PHOENIXVILLE — Zach Moser ripped a leadoff double and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning as Boyertown edged Phoenixville, 3-2, in Pioneer Athletic Conference baseball action Wednesday afternoon.
Moser, a left-handed-hitting junior shortstop, finished the day 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a hit by pitch and one stolen base. He stroked his double to the right-center field gap to start the top of the eighth. Brandon Griesemer was then hit by a pitch by Phoenixville starting pitcher Cole Luzins, who hurled seven-plus strong innings. Rob McMahon came on in relief and Luzins switched to third base.
The Bears' Tyler Comport popped up a bunt to the charging Luzins for the first out of the inning. Mitch Pinder grounded out to shortstop to move the runners up a base. With two down and two runners in scoring position, McMahon went high on a curveball that got by catcher Owen Goryl for a wild pitch that allowed Moser to score the go-ahead run. Phoenixville got one hit with one out in the bottom half of the eighth inning but did not score to end the contest.
"We have a couple of juniors who are filling in big shoes,' Boyertown coach Todd Moyer said. "It was nice to see (Moser) do that. That is the second time he has done that with a clutch hit late in the game. We are playing good defense to support our pitchers, and we are finding a way to score some runs, and it's working for us.'
Boyertown managed just three hits on the day. Its first two runs in the top of the first inning were unearned as the Phantoms committed four errors on the day.
Ryan Black pitched the first five innings for the Bears and allowed five hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk. Sean Pavlik relieved for three innings and gave up two hits and no runs with one strikeout and one walk.
Luzins surrendered just the three hits and just one earned run with six strikeouts and one walk on 102 pitches. Austin Madeja and Dan Purnell had the other hits for the Bears (5-0, 6-0).
Zach Gallow and Tom Kawchak each had two hits for the Phantoms (2-4, 2-4) while Michael Anthony and Logan Landis each picked up run-scoring singles in the second and third innings, respectively, that allowed the hosts to tie the game 2-2. Brett Arney reached base three times on a single and two walks and scored one run. Cameron Cook laid down two perfect sacrifice bunts."Early on we rolled the ball and they made some mistakes,' Moyer said. "Their pitcher (Luzins) did a nice job when he settled down and got the ball down in the zone. He made some good pitches when he needed to get us out.'
Phoenixville coach Jack Sturgeon was impressed with his starter's performance as well."Cole pitched a whale of a game,' said Sturgeon. "And Rob McMahon showed some stuff in a new experience at this level.'