FORT WASHINGTON GENERALS CAN’T HOLD UP AGAINST BROOMALL

Fort Washington Generals couldn’t keep up with Broomall and fell 14-1 on Monday.
Broomall scored nine runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for Broomall came thanks to a single by Vince Sposati, a walk by Steve Morrison, a single by Scott Hahn, a single by Luke Cantwell, a single by Luke Zimmerman, a single by Corey Woodcock, and a single by Chris Annas.

The Fort collected 5 hits on the day with Justin Horn-single, Matt Hebling-single and JT Breslin- Double getting hits on their final at bat as a senior Fort Washington General player. (not counting JT’s last at bat. )

Breslin had added an earlier single and Brian McPeak had the Fort’s other hit.

Mike Zicchinolfi knocked in the Generals lone run with an RBI ground out.

Broomall collected 18 hits. Sposati, Alden Mathes, Woodcock, Annas, Hahn, and Zimmerman each collected multiple hits for Broomall.

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FORT WASHINGTON GENERALS GRABS LEAD IN EIGHTH INNING FOR VICTORY OVER SPRINGFIELD

Fort Washington Generals defeated Springfield 3-2 on Sunday after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at two with Fort Washington Generals batting in the bottom of the eighth when Justin Horn tripled to right center field and then Matt Hebling hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the game winning run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Fort Washington Generals pitchers struck out nine, while Colin Ebenhardt sat down four.
Springfield took an early lead in the first inning. An error scored one run for Springfield.

Brian McPeak earned the win for Fort Washington Generals. He pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing one run, one hit, and walking zero. Ebenhardt took the loss for Springfield. He threw eight innings, allowing three runs, six hits, striking out four, and walking one.

The Generals were down 1-0 when Matt Hebling reached pass on a error by the catcher. JT Breslin drilled a double down the left field line on a hit and run to put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Brian McPeak then ripped a single to left center field to give the Generals a 2-1 lead after 6 innings.

David Keller started the game for Fort Washington Generals. He threw seven and a third innings, surrendering one run, four hits, and striking out nine.

JT Breslin led Fort Washington Generals with two hits in four at bats.

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Fort Washington Generals Falls in Back-And-Forth Affair Against Falls Township

Even though Fort Washington Generals and Falls Township both had their opportunities, it was Falls Township that eventually prevailed 9-8 on Saturday. Falls Township trailed 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning when there was an error, scoring one run.
Despite the loss, Fort Washington Generals did collect 16 hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Falls Township had 12 hits on the way to victory.
Fort Washington Generals captured the lead in the first inning. JT Breslin drove in one when he singled in the first inning.
After Fort Washington Generals scored one run in the top of the third, Falls Township answered with one of their own. Fort Washington Generals scored when Riley Brink singled off of Justin Porter, driving in one run. Falls Township then answered when Justin Ward singled off of Noel Franczyk, driving in one run.
Falls Township took the lead for good with one run in the ninth inning.
Fort Washington Generals scored three runs in the eighth inning. Fort Washington Generals’s big inning was driven by a walk by Breslin and a passed ball.
Falls Township scored three runs in the seventh inning. The big inning for Falls Township came thanks to a error and a double by Noah Silverman.

JT Breslin, Noel Franczyk, and Brian McPeak each collected 2 hits for the Fort, Riley Brink had 3 hats and Matt Hebling was on base 7 times, with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a walk and 2 hit by pitches. Breslin and Hebling each drove in two runs to lead Fort Washington Generals.
Ward, TJ Brasier, and RJ Huth each collected multiple hits for Falls Township. Ward led Falls Township with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with eight stolen bases.

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LEGION BASEBALL: Horn leads Fort Washington past Jenkintown for Lower Montco Legion title

Fort Washington wins first championship since 2014

By Andrew Robinson arobinson@21st-centurymedia.com
Jul 12, 2017

FORT WASHINGTON >> Justin Horn just kept running.

He knew he was going on any kind of contact, so when Matt Hebling looped a ball to center, he was off. When a throw in from the outfield took a hard hop and rolled past the third baseman, Horn kept running.

He ran 90 more feet and touched home plate as the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.
Horn made a key tag in the seventh as pitcher David Keller finished the job and made Fort Washington a 2-1 winner over Jenkintown in the Lower Montco Legion tournament final Tuesday night.

