LANSDALE — For the second time in eight days, Collegeville celebrated a walk-off win Wednesday.
While not as dramatic as Cole Luzins’ game-winning home run against Ambler last week, Lenny DelGrippo delivered the decisive RBI against Lansdale.
DelGrippo worked a bases-loaded, one-out walk to score Michael George and give the White Sox a 9-8 Perkiomen Valley Twilight League win at Lansdale’s Memorial Park.
“I’ve been in that situation plenty of times,” DelGrippo said of staying patient with the game on the line. “It’s easier for me to just relax. I wouldn’t really say it’s tough to not be too eager, I’m used to it. It was pretty relaxing to be honest with you. I’m pretty confident. I thought we were going to win no matter what.”
George led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and Luzins followed with another to put runners on first and second with no outs. Kyle Feaster laid down a sacrifice bunt and a bobble at first base loaded the bases with no outs.
Lansdale pitcher Luke Fournier tallied a strikeout before walking DelGrippo to end the game.
Familiar Comeback >> Lansdale didn’t blink when it fell behind 7-0 Wednesday after two innings. Manager Jeff Murtha reminded his team of last year’s championship series, when the Tigers rallied from a big deficit to win a game over eventual-champion Collegeville.
“Last year in the championship against them we were down seven runs in a game,” Murtha said. “I think we came back and beat them 11-7. With them — they’re going to hit. You know they’re going to hit. You have to stay with them. You can definitely put runs up, you just have to stay with them.”
They stepped out of the 7-0 hole with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Zac Hess was hit by a pitch before Paschal Petrongolo singled to set the table. Chad Evans followed with an RBI double, Dylan Towey an RBI single and Justin Massielo an RBI groundout. After a Collegeville error, Matt Sperling made it a 7-4 game with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Towey singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Trey Obarowski knocked him home to get within two, 7-5, in the top of the sixth.
After Brian Hartsell hit a sacrifice fly to add an insurance run for Collegeville in the bottom of the sixth, Lansdale responded with three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at eight.
Obarowski had an RBI single, Towey stole home on a first-and-third situation and Obarowski scored on an error to tie the game, 8-8.
Fast Start >> Collegeville wasted no time getting on the board. Kevin Taylor hit a one-out double in the first inning and made it 1-0 when he scored on a DelGrippo single.
In the second, the White Sox totaled four hits and pushed six runs across the plate to build a 7-0 lead. Taylor and Cody Clarke each had two-run hits while DelGrippo and Scott Young each brought one run home.
“One bad inning,” Murtha said. “I wouldn’t even say it was a bad inning. (Collegeville) just hit the ball that inning. Bad innings to me are guys make errors, walking guys. We didn’t really do that. They just put the bat on the ball. If my pitcher allows six hits I’m a lot happier than six walks. What are you going to do?”