WEST ROCKHILL >> The two games in Tuesday’s Perkiomen Valley Twilight League doubleheader between Ambler and Collegeville couldn’t have been more different.
The first game was a back-and-forth offensive affair with Ambler scoring in five of their six at-bats and Collegeville pushing five runs across the plate in the first two innings.
The second game featured dominant pitching. Both starters went deep into the game and neither allowed more than two runs.
At the end of the night, each side came away with one win. Ambler picked up a 7-5 win in Game 1 and Collegeville bounced back with a 3-2 victory in Game 2 at James Memorial Park.
After falling into an early 5-1 deficit, Ambler battled back and took the lead during a three-run fifth inning on its way to a 7-5 win.
The Brewers (3-6) entered the fifth trailing, 5-3. Shaun Thomas reached on a fielder’s choice and Jason Kelmer singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Chris Kersey singled home Thomas and a wild throw to the plate allowed Kelmer to advance to third and Kersey to second. The throw from the plate to third went into left field, bringing Kelmer home to tie the game and moving Kersey to third base. Dustin Kology followed with a base hit, scoring Kersey and giving Ambler its first lead of the game, 6-5.
Nick Fasano hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to add an insurance run and give the Brewers a 7-5 lead.
The White Sox (5-3) came out on fire in the first inning. Kyle Feaster led off with a double and scored on a Drew Jarmuz single. Cody Clarke doubled home Jarmuz and scored on a Mike Kerns single, giving Collegeville a quick 3-0 lead.
After Ambler scored on an error in the bottom of the first, Collegeville added two more in the top of the second. Feaster singled and scored on a two-run Clarke home run.
Ambler chipped away at its deficit, adding runs in the second and third innings on a Kology double and Kology single, making it a 5-3 game after three innings.
DOUBLE TROUBLE >> Despite the 12 total runs in the game, there were plenty of highlight defensive plays. Ambler turned four double plays in the game – plus another where second baseman Brett Reynolds deflected a grounder to shortstop Jason Mills for a throw to first – and Collegeville turned two twice.
In less than 15 minutes, Collegeville experienced a wide range of emotions.
Starting pitcher Anthony Civitello entered the sixth inning with a perfect game. He allowed a hit with two outs but, after a walk, got out of the jam with his shutout still intact. After hitting the leadoff batter and losing his footing on the mound in the top of the seventh, Civitello exited the game with a two-run lead.
Two batters later, Kelmer hit a two-run home run to tie the game, 2-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Collegeville’s Cole Luzins ended the game. Luzins crushed a walk off home run to center field, giving the White Sox a 3-2 win and a split in the doubleheader.
“In that situation you’re seeing the ball deep, letting him get a strike first,” Luzins said. “Believe it or not it was an outside slider, a little bit low. Honestly I was just driving it up the middle because the wind’s been knocking down numerous guys’ balls tonight. My main focus was to get on top of the ball, but just because of the position of the ball – outside slider – I was able to extend my arms a little bit and give it a ride.
“(The final innings were) odd. We knew we were going to face some adversity, but to have to switch pitchers mid-at-bat, I think it was a 3-1 count. Ben (Lippincott) had to come in and throw a strike – he was in a tough position. (Civitello) threw such a great game, it was smart by Brian (Hartsell) to pull him a little early just to keep him for future games because we’re going to need him in the playoffs. The emotions were all over the place.”
Collegeville’s first two runs came in the first two innings. Clarke had an RBI double in the first to score Jarmuz and Luzins grounded out to plate Drew Frankenfield in the second.
Civitello allowed just one hit over six innings. He struck out two batters to one walk and allowed one run.
Nick Fossile started for Ambler. The lefty allowed two runs in five innings, striking out two batters to one walk and surrendering five hits.