SOUTHAMPTON – It wasn’t the typical outing for Neshaminy senior Zach Boop but it sure as heck was a solid one.
While the righthander headed to Lehigh may have walked six batters and spotted the home team Council Rock South a pair of runs, in the end, he tossed 7.2 innings of three-hit baseball, helping the Skins to their 10th win of the season in comeback fashion.
“We know that every time we go against them and North and Pennsury, they’re going to be good, hard-fought games and that was a good one,” said Neshaminy head coach Dan Toner. “We really showed what we had and we battled through that and we found a way to win.
“Guys coming off the bench and getting big hits, Eddie laying the bunt down and moving guys over.
“We did a lot of the small things that you need to do to win big games.”
Maybe so but it sure helps things along when you have a pitcher sporting a .021 ERA. That’s what Boop’s was after limiting the Golden Hawks to a pair of runs in an eight-inning 3-2 triumph over South. Zach entered the contest with a 0.00 ERA.
The Hawks got off to an early 1-0 lead, thanks to an RBI single by outfielder Eric Jeronis in the second inning. South pushed it to 2-0 when senior Josh Kim was hit by a pitch with the sacks jammed in the fourth inning.
The Skins started their comeback bid shortly thereafter with fifth-inning singles by leftfielder Owen Foraker, shortstop Cory Joyce and a pinch-hit RBI single by Ben Raab.
In the sixth, Neshaminy senior Eddie Parry manufactured the game-tying run by his lonesome, reaching first on a walk then going to third on a pair of wild pitches. He scored on a balk, tying the battle at 2-2, eventually sending it to extra innings where the Skins won.
Neshaminy second baseman Brian Nicolas ignited the game-winning rally, reaching first on a single down the left field line, going to second on a sac-bunt by Parry and scoring on a single to center field by third baseman Jerry Scavone.
For the game, Boop pitched a complete game 3-hitter while striking out six batters. Zach sent the side down in order in the last two frames. Nicolas (2-for-4, run) and Foraker (2-for-3) chipped in with multiple hits for the Skins. Scavone added an RBI single, a walk and he reached on an error.
CR South sophomore Shane Walter suffered the loss, giving up one run on three hits in three innings pitched. Junior Brendan Carter was solid in his start, limiting Neshaminy to a pair of runs on four hits in five innings of work.
Neshaminy 3, Council Rock South 2
(April 27 at CR South)
NESHAMINY 000 011 01 – 3 7 1
CR SOUTH 010 100 00 – 2 3 2
WP — Zach Boop 8IP, 2R, 3H, 6BB, 6SO; LP — Shane Walter 3IP 1R, 3H, 0BB, 0SO.
MULTIPLE HITS: N — Brian Nicolas 2-for-4, Owen Foraker 2-for-3; CRS — none.
RBI: N — Ben Raab, Jerry Scavone; CRS — Josh Kim, Eric Jeronis.
RUNS SCORED: N — Nicolas, Eddie Parry, Cory Joyce; CRS — Kyle Fleming, Matt Smith.