Bucks County Herald

Blue Jays cash in on A’s errors

DAVID CAMPBELL

Some wins may look better than others, but they all count the same, Quakertown veteran Tyler Guidos said.

Take Friday evening’s contest against visiting Warrington. The Blue Jays managed only seven hits against a pair of A’s hurlers, but Quakertown did put the ball in play, which forced Warrington into five errors in a 5-1 Jays victory.

“We’ll take a win any way [we can get it],” said Guidos, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI double to left in a three-run Quakertown third. “At the end of the day, if it’s just a W next to [our name], we’ll accept it.”

The Blue Jays struck out only six times.

“We keep trying to tell them to just put the bat on the ball, don’t stand there taking third strikes and they seem to be starting to get it a little bit and not letting the umpire dictate their at-bats,” Quakertown manager Bob Helm said.

All the errors soured Warrington starter Justin Anderosky’s solid outing. He went five innings and surrendered only one earned run (three total) on six hits with four strikeouts. The Blue Jays tagged reliever Sean Kerrigan for two unearned runs in the home half of the sixth. Kerrigan punched out two.

“Pitchers both did a nice job,” A’s first-year skipper Mike Moser said. “I was real happy. Justin threw under 100 pitches and kept them under control, and Sean Kerrigan came in and did real nice.”

Quakertown broke the scoreless deadlock in the third. Leadoff man Jake Reed singled and stole a base. John Paul II followed with a walk and stole a base. Brian Robison’s sac fly to center brought Reed home. Paul scored on an error, and Guidos’ double delivered Lake Friday to the dish.

Warrington got one back in the fourth. Andrew Dietz led off with a double to center off Quakertown starter John Leva. Tom Albertson, running for Dietz, swiped third and came around on a wild pitch.

The Jays added the two in the sixth. Evan Hurst reached on an error and scored on Reed’s ground out to second. Joseph Gaumer singled and scored on an error.

“Just make the simple plays and we’ve got a team that can take anybody in the league,” said Moser, whose squad is 3-5 but has scored more runs than it has allowed, “but it’s the simple plays that don’t get made and then somebody puts up crooked numbers and all of a sudden, we’re behind the eight ball.”

Leva went three-plus innings and yielded all three A’s hits. In addition to Dietz’s two-bagger, Brian Shaub had a double to right in the first and Alex Bendzlowicz had a one-out single in the second. Nathaniel Barnes came in for Leva in the fourth and permitted only two base runners in 2 2/3 innings while fanning two. Guidos closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh.

“It’s important to get off to a good start and get some confidence with the younger guys,” Helm said. “We have four or five new guys to try to fit into the line-up.”

Paul is one of those new guys. The rising senior had been batting fifth or sixth, for the most part, he said. Helm put him in the two-hole against Warrington and he rewarded his manager with a bunt single in the first, a run scored and two thefts.

“I felt I had to come through,” Paul, who played for the high school’s JV team in the spring, said, “and I saw the opportunities and took them as best I could.”

The Blue Jays are 7-1 in the BuxMont league and fighting Pottstown for the top spot.
“The beginning of the year is kind of just trying to fit guys in and know their roles,” said Helm, who was missing a couple key players on Friday, including Matt Bukavich, who starred for the Panthers this spring.

The Jays had an amazing postseason run a year ago.

“We’re still thinking we’re Region 2 champions,” said Guidos, who went 4-2 on the bump as a freshman for Mansfield University this year. “We can do this (repeat). No problem.”

“It’s going to be a great year for us,” Paul concluded.

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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