TOWAMENCIN — The Souderton baseball team's offense has a habit of being a little tardy according to coach Mike Childs.
"Our M.O. all season has been is we'll show up late," he said. "We're not going to score a lot of runs early, but we come back later."
Friday afternoon, the Indians once again found success on their schedule.
Souderton used four runs in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless tie with host North Penn. Starter Dan Heilemann's only miscue, meanwhile, was giving up a two-run homer run to Jared Melone in the bottom of the inning as the Indians earned their third straight win with a 4-2 Suburban One League Continental Conference victory over the Knights.
"We're pretty pumped right now," Heilemann said. "It's a pretty big win for us. It really helped us out in the standings. I think we can build on that for the rest of the season."
Heilemann gave up five hits, struck out six and did not allow a walk in the complete-game effort. Brad Stoltzfus and Blake Gular each drove in a run with RBI singles as the Indians (7-5, 5-3 conference) moved into a tie for second in the Continental with both North Penn (6-5, 5-3) and Central Bucks East.
"Overall, we'll take it," Childs it. "On the road (in conference play) for the rest of the season, it's a good way to start the second half for us on the road. North Penn's always a good team to go against. We got to keep going one game at a time, we got Hatboro on Monday, see what happens. Right now, they're on top of the (conference). We've just got to do what we got to do, and see how it ends up."
Kris Akins was 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and scored when Melone sent a Heilemann pitch over the right-field fence with two outs in the sixth to cut Big Red's lead in half.
"It was a pretty good pitch. It was kind of low, but I guess he got good contact on it," Heilemann said. "And there was nothing really I could do about it."
Bobby Scott reached on an error to bring up Brendan Heggan, who belted a ball to right only for right fielder Jason Smith to end the inning with a leaping grab.
Heilemann put NP down in order in the seventh as the Knights dropped their second straight.
"(Heilemann) was good in the beginning and made some pitches that got us out, but we did have baserunners in almost every inning," North Penn coach Kevin Manero said. "And I thought toward the end of the game we got ourselves out a lot. When we needed to get up their and hit fastballs, we were opening up a little bit and lifting the ball in the air on a day you couldn't hit the ball in the air. So, you saw what happened when we drove the ball hard to the right side all of a sudden we started generating offense.
"I thought today we just were a little tired with the bats. We need to string wins together. We need to be consistent from day to day. And that's what we're trying to find right now."
Knights starter Kellen Williamson took the loss despite taking a no-hitter into the fifth. The right-hander gave up three runs — two earned — on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
"I thought he did great," said Manero of Williamson. "We he came out there, he was throwing multiple pitches for strikes, he was keeping them off-balance, he was very economical with his pitches, he was getting outs early in counts. He did everything we wanted him to do.
"And he hit a little bit of a wall in the sixth inning, and we didn't help him any by making some mistakes, but you're starting pitcher goes into the sixth inning and he's only let up two runs, you're going to win most of those time."
The win gives Souderton the regular-season series sweep of North Penn, having rallied for a 10-9 win in their first meeting April 9.
Both teams have SOL Continental games Monday. North Penn is home against Central Bucks South. Souderton is at Hatboro-Horsham.
Friday's contest was originally slated for 7 p.m. at Hostelley Field with North Penn holding its Community Knight at the Ballpark. But a rainy forecast bumped it to an afternoon start, with Community Knight now slated for NP's May 9 contest against Lansdale Catholic.
Tyler Mathe — Souderton's No. 9 hitter — started the sixth with a single, then stole second. With one out, Stoltzfus single to left field with Mathe scoring on a close play at the plate. Stoltzfus took second on the throw home, stole third and scored to make it 2-0 on Gular's RBI single.
A double to right by pinch hitter Hunter Stadnycki put runners on second and third for Aaron Gulibon, who was able to plate after an error on his grounder up the middle.
"I keep telling these guys '˜All you do is put the ball in play and see what happens,'" Childs said. "We don't put the ball in play, then obviously you're not going to win games. We put the ball in a play and lucky bounces happen."
Akins led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, then after two fly outs Melone collected his third home run in two days — having hit two in Thursday's 9-8 non-league loss to Spring-Ford.
Each team put a pair of runners on base in the third. In the top of the inning, Micah Plank and Mathe drew back-to-back walks, but North Penn halted any threat a 6-4-3 double play. In the Knights' half, Akins and Chris Kersey collected consecutive singles before the Indians' turned their own double play.
Gulibon ended Williamson's no-hit bit as he leadoff the fifth by singling up the middle. A sacrifice bunt and ground out advance him to third, but Williamson kept the game scoreless with a strikeout.
Souderton 4, North Penn 2
Souderton 000 004 0 — 4 6 2
North Penn 000 002 0 — 2 5 1
WP: Dan Heilemann 7 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 6 SO.
LP: Kellen Williamson 5.1 IP 4 H 3 2 ER 2 BB 5 SO.
2B: S-Hunter Stadnycki; HR: NP-Jared Melone.
Souderton: Brad Stoltzfus RBI, R; Blake Gular RBI, R.
North Penn: Melone 2 RBI; Kris Akins 2-2, R.
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