Baseball: Barker, Duka lead Upper Perkiomen; Boyertown breaks through behind Yesavage

Upper Perkiomen 1, Phoenixville 0 – Wes Barker snapped a scoreless deadlock with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Indians to the narrow PAC Frontier win over the defending league champions Wednesday.
Barker’s clutch hit plated pinch runner Ryan Peterson, who had come on for Evan Shade after Shade was hit by a pitch leading off the frame.
Malachi Duka and Nate Reinhart combined to strike out 11 in the two-hit shutout, Duka working the first six innings with 10 strikeouts against three walks before yielding to Reinhart in the seventh. Reinhart turned in a perfect 1-2-3 frame to pick up the win.
Mike Memmo was outstanding on the mound for the Phantoms, notching a complete game and allowing just two hits while striking out seven and walking one.
There were just two hits a side, Barker getting both safeties for UP and Jason Bilotti and Cam Schiele picking up one hit apiece for the losers.
 
Boyertown 8, Methacton 3 – Trey Yesavage got the job done with the arm and the bat for the Bears, picking up the mound win with five dominating innings and helping his own cause with a solo home run.
Yesavage allowed six hits, two earned runs and two walks in his pitching stint before Cole Galloway and Ethan Ferraro (save) sealed the outcome with one scoreless inning of relief each.
Coming off a 3-2 season-opening loss to Spring-Ford Tuesday, Boyertown snapped a 3-3 tie with a single run in the fifth, tacking on one more in the sixth and three in the seventh on Brandon Shane’s bases-clearing triple.
Also for the Bears, Cole Hertzler picked up two hits, one RBI and scored two runs and Ethan Martin and Tanner McCafferty swatted doubles.
For Methacton, Nolan McCloskey and Jake Maggio had two hits each while Tyler Weil-Kasper (double) and Michael Lamalfa (1-for-3) drove in runs.
 
Pope John Paul II 8, Upper Merion 5 – Frank Dimaio picked up the mound win with four sharp innings and aided his own cause with two hits and a pair of RBIs to help PJP rookie manager Charles DeLuzio earn his first win at the helm.
Other offensive contributors for the Golden Panthers with two hits apiece were Dom Germanowicz (2 runs, RBI), Brendan Kenning (2-3, 2 runs, RBI)  and Gavin Feulner (2-4, double, 2 RBI).
For the Vikings, Brad Zielinski and Oscar Brenes were both 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored each.
 
Perkiomen Valley 7, Owen J. Roberts 2 – Jack Colyer struck out 11 in six overpowering innings to lead the Vikings to the PAC triumph, handing the host Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Colyer limited OJR to four hits and one earned run in his gem before yielding to Andrew McGowan, who pitched a spotless seventh while striking out the side. Offensively, Ethan Ferraro keyed the Vikings with three hits including two doubles and a pair of RBI.
For OJR, which self-destructed by committing five errors and yielding nine free passes, starting pitcher Sam Morris finished with two hits including a double while allowing one earned run in his three innings of work.
 
Spring-Ford 15, Norristown 0, 3 innings – The Rams hardly broke a sweat in dismantling the Eagles, quickly enacting the 15-run mercy rule with five runs in the first inning and 10 in the second.
Driving in two runs apiece for Spring-Ford were Jake Books (home run), Billy Bean (1-1), Jake Corropolese (2-2) and Nick Cagliola (1-1, double) in support of winning pitcher Jackson Malouf (2 perfect innings). Also for the Rams, Griffan Staface was 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.