Penn Club Baseball’s series against St. Joe’s this weekend certainly saw its ups and downs. Our goal was to take 2 (or 3 or 4) out of 3 but we got off to an incredibly rocky start in Game 1. Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers zoned in and pitched a decent game but received no run support. In the worst hitting performance in team history, PCB was held to a no-hitter by St. Joe’s ace, and we wound up losing 10-0.
Game 2 was a slight improvement. LA’s own, Michael “Wags” Wagmeister took the mound and gave us 5 solid innings. Another freshman, JP Quinn, broke the team’s hitless streak with a triple in the 1st inning. Sam “Sogers” Rogers also had a good game at the plate, with a couple of hits. By the end of the game, PCB had 7 hits but only 2 runs and lost 11-2 in another blowout.
Joe Strege returned to his “All-state” ways and sparked a breakout at the plate for us during the final game. His RBI double in the 1st inning set the tone for us and was just the first of his 3 hits for the day. Matthew “Okie” Powery, Sam Rogers, and Nich Rittler also had multiple-hit days. Riding Kirav Patel through 6 innings in his PCB pitching debut, we had an 11-8 lead heading into the last inning. Andrew Becker did his best Mariano Rivera impression and shut the door on St. Joe’s 2-3-4 hitters in the 7th.
Improving from 0 hits in the first game to 10 in the third was the most significant highlight of the weekend, and winning the final game was huge for our goal of making it to Regionals in the spring. Here are some other highlights from the weekend:
–Taggart playing the game at Puig-like speeds
–3B-2B head nods
–Townley’s outfield chatter
–Taggart physically moving the guy as he slapped the tag at 2nd
–Meyers’ witty comments from the dugout
–Patel shutting down the kid who’s been “wrecking the ball”
–“There’s nothing to talk about.”… psyyccchhhh
–Townley thinking Luke was Meyers when he came to the game
–Ben Rogers’ acrobatic catches
–Gus crossing himself in relief
A special shout-out goes to Karina and Luke for helping out and keeping book for us. Also, many thanks to all the families that came out to support and those who provided the team with lunch on Saturday. We’ll see you all in the spring.