In the early phase of the season, Central Bucks South has been searching to get its timing with hitting.
However, the Titans may have taken a huge step forward recently against Quakertown.
CB South appeared to be hitting on all cylinders with an impressive 11-1 five-inning shortened thumping of Quakertown March 28.
The Titans (3-0) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings and posted the 10-run mercy rule after five in the Suburban One Continental Conference opener for both teams.
CB South showed its veteran presence that is expected to help it be a major contender in the Continental Conference, as four players had at least two hits apiece in the 11-hit attack.
“We hit the ball well through our lineup,” said CB South head coach Brian Klumpp. “We expect to hit the ball this season. We have a number of people back.
“Our timing isn’t 100 percent yet, but I expect it to totally come around soon. This was a nice way for us to begin the season.”
Jake McKeown went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Jake Trachtenberg was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Brock Veit had a pair of hits with two RBIs, and Bryan Rossi also had two hits.
“All of those guys are hitting well,” said Klumpp. “We just have to keep playing hard.”
CB South starter Ryan Rieber worked his way through a rough first, and he then settled down and allowed three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
“Ryan did a nice job overall,” added Klumpp. “He pitched to contact again.”
Klumpp doesn’t expect too many lopsided wins during the year.
“Any team can knock off any other team,” said Klumpp. “We know we have to be consistent throughout the year. It will be a competitive season.”
Quakertown head coach Jon Pallone also realizes there is plenty of challenges ahead. The Panthers (3-1) posted wins over Allentown Central Catholic and Perkiomen before they met CB South.
Ben Eichorn had a double, and Mason Hicks plated the lone run with a RBI single. Pallone credited the play of Eichorn, Brad Bryan and Nolan Byrnes.
“We took a couple of steps forward, but then we took a step backward,” said Pallone. “Eichorn has been hitting and Bryan and Byrnes have been getting on base.”
The Panthers did have a successful trip to South Carolina, where they won four games, one that could possibly set the stage for the rest of the season.
Pallone expects strong campaigns from Matt Ciarrocchi, Cody Barberio and Sam Rice, all of whom have had good springs.
“I believe our hitting is ahead of our pitching right now,” added Pallone. “We liked what we did down South and now we have to carry it forward.
“It is good for us to have a game like this now than later. I would rather this happen now. We have to see what we can still do.”