Bridge Athletics: Game Recaps

Wednesday, July 3
Brandywine Grace beats Bridge 12-9, thanks to big comeback

Bridge looked to be in control, up by five runs after four innings, but Brandywine Grace came back to grab a 12-9 win on Wednesday night at Manor field.

It started off great for bridge as they jumped out with solid defense and timely hitting. In the bottom of the first, Bridge got a spark in the form of a Mahlon B. single, RBI triple by PJ N., followed by a RBI double by Bobby W. Two batters later, Dave E. knocked in bobby with a RBI single, Jordan C. drove in Dave with a RBI double, and the inning was capped off with a RBI single by Bob H. However, things went down from there, as the 1st was Bridge most effective inning on the night. 

Brandywine Grace didn't grab the lead until the 6th inning when they went up 10-9, but that is all they would need. They were able to capitalize off the sloppy defense of Bridge. Bridge committed a season high 8 errors and 3 base running errors.  Brandywine only had 2 extra base hits, but they used a healthy dose of small ball to sink Bridge. All but 1 hitter for Brandywine Grace had atlast 1 hit and 1 run.

 Bob H. had a solid night on the mound striking out 1, walked 2, and only allowed 6 earned runs on the night. Mahlon B. led the offense for Bridge going 4-4 with 3 singles and a triple. All but 1 hitter had atleast 1 hit and all but 2 hitters scored a run. Bridge had 6 extra base hits including Triples by Pat, PJ, and mahlon.

Bridge will look to find some better consistency at the plate and in the field for the next game on monday vs. St. joes.



Tuesday, July 2
Merv leads Freedom Life to a 15-6 victory over Coatesville Bible

An outstanding effort by Merv Engel hoisted Freedom Life to a 15-6 win in seven innings over Coatesville Bible on Tuesday at Lafayette. Merv not only shut the C.bible hitters down on the mound, but he helped his own cause by blasting two home runs for Freedom Life. Engel went 3-4 in the game with five RBIs and three runs scored. Engel homered in the third and fourth innings. Freedom Life never trailed after the third inning and continued to pile on the runs until the end of the game.

Keith Shoop was at it again, by belting his league leading 11th home run of the season in the 5th with a two run shot. Doug Lester followed that with a solo shot. Overall FLCC had 5 home runs on the night. The other came on Bryan Lester lead off shot to start the third ining. 

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game. Freedom Life finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fourth inning. Freedom Life went up for good on a three-run home run by Merv, scoring Bryan L. and Logan Stoltzfus. Overall, Merv got his 6th straigh win and FLCC jumps into sole posession of first place. 

Coatesville Bible jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then in the third they scored 2 more, however their offense went silent after that. 10 out of the 11 FLCC hitters got atleast 1 hit and 9 out of the 11 got atleast 1 run. FLCC had a very balance approach with flashes of timely power. They accompanied thier five home runs with 3 doubles on the night. Bryan L. led the team with 4 hits and 5 others got 3 hits a piece. 

The bottom 4 hitters led the way for Freedom Life as Dwight, Logan, Merv, and Bryan went a combined 12-16 with 7 RBI's and 8 runs scored. They are going to need thier solid hitting in the upcoming week as they have 4 games in 7 days. 



Monday, June 17
Bridge cruises past Fairview, 17-5

The game was closer than the score appeared as Bridge struggled to put Fairview away in multiple innings. Bridge had a total of 26 hits in the game and every hitter had atleast 1 hit. They got men on base in every inning, but could not pull away until the 6th inning. 

Dave Engler struggled on the mound as he walked 8 men and 4 hits over four + innings, but limited Fairview to only 5 runs. The defense made some timely plays behind him and Bob Hulett came on for the save as he shutdown any hope of a comeback. On the flip side, Dave helped his own cause by going 3-4 with 2 RBI's and a run scored. 

It was a balanced offensive approach by the Bridge hitters as they used a string of small ball to get the job done. Out of the 26 hits, only 5 were for extra base. They had a base to base approach and capatilized off of any mistakes by the defense.  Dave E., John D., PJ N., and Bobby W. all had 3 hits a piece to lead the way and all but 1 hitter had a run scored. 

In the first inning, Mahlon Beiler got things started with a two out 2 RBI single.  



Thursday, June 13
Freedom Life blows out Fairview, 26 - 0

A superb effort by Doug Lester led Freedom Life to a 26-0 win in five innings over Fairview on Thursday at Manor. Doug racked up seven RBIs on four hits and three runs scored for Freedom Life. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the third inning, and homered in the first and fourth innings. Doug's power was on display as he launched one of his HR to the volleyball court in the air. The shot was well over 375 feet. It is the longest HR in flcc history.

