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Robison, Quakertown slug past Doylestown

DAVID CAMPBELL

Brian Robison lined out to third to lead off the top of the second at Doylestown.

It was the only time the Tigers retired the Quakertown clean-up hitter on Sunday as Robison went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, finishing a home run shy of the cycle, in the Blue Jays’ 10-2 victory in BuxMont play.

“We did a pretty good job of hitting today,” said Robison, a recent graduate of Quakertown who plans to walk on to the York College of Pennsylvania baseball team. “I’ve been struggling, we’ve all been struggling lately, but we’ve all picked it up in the past couple of games.”

Quakertown blasted open a 1-1 contest in the fifth, scoring five runs. Robison had the big blow: a bases-clearing triple to left. Robison also singled and scored in a three-run Blue Jays sixth and plated Griffin Kelley with a double in the seventh.

“I think seeing the pitching [in the Ephrata tournament in June] really helped us get our timing down,” said recent Quakertown graduate J.J. Paul, who is bound for DeSales University, “and we brought it back here and it’s looking good.”

Paul had two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base at Doylestown. Evan Hurst also had a pair of hits, including an RBI single to right-center in the fourth. Kelley crossed home plate twice, while Matt Bukavich and Brad Bryan each reached base three times. Bukavich added an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base to his line.

Matt Ciarrocchi notched the win on the bump. The rising Quakertown senior struck out 11 in six strong innings. The Tigers tagged him for only one earned run: Rhys Nicholas knocked in Sam Tierney with a single to left in the third.

“Everything was working,” Ciarrocchi said. “My fastball and my curveball were on. It was a good day to throw – it was hot.”

“Pitching’s not going to be our problem, I don’t think,” Paul said. “I think our problem’s going to be getting our bats hot at the right time.”

Doylestown managed just four hits off of Ciarrocchi and reliever Bukavich. Nicholas went 2-for-3; he also reached on an error. Defensively, the Tigers made a couple of nice plays behind starter Jack Roland: third baseman Connor Bates stabbed a grounder to save a run in the third and centerfielder Gage Moyer came up with a sliding grab to limit the damage in the fourth.

“Today, we just got outpitched,” said Doylestown manager Steve Ruane, whose squad completed its league regular season at 6-10-4. “That guy (Ciarrocchi) came out here and he did a heck of a job of throwing the ball today. He had us all tied up. We scored a couple of runs, but he was never really out of control of the game.”

The Tigers have new life. They, like the Blue Jays (13-7), have a place in the BuxMont postseason double-elimination tournament, which gets under way this Thursday.

“We’re hoping to go further than we went last season and maybe beat Hatfield, which has been our toughest competition all year,” Paul said.

“I think we have a good shot of going all the way,” Ciarrocchi said.

“We have the pitching,” Ciarrocchi added. “We have the hitting, when we want to. And we have the fielding. We’re good, you know?”

With Quakertown’s 4-0 victory at Perkiomen on Tuesday, the Blue Jays went 10-1 down the stretch, averaging 6.6 runs per game in those 10 wins.

“We seem to be heading into the playoffs with pretty hot bats,” Robison said on Sunday.

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