It's a tight race among the four teams atop the Pioneer Athletic Conference baseball standings.
Methacton made it even tighter Thursday. Standing a half-game behind idle Pope John Paul in fourth place, the Warriors pulled into a third-place tie with the Golden Panthers by rolling the Indians on their home diamond, 14-3.
Banging out 14 hits, and getting solid mound work from Tim Carfrey and Andrew Faulkner, Methacton (9-3 league, 10-3 overall) needed just five innings to dispatch its guests. It and PJP trail first-place Boyertown (9-1) and second-place Spring-Ford (10-2) by one game as the regular season approaches its stretch run.
Kyle Lowery headed a quartet of hot-hitting Warriors with a 3-for-3, two-RBI day. Jim Shomberg (triple, double) was 2-for-3 alongside teammates Austin Bregman (two RBI), with T.J. Tornetta 2-for-2 and Kyle Feaster 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Carfrey pitched the first four innings, yielding seven of UP's eight hits and all its runs. Faulkner pitched a one-hit fifth to claim the save.
Brandon Frickmann had a home run and two RBI to lead the Indians (3-10), who got a 2-for-2 outing from Daron Pijanowski.
Methacton will be back on its home turf Monday, hosting Boyertown.Pottstown 8, Perkiomen Valley 2: Logan Pennypacker swung the big bat, and Jason Hydier gave the Trojans a masterful pitching performance in their PAC-10 victory over the Vikings.
Pennypacker doubled and drove in two runs as part of his 3-for-4 plate effort, one complemented by Gary Wise going 2-for-4 and Dakota Robinson hitting a triple. On the mound, Hydier scattered seven hits and four walks while striking out 10, benefiting from Pottstown opening a 5-0 lead after two frames and going up by seven through six.Daniel Boone 10, Lebanon 0: The Blazers made quick work (literally) of Lebanon when their non-league game was resumed two days after being suspended. Boone, leading by a 10-0 count in the bottom of the fifth inning at the time of the suspension, needed less than five minutes to make it official.
The game resumed with a runner on second base and nobody out; and without throwing a pitch, the Blazers got the first out of the inning on a pick-off play at second base. On the first pitch of the day they got their second out on a fly ball. After a seeing-eye single, Jason Burns recorded the final out of the game on a strikeout.
The Blazers were led offensively by Joey Moyer who went 3-for-3 while driving in three runs and scoring three. Doug Schilling added two hits and two RBI while Zach Heffner and Brendan Rivoli drove in other runs.
Methacton 6, Upper Perkiomen 0: Meghan Stauffer threw a one-hitter, and the Warriors scored early and often en route to a PAC-10 victory over the Indians.
The only UP batter to hit safely against Stauffer, who yielded just one walk against four strikeouts, was Lynsey Quinn. The hosts' starting pitcher was touched for six hits and walks against her 10 strikeouts, and for five of Methacton's runs through the first three innings.Boyertown 4, Pottsgrove 2: Scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bears broke up a deadlock with the Falcons to claim victory in the PAC-10 contest.
Boyertown's offense was fueled by Amanda Loar and Gabby Binando, each of whom went 2-for-3 with home runs and two RBI. Mandy Kalil, pitching the final 1-2/3 innings in relief, got the win for Boyertown.
Pottsgrove's stars were pitcher Gabi Ermish, who had four strikeouts in her complete-game stint and a 2-for-3 bat; and Lexi Kehl, who tripled and drove in both Falcon runs.West-Mont Christian 10, Perkiomen School 0: Emily Coffman threw a two-hitter, and the Wings pounded out 15 hits to roll over the Panthers in Tri-County League play.
Coffman yielded just one walk while striking out 14 in her complete-game stint. Kylee Simson had a double, triple and four RBI in her 3-for-4 plate showing while Grace Flynn added a 4-for-4 bat.
Boyertown 13, Methacton 4: Chris Stutzman's five goals fueled the Bears to their second PAC-10 win over the Warriors this week.
Boyertown, which topped Methacton 8-7 in overtime Monday, got two goals apiece from David Pettine (assist), Brock Johnson (assist) and Mitch Grohoski, single goals from Michael Palladino and Cody Orff (assist).
For Methacton, Michael Del Vecchio scored two goals and Connor Stevenson and Dom Germano each scored once. Corey Prindle made 11 saves for Boyertown; Jake Blitzer eight for Methacton.Perkiomen Valley 14, Pope John Paul II 10: Shawn Dickey and Shawn Coulter each scored four goals to key the Vikings' PAC-10 victory over the Golden Panthers.
Upper Perkiomen 10, Pottstown 8: Hat tricks by Kayla Smith and Morgan Rynn helped the Indians build a big early lead that survived a late Trojan charge for victory in this PAC-10 pairing.
Maddie Fox chipped in with another two goals to help UP take a 6-0 lead in the first half. But Pottstown, headed by Sidney Sanford's six-goal outing, closed the gap in the second.Perkiomen School 17, Del-Val Friends 2: Victoria Rath and Hannah Ciesa each hit the nets for four goals, heading the Panthers' Tri-County League romp over Delaware Valley Friends.
Nicole Pupillo and Madelyn Ferdock added two goals apiece to the Perkiomen total, with solo tallies coming from Miranda Yang, Gretchen Ray, Maddy Faraco, Gillian Albanese and Emma Longstreth.
TRACK & FIELD
Penn Relays: Perkiomen Valley produced the best finish of any area school competing in the annual track carnival at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Viking team of Karleigh White, Rachel Pendrak, Kelsey White and Jen Maurer ran a 4:00.23 in the 4x400 Suburban A race, finishing a close second to winner Penn Wood (4:00.19). Methacton's entry of Jess Holub, Ashley Lucidinio, Tianna Crippen and Caroline Duffy took third in 4:01.52, with fourth place going to Spring-Ford's Haley Preschutti, Samantha DiPietro, Anna Poet and Chelsea Reynolds (4:02.20).
Daniel Boone's 4x400 foursome of Lauren Reightneour, Emilee Durso, Abby Lodge and Alexandra Santora placed fourth in its race, running a 4:12.34. The Hill School's team of Kat Barron, Gabby Bendall, Olivia Zitkus and Payton Miles was 17th in the Prep 4x400 race, clocking a 4:29.74.
In the field, Daniel Boone's Steph Sievers and Pope John Paul II's Devon Player placed in the Top 10 of the javelin. Sievers was seventh with a throw of 131-3, and Player followed in eighth place at 127-6.
Perkiomen Valley's Macey Tanseco placed 16th in the shot put championship with a throw of 37-2¼.
District 1: Four Pioneer Athletic Conference representatives will be in the field when the district's Singles Championship takes place Friday and Saturday at the Healthplex.
League champion Patrick Pascual (Spring-Ford) will open against Henderson's Karl Hoegstedt in the Class AAA lower bracket. He will be joined by Ram teammate/PAC-10 runner-up Ryan Schweitzer, takes on Unionville's Ross Fitzsimmons in the lower bracket; and Perkiomen Valley's Luke Pain, situated in the upper bracket and facing C.B. West's Brad Johnson.
In the Class AA field, Pope John Paul II's Brian Caresosa is paired with third-seeded Mark Kremer of Lower Moreland in the opening round.
Bears sweep: Ursinus took both ends of a non-conference doubleheader with Delaware Valley. The Bears (10-22) blanked the Aggies in the opener, 9-0, before rolling up a 16-8 victory in the second game.
Zoe Heinke headed the Ursinus plate attack, going 5-for-7 with two triples, a double, four RBI and five runs. Deanna Madison chipped with a 2-for-4 showing that featured a solo home run.