UPPER DUBLIN 9, PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 3
In a week that has seen one game wiped off the schedule after another, Upper Dublin and PW played their game one day ahead of schedule, moving Thursday’s game to Wednesday.
“It was Chris Manero’s idea,” UD coach Ed Wall said. “He shot me a text and said, ‘Do you want to move it up?’ The weather changes so frequently that it made sense.
“If it rains and the field’s unplayable, it gives us another option at least, so we went with it. Thanks to him for thinking of that.”
Wall also had high praise for those who made the field playable.
“Kudos to PW’s ground crew,” the UD coach said. “Our field holds water pretty well for the most part, but even ours – I don’t know if we would have been able to play today.
“Being able to get a game in today and having a day between us and Upper Moreland on Friday is big. We have four games next week and three more after that. We’re running out of time here.”
The Flying Cardinals didn’t waste a whole lot of time before taking control of Wednesday’s game, putting three runs on the board in the top of the first. Cole Swiger – who also earned the win on the mound – crushed an RBI double to deep left field.
“He had a couple of very hard hit balls today and did a great job,” Wall said.
Thomas Juelke put the Cards on top 3-0 when he followed with a line single down the third base line that plated a run. The Cards tacked on a single run in the second and upped their lead to 8-0 with a four-run fourth before the Colonials scored a single run in the fourth. They added a pair in the fifth but never threatened.
“At this point, we’re just trying to get wins,” Wall said. “The next game is the most important one.
“Today was the most important game of the week, and Friday is now our new most important game of the week. We’re bringing that focus. Being able to get this win mid-week on Wednesday is real nice because now we can rest Cole a little bit and get him ready for next week.”
Swiger allowed four hits and three runs (all unearned) in five innings. He fanned five and walked seven.
“He wasn’t as sharp as usual,” Wall said. “His fastball location was a little tough for him, but he had his other two pitches working for him which really helped out a lot.”
“Our defense, for the most part, played outstanding, especially our outfield,” Wall said. “Conor McFadden chased down a couple of really hard hit balls for us in the outfield.
“Andrew McDermott made a shoestring, inning-ending play right up against the out-of-play line in right field that was awesome, and JT Breslin had a couple of nice catches out there also. Our defense picked him up, and we’re really happy to see that.”
McDermott closed it out with two scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits while fanning one and walking none.
McDermott was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, and Swiger was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Breslin had a productive day out of the two hole, finishing 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.
Luca Amoroso led the Colonials with a 2-for-3 effort. Jacob Laudenbach had a pair of RBIs.
Upper Dublin (9-2, 8-0 SOL) will be on the road at Upper Moreland on Friday for a key conference battle. Plymouth Whitemarsh (4-9, 3-7) will host Wissahickon on Friday.
Upper Dublin 310 410 0 9-11-2
Plymouth Whitemarsh 000 120 0 3-7-4
GAME CHANGER REPORT:
Andrew McDermott carried the Upper Dublin Cardinals to a 9-3 victory over Plymouth Whitemarsh on Wednesday with a strong game at the plate and on the mound. McDermott was hot from the plate for the Upper Dublin Cardinals. McDermott went 2-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the second and fourth innings. McDermott put together a nice outing. Plymouth Whitemarsh managed just three hits off of McDermott, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one during his two innings of work.
The Upper Dublin Cardinals beat Plymouth Whitemarsh thanks to 11 hits, including one extra base hits. The Upper Dublin Cardinals scored four runs in the fourth on the Upper Dublin Cardinals scored in the fourth on an RBI single by McDermott, a two-run single by JT Breslin , and a groundout by Conor McFadden. Cole Swiger got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over five innings. Swiger struck out five, walked seven and gave up four hits.
Dillon Famous took the loss for Plymouth Whitemarsh. He allowed eight runs in three innings, walked two and struck out none.
The Upper Dublin Cardinals never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Swiger, an RBI single by Thomas Juelke, and The Upper Dublin Cardinals matched their one-run second inning with one more in the fifth. In the second, the Upper Dublin Cardinals scored on a fielder’s choice, scoring Max Weinberg.
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