ROYERSFORD — JP Mascaro extended its season Monday night with a 13-3 Region 3 win over Bristol in six innings at Ram Stadium at Spring-Ford High School.
Ben Christian played a big role in the victory.
On the mound, the right-hander threw a complete game. He scattered three hits over six innings while striking out six batters to two walks.
“It started just like (Friday’s loss to Nether Providence),” Christian said of walking Bristol’s leadoff batter and advancing him to third with a wild pickoff attempt, “but I kept my cool, still had confidence on the mound in all my pitches and picked off a couple more times. I got into a groove after the first inning.”
Offensively, Christian was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, five RBIs and one run scored.
Ryan McDonnell was 2-for-4 with three runs, Mark Engelman 3-for-4 with four runs and one RBI and Perry Corda 1-for-2 with three RBIs and one run.
The Haulers also benefitted from a wild Bristol pitching staff, earning 10 walks to go along with 10 hits.
“We just have to be selective,” Christian said, “swinging at balls right in the zone. We’ve seen a lot of good pitching. I think (Bristol) was a little short on arms, but we’re going to see some good arms (Tuesday). We just have to keep our cool and hit all the pitches in the zone.”
Christian’s walk and wild pickoff attempt helped Bristol build a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Mascaro matched them in the bottom half with a Christian sacrifice fly.
The Greater Norristown American Legion Baseball League champs took control in the second and third innings, scoring four in each frame to build a 9-1 advantage. In the second Chad Evans worked a bases loaded walk, Corda singled in two runs and Evans scored on a balk. In the third Engelman had an RBI single, Corda walked with the bases loaded and Christian and Josh Dubost each got hit with the bases loaded.
JP Mascaro added another run in the fifth when a potential double play got past the first baseman and Christian scored from second.
In the sixth, leading 10-3, Christian hit a three-run double to put the 10-run rule into effect.
“I came up with the bases loaded,” Christian said, “just trying to put the ball in play. Seeing the ball well today.”
The Haulers will face Nether Providence Tuesday at 11 a.m. The winner will face Bristol for the championship 30 minutes later.