Baseball hits Unionville with first playoff game win

Posted by stoga webmaster on May 21 2015 at 03:23AM PDT

The Spoke and Matt Paolizzi | May 20, 2015 | Baseball | Tags: Baseball, first playoff game, Playoffs, Sports, win | Reader

By Matt Paolizzi, Co-Sports Editor

Conestoga baseball started their playoff run with a bang, hammering Unionville 9-3 in the first game of the District Playoffs. The usually rowdy Conestoga student section, or “Lawnchair Nation” was unusually tame. This opened up a gap for noise that the Unionville dugout filled. The most common version of the heckling was the famous “Leddle leedle lee” from “SpongeBob” made to sound like “Little,” to taunt ace pitcher, Brendon Little. Little pitched consistently, throwing nine strikeouts and having control over his pitches.
Senior Leonard Watson steps up to the plate against Unionville. The Pioneers won their first playoff game 9-3.

The game started off with a one-two-three inning by the Pioneers who then went after Unionville in the bottom of the 1st, scoring four runs off of hits from freshmen catcher Luke Czepiel, junior Greyson Avots, and first basemen Tom Fogarty. All this was with two outs for the Pioneers, meaning that their backs were against the wall the whole inning. A solid hit up the middle for Little made the score 4-0 before Unionville was able to get a third out. Unionville hit two off of Little in the 2nd, but ’Stoga regained the momentum off of a double by Little that helped bring speedy pinch runner, Percy Motley, slid into the bag gave Conestoga a cushion with a 5-2 score.

Unionville remained relatively quiet offensively, aside from an unexpected homerun in the 5th inning that rattled Little and the Pioneers’ defense. ’Stoga regained their composure and finished off the inning rather quickly. Little got back into his groove and the Unionville dugout began to simmer down as they realized the cause was lost. An explosive 6th inning for the Pioneers resulted in four more runs coming from the hot bats of Fogarty, Czepiel, and Senior Ryne “Rhino” Ogren, helped make the score 9-3 going into the closing moments. The game ended with two strong plays from third basemen Rich Fitzgerald along with a strikeout from Little finished off Unionville.

Assistant coach Kevin Pechin was quite pleased with the victory, even though he had to watch his nephew, who was pitching for Unionville, get beat by the excellent Stoga bats.

“It was a good win over a good team” said Pechin. “We really worked hard and deserve this win today.”

Captain Tim Miller was overjoyed about the win and proud of his teammate’s performances.

“Our confidence was outstanding. Some kids have been struggling and they really stepped up knowing they can play baseball…good things happened” said Miller.

“A nice playoff win…hopefully we can carry this over into Wednesday” said Miller.

Wednesday brings the next round of playoffs for Conestoga against either Harriton High School or Downingtown West High School. Regardless of which team the Pioneers will face, the match is a must-win and like Miller said, the team must bring their confidence and swagger into the game on Wednesday.

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