The Perkiomen School baseball team wasted no time in punching its ticket to a fourth straight Tri-County League Championship berth on Thursday afternoon.
The Panthers were all over Renaissance Academy from the start, racking up 13 hits, 12 RBI and 11 stolen bases on their way to a five-run 14-4 win during the opening round of the TCL playoffs.
Chris Pow led the charge offensively, finishing up 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI out of the two-hole while leadoff man David Smith was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Jayden Kemp also finished up with two hits to go along with two runs scored for Perk (6-0 TCL, 13-1 overall).
Marc Molnar picked up the mound win, giving way to an earned run on four hits and two walks in 2-1/3 innings of work. Pow came on for the remainder of the way where he was tagged for three runs (all unearned) on no hits and two walks.
The championship game will take place Monday, May 8, with the site, opponent and time yet to be determined.
Spring-Ford 3, Daniel Boone 1 >> Both teams combined for only six hits as the Rams held on late to survive the Blazers in this non-conference pairing.
Tom Hughes got the start for Spring-Ford, limiting Boone to one hit across three innings of work before handing it over to Ryne Moore, Nick Price and Cole Webb in relief. Matt Henderson lasted 4-1/3 innings for the Blazers, giving way to three runs (two earned) on four hits and six walks. Sam Barletta had a double and two runs scored for Spring-Ford.
Phoenixville 12, Upper Merion 1 >> The Phantoms scored 10 runs through the first three innings on their way to a five-inning Pioneer Athletic Conference rout of the Vikings.
Matt Osisek-Byrne finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI while Trip Shoemaker was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and five RBI. Kevin Cushing picked up the win, giving way to just one run on four hits in five innings of work.
Pope John Paul II 11, Pottsgrove 1 >> Dan Cirino, Christian Wagner and Ryan Lynn each drove in two runs apiece to help the Golden Panthers handle the Falcons in six innings of their PAC Frontier Division contest.