ROYERSFORD — The Boyertown Bears were the Pioneer Athletic Conference's drama kings in their first two league baseball games — eking out an extra-inning victory over Upper Perkiomen after a near-miraculous rally in their opener, and following that up with a one-run win over Perkiomen Valley.
Tuesday night, however, the Bears needed no such late theatrics.
With Dalton Hughes leading the lineup and Tyler Bauman and Sean Pavlik taking control on the mound, Boyertown scored all of its runs in the first two innings en route to a 6-2 victory over Spring-Ford at Ram Stadium.
Lefty-swinging leadoff man Hughes went 3-for-3 and scored two runs and Bauman and Pavlik combined on a seven-hitter as Boyertown improved to 3-0 in league play and 3-0 overall.
"It was nice to get up early,' said Hughes, a junior left fielder. "Real nice.'
The two-time defending PAC-10 champ Bears didn't waste any time, with Hughes leading off the game by slapping a single to left and Zach Moser drawing a walk one out later. With two outs, Tyler Comport smoked a two-run double down the right-field line to get Boyertown on the board, then Comport eventually scored on a throwing error on Mitch Pinder's infield single to make it 3-0.
Hughes delivered a perfectly-executed hit-and-run single to put runners on first and third with nobody out in the second. Austin Madeja followed with a bunt single that plated Wesley Fox, then two runs scored on an error after Zach Moser singled to left — and suddenly the Bears were up 6-0.
"They played Boyertown baseball,' Spring-Ford coach Bruce Brobst said. "They pushed runs across, made things happen and everything went their way.'
Bauman, a senior lefty, struck out seven and scattered five hits over four innings, with the right-handed Pavlik finishing up with three innings of two-hit ball for the save.
"I'm sure Tyler enjoyed getting six runs over two innings,' said Boyertown coach Todd Moyer. "He wasn't as sharp as we've seen him, but he stayed in and battled and didn't give them anything to work with, which was nice to see.'
Spring-Ford (2-1, 2-1) got on the board in the third when Zack Zoller led off with a double, stole third and scored on an errant throw on the play.
But that was all the Rams could get until Cameron Simmons singled in Connor Klemann with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the final margin.
"I was a little disappointed we didn't hit and weren't able to come back,' said Brobst, whose lineup had racked up 27 runs in its first two games. "We had runners on every inning, but we just couldn't get the key hits.'
The Rams did get a strong relief stint from righty Bret Clarke, who tossed 4.1 innings of three-hit shutout ball while striking out five. By that time, though, the damage had already been done by the Bears.
"The first game (the 5-2, nine-inning victory over Upper Perkiomen), they showed me they had enough intestinal fortitude to come back with two outs and nobody on base (to score two runs and force extra innings),' Moyer said. "Tonight they came out and swung the bats, put the ball in play and did what they had to do against an obviously solid team.'
Moser (2-for-3, one run) and Madeja (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) also had multiple-hit games for Boyertown. ... Zach Wedemeyer was 2-for-3 and Dave Gulati was 2-for-4 for Spring-Ford ... Moser stole two bases for Boyertown, while Gulati swiped three bags for Spring-Ford.
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