“I stole on the pitch and saw him hit a blooper to center and figured if it’s caught, I’m going to be out anyway,” Horn said. “I just decided to turn on the jets and get what I could. Luckily it dropped and we put pressure on them to make a good throw to third, they couldn’t and we scored the run.”

It’s the first title for Fort Washington since 2014 and Horn, as one of the only two players on the current roster to have been part of that team along with outfielder JT Breslin, is going back to the Region 3 tournament. A West Chester recruit who graduated from Upper Dublin last month, Horn wasn’t ready to end his season on Tuesday.

It took him a while to get going offensively but his one-out single in the sixth started the go-ahead rally.

“He’s a special kid and this is a special team,” Fort Washington coach Gary Bonitatibus said. “This is my 12th year coaching, it’s my sixth championship but the team chemistry on this team is nothing like I’ve ever had before. You hear these guys cheering for each other. They all pull for each other.”

After losing to Jenkintown 10-1 earlier in the tournament, Fort rallied to top the Angels 9-3 on Monday to force Tuesday’s winner-take-all final. Neither game was as lopsided as the scores indicated, so it wasn’t much surprise that the final was a tight contest.

Fort Washington seemed to have the advantage on paper with ace Keller on the hill, but Jenkintown pitcher Tim MacColl was every bit as good. MacColl, a righty, doesn’t have the same zip as Keller but he had that one thing every pitcher needs.

He kept getting guys out.
“He was absolutely phenomenal,” Jenkintown coach Craig Stein said. “I knew he was going to put the ball over the plate and make them put it in play. Our guys made the plays but that last inning, they got a couple hits to drop in at the right time and took advantage of a few things and that was the difference.”

MacColl retired the first seven batters he faced and held Fort in check until the fourth inning. He yielded just four hits, but one of them was Jake Dianno’s RBI single in the fourth that finally put the top-seeded Generals on the board.

The thing was, it didn’t give Fort the lead, it only tied the game. Jenkintown had been pressuring for something off Keller from the beginning, having six runners reach and stranding three in the first three innings.

Cleanup hitter John Contoudis started the top of the fourth off with a walk, then managed to score on a dropped fly ball in the outfield and a bobbled ball in the infield for the 1-0 lead.

“We had our chances early but couldn’t quite capitalize,” Stein said.

After Horn scored to put his team in the lead, he would make a key play in the top half of the seventh to help send Fort Washington on its way to Royersford for the regional tournament. Keller hit the leadoff batter in the seventh, giving Jenkintown the tying run on the bases and for a moment, giving Fort some dread.

“When David hit that kid, everybody had a little drop in their stomach,” Horn said. “But (Keller) came right back and picked him off.”
Keller, who had picked off an earlier runner at first, started a rundown that ended up with Horn making the tag in between first and second base, erasing the threat. With one out down, Keller picked up his 10th strikeout for the second out then hit another batter but recovered with a roller to second base for the tournament-clinching out.

Fort Washington has dominated the LML all season, losing just one league game and once in the playoffs. Horn said it’s partly the Upper Dublin guys on the team taking out some aggression from a frustrating high school season and the loose vibe the entire group has.

Every time the shortstop steps into the batter’s box, a teammate yells out a parody of a scene from the Bourne Ultimatum. Horn said he doesn’t know the reason behind it, but it’s those moments that keep the Generals loose.

“You could be down on the field after making an error,” Horn said after teammate Max Weinberg all but stuffed the trophy into his arms. “Then you hear something ridiculous come from the dugout and it puts you in perspective that there’s other things that matter in life and you’re right back in it and able to make the next play.”

The season ends for Jenkintown one win short of a return to regionals. Despite losing some of their best offensive players from that team, the Angels managed to finish second in the LML and pushed Fort to the limit on Tuesday. Stein was slated to be an assistant but ended up serving as the head coach and credited the team’s leadership for its success.

Blending players from Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Abington Friends and the surrounding areas, the Angels put it all together.

“It was a good group of kids who came to work every single night and that made it a pleasure to come out,” Stein said. “For a group of kids who in many ways don’t play together all season long, we had a nice mix. We had a few college kids come back and for them to put it together as a team, it’s a real credit to them.”

