ROYERSFORD — JP Mascaro’s season ended with a 13-0 loss against Bristol in five innings in the Region 3 championship game at Ram Stadium at Spring-Ford High School Tuesday afternoon.
“It was a long road,” JP Mascaro manager Lucas Denczi said. “We played three days in 100-degree heat and then this weekend with the rain delay yesterday, rain delay today. Even go back to league playoffs these kids played their hearts out. Long year, it just caught up to us. Short on pitching and whether the weather had a factor or not, they both had to play in it. All the credit to Bristol, they had a good game, good team, good tournament.”
The Haulers allowed five runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and five in the fifth.
In the third, starter Richard McDonald surrendered three hits and two walks to go along with a pair of defensive errors behind him.
McDonald got two quick outs in the fourth before sandwiching two doubles and two singles around a walk.
Christopher Douglass came on in relief. After getting out of the fourth inning, he struggled to find the strike zone in the fifth. He walked two batters before exiting for Josh Dubost, who also struggled with his command. Dubost walked two batters and allowed a single before coming our for Dan Carr.
JP Mascaro’s offense wasn’t much better. Chad Evans recorded the team’s first of two hits in the fourth inning.
The loss ends the Haulers season. They finished first in the Greater Norristown American Legion Baseball League regular season, won the league title and reached the Region 3 final.
“Unbelievable,” Denczi said. “This is the farthest I’ve definitely taken a team or played on a team — to the championship. The kids are great. It was a fun year.”
Bristol, which won its first Region 3 title since 2011, advances to the Pennsylvania American Legion State Tournament that begins Saturday at Showers Field in DuBois.
JP Mascaro 4, Nether Providence 3
JP Mascaro reached the Region 3 championship game by beating Nether Providence, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at Ram Stadium at Spring-Ford High School.
Perry Corda singled in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out and advanced all the way to third on a wild pickoff throw. After a pop up to second base, Trevor Rambo delivered the game-winning hit, a blooper over shortstop just out of the reach of a diving Nether Providence outfielder.
“I was just looking for a fastball middle-in to hit,” Rambo, a recent Methacton grad, said. “I was looking to drive the ball. I saw a pitch I could do it with and I helped the team win the game.”
On the mound, Chad Evans pitched a complete game. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out one batter to two walks.
The win avenged an opening round loss for the Haulers. In that game — a 4-0 defeat — Nether Providence pitcher Tristan Corcoran silenced the Mascaro bats to the tune of two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He left that game early to be eligible to pitch Tuesday. In the rematch he got no decision, allowing three runs on nine hits in five innings.
“Since we’ve seen him before we knew he was going to be a lot of off-speed,” Rambo said. “We knew he was going to throw his changeup a lot. We ended up later in the game sitting back and finding our best pitch to hit and we ended up knocking him out of the game, which is one of the reasons we ended up winning the game.
“I think we knew when we got that kid out that the game was ours. Once we saw the reliever come in we were like, ‘This game is ours. We’re going to take this game. We’re going to go to the finals, win the finals and go to states.’”
JP’s scoring started in the bottom of the first. Evans hit a two-out single, stole second and crossed the plate on a broken-bat Ben Christian base hit.
After falling behind, 3-1, in the second, the Haulers added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game.
In the fourth Rambo reached first on a dropped third strike and scored on a Ryan McDonnell single.
In the fifth, Evans walked, stole second, moved to third on a Corda single and scored on a Rambo sacrifice fly.