It was a good start for the Perkiomen School baseball team.
In more ways than one.
The Panthers opened their season Saturday by rolling over Lansdale Catholic, 14-3. And the lid-lifter was fueled by Perkiomen scoring eight of its runs in the first two innings — in both instances, with two outs.
"It was a great way to approach the game,' head coach Ken Baker said.
Angel Lopez drove in four runs on 2-for-4 hitting, and the locals got two-RBI showings from Josh Cruz (2-for-2) and Alex Soriano (2-for-3). They were key to Perkiomen plating three runs in its first at-bat, then five more in the second.
Levi Stoudt worked three innings to get the pitching victory.
Ephrata 8, Daniel Boone 5: Scoring all but one of their runs in their first two at-bats, the Mounts handled the Blazers in their non-league pairing.
Daniel Boone (1-1) battled back in the third, plating four runs before adding another. It was led by Doug Schilling (3-for-4, one RBI) while Christian Henderson, Bryant Schwoyer, Kyle Geimer and Brendan Rivoli each contributed two hits.
Perkiomen Valley 13, Kennett 7: Up by only one goal going into the fourth quarter, the Vikings' offense and defense locked it down, holding Kennett to just three shots and zero goals while the offense pumped in five for a hard fought non-league win.
Shawn Dickey led the way for PV (2-0) with four goals and one assist while Kris Boyd added two goals and three assists. Connor Dee, Sean Tornetta and Ben Minardi also contributed two goals apiece while Shawn Coulter and Zach Lynn added solo tallies. Kevin Mo had an 11-save day in goal for the Vikes.
Malvern Prep 14, Spring-Ford 3: Jake Hvazda's two-goal showing was the bright spot for the Rams in a non-league loss to Malvern Prep.
Carter Gensler rounded out the Spring-Ford offense with his solo tally. Greg Bresnan and Matt Messerle shared goaltending duties, Bresnan with 10 saves and Messerle with nine.Cocalico 18, Daniel Boone 1: Sean Seifert scored the only goal for the Blazers, and Ben Linsey's 22-save goaltending was the other highlight of a non-league loss to Cocalico.
Methacton 18, W.C. Rustin 5: Sara Hughes singlehandedly matched Rustin's entire offensive output in leading the Warriors to a season-opening non-league victory.
Behind Hughes' five goals, Ellie Schmidt added four while Deb Peifer and Kristen McCrane added two apiece. Solo tallies by Caroline douglass (two assists), Kelly Glatthorn, Casey Reid, Maddie Alderfer and Riley McCarthy rounded out the Methacton scoring while Sam Rothman added three-save goaltending.
Perkiomen Valley 11, Pennridge 10: Christie Balestra found the back of the net five times and provided helpers on four others while Laura Dunne added three goals as Perkiomen Valley started its season on a positive note with a 11-10 victory over Pennridge in a non-league showing on Friday night.
Caroline Charters added two goals and Alex Mauer struck the back of the net once for the Vikings. Harley Barrett made 17 saves on 30 shots in the winning effort.
Spring-Ford Tournament: The host Rams went 2-1 in a four-school competition that saw Downingtown East win out, going 3-0 while blanking all its opponents.
Spring-Ford's wins came against Manheim Central (4-1) and Upper Merion (5-0), while its loss to East was by a 5-0 score. Ryan Schweitzer and T.J. Cruickshank each went 2-1 at second and third singles, respectively, while its doubles teams of Nick Griswold/Matt Yerkes and Luke Merson/Zack Collier also went 2-1.
Oxenreider Relays: Spring-Ford opened the season with a big win, capturing the team title with 88 points at the 13th annual Oxenreider Relays, hosted by Muhlenberg,
The Rams won the 4x400 with 3:28.85 with Josh Tupper, Jared Shoemaker, Ryan Connelly and Joe Bush; won the 4x800 with an 8:27,45 with Rahav Jain, Joshua Miller, Paul Power, Josh Tupper; won the sprint medley with a 2:02.0 with Bush, Connely, Shoemaker, Patrick Walsh; won the shuttle hurdle relay with a 1:09.02 with Matthew Breish, Connelly, Grosshanton, Bryan Lencraft.
Spring-Ford took second in the medley relay (10:59.48) with Tupper, Walsh, Jain, Power and took fourth in the 4x100 relay (45.38) with Chris Pennimore, Alex Fryer, Grosshanten and Shoemaker.
Bush was also the overall winner in the triple jump with a 43-4 1/2, and took second in the long jump with a 21-5.
Brandon Palaia was the overall winner in the javelin with a 180-1.
