Conference Series Recap – St. Joes

This weekend PCB took on St. Joes in a 3 game series. Undermanned and worn-down, PCB dropped 3 games to effectively end any shot at regionals we had.

Game 1 was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. However, because it was fling weekend, we were forced to forfeit the first game as we had no assurance of having 9 guys available and in a baseball-playing state.

We played Games 2 and 3 on Sunday morning/afternoon. Missing 2/3 of our usual starting lineup due to untimely injuries, prior commitments, and lack of sleep, we set off for Sun Valley High School undermanned. We arrived at the field to find a senior men’s league game being played. We were alerted that we were instead playing on a different field, one with cracked dirt for an outfield and no bathrooms in sight. Game 1 was a back and forth affair. Andrew Becker went 5 innings on the mound, allowing 3 St. Joes runs to score. A couple of timely PCB hits and St. Joes errors througout made it a 3-2 game going into the bottom of the 6th. His arm close to falling off, Becker gave way to Rit, who was last seen on the mound suffering a severe elbow injury last May in a scrimmage. Before that, his last competitive pitching performance came in spring 2012. Shaking the rust off, Rit held his own. He kept St. Joes to 2 runs while working in a couple sharp curves to keep the game within reach. However, PCB couldn’t manage to post the 3 runs needed to tie, and we lost Game 1 5-2.

Game 2 got off to a rocky start. Doug Meyers, distracted by the pregame house music blasting through his headphones, was in and out of trouble throughout the first inning. A combination of walks and hits led to 9 St. Joes runs in the first. Again, we turned to an arm that hadn’t seen the mound in a year. Last seen laboring against Rowan last spring, James Townley proceeded to go 6 strong innings, allowing 5 runs in a truly gutsy performance. PCB chipped away at the lead throughout the game and, propelled by a surprisingly potent offense and supreme outfield play, closed to within 2 runs at 1 point. However, we couldn’t get enough runs across the plate, and dropped the second game 14-10.

Highlights:

-Townley and Rit combining for 7 innings, 7 more innings than they’d thrown in a calendar year

-Game 2 offense

-Continuing the tradition of excellent between-game lunches

-Not having to wait 2 hours between games

-“It’s a black hole out there in right!” -Becker

-The historical walking tour of Aston, Pa

Lowlights

-Ben Rogers sitting out Game 2 due to physical discomfort

-Our extremely thin roster

-The field conditions

-Spending almost 6 hours at the field

-The bathrooms being across the entire complex

-Men’s league games

Thanks again to the parents for coming out to support us. It’s been great to have a crowd all year, and we hope to see everyone one last time on Saturday against Rowan.

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