PHOENIXVILLE — Methacton's baseball team graduated seven noteworthy players from last year's ballclub that finished as Pioneer Athletic Conference runner-up and reached the District 1-AAAA quarterfinals.If Thursday afternoon was any indication, the Warriors have not skipped a beat in starting the new season undefeated under veteran coach Paul Spiewak.
Methacton remained unbeaten in the early portion of the season following a 7-3 victory over host Phoenixville in a makeup game to improve to 4-0 in the PAC-10 (5-0 overall).
Senior Tim Carfrey pitched a complete-game six-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks on 110 pitches for the Warriors, who snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run uprising in the top of the fifth inning. Methacton supported Carfrey with stout defense that included a double play and an offense that banged out 11 hits against Phoenixville hurlers Bryan Furr and Rob McMahon.
Senior center fielder and leadoff man Kyle Feaster had a big game offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Senior catcher Glenn Seymour drove in three runs with a two-run triple to center field in the fifth inning and a first-inning groundout, and he also singled in the third. Senior left fielder Austin Bregman knocked in two runs with a double and sacrifice fly. Carfrey helped himself with a first-inning double, run scored and sacrifice bunt as the Warriors batted around during the pivotal fifth inning.
James Jackson doubled home two Phoenixville runs in the second inning, and Cole Luzins was hit by a pitch in the sixth and scored a third run on a wild pitch. Zach Gallow wound up 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and one run scored."I am very happy (to go the distance),' said Carfrey. "My arm just felt great today. I had great defense behind me. They made all the plays. Our offense thinks nothing about giving up two or three runs because our offense is going to put up seven or eight runs. I have all the confidence in all of our hitters, one through nine.'
Despite the heavy losses to graduation, Methacton fields a deep squad both offensively and defensively, as well as a pitching staff with four starters who are backed up by some relievers who can come into games and throw strikes when called upon.
Spiewak preaches fundamental baseball with limited walks and errors, and the Warriors have responded to that premise thus far."We are minimizing walks and minimizing errors,' said Spiewak. "Today we were really clean defensively and really clean on the mound. In the sixth and seventh innings, we were ready to make a mound change, but Tim said give me a chance to finish the game. His pitch count was a little high. He was considerably better than three runs. They scored the two runs on a big hit with two outs, and outside of that, he was really good.'
Along with Seymour behind the plate, Methacton has senior Greg Pellicano at first base, junior Erik Marburger at second base, freshman Patrick O'Neil at shortstop and senior Kyle Lowery at third base.
Phoenixville coach Jack Sturgeon would like to see his ballclub start stringing more hits together in order to create better offensive production. The Phantoms dropped their second straight game and are now 2-2 in the PAC-10 and overall."James (Jackson) got us a big hit early that got us back in the game,' said Sturgeon. "Methacton had two bleeders that got things started. Our field is still a little wet and they beat them out. Give them credit. After that, they got some key hits. The two opportunities they had, they came through. That was the difference in the game.'
Sturgeon was pleased with the pitching of Furr, a left-hander who threw the first 4 2/3 innings, and McMahon in relief.