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Saints Rally to Reach Baseball Finals

mifflin bc feIn the nightcap of a BCIAA baseball semi-finals double header, No.6 seed Governor Mifflin took on No.7 seed Berks Catholic for the right to play in Wednesday’s county championship.

The Mustangs turned to Tanner DeLucia on the mound, while the Saints went with junior Pop Lacey.

The Saints jumped out to an early lead for the 2nd consecutive game.  Nick  Perelli singled home a run before a Franklin Ramirez double scored Perelli, giving Berks Catholic a 2-0 lead midway through the first.

The Saints would add two more runs in the top of the 2nd, as Pop Lacey singled and a throwing error scored Matt Dekker.  Lacey would then steal home in a run down to give the Saints a 4-0 advantage.

Tanner DeLucia would lead off the home half of the 2nd with a triple, but after a groundout to Lacey and a diving catch in foul territory by Lacey, he still found himself at 3rd.  However, the diving catch seemed to affect Lacey physically on the mound, as he walked the next two batters, loading up the bases for Zach Weidner.  Weidner would single home 2 runs, cutting the Saints lead in half to 4-2. Zach Sczepkowski would follow Weidner with a bases clearing triple to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 2nd.

The game would remain tied at 4-4, until the Mustangs were able to take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the 4th.  Hunter Reeser singled and was able to take an extra base on an error, which allowed a runner to score, giving Mifflin a 5-4 lead after 4 innings.

The Saints would tie the game in the top of the 5th, as a wild pitch by DeLucia allowed Patrick Causa to score from third.

The score would remain 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning.  With 2 men on and one out, John Catchmark hit what looked to be a sure fire walk off single for the Mustangs.  However, Saints center fielder Will Budock had other plans.  With a county championship berth on the line, Budock made a full extension diving catch and was able to double up a Mustangs base runner to send the game to extra innings.  Budock, who is often referred to as “big hit Budock” by his teammates while at the plate, instead proved his worth with the glove on Monday night.

franklin ramirezEnergized by “the catch”, Franklin Ramirez led off the top of the 8th with a double.  Ramirez would advance to 3rd on a fielders choice, before an errant pickoff throw would allow him to score.  Pop Lacey would tack on another run with an RBI single, giving the Saints a 7-5 lead heading to the bottom of the 8th.

Matt Dekker, who came in to relieve Lacey in the 5th inning, retired the Mustangs in order to end the game.  Dekker picked up his 2nd win in as many games for the Saints.

The Saints will face No.4 seed Reading for the BCIAA championship on Wednesday night at First Energy Stadium.

About Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a 23 year old native of Pottstown, PA. Justin is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan. Justin has also written, recorded, and performed music for the last 10+ years.