LEVITTOWN – The Pennsbury Falcons played hosts to the Truman Tigers in a crucial mid-season game.
Pennsbury came into the game at a steady 6-3 overall and was riding a three-game win streak.
On the mound for Pennsbury was junior right hander, Sean Hochhausler, who had a little bit of trouble early on against the Tigers. In the top of the first, Evan Profy reached base on a lead off single to center, who eventually came around to score on a one run double by TJ Brazier to make it 1-0.
On the other side, Tyler Chew got the start for the Truman Tigers and was dealing early. Chew retired six batters in a row after allowing a lead off single to start the game. However, he ran into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the third, when Justin Massielo drove in Jake Martell but was then caught in a double play to end the inning.
The game quickly moved along, with many fly outs to both teams Center Fielders. In the fifth, Chew found himself in a jam when Kyle Dear hit a high fly ball out to left-center, which got him a stand up double with one away. Drew Hunsor, on to run for Dear, came around to score after a ground out by Huth and an error on the throw to third.
Going into the top of the sixth, the home team was up by one, but Truman did not back off, scoring two runs to help them regain the lead. The runs courtesy of Chris Haer who took new pitcher Ricky Palmer out to left after he showed bunt and pulled back to clear the bases. Haer reached second, but advanced to third on the throw home. Both Josh Nav, who was a pinch runner for TJ Brazier, and Wayne Pekerski came in to score on the play.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the score still at 3-2, the Falcons had a chance to get a walkoff win, however could not capitalized as Mike Finsel came on to close out the game for Truman.
Finsel entered the game after a few pitches into the seventh, when Pennsbury manager, Joe Pesci, wanted to make sure Tyler Chew did not get caught up in the leauge’s new pitching restrictions. Tigers manager, Tim Monaghan agreed, and put in Finsel who had been warming up in the sixth.
After the game, Monaghan stated “Tyler was on one hundred percent rest, Joe was concerned, not necessarily that we were doing something wrong, but I think he had all good intentions to make sure that in this type of a game it wouldn’t be decided by something like a pitch count rule,” when asked about why Chew was forced out of the game.
Finsel came into the game on very short notice after thinking that Chew was going to finish it out, when asked about it after the game, he said,” I just stayed loose the whole game, and I knew Chew had it the whole time, but I was just ready to come in if it was needed.”
Tyler Chew was the DiLorenzo’s Player of the Game and was rewarded with a gift certificate to DiLorenzo’s. After the game, Chew was asked what was clicking for him early on, which he replied, “Everything I had in my arsenal was working, my fastball was spotting up, changeup was moving, curve ball was definitely moving, it worked in my advantage today.”
After this win, Truman moves to 5-6, and 3-3 in league play. Pennsbury drops to 6-4 and 4-3 in league play. Pennsbury takes on Bensalem at home on Tuesday, April 24 at 3:45. Truman’s next matchup is at home against Council Rock North on Tuesday, April 24 at 3:45.
WBCB’s Ben Medland contributed to this report.