Bucks County Herald

Four lose in playoffs

DAVID CAMPBELL

Four local teams, Quakertown, Pennridge, Plumstead and Doylestown, took part in the eight-team BuxMont postseason tournament, which got under way last week and wrapped up on Tuesday with Hatfield-Towamencin topping Souderton, 5-4, for the championship. Here’s more on the local squads.

Blue Jays
Second-seeded Quakertown shut out No. 7 Plumstead, 3-0, in last Thursday’s first round. Viktor Morelock went the distance for the Blue Jays. He yielded only two hits and struck out one. ... Quakertown dropped into the losers’ bracket after falling to sixth-seeded Pennridge, 5-3, in the second round of the double-elimination tournament on Friday. ... The Blue Jays bounced back with a 4-3 victory over No. 8 Doylestown on Sunday. Quakertown plated three in the home half of the seventh. The Blue Jays were helped by three Tiger errors in the final inning. John Leva earned the W on the mound; Jake Reed and Brian Robison each had two hits. ... Quakertown’s bid to repeat as the Region 2 champion ended on Monday with a 1-0 setback to top-seeded Hatfield-Towamencin in the final four. Three Titan pitchers combined to three-hit the Blue Jays, who had two runners thrown out at home in the top of the seventh. Morelock was the hard-luck losing pitcher. Quakertown finished at 18-7; three of the Blue Jays’ seven losses were to Hatfield, the BuxMont regular season champion.

Post 255
Ian Kacergis was dominant in sixth-seeded Pennridge’s 1-0 nail-biter over No. 3 Perkiomen in last Thursday’s first round. Kacergis tossed a five-hitter and struck out three. He didn’t walk a batter. Kacergis also drove in the lone run with a single in the fourth that scored Andrew Fantaskey. ... Post 255 got revenge on rival and second-seeded Quakertown in the second round of the double-elimination tournament on Friday. Pennridge, after losing both regular season games to Quakertown, triumphed, 5-3. ... Post 255 fell to No. 1 Hatfield-Towamencin, 7-3, in Sunday’s winners’ bracket final. Pennridge scored three in the top of the second, but Hatfield put up a three-spot of its own in the bottom of the frame and scored four more in the third. Fantaskey and Jack Goddess led the charge offensively for Post 255; Fantaskey went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Goddess was 2-for-3 and drove in one. ... Monday was the end of the road for Pennridge, which somehow nearly overcame five errors to thwart fifth-seeded Souderton. Nearly. Post 234 survived the back-and-forth affair, 7-6, scoring two in the bottom of the sixth to conclude Post 255’s season at 12-12. Goddess went 3-for-3 and teammate Kolby Rush was 2-for-3; Tyler Wright plated a pair.

Plumstead
Seventh-seeded Plumstead couldn’t solve No. 2 Quakertown’s Viktor Morelock in last Thursday’s first round. The Blue Jays blanked Plumstead, 3-0, behind Morelock’s two-hitter. ... Likewise, Plumstead couldn’t get anything going offensively against third-seeded Perkiomen in the second round of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday. Post 184 ended Plumstead’s season, 10-0 in five innings. Perkiomen struck for six runs in the bottom of the first. Plumstead finished with six hits. Plumstead concluded its campaign at 8-14.

Tigers
Eighth-seeded Doylestown couldn’t hold a 5-0 second-inning lead in its 7-6 setback to top-seeded Hatfield-Towamencin in last Thursday’s first round. The Tigers’ Chris Heller and Jimmy Wiegers each went 2-for-4. Steven Gebre and Wiegers each knocked in a pair. ... Doylestown rebounded with an 8-6 victory over No. 4 Pottstown in the second round of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday. The Tigers scored all of their runs in the second inning. Gage Moyer and Matt Ernst each had a pair of RBIs; Heller went 2-for-4. Ernst made his most important contribution on the hill, however, closing out the contest with five scoreless innings of relief, fanning four. ... Doylestown’s season wrapped up on Sunday with a heart-wrenching 4-3 setback to second-seeded Quakertown. Aided by three Tiger errors, the Blue Jays pushed across three runs in the home half of the seventh to stun manager Steve Ruane’s club. Doylestown (9-14) was buoyed offensively by Collin Sheehan, C.J. Gillmer and Moyer, each of whom collected two hits.

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