Schuylkill Valley head coach Mike Tarconish knew that his team's offense was more than capable of putting up some good numbers. But what he didn't expect was for his team's hit total to amass 14, en route to his team defeating Tamaqua last night in their Schuylkill/Berks Legion game by a 9-8 score.
Each player in their batting order snagged a hit and SV built a 9-6 lead, heading into the bottom of the seventh, only to see the locals comeback and fall just short of tying the game up in the waning moments of the contest.
But, as the potential tying run was tagged out at home plate, the visitors earned their third win of the season to improve their record to 3-10-2.
"It's very nice to get the win," Tarconish mentioned. "We knew that we have been hitting the ball well lately and actually, all season. But we need to extend our pitching as much as we can."
Schuylkill Valley pitcher David Close pitched the entire game, and although he did give up seven hits and eight runs to his opponents, he did a stellar job of keeping the Tamaqua line up off balance the entire game with off-speed pitches and mixing it up.
"David (Close)'s a pretty good pitcher," Tarconish admitted. "He isn't the fastest; he has four different pitches and he was mixing it up and I think he's finally in shape."
The victors' offense went to work early and eventually built a 7-1 edge going into the bottom of the fourth frame. However, that's when the locals began to show some life of their own. Matt Roberts' RBI-double notched a single run in that inning.
Back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth by the winners and a RBI-single managed to bring across two more runs in the inning for a 9-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Derek Linkhorst led off with a walk and stole second. Jackson George reached on an error, and Roberts pushed Linkhorst across the plate with a single. Roberts eventually scored on a passed ball and the comeback was on.
After keeping the winners scoreless in the top of the final inning, the Blue Sox went back to work.
Jordan Heisler led off with a solo home run and then Ryan Palsgrove reached on an error. Linkhorst also reached on an error and George ensued with an infield single to load the bases.
Close walked a run in and then Roberts' sac fly scored his team's final run, as George was tagged out trying to score on a Matt Deborrello single.
In the game, SV was led by designated hitter Joe Winter, who finished 4-for-4. Teammate Eddie Vaz was 2-for-4 with a double, Jacob Holman was 2-for-3, Jacob Tolbin was 3-for-5 with a double, scored two runs and had two RBI. Zack Sabaday also finished 2-for-5 with three RBI, as well, for the well-rounded offensive attack.
For Tamaqua (4-9), Jordan Heisler was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while teammate Matt Roberts finished 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
Tamaqua will next play host to Pottsville tomorrow night for their final regular season game, while Schuylkill Valley hosts Minersville tonight.
Schuyl. Vy. 130 302 0 - 9 14 4
Tamaqua 100 103 3 - 8 7 1
Close and Miller; Linkhorst, George (4) and George, Roberts (4). WP – Close. HR: T – Heisler (7th, none on).