UPPER GWYNEDD — After fighting arm issues for most of the year, left-hander Randy Frankenfield went the entire way for Collegeville in its Game One victory Friday night.

“We had a long first inning, so that first inning, my arm was so tight,” he said. “Once it got loose, I could actually throw it a little bit more and the curveball started coming there at the end.”

Frankenfield limited a potent Lansdale lineup to just two runs off of five hits.

“We started out with mostly fastball and change-up in the first three or four innings and then that curveball started coming over for a strike,” Frankenfield said. “And it was biting hard.”

The White Sox, by virtue of their 5-2 victory, have now won four straight and own a 1-0 series lead in the Perky League Finals, with Game Two scheduled for Monday night, back at Hostelley Field at 7:30. Hall of Fame ceremonies take place prior to Game Two.

Shining in the Spotlight

Frankenfield, a Wissahickon grad who went on to play at York College, struck out six and walked four, with one hit batter, to help the White Sox get the early grip on the championship series.

He savored his first finals experience.

“We were Trooper guys,” he said of a solid nucleus of players that includes his brother, Drew, Brian Hartsell, Scott Young and Kyle Feaster. “It’s just been a great group of guys. Everyone is here because they love playing baseball and I think that’s what’s really pushing us in the playoffs.

“We’re out here because we wanna keep winning.”

Jumping Out

Collegeville took the early initiative, bolting to a 3-0 lead in its first at bat.

Feaster’s lead-off, ground-rule double got things started, and he soon came in to score on a sac fly by Matt Altieri. Lenny Del Grippo singled and Young and Bryan Mulhern drew walks off Lansdale starter Tyler Eckman.

Drew Frankenfield’s infield single plated another run and Cody Clarke’s bases-loaded walk made it 3-0.

Matt Hanson had an RBI single in the bottom half for the Tigers, but Randy Frankenfield didn’t allow a hit in the second, third or fourth innings as the White Sox padded their lead.

That came courtesy of Young’s RBI double off the fence in left and a towering solo homer to center by Del Grippo, making it 5-1.

Zach Hess homered for Lansdale in the sixth but Randy Frankenfield retired five of the next six batters, getting Rob Zinsmeister with the curveball on a called third strike to end it.

“We’ve never been out of the first round of the playoffs at Trooper so this is great now,” Randy Frankenfield said with a smile. “It’s exciting to get back to really competitive baseball. I’ve been out of college for a year and a half now so it’s nice having that really competitive game again. I love it.”

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