PHOENIXVILLE - Andrew Bauer pitched an eight-inning six-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks as the Boyertown Grizzlies defeated the Phoenixville Phantoms, 5-1, in the first round of the Twin County League Junior Legion baseball playoffs July 16 at deSanno Field.
The Grizzlies broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs on four hits and an error in the top of the eighth inning. Bauer allowed only a solo home run by Rich McGarry in the bottom of the third inning. He made 117 pitches.
Owen Goryl pitched 7 2/3 innings for the Phantoms, giving up eight hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts and six walks before Josh Zegel registered the final out.
The Grizzlies advanced to a July 17 meeting at Upper Perkiomen, a 4-3 winner over Spring City, in the other opening-round contest. Phoenixville hosted Spring City in a losers’ bracket game July 17 at deSanno Field.
Dan Moyer had two hits and two runs scored for Boyertown plus a walk. J.T. Cooley had two hits and one run batted in. Mike Xanthopoulos doubled in the second inning. Bauer had a sacrifice fly RBI in the eighth. Christian Wagner drove home a run with a groundout in the third. Nick Diciacco singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth. David Perry opened the inning with a single and Jake Dicesare entered the game as a pinch runner and scored the Grizzlies’ second run.
Will Slover had two hits, one of them a double, for the Phantoms. McGarry homered to left-center field on an 0-1 count to lead off the third inning. Jake Mullan, Tom Albertson and Jeff Conboy had the other hits for Phoenixville.
The Grizzlies stranded 10 baserunners and the Phantoms left seven men on base.
“Bauer pitched a great game,” said Phoenixville manager Gene Bernat. “He pitched a terrific game and we helped him by looking at too many third strikes right down the plate. You’ve got to be aggressive. We had our chances, but somebody has got to get a clutch hit so we can get our mojo back. Nothing good in the game is going to happen until we get it back. Lately it has been our ofense that has let us down. We have been getting good pitching, but you can only hold a team down for so long.
“But give all the credit to Boyertown. They played a great game. They are always well-coached. Mooch (Houck) does a ggreat job.”