Fort Washington Generals Falls Behind In Eighth Inning In 8-6 Loss To Jenkintown
A tight game was decided in the eighth inning as Fort Washington Generals fell to Jenkintown 8-6 in eight innings on Friday. John Contoudis got the win for Jenkintown despite allowing six runs over seven innings. He struck out five, walked three and surrendered six hits. AJ LaBella, Andrew Ciarlone and Contoudis helped lead Jenkintown. They combined for seven hits and three RBIs.
Jenkintown plated 2 runs in the top of the second but the Generals answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the third as Chris Kelly, Max Weinberg, Matt Hebling and Dan Groff scored. After Jenkintown scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th, the Generals answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game on a single by Noel Franczyk following singles by Matt Hebling and Justin Horn.
Mike Reilly was charged with the loss. He lasted just one inning, walked one, struck out none, and allowed two runs. Jason Greene pitched 7 innings for the Generals, striking out 7 and allowing 6 runs.
Jenkintown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. A single by Contoudis, scoring Jawan West started the inning off. Jenkintown then tacked on more runs when LaBella scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Haasz. The lead stayed with Jenkintown after the eighth, when it scored two runs on an RBI single by Andres Madden.
The loss ended the 2016 season for the Generals.
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LEGION BASEBALL: Jenkintown needs extra innings to survive Fort Washington
In the end, the Angels rallied for an 8-6 victory in eight innings. “We played them in a doubleheader about three weeks ago,” Jenkintown coach Rich Stetler said. “They beat us in both games of the doubleheader and in both games we had one bad inning, both the fourth inning where they scored six or eight runs and they didn’t score like the rest of the game. And it looked like it was going to be that again.”
The Angels were down to their last out. With Jake Gaev on first base after he beat out a fielder’s choice to avoid a game ending double play, Christian Geer smacked a double to deep center field allowing Gaev to score from first to tie the game. “Unfortunately one of the things we haven’t done well this year is put teams away when we’ve had opportunities,” Fort coach Gary Bonitatibus said. “We’ve had a couple of regular season games where we were winning in the either the fifth, sixth or seventh inning and we just didn’t put teams away and that was kind of the situation (today).”
Andrew Ciarlone stepped to the plate after Geer and cranked a deep fly over the left field fence for a homerun. Not only giving Jenkintown new life but the lead for the first time since the second inning when it led 2-0. “Obviously it was key hit by Ciarlone,” Stetler said. “He’s been on fire. We had a lot of big hits.”
Fort however had a response of its own to the Angels rally. After leading off the inning with back to back singles a pair of fly outs also put the Generals down to their last out when Noel Franczyk ripped a double to centerfield scoring Matt Hebling and Justin Horn tying the game at six. Jenkintown wasted no time getting on the board in extras as AJ LaBella led the inning off as he stretched a double into a triple. While trying to be thrown out at third the ball struck LaBella in the helmet, deflecting out of play, giving LaBella the free base home. Later in the inning Andres Madden tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single that scored Alex Haasz giving Jenkintown the 8-6 win and a trip to the Lower Montco championship to take on Roslyn Sunday afternoon.