Athletics nudge Paoli, 2-1, in CCL

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville catcher Chris Demey (red helmet) is greeted at home plate after ripping a solo home run over the center field fence in the second inning at deSanno Field during senior legion action against Paoli on June 23.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Jordan Valenteen (28) is tagged out at second base by Paoli second baseman Danny Pettine (8) during the June 23 senior legion game at deSanno Field.

PHOENIXVILLE - Phoenixville squeezed out a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to nip Paoli, 2-1, in Chester County League Senior American Legion baseball action at deSanno Field on June 23.

Jordan Valenteen pitched a complete game three-hitter and gave up just one unearned run to record the mound victory for Phoenixville (4-4). Valenteen struck out four and wlaked four. Paoli scored its run in the top of the sixth to tie the game at one.

As catcher Chris Demey slugged a solo home run over the center field fence to lead of the second inning to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

The homer was one of just four Phoenixville hits off Paoli pitcher Tim Gillan, who also hurled a strong game. Gillan went six innings, giving up two earned runs with five strikeouts and three walks.


Brett Arney began the Phoenixville sixth with a walk on a full count and promptly stole second base for his second steal of the night. Valenteen also walked. Cole Luzins bunted down the third base line for a hit to load the bases, and Arney scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error on the play.

Valenteen had two singles for the As. Paoli (1-9-2) got hits from Steven Nagy, Danny Pettine and Dylan Spiker.

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