Methacton won the 4x200 with a 1:32.83 with Nick Shaffer, Stephen Fiorentino, Kevin Capizzi and Griffin Billicic; took second in the 4x100 (43.57) with Billicic, John Loxinak, Capizzi, Nick Shaffer; took third in the 4x800 (8:36.39) with Pat Hopkins, Matt Schulz, Izian Bokunewicz, Adam Lee; took fourth in the 4x400 (3:34.03) with Fiorentino, Billicic. John Lozunak, Shaffer; fourth in the medley relay (11:18.02) with Bokunewicz, Hopkins, Basil Karim, Lee; fourth in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:11.50) with Fiorentino, Capizzi, Lozinak, Chris McGinley.
Owen J. Roberts took third in the 4x1600 (20:07.25) with Steven Daloisio, Kevin Lutz, Baxter Rechtin and Conor Murray. The Wildcats' Colin Tucci was the overall winner in the pole vault with a 12-0.
Oxenreider Relays: Methacton opened the season with a big win in the girls competition, capturing the team title with 96 points at the 13th annual Oxenreider Relays, hosted by Muhlenberg,
Methacton won the shuttle hurdle relay with a 1:05.72 with Jenny Martin, Nicolette Serratore, Nikki Rimlinger and Dana Arcangelo; took second in the 4x100 (50.70) with Rainah Dunham, Carly Foster, Angela Ramsden and Caroline Duffy; second in the the 4x200 (1:48.27) with Foster, Ramsden, Dunham,, Duffy; second in the sprint relay (2:26.54) with Kelly Groth, Rimlinger, Gianna Fazio, Jessica Holub; third in the 4x1600 (23:31.44) with Kara Steinke, Ryan DeOrio, Abby Konkoly and Alison Willingmyre; fourth in the 4x400 (4:18.59) with Holub, Ramsden, Dunham, Foster; and fifth in the distance medley (13:35.25) with Konkoly, Ashley Lucidonio, Lauren Engleman, Steinke.
Aghina Marshall was the overall winner in the long jump with a 17-10. Martin took second in the javelin (118-11) and fifth in the shot put (30-9). Serratore took third in the triple jump (35-3 1/2), and fourth in the shot put (31-5 3/4),
Owen J. Roberts won the sprint relay with a 2:25.87 with Rebecca Painter, Angela Feiser, Maddie Cobb and Jill Weston; took fourth in the 4x1600 (24:16.94) with Allison Brunton, Sarah Taylor, Andrea Shade and Emily Hansell; and took fifth in the 4x200 (1:53.12) with Maddie Cobb, Teneisha Myers, Jill Weston, Katelyn Bernatos; sixth in the 4x400 (4:28.86) with Bernatos, Tazia Thompson, Weston, Angela Feiser;.
Spring-Ford took second in the 4x400 (4:13.40) with Kristen Baumgartner, Chelsey Reynolds. Anna Poet and Haley Preschutti; took second in the 4x800 (10:38.20) with Sam Christman, Courtney Marte, Poet and Preschutti; third in the distance medley (13:29.11) with Christman, Sarah Eggleston, Poet and Preschutti; and sixth in the 4x1600 (25:27.16) with Sarah Brooks, Isabella Marchina, Laura McDermott and Natalie Thomas. The Rams placed fifth in the team standings.
Bears win two: Ursinus ran its win streak to three games with a doubleheader sweep of PSU-Berks. The Bears struck early with three spot in the first en route to a 6-1 victory in the opener, then they scored six runs in the first three innings as they won 11-5 over the Defenders (4-5).
James Hoff (Spring-Ford) drove in three runs for the Bears in the opener and Josh Schnell (Boyertown) went 4-for-5 with six RBI in the nightcap.
Devyn Kerr (Upper Perkiomen) also went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, while Seth Regensburg (Hill School) went six strong, allowing seven hits.
Ursinus 8, Swarthmore 7: Steve Smyrl netted three goals, including the go-ahead tally with 1:01 left in regulation, as the Baers eked out the non-conference victory. Ursinus (5-2) also got two goals from Steve Mussoline and Tucker Noel along with a solo tally from Jake Weber (two assists). Mark Stratton was credited with a pair of assists while Brian Neff turned in a seven-save goaltending effort.
Ursinus 12, Swarthmore 10: Hat tricks by Devin Brakel and Jayme Verman keyed the Bears' offense in their non-conference victory over the Garnet.
Verman was also credited with two assists for Ursinus (5-1), which weathered Swarthmore's second-half charge after it opened an 8-3 halftime lead. Emma Ebert contributed two goals and assists while Mary Deilberti, Kitty Dawson, Amber Moyer and Nicole Kovacs added solo tallies.