Both Bonitatibus and Horn said they told the guys going to regionals for the first time to just enjoy the atmosphere and experience and play without pressure.

“We just want them to enjoy it,” Bonitatibus said. “It’s such a great atmosphere playing at Spring-Ford, I just really wanted these guys to experience that because they deserved it for how well they’ve played from start to finish. This is the most consistent team I’ve ever had, this team was just specialIMG_9806

Fort Washington Generals Grabs Lead in Sixth Inning for League Championship over Jenkintown

IMG_9805Fort Washington Generals took the lead late and defeated Jenkintown 2-1 on Tuesday to win The League Championship. The game was tied at one with Fort Washington Generals batting in the bottom of the sixth when Justin Horn lead off with a single and then Matt Hebling executed a perfect hit and run to send Horn to third. The centerfielder in an attempt to throw out Horn, threw the ball away allowing the game winning run to score.
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The pitching was strong on both sides. David Keller struck out ten, while Tim MacColl sat down two.
Fort Washington Generals evened things up at one in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs in the fourth inning Jake Dianno drove in one run when he singled home Matt Hebling who was hit by a pitch and had advanced to third via two wild pitches..

IMG_9806Keller earned the win for Fort Washington Generals. He went seven innings, surrendering one run, one hit, and striking out ten. MacColl took the loss for Jenkintown. He pitched six innings, surrendering two runs, four hits, striking out two, and walking zero.
Riley Brink, Dianno, Justin Horn, and Matt Hebling each managed one hit to lead Fort Washington Generals.

John Contoudis led Jenkintown with one hit in two at bats.

 

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LEGION BASEBALL: Fort Washington beats Jenkintown, forces winner-take-all Lower Montco final

From Last nights Montgomery Newspapers:

Brian McPeak Fort Washington Golden Generals
Brian McPeak, the 15-year-old right-handed pitcher has been one of the team’s best players this summer.

UPPER DUBLIN >> The Fort Washington Generals knew they were far from their best the first time they played Jenkintown in the Lower Montco Legion playoffs.

With a chance to face the Angels again and needing to win to keep their season alive, the Generals were much better the second time around. Much of that was due to Brian McPeak, the 15-year-old right-handed pitcher that’s been one of the team’s best players this summer.

McPeak pitched a complete game five-hitter as Fort Washington won 9-3 to force a winner-take-all championship game Tuesday.

“This was probably the biggest game I’ve ever pitched in my life,” McPeak, a JV pitcher at Upper Dublin in the spring, said. “I was definitely nervous, but nerves are good sometimes and I think it makes you compete better.”

Fort certainly didn’t come out like the team with the pressure on it to win. Jenkintown starter Dale Jacobs started with a little too much energy on the hill and couldn’t locate the strike zone at the outset. Jacobs threw seven straight balls to start the game, most of them floating high of the strike zone.

The result saw Justin Horn and Matt Hebling walk and Horn advance to third on a wild pitch and stolen base. After a fly out to left, Horn scored on an infield error and Hebling rushed home on a wild pitch, avoiding the tag of Dan Gordon at home plate.

“He just took a little while to settle down and sometimes that happens,” Jenkintown coach Craig Stein said. “He just put a little more pressure than he needed to. We just had a bad start, but once we all settled down, we did ok.”

Gordon, the Angels’ catcher, did throw out two runners in the first.

Stein added that being down big early took his team out of its game, which involves lots of running and movement on the base paths. Where Fort Washington lost the earlier game with a bad late inning, Stein said Monday’s game was lost with a bad early inning.

Fort starter Brian McPeak did not have much trouble in the first, retiring the side on just eight pitches. While the game was played at Fort’s home field at Upper Dublin High School, Jenkintown was the home team by value of advancing through the winner’s bracket.

So, the “away” Generals took a big step toward forcing a decisive game on Tuesday with a five-spot in the second inning. Noel Franczyk singled, Owen Lawn walked and Riley Brink singled to load the bases against Jacobs.

The Jenkintown righty was still fighting with his command and hit Jack Jamison and Horn to bring in two more runs. Matt Hebling hit a sac fly to right, scoring Brink and an error on an Angels relay throw plated Jamison.

