The host River Bandits rallied for six unearned runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Steal, 8-3, in a 4 1/2-inning game halted by rain.
Phoenix (1-3) held a 3-2 lead after scoring twice in the top of the fourth. The River Bandits (2-2 league, 13-5 overall) countered with six runs on five hits, an error, walk and hit batter. They sent 11 men to the plate while batting around in the inning.
"We came out well and played some good fundamental baseball to begin with," said Phoenix manager A.J. Gray. "The one inning we gave them too many outs. We didn't make the plays we needed to.
"We are up and then we hit a lull in the middle. We lose intensity and focus. There were a couple big innings here and there. It is a learning experience for these guys."
Steve Cimino pitched four innings for the Steal. He allowed eight hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk.
"Steve did an outstanding job from the first inning on," Gray said. "By right he should have been out of the inning. Then it's a different ballgame."
Dan Yerkes started on the mound for Spring City and worked 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits and two earned runs with five walks and no strikeouts. John Cox relieved for 1 2/3 innings to post the victory. He gave up one hit and no runs with one strikeout and two walks.
"John Cox came on in a tough situation and threw strikes," said Spring City manager Rick Harrison.
Cox came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning with one run already scored. He gave up a fielder's choice for the second run of the frame and then a walk and another fielder's choice to stymie the Steal.
Kyle McKernan, Mike Auriemma, Evan Pilcicki and Andrew Skyrm had hits for the Steal. McKernan, Cimino and J.T. Garland had RBI for the visitors.
Yerkes and Matt Wilson had two-hit games for the winners while John Hayes ripped a double and had three RBI. Leadoff man Ricky Gehman had two runs, one hit and one RBI. Wilson also scored twice.
Hayes stroked a two-run double in the fourth, followed by a two-run single by Yerkes.
"We have been waiting for an inning like that for a few games now," Harrison said. "It was nice to see some big two-out hits. We usually generate our offense with aggressive baserunning and bunting. Tonight we strung four or five hits together in a row."
Gehman was hit by a pitch in the first inning, went all the way to third on Ron Sivick's sacrifice bunt and scored on Hayes' groundout to second base.
In the second inning, Wilson singled, stole second, took third on Ricky Kemmerer's groundout and scored on Joe McHugh's bunt single with two down.
"Ricky Gehman has done a great job in leadoff," Harrison said. "It was nice to see the top of the order come through. We told our 15-year-olds they have to step up a little bit and they accepted the challenge."
McKernan started the first inning with a single and Matt Pannella moved him up with a sacrifice bunt. After an error, Cimino plated the run with a sacrifice fly.
Harrison said Gray and his staff are doing a nice job in the first year of the junior legion program in Phoenixville. He wanted them aware of the neighborhood rivalry.