington Saturday where they fell to the A’s by a score of 12-2. Defense was once again the culprit as Perkiomen committed almost as many errors (6) as they had base hits (8) in the loss.
On Sunday the team’s woes continued as Post 184 fell to Lansdale by a score of 10-6. Perkiomen collected eight hits in the game, two each from Fitzgerald and DeBrigida along with doubles by Harris and Brandon Frickmann. It would be a rough day for Perkiomen pitchers, though, as Lansdale pounded out nine hits combined with six walks over the first three innings to race out to a 9-1 lead.
The loss last Sunday left Perkiomen with a record of 2-9 in league play. They will be at home this Saturday for a non-league game against Oley-Topton at 7 p.m. that will be dedicated with special ceremonies to honor our country's veterans. They will return to league play Monday when they host Souderton at 7 p.m.