A key to success for any baseball team is solid pitching and timely hitting. So far this season, the Harriton baseball team has gotten both and is off to their best start since joining the Central League.
As of April 12, 2014, the Rams are 7-1 (6-1 Central League) with their latest victory coming against perennial Central League power Conestoga. Against the host Pioneers, Harriton opened the game with four runs in the first en route to a 12-5 victory.
"Our win over Conestoga was unbelievable,' said senior co-captain Jimmy Bredt. "It meant a lot. It was a huge win for us against one of the top teams in our league.'
Coach Scott Kurzinsky added, "This is very rewarding for them. The team has done a great job of sticking together and playing as a team.
Prior to Conestoga, Jesse Bregman hurled a no-hit gem throwing only 62 pitches (44 strikes) in an 8-0 Harriton win. Kept off-balance for most of the game, the Rams broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth plating six runs with their fourth coming courtesy of an RBI triple from Andre Pendleton.
Bregman's performance marked the third consecutive shutout thrown by Harriton pitchers. Harriton's pitching staff consists of Ace Corey Neel, who picked up the win the next day against Conestoga; Max Bershad, who throws number two; Bregman and Tristan Kevitch.
"I got in a groove early throwing a lot of first pitch strikes which is important,' said Bregman. "Everything felt great. I also have to give my defense a lot of credit. I could not have done it without them.'
Against Stoga, the Rams broke out the bats with Bregman getting two RBI's: Skylar Katz getting two RBI singles and Jake Rosenberg collecting two monster RBI doubles.
After coming thisclose to making the district playoffs the past two years, Harriton entered the season hoping to get rid of the bitter taste and have a memorable campaign.
For the core of this team it will be their final chance of leading a group that has become a close-knit family.
Bredt said, "We have built a strong team chemistry and after coming close to making the playoffs we are motivated about working towards the same common goal. In order to reach that goal we just have to take things one game at a time.'
The Rams got its first taste of defeat on April 11 when they were blanked 4-0 by Marple Newtown. Having faced adversity the past two years, Harriton looks at this loss as just another lesson.
Despite the loss, the Rams are keeping a positive outlook for the remainder of the season with hopes of achieving its goal of playing post-season baseball.