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Towamensing rallies to top FT

Published July 12. 2014 09:00AM

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

After scoring just one run in the first three innings, Towamensing scored seven runs in its final three at bats en route to a 8-5 victory over the Franklin Township Shockers in the first game of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth best-of-three championship series.

Franklin Township struck first in the top of the initial inning as K.J. Snerr brought home Anthony Rossino on a sacrifice fly.

Brady Niehoff, Jordan Knappenberger, and Zach Kamowski each had RBIs in the top of the fourth inning to extend the Shocker lead to 4-1.

However, timely Towamensing hitting and some sloppy Shocker fielding propelled a rally in the bottom of the frame.

"We played awful," said Franklin Township head coach Donnie Rehrig. "We picked the worst time of the year to play our worst game of the year.

"Thatcher (David) pitched well, I don't think he gave up an earned run all day."

Austin Cook and Jim McWhirter each had RBIs in the fourth to bring Towamensing within a run. Pinch runner Nick Sander then slid home safely on a passed ball to even the game at 4-4. Nick Frey then smashed an opposite field single which plated two more to give Towamensing the lead.

"We had a very competitive league this year and anyone can beat anyone on a given day," said Towamensing head coach Don Hunter. "This team is something special, they'll even talk me into having a practice every once in a while and they never give up."

Towamensing starting pitcher Nick Frey was solid as he worked six innings, scattered seven hits and didn't walk a single batter.

"I was really pleased with Nick's performa s ance today," said Hunter. "I was s glad to get six innings out of him, because it was the first time he appeared in a game in three weeks. Even though we made a few errors behind him, he never hung his head and he stuck with it."

The Yankees tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.

"I was encouraged by a lot of little things today that normally you don't see in the box score," Hunter said. "A bunch of those things led up to our big inning.

"They want to win, period. The senior players are very good in teaching the younger players the fundamentals. This team has heart and I'm happy about that."

The three-game series means Franklin Township will have an opportunity to rebound and even the series today.

"We need to come back tomorrow with short-term memory," Rehrig said. "It's a series for a reason. We did have some kids who hit the ball well. We didn't get a shutdown inning when we needed it. If we make those plays in field it's a different ball game."

Franklin Twp. 100 300 1 - 5 9 5

Towamensing 001 511 x - 8 8 2

Frey, Kuntz (7) and Geroge. David, Heery (6) and Snerr. W - Frey. L - David.

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