Twenty-one runs in the first three innings helped FLCC blow out fairview. It was over after the bottom half of the first inning as FLCC scored 9 times to lead off the game. 8 out of the 9 first batters got on base and 5 of those were for extra bases. An RBI single by Jackson Stoltzus, a three-run home run by Keith Shoop, a single by Logan Stoltzfus, an RBI double by Paul Yaoce, and a two-run home run by Doug in the first inning and a solo home run by Keith and a three-run home run by Lester Bryan during the second inning fueled Freedom Life's offense early. Freedom Life hit five home runs in the win.

Merv Engel got his fifth straight win for Freedom Life. He pitched five shutout innings. Merv struck out none, walked none and gave up six hits. No Fairview batter reached third base. This was an incredible feat for FLCC and the first time it has shutout thier opponent. The defense was one again stellar and did not commit any errors in the game.

Every hitter for FLCC got on base and 9 out of 10 batters has a multi hit game. Every batter scored atleast 1 run, 8 players had a multi run game and all but 1 player had an RBI on the night. A very balanced approach for the FLCC offense and solidifying their position to make a deep run in the playoffs. 



Wednesday, June 12
Offense comes together, Bridge tops Providence 16-12

After  a few slow starts, Bridge offense finally got things going early.  Providence hit the ball hard all night, but Bridge defense was there to make the plays and backed Bob's strong outing on the mound. Every Bridge batter had atleast 1 hit and 8 had multi hit games. 9 extra base on the day and Mahlon led the team with 6 RBI's in his first game back since his honeymoon. 

 In the first, Jay got things going with a rare walk followed by a John Dimino single and a RBI double by PJ. Bobby also had a rare walk before Mahlon Beiler drove John in with a single. This was the first time in Bridge history that Jay and Bobby walked in the same inning. Then in the third inning, 8 straight hitter got on with the big hits coming from a big 3 run HR by Mahlon Beiler and Steve O'neil league leading 3rd triple. 

Bob Hulett was great on the mound by limiting the damage from Providence hitters as the first 2 innings they only managed to get 1 baserunner. The defense supported him by limiting the errors to 2 and making solid plays behind them. Bob was a vacum on the mound as he made some great plays on hits up the middle to help his own cause. None better then the final inning where he made a great snag on a hit destined for center field and threw him out on a close play at first. The defense was great all night as we made some great plays throughout the game. PJ made a great shoe string catch in the 7th and Jay made some great stops at third on some hard hits.

Providence shortened the lead to 5 after back to back innings with scoring 2 runs. In the 5th Bridge got back on bored by scoring on back to back doubles by Bobby and Mahlon which would top out the scoring for Bridge. Providence made things interesting by scoring 4 in the seventh inning on a 2 run HR, mixed in with a few singles. However Bridge defense limited that number by making some great defensive plays.

Game Notes: Chase Darlington had his first multi hit game of the season recording 3 hits and his first RBI of the season. Chase now has a 6 game hitting streak and raised his average to .471.  Mahlon was a triple away from hitting the cycle and had his best game of the season. It's great what marriage does to your game.



Tuesday, June 4
Keith Shoop leads Freedom Life to 19-12 win over Hopewell

A great effort by Keith Shoop carried Freedom Life to a 19-12 win in seven innings over Hopewell on Tuesday at Manor. Keith racked up five RBIs on four hits and four runs scored for Freedom Life. He homered in the first inning, singled in the fourth inning, and tripled in the sixth and seventh innings.

Freedom Life blew out Hopewell thanks to 30 hits, including 10 extra base hits. Every player on FLCC had atleast 1 hit and 9 out of 10 batters had 2 hits or more. Jackson Stoltzfus was a HR away from the cycle and Keith S. tied another record  (by doug L in 2010) by recording 2 triples in 1 game. Jack Alexander led the team with 5 hits on the night. FLCC scored five runs in 3 different innings and  in the sixth it got started on an RBI single by Jack A., a two-run triple by Doug Lester, and an RBI single by Jesse Yacoe.

Merv Engel recorded the win for Freedom Life, his 4th straight, even though he allowed 12 runs over seven innings. He had solid defense behind him and FLCC limited thier errors to only 2. 

