It’s tough to win ballgames when you don’t score runs.
That’s the case with Doylestown Post 210 this season. The Tigers just can’t seem to get those runs across the plate this summer.
That trend continued June 21 at CB West when Post 210 was shut out by visiting Perkiomen Post 184.
While Doylestown starter Jack Roland (Penn) kept the Indians at bay through the first four innings, Perkiomen pushed a pair of runs across the plate in each of the fifth and sixth innings on its way to a 10-0 triumph.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-8 on the season while advancing the Indians to 4-1 in Bux-Mont American Legion League action.
“We just wanted to come out here and get a win. Obviously, that didn’t happen today,” said Roland. “But we’ve got to keep a positive mental attitude at the plate, on the mound and in the field.”
Doylestown loaded the sacks in the first two innings, yet stranded all six runners on base. A run or two in each of the first two frames certainly would have helped the home team’s cause.
“It would have helped but it’s a fool’s errand to look at what may or what may not have turned the course of a game,” said Roland. “That didn’t happen.”
Run production has been just part of the problem for the Tigers this season.
“We haven’t put up as many runs as we’d like to,” added Roland. “We gotta keep getting baserunners like we did today and eventually those balls will drop and we’ll get guys to score.”
Defensive errors haven’t helped. Doylestown committed eight of them vs. Perkiomen.
Post 184 broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning with a two-out single to right field by leadoff hitter Evan Shade that scored Tim Landis. And Shade came around on a double by shortstop Malachi Duka. While left fielder Ryan Rossiter was gunned down at the plate, the damage was done.
In the sixth, Dave Kilroy and Levi Gehman came around to score on a two-out single to right field by No. 9 hitter Pat Mininger, putting the Indians up, 4-0.
In the final frame, Post 184 went up 5-0 on a single by relief pitcher Landis, who got the win, but the big hit was recorded by Shade, who slapped a two-run double down the left field line that scored a third run on an overthrow at the plate.
Perkiomen pushed the final two runs across the plate on defensive miscues committed by the Tigers.
“We’ve struggled all year; that was our fourth shutout of the season,” admitted Post 210 head coach Steve Ruane. “It doesn’t matter what you do on the mound, you can’t win if you don’t put any runs on the board.
“We have not done that all season long.”
Doylestown loaded the bases in the first inning on three straight walks drawn by David Bloom, Rhys Nicholas and Danny Loving, who recorded an on-base percentage of .556 at Plumstead Christian in the spring. But Indians’ starter Hunter Gooch was able to get out of the jam by striking out Gage Moyer and inducing a popup to first base by Nate Bash, a 2018 graduate of Central Bucks West.
Jake Quillen (CB East) opened the second inning with a single that fell between outfielders, then CB East incoming seniors Erik Hiller (hit batsman) and Cole Allen (walk) loaded the sacks again in the second. Again, Gooch escaped any harm when he struck out Bloom and induced a lineout to third base by Nicholas.
“It was nice to see runners out there for a while but you have got to be able to drive them in and we have not been able to do that,” said Ruane.
A tough start to the season hasn’t helped ease his players’ approach, the coach said prior to Doylestown’s 7-6 road victory over Perkiomen on June 23. The Tigers were 1-8 in league play following Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to Lansdale.
“Everybody is pressing, trying to hit the five-run homer, trying to make all the plays, pressing on the mound. And you gotta play perfect; that puts a lot of pressure on the guys.
“We’ll just have to put this one away and try again tomorrow.”
Doylestown recorded seven hits in the game – though none for extra bases – including a pair by Alex Gatto, who led off both the fourth and the sixth inning with singles.
“The hits were up and down the lineup tonight so we know everybody has that potential,” added Roland. “We’ll just keep hacking away and the hits will come.”
Moyer, a recent Holy Ghost Prep grad who scored the only run in HGP’s 1-0 win over Bishop Shanahan in the District One Class 5A championship, slapped a one-out single in the third inning. In the fifth, Bash hit a two-out single down the left field line that looked like it had the potential to go for a double, good for the Tigers’ cause as Nicholas opened the frame with a single up the middle.
However, Landis induced a fly ball slapped to centerfield by Quillen for the final out in the frame.
In the seventh, Loving slapped a two-out single through the right side of the infield but Duka, the third pitcher for Post 184 in the duel, ended all hopes when he induced a ground ball to short for the final out of the ballgame.
Roland performed a yeoman’s work on the hill for Doylestown, facing 30 batters in six innings of work. He was relieved in the seventh by Nick Carbonara, an incoming senior at CB East.
“We’re trying to be more aggressive so we start taking more pitches, trying to make the pitcher work,” stated Shade. “We start getting our pitches to hit and we start driving the ball.
“It’s frustrating in the first few innings but I think our team really comes alive in the last four innings.
“It’s kind of what we’ve been doing all season and it’s working right now.”
Baseball bits: Jack Nugent was named a second team All-Suburban One League Continental Conference outfielder for CB East and was also part of the SOL American/Continental baseball team in the Phillies Carpenter Cup Tournament. Nicholas was a second team all-league shortstop for CB West and Bloom was honorable mention at second base for CB East.