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Mixed results for Phoenixville Junior Legion

By Barry Sankey, Phoenixville Reporter Item

Monday, June 30, 2014

Phoenixville divided two Junior American Legion baseball games on June 28 at deSanno Field.

The Phantoms (7-9) dropped the first game, 7-0, to the undefeated Boyertown Grizzlies (13-0) before defeating Glenmoore (formerly Uwchlan), 9-5, in the second game.

Against Boyertown, Jared Carboy pitched 2.1 innings, giving up three earned runs and two hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Josh Watson came on for 0.2 inning and allowed four earned runs and two hits with four walks. Kevin Cushing finished up on the mound with four innings of work in which he yielded no earned runs and no hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Offensively, Josh Zegel finished 2-for-3 with a single and double. Pat Hohlfeld threw a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts for the Grizzlies while Cory Melchior and Mike Raineri paced the offense.

Against Glenmoore (4-9), Jon Miller hurled five innings, fiving up three earned runs and nine hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Morgan Bennyhoff pitched two innings with two earned runs and five hits, one strikeout and no walks.

At the plate, Jared Carboy and Luke LeBeau each went 2-for-5 while Josh Zegel was 3-for-4 and Jimmy Kingsbury 2-for-4.


On June 26, third-place Spring City (11-5) defeated Phoenixville, 4-1, at deSanno Field.

The Phantoms scored the first run of the game in the second inning, but the Red Sox countered with three runs in the third and one more in the fifth.

Spring City’s Cam Michaud pitched a complete game three-hitter and gave up one unearned run with five strikeouts and no walks on just 68 pitches.

For Phoenixville, Matt Osisek-Byrne started on the mound and went three innings. He surrendered five hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts and no walks. David Bolles finished up on the hill with four innings of work in which he gave up three hits and one earned run with two strikeouts and two walks.

Phoenixville grabbed the early lead as Jimmy Kingsbury and Kyle Bennick singled with one out in the second, and Kingsbury scored on a throwing error.

The Red Sox came back with three runs on three hit in the top of the third. Troy Lachenmayer started the frame with a single. He moved to second base on a passed ball and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single by Jacob Matthew (3-for-3, double, RBI). With one down, Ethan Hellberg doubled to right field to send home Matthew. Hellberg wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

In the fifth, Matthew doubled to left-center field, took third on a groundout and scored on Hellberg’s sacrifice fly to left field.

Spring City’s Mike Aquilante finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base.

The Upper Perkiomen Braves are in second place at 11-4 while Norchester is fourth at 8-6. Pottstown is 5-10 and Quakertown rounds out the circuit at 0-16.