Report 1 –
Upper Dublin JV beats Norristown in a rollercoaster of a game
The Cardinals of Upper Dublin rolled into Norristown Area High School as the clearly dominant team, which quickly translated into multiple early runs. In the top of the first, the Norristown pitcher loaded the bases and Joe Monaghan, Jack Jamison and Julian Gimble all got base-hits and each took home an RBI. Ryan Besachio shut down Norristown in the first and the second innings, as the score remained 3-0 after 2. In the 3rd, Joe Gimble hit a hard line drive to right, putting him on 2nd base and then scored on a ground ball from Reilly Brink. In the bottom of the 3rd, Ryan Besachio threw another scoreless inning. Upper Dublin’s bats were silent in the top of the fourth, and the score remained 3-0. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals made some costly mistakes on the field, while Norristown Eagles had some nice base hits and got seven runs. Coach James Garner had enough and decided to pull Ryan Besachio after the Eagles rallied together three runs, by the damage was just starting. After Chris Tocchet was substituted in, Norristown continued to score four more runs, none of which were earned runs for Tocchet. On both sides the bats were quiet in the fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Ryan Ogara of the Cardinals reached on an error and scored and Joe Monaghan scored on a passed ball. Norristown had a scoreless, hitless bottom of the sixth inning, as the score remained 7-6, with Norristown on top. In the seventh and final inning, Joe Gimble of the Cardinals hit a ground ball to get on first base, and eventually scored when Chris Tocchet was hit by a pitch. Michael Zicchinolfi reached on a walk, and finally crossed home plate after a passed ball and some aggressive baserunning. Reilly Brink reached on a fly ball (which wasn’t caught) to right field and scored when Noam Cohen got a nice line drive to center field. To end the productive top of the seventh, Jack Jamison scored on a passed ball, to make the score 11-7. The score stayed the same after some fantastic (3 up 3 down) pitching by Chris Tocchet. Relief pitching was the key for the Cardinals to secure a win and boost their record to 7-2. Norristown sunk to 1 win, 4 losses and 3 ties with a disappointing end to a game that they certainly could have won, after their powerful 4th inning. After the win, Coach Garner said when asked about the game, “We had a poor 4th inning on the field along with some timely hits by Norristown. Chris Tocchet pitched 3.1 innings of solid relief. The Cardinals rallied with 6 outs to go and earned the win by forcing the Eagles to make mistakes as well as a few timely hits.
Submitted by Josh Portney, JV Baseball Reporter
Report 2 – Game Changer
The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV and Norristown traded the lead five times on Monday, but the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV ended up on top with an 11-7 win in seven innings over Norristown .
The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV finally managed to grab the lead after a strong seventh inning. A passed ball scored Michael Zicchinolfi to give the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV the lead for good. The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV were led by Julian Gimble’s hitting. Gimble went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the first and seventh innings. Chris Tochet got the win in relief for the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV. Tochet pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs. PlayerK ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed five runs.
The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV’s threat began with a single by Jack Jamison. Joe Monaghan singled, plating Noam Cohen. More runs came home for the Upper Dublin Cardinals JV when Jamison scored on an error and Monaghan scored on an RBI single by Gimble. The Upper Dublin Cardinals JV went up for the duration of the game after the seventh inning. Additional runs came from a sacrifice fly by Monaghan and an RBI single by Cohen.
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