Fort finally got a run producing hit when Dianno singled in Horn for a 7-0 lead.

“It was clearly our worst game all year (earlier in the playoffs) but luckily it happened earlier than later on and we got a chance to redeem ourselves a little bit,” Fort Washington coach Gary Bonitatibus said. “It usually comes down to pitching and defense and if we throw enough strikes and make enough plays defensively, we should be in every game and we were able to do that the last few days.”

For the next four innings, Jacobs was untouchable, holding the Generals to just one hit and two total runners from the third through the sixth. His offense also found a pulse, but couldn’t quite find the difference-making hit.

McPeak wasn’t overpowering, striking out just one batter, but he was very good at getting hitters to hit his pitches and used his defense as a weapon. Fort Washington turned two double plays and McPeak stranded six men on base.

“All year long, he’s made big pitches when he’s had to,” Bonitatibus said. “He’s gotten guys out with men on base. He got their best hitter out with two on and a hit there could have turned into a big inning. He made a great pitch and got the guy to ground out. Plus, he’s been swinging the bat unbelievably, he doesn’t get any cheap hits.”

The Angels got on the board in the fourth when Jake Gaev scored on a passed ball, but Jenkintown stranded John Contoudis at third. An inning later, Jared Smith singled home Gordon and Skylar Marsh raced home on a
throwing error trying to get a base stealer.
With Smith and Christian Geer both in scoring position, McPeak stared down Jenkintown cleanup hitter John Contoudis. The righty won the battle with Contoudis, a grizzled veteran for both Jenkintown High School and the Angels, by getting the outfielder to ground out to Horn at short.

“I just wanted to keep the ball low,” McPeak said. “You just want to throw a strike, but low where he can’t get a big piece of it. You want it down the middle, but on the low side. An out like that hypes you up and makes you want to get right back out there.”

McPeak avoided giving up the big hit all game and he found a way to help himself in the seventh inning. Horn singled to lead off, JT Breslin walked and both moved up on a one-out fly to center by Dianno.

It wouldn’t have matter what base either was on as McPeak bombed a two-out double to the fence in left field, plating two runs and giving himself a five-run lead to work with.

“It made me want to get back on the mound and finish the win off for my teammates,” McPeak said.

He had little trouble finishing things off, working around a one-out walk to wrap up the game with a scoreless seventh.

Horn reached base all four times he went to the plate and scored two runs. Marsh was 2-for-3 for Jenkintown.

Much like their win over Fort Washington wasn’t as lopsided as it seemed, Stein felt his team was closer than six runs on Monday. While the Angels are at the end of their pitching rotation, the pressure is back on top-seeded Fort Washington to win the tournament.

“Hopefully the kids will play a little more relaxed and got this one out of their system,” Stein said. “If we can keep it close early in the game, we can play our game and see what that gets us.”

 

Fort Washington Generals Jumps Out To Early Lead In Victory Over Jenkintown

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Brian McPeak

Fort Washington Generals defeated Jenkintown 9-3 thanks to a strong start. Fort Washington Generals scored on a error in the first inning, a single in the first inning, and a single by Jake Dianno in the second inning.

Fort Washington Generals secured the victory thanks to five runs in the second inning.

Fort Washington Generals captured the lead in the first inning. Justin Horn scored on and an error and Matt Hebling scored on a wild pitch.

Fort Washington Generals scored five runs in the second inning. Jack Jamison and Justin Horn were both hit by pitches to drive in runs and Matt Hebling drove home a run with a Sacrifice fly RBI. 1 run scored on an error and Jake Dianno knocked in a run with a single.

Brian McPeak earned the win for Fort Washington Generals. He tossed seven innings, giving up three runs, five hits, and striking out one. Dale Jacobs took the loss for Jenkintown. He pitched seven innings, giving up nine runs, seven hits, and striking out one.

McPeak helped secure the win, with a 2 run double in the top of the 7th inning scoring Justin Horn who had singled and JT Breslin who had walked. They had advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a fly out by Jake Dianno.

Fort Washington Generals collected seven hits. McPeak and Riley Brink each collected multiple hits for Fort Washington Generals.

Schyler Marsh went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Jenkintown in hits.

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