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Phantoms blank Uwchlan in Junior Legion


By bsankey@21st-centurymedia.com">Barry Sankey, Sports Reporter, bsankey@, 21st-century, media.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE - Chance DiFebbo pitched a one-hit shutout as Phoenixville triumphed over Uwchlan, 10-0, in a five-inning Twin-County League Junior Legion baseball game at deSanno Field on June 14.
DiFebbo fanned seven batters and walked three Eagles while the Phantoms supported him by scoring runs in each inning. Phoenixville tallied three in the first, onein the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and finished it off with three in the fifth.
Jake Mullan, Will Slover, Rich McGarry and Jeff Conboy slammed doubles for the Phantoms, who totaled 12 hits against three Uwchlan pitchers.
“Chance pitched a great game,” said Phoenixville manager Gene Bernat. “We’ve been getting good pitching. The one stumbling block was NorChester. We can hit with anybody. We attack the ball. We can use anybody on the bench. They are good kids who can play. I am not afraid to put them in.”
Slover went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in for the Phantoms. He also drew a walk. Slover’s two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning officially ended the contest.
Second baseman A.J. Lotsis finished 2-for-3 with one run. Catcher Shane Muntz, the cleanup batter, went 2-for-3 with three runs, one RBI and a walk. Shortstop Mullan finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, one RBI and a walk. Center fielder Conboy ripped a two-run double to center field during the third inning. First baseman McGarry had a double, RBI and run scored. DiFebbo added one RBI, one run plus a steal.
“The kids pull for each other and we have a good team,” said Bernat. “We play really good, solid defense most games. Our pitchers throw strikes. We do not walk people.”
The Phantoms also feature a roster that has a solid mix of eight 15-year-olds and seven 14-year-olds, who are receiving good experience and will be back on the diamond next year.
Uwchlan made four errors that led to three unearned runs in the first and three more in the fifth.
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NorChester defeated Phoenixville, 5-3, at deSanno Field June 17.
The Phantoms scored three runs on five hits and left seven runners on base. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first and one in the fifth. Phoenixville pitchers Shane Muntz and Tom Albertson gave up a combined seven walks. Owen Goryl went 2-for-4 with two singles and scored one of Phoenixville’s three runs.
Muntz was 1-for-4 with a single. Chance DiFebbo finished 1-for-4 with a double. A.J. Lotsis was 1-for-4 with a single and scored two runs.
NorChester started Bobby Himes as pitcher and he lasted six innings and one batter in the bottom of the seventh. Up until the fifth inning, Himes had only thrown 40 pitches. Ben Yankelitis came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh with nobody out and a runner on first and a 2-0 count on Goryl. Yankelitis faced three batters and retired the side to the end the game with 13 pitches.
NorChester came through with eight hits. Will Burgess, Himes, Yankelitis, Josh Fulmer, Alex Condello, Joe Zgleszewski and Eric Keppel each had hits for NorChester.
Phoenixville’s scheduled home game against Spring City June 18 was rained out and has been rescheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. at deSanno Field.
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Phoenixville defeated Pottstown, 5-3, June 19 at deSanno Field by erasing a pair of deficits.
Jeff Conboy picked up the pitching win with five innings of relief in support of Owen Goryl, who threw the first two frames before leaving the mound due to illness. Conboy allowed two hits and one run with six strikeouts and five walks.
Will Slover and Tom Albertson rapped doubles for the Phantoms (4-2). Albertson had two hits while playing left field. Jake Mullan scored two runs with one hit and a walk. Conboy singled home a run in the second inning to tie the score at 2.
Pottstown’s Justin Harvey opened the game with a home run over the right field fence on a 2-1 pitch.
“Jeff went in and did a good job of closing it down,” said Phoenixville manager Gene Bernat. “We have a little versatility and sometimes the situation dictates it. Give Pottstown credit. They hung in there. Our kids need to show a little more discipline. We should be a little more patient at the plate.