Bucks County Herald

Loss fails to derail Plumstead

DON LEYPOLDT

Plumstead manager Art Ehlo was worried about Saturday’s noon game. An 11-inning marathon the night before, mixed with some personnel issues, left Plumstead thin at pitching against a good Pottstown Steelers team.

The Steelers took advantage, posting a six-run first and a six-run second on the way to a 13-1 defeat of their hosts.

“This happens to every team where you get beat badly,” Ehlo told his troops. “Try to have a little fun up there and relax. There is zero pressure.

“We were short guys,” Ehlo continued. “[Pottstown] has a good team. We just didn’t have it today.”

“The positive of baseball is that you always get to come right back at it,” Plumstead catcher Thomas Philipps said. “We’re having fun out here. Today wasn’t the best of days, but after a long night last night, we just have to put this past us.”

Noah Rimel cleared loaded bases with a double. Four batters later, second baseman Christopher Stone added a two-run single to highlight Pottstown’s first.

The Steelers batted around again in the second. The big blow was a bases-loaded triple from Albright’s Logan Pennypacker.

“We dug our own hole in the first inning with hitting two guys and walking a few guys,” Ehlo said. “I didn’t want to yank our starter right away because we had a whole game to play. I always want to give a kid a chance to keep going and they all want to keep going. But after five runs, I had to do something. Shane came in and I thought he did okay.”

Shane Ehlo, brought in to provide semi-emergency relief, allowed just one run over the third through fifth innings.

“Coming off of a game that went 11 innings last night is tough, but you have to do the best you can,” first baseman Kyler Newton added. “We couldn’t get the bats going today, but we’ll get ready for next game.”

Plumstead scored in the third when La Salle’s Christian Scotto walked and went to second on shortstop Ethan Brader’s single. Newton singled home Scotto.

“The second at-bat where I hit it up the middle, I wanted to be aggressive on the first pitch,” Newton stated. “I wasn’t really getting anything else late in the count.”

Newton went 2-for-3 with a steal. Philipps, a Moravian signee, singled and drove a warning track fly to left. Centerfielder Aaron Worthington, another Central Bucks West Buck, made two nice putouts.

The setback is atypical for Plumstead, which played one-run games in four of its first five contests. Plumstead opened the BuxMont season with a 4-3 home win over the Doylestown Tigers and bested the Warrington A’s, 5-4, on June 1.

Plumstead was on the short end of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against Perkiomen last Wednesday and dropped the interminable 11-inning game to Lansdale, 10-9.

After a 12-2 loss at Souderton on Monday, Plumstead’s record slipped to 2-5. Art Ehlo feels that the strength of his ballclub is “being solid in the field and ... having had good pitching.”

Seven on Plumstead’s 17-player roster are Palisades Pirates like Newton and Brader. Players can learn from different teammates.

“I look at the older guys, see how they hit, what their approach is,” Newton offered, “and how they play the game.”

Philipps has a simple goal.

“Just to help the team win,” he said. “Always.”

“These are really good kids with great attitudes,” Ehlo said. “You saw third baseman Bobby McClintock diving for balls down there. We’re getting smoked and he is still giving 100 percent. All the kids are busting it.

“I’m happy with our team. We’ll get our wins,” he predicted. “Our goal is to make the playoffs and then anything can happen.”

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