After making a deep state tournament run in the 2013 season, Pennridge took to the field in its second game of the 2014 season with a lineup that returned only about half of last year's regular starters. Unfortunately the Rams were taking on Central Bucks South, a team that swept them last year, in both team's Suburban One Continental Conference opener.

Despite it only being the second week of the season, the Titans already looked in mid-season form as it was difficult to point out any flaw in their game. South hit the ball well, 11 hits, ran the bases well, played solid defense, one error in the final inning, and got great pitching as it took down Pennridge 9-1.

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"Except for being on the field for a couple frigid days last week, I think our guys were just excited to play in good weather,' South coach Mike Schaffer said.

In the early going it looked as if the game was going to be a pitcher's duel as Pennridge pitcher Eric Weslowski and South pitcher Matt Radwanski only gave up four hits and no runs combined through the first three innings. South, however, broke out the bats in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on three hits. The Titans would score at least one run per inning for the rest of the game.

"Weslowski did a nice job early on, he threw three plus innings, [he] did a nice job,' Pennridge coach Tom Nuneviller said. "I've got to give Radwanski credit, he changed speeds on us and he pitched well.'

With the Rams bats going cold, it led to some frustration in the field as Pennridge committed three errors in the seventh inning, after not committing one the whole game.

"If you're not scoring runs, you've got to try to be perfect, to try to make a play defensively,' Nuneviller said. "We did a little more than we were capable of doing and we threw the ball around.'

Pennridge pitcher Eric Wesolowski covers first base to force out Central Bucks South runner Mike Anastasia following first baseman Tyler Shoultes’
Pennridge pitcher Eric Wesolowski covers first base to force out Central Bucks South runner Mike Anastasia following first baseman Tyler Shoultes' error. Montgomery Media staff photo/ Bob Raines (Picasa)

While Pennridge had a few miscues in the field, South was nearly flawless including a great throw from catcher Jake Steinberg to catch the super speedy Danny Shane trying to steal second in the third inning and a greatly executed 4-6-3 doubleplay that ended with first baseman Jared Bass making an athletic scoop in a full split.

"We played good defense behind [Radwanski], we threw a guy out at second, Danny Shane, who runs well,' Schaffer said. "That's a big momentum-builder. And we rolled that doubleplay and [if] that's a base hit, a lot of things change.'

South extended its winning streak over Pennridge continuing its recent success. As for the reason why, Schaffer can't figure a good explanation.

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"I don't know, I have no idea,' Schaffer said. "They're really well coached, their kids are always gritty and they're tough to get out. You're just waiting for them, even when you're up four runs, you're on the edge of your seat because they always find a way to come back and do something.'

CB South ab r h bi Pennridge ab r h bi

Spector lf 5 1 2 0 Shane cf 2 0 1 1

Fitzgerald ss 4 1 2 0 Nuneviller rf 2 0 0 0

Kuypers 2b 2 2 1 1 Tatoian 2b 3 0 0 0

Radwanski p 3 0 1 0 Shoultes 1b 3 0 0 0

Bass 1b 3 0 0 0 Long 3 0 1 0

Anastaisa cf 4 0 2 2 Misialek ss 2 0 1 0

Moller 3b 4 2 1 0 Unangst rf 2 0 0 0

Trachtenberg rf 4 2 2 1 Roedell c 2 0 0 0

Steinberg c 4 0 2 1 Tice DH 2 1 1 0

Pfender 1 0 0 0 Suder 1 0 0 0

K.Trunk 1 0 0 0 Muredda 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 9 11 5 Totals 21 1 4 1

2B: Fitzgerald, Kuypers, Steinberg

Central Bucks South 000 411 3—9

Pennridge 000 010 0—1

ip h r er bb so

Weslowski (L) 3 1/3 4 3 3 4 5

Long 2/3 1 1 1 1 1

Denner 1 2 1 1 0 0

Shoultes 1 2/3 4 3 1 1 0

Kerrigan 0 0 0 0 2 0

Nuneviller 1/3 0 0 0 2 0

Radwanski (W) 5 4 1 1 3 2

Kuypers 2 0 0 0 0 2


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