Days 3 and 4 of The Summer Season

It’s been a great 48 hours for the Bandits. Although Friday’s final score may not reflect that, we’ve continued to grow as a team and sit at 4-1-1 as the summer roles on…

Friday night, at The Bensalem Ramblers Complex, we played the Delco Warriors. We ran into a hard throwing lefty, who sat 87-90 mph all night and held us to only 4 hits. He did a very good job, was effectively wild, and threw a 7 inning complete game. While he threw an amazing game, the one thing that absolutely pissed me off was that he threw 152 pitches. Some might argue that we wanted him out of the game, to which my response is, absolutely! But it wasn’t because he was throwing well. It was because he was being abused. Last night’s pitch count won’t show up in a box score or next season at college. It’ll show up 2 or 3 years from now, when the years of this type of abuse come back to haunt him and land him on the DL with a blown out elbow or shoulder. It’s the first friggin week of the summer season and this kid is out there throwing 152 pitches in a game, that at the end of the day, doesn’t mean that much. No scouts were there, he’s already committed, and he’s throwing that many pitches. It’s insanity. But I digress. Our staff threw fairly well that night. Alec Lashkevich (5’11” LHP North Penn ’12) threw very well. I tried to stretch him to 4 innings and it seemed to be one inning too many, as he left the game after the forth down 5-3. Beau Fleming (6’2″ RHP Conwell Egan Catholic ’12) came on for the final 3 frames to retire the Warriors with no runs allowed. Ryan Otis (5’11” OF LaSalle High School ’12) and Dan Rosenbaum (6’0″ 3B, RHP Chestnut Hill Academy, U of Louisville Commit) each had 2 hits on the night. Though we lost, we played as a team and as I said before, this team plays together and roots for one another, which is something special that will play big when we reach tournament play.

Onto last night’s games…

Back to Sunoco field. We opened up a double header against Pro 1. The bats were silent on both sides for the first 3 innings. Ricky Dennis (6’7″ RHP Central Bucks South ’13) came out and owned opposing hitters. The small statured right hander threw only 29 pitches through 3 innings of work. I know, I know, why the heck would we take him out if he only threw 29 pitches? We had to get other guys in to get work, plain and simple. Mark Dougherty (6’4″ LHP Lower Moreland ’13) toed the rubber for 3 more frames of scoreless work, striking out 6, and making me the happiest pitching coach this side of the Mississippi.

The submariner, Lucas Glovas-Kurtz (6’1″ RHP CR South ’13) would take the bump for the final frame, giving up one hit, striking out 1, to preserve the shutout for Los Bandidos.

In game 2 of the double header, we faced off against the Whiz Kids. Again, things got off to a fast pace due to great pitching. Mark Maksimow (6’4″ RHP Notre Dame High School ’12) obliterated the strike zone, throwing 41 pitches through 4 innings of efficiency. In the forth, we struck for 2 runs off the bat of Dan Rosenbaum (recurring theme for this game). Adam Seibert (6’6″ RHP West Chester Rustin ’13) took over in the fifth inning with another zero on the board and never looked back. With lead off hitter Danny Hoy (5’8″ MIF Germantown Academy ’12) taking 2 walks and Andrew Amaro (6’0″ 2B, CF Penn Charter ’12, U of Maryland Commit) getting a base hit and a walk, Rosenbaum would have 4 more RBI’s through the last 3 frames, giving the squad a 6-1 victory.

It was a great weekend, once again. At 4-1-1, we head into a jam packed week. The schedule has us going Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday (DH). We’ll keep things rolling. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday for the next installment of The Summer Season. Take care.


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