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:

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

See you all tomorrow

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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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Game Recap – Rowan


This Saturday PCB took on Rowan in our final game of the season. With our hopes of regionals gone, we looked to play spoiler to Rowan. Doc took the hill for us one last time, and he saved his best for last. In what was surely his best performance of the year, he went the distance yet again, holding Rowan to 6 hits while allowing 0 runs. He kept Rowan off-balance all game, getting strikeouts and groundouts with all of his pitches. PCB supported him in the field, too, making all the routine plays and even a few that made the highlight reel. Our offense, although quiet for most of the game, came through when we needed it. With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the second inning, freshman SS Alex Hoffnagle came up huge with a line drive single to right that knocked in the game’s only run. That proved to be the difference, and PCB won our season finale, 1-0.


-Doc’s complete game shutout and 77:23 ball-to-strike ratio

-Game time of under 1 hr 30 min

-Hoffnagle’s bat, sweet over-the-shoulder grab at shortstop, and, most importantly, chatter

-Townsend retrieving every foul ball that left the playing field on the first base side

-Our errorless performance in the field

-Vessalico taking a grounder off of his chin and still making the play

-DMX on the way home


-Having to navigate road closures on the way to ANC

-The infield dirt

-Our offense

-The season being over

Although we didn’t make it to regionals, it was still a great season nonetheless. We’d like to thank the parents again for supporting us all year, both with their presence and with food. Also, we’d like to thank our seniors for their contributions to the program over the last 4 years. Special thanks to our Co-Presidents Matt Gus and Ben Rogers, whose work behind the scenes made the season so fun and successful. We’ll miss all you guys.

Stay tuned for news about the frejj end of the year BBQ where we’ll elect officers for next year.


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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.


-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


-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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Conference Series Recap – Temple

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.

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Conference Series vs. Rowan – Recap

This weekend, PCB had a conference series against Rowan. Hoping to sweep for the second series in a row, we came away with one win and one loss to put ourselves in decent shape for the remainder of the season.

We were supposed to have a night game on Friday to start the series, but the game got called Friday afternoon as rain struck the Philadelphia area.  The doubleheader on Saturday was held at Odorisio Park in Wayne, PA. Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel between our staff ace, Doc, and Rowan’s pitcher. Doc shut down the opposition, allowing only 2 runs in a complete game, 7-inning effort. However, our lively bats from last weekend disappeared as we hit pop up after pop up to Rowan’s fielders. In a close contest, we dropped the first game 2-1.

Game 2 was a similarly low-scoring affair. Both teams’ offenses went down relatively quietly through the first two innings. After Rowan put up 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, PCB, fueled by some aggressively smart baserunning by Co-President Matt Gus, retaliated with 3 of our own. Rowan got another in the 5th before Marshall Harden relieved Andrew Becker on the mound. Nursing a sore arm, Harden threw 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball to keep PCB in the extra-inning game. In the bottom of the 9th, PCB found itself with 2 men on. Rowan issued an intentional walk to get to Sam Rogers (clearly they don’t read our website). With the bases juiced and the game on the line, Rogers hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman. The throw home to the plate was not in time, and PCB walked off with a 4-3 victory. Highlights/lowlights from the series:


-Another great pitching performance from Doc

-Ben Rogers’ unassisted double play to escape a 4th inning jam

-Primo’s hoagies

-Wawa runs

-Gus’s baserunning

-Bauman and Pardo’s Uber ride

-Marshall shutting down Rowan with a sore arm

-Townley coaching 1st while enjoying lunch

-CAR rating


-HBP calls

-Our offensive regression

-Pop ups

-Not having the 5150

-Goose crap all over the field

Next week we play Temple at Meiklejohn Stadium, Penn’s varsity field. We hope to get a good crowd out, as we only get that field once a year. Thanks to all the parents for the support and food.

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Players of the Week

Congratulations to Jr. SS/P Marshall Harden and So. C/DH Sam Rogers for being named Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week! Read about their efforts below in the Weekend Recap of our series against Neumann University.

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