This past weekend, PCB hosted Temple in a 3 game series at Meiklejohn Stadium. After a long couple of days on the Penn varsity field, we walked away with 2 wins, putting ourselves in a good position in our quest for regionals.
The series seemed like it would get off to a rough start after Game 1 starter Marshall Harden announced just minutes before game time that his arm was dead. As PCB warmed up pitchers in the pen, Marshall took the mound for what was supposed to be his only inning. After escaping the inning with just 1 run allowed, Marshall agreed to go another. Before we knew it, he was closing out the 7th inning in a complete game, 4-2 victory. He registered 10 strikeouts against 1 walk, and also got it done with the bat, plating 2 with a huge triple in PCB’s 3 run 3rd inning that gave us the lead for good.
Game 2 got off to another rocky start, as Temple put up 3 runs in the 1st inning. PCB fought back however, putting up 1 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd, and 4 in the 4th to take a 6-3 lead. Buoyed by a raucous cheering section, pitcher Andrew Becker was cruising after the 1st, striking out 14 in the game. The game seemed to be in hand going into the top of the 7th. However, Temple started off the last inning with 3 bloop singles to load the bases. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Temple batter blasted a 3-run triple to center to tie the game. A few hits later, and PCB was down 8-6. By the time Doug Meyers came into the game in relief, it was too late. Game 2 ended in a disappointing 8-6 loss.
We came out on Sunday for the rubber match feeling good about our chances; our ace, Doc, was slated to start the game. As always, he excelled on the mound, going the distance and striking out 9. Up 2-1 going into the bottom of the 6th, PCB knocked home 2 more insurance runs to go up 4-1. These proved to be insignificant, however, as Doc shut the door in the 7th yet again to preserve a 4-1 victory. We were happy to end the series on a high note and put ourselves in a good position for regionals.
-Doc’s 85:37 strike-to-ball ratio
-Meiklejohn Stadium’s beautiful field
-Great crowd support both days (especially Saturday)
-Hoffnagle’s slick glove
-Marshall making 7 innings look easy after initially saying 1 inning was his max
-“We want Niamke!” chants
-Becker and Zuc killing the PA speaker system
-Return of ex-President Powery
-Ben Rogers stopping mid-steal because he thought there were 3 strikes
-Sam Rogers’ leads off second (hate to call out both brothers for baserunning)
-Fink promising hordes of fans
-Walking to the Meik
-Smith ditching Game 3 for IM softball only to get trounced 16-1
Thanks again to the parents for coming out in strong numbers and providing sustenance (special shoutout to Mr. Quinn for making the trek down from Syracuse). We have a big series next weekend against St. Joes that could determine who goes to regionals. Looking forward to a good practice on Wednesday.