There was one key factor in determining Wissahickon's 10-0 mercy rule victory over Suburban One American Conference opponent Upper Dublin. The Trojans scored nine of its 10 runs with two outs in an inning.
"It was something we needed,' Wissahickon coach Shannon Gunby said. "We came into today, I believe, with zero two out RBI. And today we pretty much took care of that in one day.'
The big inning for Wissahickon came in the second inning. After the first two hitters, Jacob Segal and William Brownlowe grounded out, the Trojans went on to score six runs on three hits with four walks and sent eight more batters to the plate.
"We got to pitch to better contact,' Upper Dublin coach Ed Wall said. "Two out walks are a horrible thing in life and we did that a couple times today.'
While Wissahickon's offense was padding the score, Logan Willans was taking care of business on the mound. Willans pitched all six innings allowing only four hits. Willans never allowed any Cardinal to advance pasted second base for the game.
"That was an effort today you look at as being a number one on the mound,' Gunby said. "He pounded the strike zone, had an effective curveball and changeup which in high school baseball you rarely have kids that have three pitches they can keep in the zone.'
"The kid came out, two strikes, kept us off balance,' Wall said. "It was a little disappointing to see that goose egg up on the board there at the end of the game.'
After the Upper Dublin's starting pitcher lasted only an inning and a third, Matt Thompson came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing only one run, temporarily stopping the bleeding for the Cardinals
"I'm pleased to see him come out there and do the job that he did,' Wall said. "That's by far the longest he's gone for us, usually he's more of a stop gap guy. He was laboring a little bit, he worked out of the sixth and he was well into his pitch count.'
Entering the game, Wissahickon (4-6, 4-4) trailed Upper Dublin (7-4, 5-3) by two games in conference play. The win for Wissahickon gives it a nice mid-season boost while Upper Dublin, while still boasting a solid league record might have to reevaluate some things.
"We're starting now the second half of our season,' Gunby said. "This hopefully is obviously a springboard into next week where everyone in our league plays three games next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.'
"There still basically half the season to go,' Wall said. "The scope is still, we're in good shape.'
U.Dublin ab r h bi Wissahickon ab r h bi
Lee lf 3 0 0 0 Rappaport 3b 2 3 1 0
Sitarski 2b 3 0 0 0 Dugger lf 3 1 2 1
Heckfeldt ss 3 0 2 0 Oruch cf 2 1 0 0
Nedis 3b 3 0 0 0 Tappen dh 3 2 2 3
Guber 1b 2 0 1 0 Becker 2b 4 1 2 3
Swiger p/cf 2 0 1 0 Falso ss 3 1 1 1
McFadden lf 1 0 0 0 Segal 1b 2 0 0 0
Weiss cf 2 0 0 0 Brownlowe c 3 0 0 0
Juelke c 1 0 0 0 Freeston rf 3 1 0 0
Thompson p 1 0 0 0
2B—Tappen, Becker; 3B—Falso
Upper Dublin 000 000—0
Wissahickon 260 011—10
ip h r er bb so
Willans (W) 6 4 0 0 0 6
Swiger (L) 1 2/3 5 8 8 3 1
Thompson 3 1/3 2 1 1 6 1
Traille 1 1 0 0 1 0