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Mercury Roundup (April 25): McGowan’s 5-hit gem deals Phoenixville its first loss


Perkiomen Valley 5, Phoenixville 0: The Perkiomen Valley baseball team believes it has just as good of a shot as anybody to win the Pioneer Athletic Conference this season.

On Monday night, the Vikings proved it, taking down previously undefeated Phoenixville, 5-0, in a matchup of two of the league’s premiere pitchers.

Senior righthander Andrew McGowan twirled 6.2 shutout innings for PV before Justin Stasyk recorded the final out of the marquee win.

“Pretty much all I’ve got to say is, ‘Why not us this year?’ The PAC’s wide open,” McGowan said.


McGowan allowed five hits and three walks while striking out six batters in Monday’s win. He was opposed by Phoenixville’s Drew Kingsbury, who allowed four runs (one earned) on nine hits.

Nathan Fisher had a three-hit day for the Vikings (6-3 overall, 5-3 PAC, 3-3 Liberty), who were coming off a late-inning defeat against Spring-Ford last Friday.

McGowan also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and two RBI, and Michael Poruban and Zach Fusco doubled has part of two-hit days for PV. Sam Marsh had two hits for Phoenixville (7-1, 7-1 PAC, 5-0 Frontier).

“It felt good just coming off Spring-Ford after we lost late in that game, coming back on a Monday after prom weekend, still playing hard and still playing well,” McGowan said.


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Pope John Paul II 16, Methacton 1: The Golden Panthers capitalized on a disastrous fourth inning for the Warriors and Brendan Kenning had three doubles and four RBI in PJP’s four-inning PAC crossover rout.

Nik Rubendall also had three hits and four runs driven in while Noah Brandt, Chase Frantz and Mike Greco had two hits each for PJP.

Blake High allowed two hits and zero earned runs in four inning for the mound win.


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Boyertown 10, Upper Merion 0: The Bears rolled up seven runs in the first inning and cruised to the win over the Vikings in a PAC crossover.

Evan Hetrick was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Boyertown. Richard Black and Cole Galloway combined on a three-hit shutout.

Box Score

Owen J. Roberts 11, Pottsgrove 1: Dean Mihos and Ethan Sabatino each doubled and had two RBI as OJR used an eight-run first inning to ease by Pottsgrove Monday.

Tristan Dietrich and Alex Lobello combined on a four-hit shutout.


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Upper Perkiomen 5, Norristown 0: Evan Wittig hurled a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts for the Tribe. Braden Reig led the UP offense with a double and RBI in a 2-for-3 day.


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Methacton 15, Pope John Paul II 0, 3 inn.: Caitlin Woolbert’s three-run home run as part of her 3-for-3, 5 RBI day keyed the Warriors’ rout of PJP Monday.

Winning pitcher Meg Lineen, Riley Kairer (4 RBI) and Tori Bockrath had two hits each for Methacton. 


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Owen J. Roberts 10, Pottsgrove 0: Nat Aldred and Sophia Winnick combined for a two-hit shutout for OJR and Emmie Feltenberger led the offense by going 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Winnick aided the cause with a two-run homer. Syd Campbell was also a major contributor with 3 hits and four RBI.


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Upper Perkiomen 6, Norristown 2: Five runs in the first two innings was enough for Erin Gray in a complete-game effort where she struck out 15, allowed six hits and zero earned runs.

Darby Gasda (RBI), Lynnsi Joyce (4 SBs), Dani Freer (RBI) and Madalyn Dyer (RBI) had two hits apiece for UP.


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Spring-Ford 15, Pottstown 0: Ellie Jarrell (3 RBI), Maddie Williams (3 RBI) and Jessica Fliszar (2 RBI) all homered for Spring-Ford.

Ali Wescott was 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Rams.



Box Score

Girls Lacrosse

Boyertown 19, Pottstown 0: Hailey Gruber, Cori Bieber and Alina Friz had four-point afternoons in the Bears’ shutout of the Trojans.
Pottstown 0 0 – 0
Boyertown 11 8 – 19
Boyertown: Sofia Frantzen 2G, Hailey Gruber 2G 2A, Cori Bieber 2G, 2A, Jasmine Fink 1G, 1A, Allie Schell 1G,
Hannah Adamski 1G, Delaney Fox 1G, 1A,
Bailey Leatherman 1G, Bella Slupski 1G 2A, Emma Beidler 1G 1A, Ali Pioli 1G 1A, Emma Moyer 1G 1A, Grace Rinehimer 1G,
Katrina Clark 1G 1A, Alina Friz 1G 3A, Kenzie Schealer 1G.
Saves: B-Elli Ferraro 3 saves

Pottsgrove 18, Norristown 4: Christine Hires had four goals and an assist to lead the Falcons to a PAC crossover win over the Eagles.

Norristown 2 2 – 4
Pottsgrove 12 6 – 18
Goals: N-Brooke Pendelton 2, Ayaria Cions, Sudan Wray; Pg-Christine Hires 4, Hannah Kumpf 1, Abby Hakes 2, Christine Richey 2, CeeCee Burg 2, Katie Bean 2, Lauren Yeanish 1, Emily Sorg 1, Sydney Wasdick 1, Taylor Fiorini 1, Abby Young 1.
Assists: Hires 1, Richey 1, Bean 1
Saves: N-Guadalupe Avila 7 saves; Pg-Lily Guerrette 5

Owen J. Roberts 20, Pope John Paul II 0: District 1 top-ranked OJR got five goals from senior Gracyn Smith and eased by PJP in PAC play Monday.

Pope John Paul II 0 0 – 0
Owen J. Roberts 11 9 – 20
Goals: OJR-Gracyn Smith 5, Gabbi Koury 3, Sierra Milano 2, Ava Clemson 2, Blakely Doyle 2, Alexa Vogelman 2, Kalli Mullen 2, Laina Grimm, Brooke Cano.
Assists: Doyle 3, Milano, Vogelman 5, Koury 3.

Boys Lacrosse

Owen J. Roberts 7, Hatboro-Horsham 3: Josh Devine (2 goals, 3 assists) had a hand in five goals and Will Jaeger scored four as the Wildcats earned a non-league win over the Hatters Monday. Pat DeAnna rounded on the OJR scoring. Jutty Daubert was 10-for-14 on the faceoff and Will Cody made eight saves.

Boys Tennis

Unionville 6, Spring-Ford 1

Singles: Cameron Moore (SF) def. Andrew Ou, 6-2, 6-3; Andrew Poprik (U) def. Navein Suresh 6-1, 6-1; Matt Miller (U) def. Henry Damiani, 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: Jack Barrickman/Matt Farell (U) def. Ethan Shakour/Jake Kolevas, 6-0, 6-0; Ryan Megill/Nate Butler (U) def. Yash Rohera/Neng Jiang, 6-1, 6-0; Colin Keenan/Austin Krautzel (U) def. Jacob Collier/Sean Lambert, 6-3, 6-3; Thomaz Bonato/Manny Prem (U) def. Sahil Desai/Arnav Pallem, 6-1, 6-2.

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