Phifer Sparks Knights to Mercy Rule Win
Branden Toro, Sports Editor
April 4, 2012
Filed under Sports
TOWAMENCIN- Any win is important, but when that win comes at home in your first league game of the season, it has an extra special feel to it.
On Tuesday afternoon, the North Penn baseball team (3-0 overall; 1-0 in conference) showed no mercy as they routed Central Bucks East by a score of 11-1 in five innings.
“It’s a long season, and good or bad we take it one game at a time,” said head coach Kevin Manero. “But it is important to start ahead.”
CB East struck first in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly. But after the shaky first, junior pitcher Bryce Mengel settled in and did not allow a run in the next four innings adding 6 strikeouts to his total.
“Bryce settled in and really threw well today,” said Manero. “He commanded the game well and showed a lot of poise.”
“My out pitch is usually my changeup,” said Mengel. “But it was not working so I went to my curve. I did not feel comfortable in the first but got more comfortable as the game went on.”
The offense may have been the bigger story on this day , though, and the Knights can credit senior third baseman Tyler Phifer which much of the output. Phifer contributed five RBI with two doubles and a triple.
“I thought I did well,” said Phifer. “I struggled a bit in the previous game, but I came to play today and it worked out. Getting runs is always great. Like coach always say, we have to get on, get him over and get him in and good things happen.”
Manero was also very impressed with Phifer’s performance in the game.
“Tyler made some good adjustments after the Neshaminy game. He had a very goof approach at the plate today.”
The Knights also tacked on six more runs in the game to force a mercy rule in the fifth inning.
The Knights will next take on St. Joes Prep in a non-league home matchup Thursday morning at 11.
Photos from NP vs CB East are available courtesy of suburbanonesports.com at http://photos.suburbanonesports.com/g/040312_north_penn_vs_cb_east_kc