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UPPER DUBLIN >> It’s been three years since Springfield senior Nole Franczyk bunted in a game. When he stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth inning of a tie game against Upper Dublin, he saw something that he’s never seen before — a shift. Upper Dublin moved its third baseman to shallow right field to help defend the left-handed Franczyk.
Franczyk, with Will Jamison on first and no outs, got the sign from his coach and laid a perfect bunt down the third base line. The pitcher fielded it and threw to first late and Jamison headed to third. Upper Dublin’s throw back across the diamond went out of play, scoring Jamison and advancing Franczyk to third. Tim Dahme followed with an RBI single, which turned out to be the game-winning run in a 3-2 Suburban One League American Conference matchup at Upper Dublin High School.
“In practice (the coaches) enforce how important a bunt is,” Franczyk said. “Just getting it down — we do a lot of squeeze stuff. I know how to bunt but hitting three-hole they don’t really have me bunt a lot. (Upper Dublin) did the shift so it made sense … It was a pretty nice bunt so I can’t complain.”
“We were taking a look at Franczyk being a lefty,” Upper Dublin coach Ed Wall said. “The scouting report on him was straight up pull, barely anything to the other side. I thought we’d be athletic enough on that side and he would have to get it down perfectly and he did. He put it right there on the line. He had to get it there and he did. Hats off to him executing that. I was just trying to take a chance and take an opportunity away. It was a poor decision on my part. In hindsight, I’d probably call timeout if I had to do it all over again.”
The Cardinals cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tommy Reilly doubled and scored on a wild pitch, but 3-2 was as close as the defending league champions would get. Franczyk pitched six innings of two-run ball for Springfield. He struck out three batters to two walks and allowed seven hits.
“I located really well today,” he said. “My fastball — obviously I don’t throw that hard but if I get everything working — my changeup was doing well, my curveball — that’s what I’ve been leaning on. My curveball has been working well. Other than that it was just my location — moving it in and out and keeping them off balance — that’s what I try to do. It worked.” Dahme picked up the save with a perfect seventh inning against the Cardinals 1-2-3 hitters.
Upper Dublin (3-4, 2-3) stranded runners on second in the first, second and sixth innings and left a runner on third in the fifth. “We’ve been hurting for runs,” Wall said. “It’s been tough. We haven’t scored more than three in all of our league play and beyond — maybe Neshaminy we might have scored five. It’s been tough. We get some guys on, get them in scoring position, we just can’t get them in. We’re battling. Our at-bats are improving and the quality of swings are getting better, but getting them in has been the tough part.”
Reilly threw a complete game for the Cardinals. He surrendered three runs on nine hits. He struck out four batters and walked three. “I couldn’t be happier with him,” Wall said. “Thank goodness he did the job that he did. This is a tough one for me to handle, but thankfully you can take a look at him and be really proud of his effort and the job that he did.”
Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jackson Pauwels reached on an error and scored on a two-out Dahme single. Upper Dublin answered right back in the bottom of the first. Reilly singled with one out, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a JT Breslin single. The Spartans are climbing the SOL American Conference standings. They are 6-2 overall and 3-2 in league play.
“We just have to keep the ball rolling, that’s our slogan this year — we have to keep the ball rolling,” Franczyk said. “We have a nice senior base here and we just have to keep everything going. We all know each other really well and I like what we have here, figure we’re going to do alright this year.”
Getting defensive >> Both centerfielders made beautiful diving catches in nearly the exact same spot. Springfield’s Robert Pemberlis laid out to make a catch in left centerfield in the bottom of the second inning and Breslin matched him in the top of the sixth.
Springfield 3, Upper Dublin 2
Springfield 100 020 0 — 3
Upper Dublin 100 010 0 — 2
WP: Franczyk 6 IP 3 K 2 BB 7 H 2 R
LP: Reilly 7 IP 4 K 3 BB 9 H 3 R
S: Dahme 1 IP 1 K 0 BB 0 H 0 R
2B: UD: Reilly
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Springfield Township 3, Upper Dublin 2
Noel Franzyk and Tim Dahme led Springfield to its third league win in five games. The smallest school in the SOL is playing really good baseball right now.
“We usually start playing like this later in the season,” Springfield coach Dennis Primavera said. “We are starting early this year.”
Franzyk started on the bump for the Spartans. He was not dominant, allowing six hits and two walks. But he was effective, lasting six innings and allowing just two runs, one earned.
“Noel moved his pitches around. He doesn’t throw hard but he mixes them up,” Primavera said. “He throws his deuce in the dirt. He’s learning when to do that and when to stay away from it, like with men on base.”
Dahme held Springfield’s one-run lead in the seventh, getting three straight outs on seven pitches. He struck out one.
“Dahme came in and threw strikes,” Primavera said. “That’s what I need him to do, and he did.”
It was fitting that Dahme saved the game. His two RBIs—one in the first, one in the fifth—made the difference. Springfield scored two runs in the fifth, breaking a 1-1 tie. Franzyk knocked in the other run, on a bunt toward the mound that scored Will Jamison.
“It was time for him to break out. He was hot early and cooled down,” Primavera said. “The lineup right now is solid one through nine. I have so many guys playing well that it’s hard to decide who to play. Nick Pave hasn’t been in the lineup when he wasn’t pitching, but we got him in today, and it worked.”
Pave had three hits and a walk on Thursday. Springfield’s Jackson Pauwels also scored a run.
Tommy Reilly led Upper Dublin with two runs and two hits. JT Breslin had a hit and an RBI.
Reilly was also solid on the mound, allowing one earned run in seven innings. He was also a horse, throwing 101 pitches.
Springfield (6-2, 3-2 SOL) plays Quakertown Monday at 3:45. Upper Dublin (3-4, 2-3 SOL) battles Hatboro-Horsham Friday at 3:30.
Springfield Township 1-0-0-0-2-0-0 3
Upper Dublin 1-0-0-0-1-0-0 2
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Late Score Costs Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE Against Springfield Township
Thursday’s game against Springfield Township was a heartbreaker for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE , as they lost the lead late in a 3-2 defeat. The game was tied at one with Springfield Township batting in the top of the fifth when there was an error, scoring one run. The pitching was strong on both sides. Springfield Township pitchers struck out four, while Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE sat down four
Springfield Township captured the lead in the first inning. Paue drove in one when he doubled in the first inning. Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning. JT Breslin singled on a 1-1 count in the first inning, scoring one run.
Franczyk earned the win for Springfield Township. He tossed six innings, giving up two runs, seven hits, and striking out three. Tommy Reilly took the loss for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE . He threw seven innings, surrendering three runs, seven hits, and striking out four.
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