Temple Series Recap

Last weekend, PCB took on Temple in a big 3 game divisional series. All in all, it was a very successful weekend. Breaking from our usual form, we started off quick. Behind a complete game from Nate Robinson, some clutch hitting, and good baserunning, PCB took a tight game one 5-3. We kept the momentum going into Sunday. Game two was a similarly tight affair which PCB won 7-5. The freshmen showed their ability on the mound, as Timmy Miller pitched 5 2/3 excellent innings and Henry Fishman closed it out. With a series win already in the bag, we came out flat in game three and, despite a late rally, dropped the last one 5-4. Some highlights and lowlights:

Highlights:

  • Sam Rodgers’ cannon of an arm gunning down a baserunner at second
  • Jerome Allen’s 4 RBI’s in game 2
  • Eddie Jenkins coming out of nowhere (sprint football) and having a big first couple of games at the top of the order
  • Fresh new jerseys
  • Pitchers throwing strikes
  • Decent defense
  • Fairly quick games

Lowlights:

  • JP’s cleats (or lack thereof)
  • Piles of leaves by the backstop
  • The general state of the infield

PCB finishes the fall season with a solid 4-2 record in divisional play and in good shape heading into the spring.

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Neumann Series Recap

Last weekend PCB opened divisional play with a three game series against Neumann university. Quite frankly, the less said about the Saturday game the better. However, we were able to turn things around and swept the double header on Sunday to take two out of three in the series overall. Russell Rhoads started game 1 on Sunday with three hard fought innings, before Henry Fishman came in and shut down Neumann the rest of the way. Like Saturday, the bats started off cold on Sunday, but came alive in time to come from behind to win game 1. Game two featured five strong innings from Timmy Miller. After scoring two runs in the first, the bats went cold again, but woke up one more time in the fifth, as we scored five runs to take control of the game. Jerome Allen came in for a six out save to seal a 7-5 game 2 victory. Some highlights and lowlights:

Highlights:

  • Scoring runs in bunches
  • Fresh new helmets
  • Postgame cookies

Lowlights:

  • Walks
  • Saturday’s hitting
  • Sunday afternoon traffic

We finish off the fall season in two weeks with an important divisional series against Temple.

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Rider Double Header Recap

Last Sunday, PCB played a double header on a very wet field against Rider University. It took a while for us to get going. Freshman P Timmy Miller put in a strong effort in game 1, pitching 5 solid innings, but didn’t get much help from the defense or some questionable umpiring. The bats were dead quiet until the bottom of the 7th, when we came up with a 7 run rally, but unfortunately couldn’t come all the way back, and ended up falling 12-8.

We did manage to keep our momentum from the end of game 1 going into game 2 and came out strong with 3 runs in the first inning. Behind the lights out pitching of Russell Rhoads, who came one out away from a complete game, we never trailed and ended up taking game 2 10-4.

Highlights:

  • Russell Rhoads being untouchable on the mound
  • Game 2 offense

Lowlights:

  • Having game 1 delayed by half an hour because we only had one base
  • Nate’s long uber ride
  • The bats being asleep for the first 6 innings of game 1
  • Needlessly renting a third car

We have a couple weeks off, before we’re back in action Oct. 22-23 to start divisional play.

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Stevenson Double Header Recap

PCB opened up the season with a double header last Saturday against Stevenson University. Game 1 was tight until the 6th inning when, up 5-4, we ran out of pitching and Stevenson was able to blow the game open. Game 2 was a similarly tight affair. With neither team able to win it in 7 innings, the game went into extra innings, where, in the bottom of the 8th, Mike Mannix won it for PCB with a bases loaded, walk-off single.

Some highlights:

  • Freshman C Jacob Cala gunning down three base runners at second
  • Some clutch defensive plays by OF Ryan King and 2B/SS Alex Hoffnagle
  • Solid first outings for most of our pitchers
  • Quality bench chatter
  • Going home on a walk-off

Our next games are next Sunday, 8/2, when we host Ryder for a double header.

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Second Tryout

For any of you who didn’t make the first tryout this past Saturday as well as all of you who did show we have our second and final tryout this Wednesday 9/23 at 7pm in the Hollenback Annex

This is the last tryout we have so if you didn’t show to the first one you’ll need to show to this one in order to make the team

If you have any questions please email at

mafink@sas.upenn.edu

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Tryouts for 2015-2016 Season

This Saturday at 10am we will be holding our first of two tryouts for the upcoming club baseball season.

Unfortunately, MeikleJohn stadium has been under renovations for quite some time now so we aren’t able to hold tryouts at the stadium
We are holding them at Penn Park on the bottom turf field where we will be doing infield-outfield, hitting in the cage and for anyone who doesn’t think their arm will fall off some bullpens for pitchers.

Please do arrive on time
If you can’t for any reason come please contact myself of Doug Meyers at:
mafink@sas.upenn.edu
doug.meyers94@gmail.com

We will be holding a second tryout later in the week and details on that will be out soon

See you all tomorrow
Fink

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International Scouting

As the 2015-2016 season gets started, PCB would like to take a moment to profile two of its members who are staying in baseball shape across the Atlantic.

Juniors Andrew Becker (P/OF) and Dan Smith, BYU (OF) are currently in Sevilla, Spain on a semester-long study abroad program. Showing true dedication to PCB, the two have joined a baseball team in Sevilla. They had their first practice last Thursday, which means that they’ve gone to more practices than a certain Harvard-Westlake Legend Factory alumnus did all last year. From the guys overseas:

“It was great to get back on the field (which, surprisingly, was all turf). We threw, ran through a couple I/O’s, and took on-field BP. The team ranges from guys ages 17 to 40+. Our coach is in his mid-forties and from Mexico, but he lives in Texas. He and his family, including two sons who play on the team, are in Sevilla for the next few months. Thankfully, he speaks English, as our Spanish baseball vocabulary is more limited than Wolfen’s baseball skill set.

We’re two of the better players on the team, but there are some guys who can play. Three dingers were hit during the BP session, and none were by us. However, there are a few who seem new to baseball, including one kid with Meyers’ lankiness, Gaer’s face, Bauman’s spaciness, and Jerome’s speed. We’ve got our eye out here for potential imports into the PCB farm system.

We practice every Thursday night in September, and Thursdays and Saturdays starting in October. We have a tournament in Córdoba the second weekend in October: stay tuned for a link to livestream the games.”

Take notes, Penn Rec.

Take notes, Penn Rec.

Dan Smiddd is a fan of the turf.

Dan Smiddd is a fan of the turf.

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