Phoenixville Senior Legion starts baseball season

Phoenixville’s Senior American Legion baseball team is off to a 3-2 start in Chester County League action.

The Athletics recorded victories against Exton (3-1), Paoli (7-0) and Spring City (5-2) thus far in the campaign.

Against Exton, Cole Luzins had seven strikeouts, and Joe Little belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Against Paoli, Mike Anthony racked up 13 strikeouts in a complete-game five-hit shutout victory. Luzins ripped a double and had two runs batted in while Jordan Valenteen had two hits. The A’s scored three runs in the fourth inning and added four more in the sixth.

Valenteen also knocked in three runs on two hits while Luzins hurled a complete game in the victory over Spring City.

Little, Chris Demey, Valenteen and Brett Sommers have returned from college to play summer baseball with the A’s. Luzins, Anthony, Bryan Furr and Brett Thomas will make up the pitching rotation.

Chris Kucewicz will join the ballclub following Pope John Paul II’s PIAA Class AAA state championship game. The Golden Panthers (22-6) reached that level for the first time with a 1-0 victory against Tamaqua on June 9. PJP faced District 1 foe Harriton, a 5-2 winner over Cathedral Prep in the other semifinal contest, in the state championship game on June 13 at Penn State University’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Zach Gallow is the first baseman with Brett Arney playing both third base and second base. The outfield adds Will Slover and Matt Palubinsky while James Jackson, Jason Waltman and Evan McKenna fill out the roster.

The manager is Joe Little Sr. His assistant coaches are Geoff Thomas (pitching coach), Chris Mitchell (first base coach) and Jason Bergey (bench coach).