HARLEYSVILLE — With what seemed to be calculated, pinpoint accuracy the Central Bucks South baseball team dropped base hit after base hit between Souderton fielders at Vic Alderfer Memorial Park in Harleysville.
What made matters worse for the Indians was their pitchers pinpoint accuracy was nowhere to be found. A combination of walks, hits, and errors brought the Suburban One Continental Conference contest to a abbreviated close Wednesday. The Titans came away with a 14-2 mercy-rule route of the Indians.
A ground ball to shortstop started the afternoon and if the Indians recorded the first out of the game it may have been a different story with a different ending. But that was how the day went. The miscue led to two unearned runs, things spiraled out of control, and ultimately it was the third straight loss for Big Red (4-4, 3-2 in conference). The four game win streak and 3-0 start in the conference feels like a long time ago for the frustrated Tribe.
"We have to throw strikes because when we are doing that we are winning games,' Indians coach Mike Childs said. "Today was an outright embarrassment. We were lazy and we have to continue to work hard. These guys were 1-3, but you cannot sleep on teams.'
The Titans (3-4, 2-3 in conference) took control with a five-run second inning, knocking Indians junior starters Noah Burns from the ball game. Sophomore reliever Aaron Gulibon did not fair much better. The Titans tagged four Indian pitchers for 13 hits and capitalized on 10 walks. Burns took the loss and the Titans senior Matt Radwanski recorded the win.
"Our pitching has been struggling,' Indians senior catcher Zane Moyer said. "There is not much to correct other than throwing strikes. I think Aaron, a sophomore, has the has what it takes to pitch well. It is a big difference from jayvee from varsity.'
"We are giving guys opportunities to show us what they got,' Childs said. "Some guys show us at times. Even when you come in eight runs down you have to care how well you throw. We need to see who is going to stay strong and stay positive when we are down.'
Radwanski pitched five effective innings, limiting the Indians to three hits. He allowed two unearned runs in the second innings after an error allowed courtesy runners (Alex Meiler and Adam Strogis) for pitcher Gulibon and catcher Moyer to score. Moyer and Gulibon each reached on a pair of singles while Micah Plank picked up the third and final hit for the Indians, a two-out single in the fourth inning.
"Our bats have been cold,' Moyer said. "We think we can roll up and win. That's just not the case.'
The fact that Radwanski, a Ursinus recruit, could confidently rely on his fielders helped him navigate through a traditionally troublesome lineup. It was not like one bad pitch and they could hit a 10-run homer. He pitched to contact and the Indians did not strike out once against the right-hander, but still came away looking for answers. Answers to ways to right the ship. The first chance for change comes against Pennridge on Thursday.
"I don't see a hop in our step when we first come here,' Moyer said. "I am ready to show up tomorrow against Pennridge and 10-run them.'
Central Bucks South 14, Souderton 2
C.B. South 254 03 - 14
Souderton 020 00 - 2
WP - Matt Radwanski (CBS) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
LP - Noah Burns (SD) 1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
2B - CBS: Fitzgerald, Pfender