Freedom Life jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first. Jesse got things going for Freedom Life with a single. Followed by a single by Jackson S. then moved Jesse from first to third. Merv singled, bringing home Jesse. Freedom Life added more runs when Jackson and Merv scored on a three-run home run by Keith and Jack scored on an RBI single by Ron March. Freedom Life got two-run rallies in the fifth inning and the seventh. In the fifth, Freedom Life scored on a two-run  home run by Doug, plating Amanda Brown.

After a quick strike from Freedom Life, Hopewell responded with four runs in the fifth to tie up the game. Hopewell scored on a sacrifice fly, an RBI triple, an RBI single, and an RBI double. Freedom Life took back the lead for good with five runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. Jack kicked things off with a double, scoring Keith. That was followed up by Bryan Lester single, bringing home Jack.



Monday, June 3
2nd straight loss, Bridge falls to Calvary Fellowship 17-7

For the second straight game, bridge failed to get off to a good start. They only managed to get 2 hits in the first 4 innings and found themselves down again in a big way 16-0. 

Calvary Fellowship came out swinging by hitting 2 HR's and 4 doubles through the first four innings, but only managed 2 more hits the rest of the way. Bridge was having a hard time keeping Calvary off the board as they had 4 straight multi run innings. They were hitting the ball all over the place and were assisted by 6 bridge errors. The most they had all season in one game. 5 runs in the first got things going for calvary, a three run shot and a few singles got it done for calvary. 

In the fifth inning, Bridge got in the board with 4 runs. 5 out of 6 players got on base with things getting started by Jordan Clark single followed by a double by PJ. 3 batters latter Jeff Miller had a big 2 out RBI triple. Calvary Fellowship got a run back in the fifth and Bridge got things going again in the 7th. 

Bridge offense has been quiet over the last few games, but it seems some of the big hitters are heating up. Jay, PJ, Steve, and Jeff all had multi hit games. It is only a matter of time before everyone starts to click together again.  



Monday, May 20
Coatesville Bible crushes Bridge 21-10

Coatesville Bible pounded Bridge , as nine hitters combined for 17 hits, 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Coatesville Bible has 10 extra base hits in the game and scored in every inning but 1. 

Coatesville Bible stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring three runs on a sacrifice fly and two singles. Coatesville Bible tacked on another six runs in the third. The inning got off to a hot start when a leadoff homer. That was followed up by a few singles, scoring a pair.

After only mustering 3 hits in the first 4 innings, Bridge finally pulled things together but facing a huge  whole down 14 to 1. 7 out of the next 8 batters reached base with a hit.  A two-run triple by Steve O'neil, followed by an RBI single by Mahlon Beiler, an RBI single by Dave Engler, and an RBI single by John Dimino set off the Bridge rally.  Four Bridge runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the sixth, making the score 14-10. Bobby White's second grand slam of the season got bridge closer, but it came with some dramatics. C bible right fielder went back to the fence to make a play. He leaps up to snag the hit at the top of the fence and it hit his glove and bounced over for the HR. However, that would be the last runs bridge could get accross. 

C Bible would not got away queitly as they shut the door on any comeback in the top of the 7th, the scored 7 runs to make the difference 11 runs.



Thursday, May 16
Jeff's big day leads Bridge over Calvary Chapel, 13-7

 

An awesome effort by Jeff Miller spurred Bridge to a 13-7 win in seven innings over Calvary Chapel on Thursday at Manor. Jeff racked up six RBIs on two huge hits for Bridge. He hit two 3 run shots in the fourth and fifth innings. He sparked some life into the Bridge hitters as they were going down easily in the first 3 innings. They only managed 3 bases runners in the first 3 innings. All that changed in the fourth.

 

Bridge had 7 extra bases hits in the final 4 innings including three home runs in the win. Jeff had 2 and Mahlon Beiler hit his first home run of his career. Jordan Clark continues his amazing start to the year, going 4-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's and raising his average to .814. The 4-7 hitters of Bridge went a combined 10-14 with 3 HR, 1double, 11 RBI's, and 8 runs scored. The combination of Mahlon, Jordan, Pat, and Jeff were too much to handle for Calvary and led the team to victory.  

 

Bob H. got the win for Bridge and was solid all night. He had his 'sinker' working as he was inducing ground balls all night. The infield came up strong with making some great plays. John, Dave, Robby, and Bobby combined for 15 of the 21 outs recorded. Almost a rare experience happened in the bottom of the 5th inning. Calvary was able to get the bases loaded with no outs. The infield was at double play depth and a ball was hit right at the short stop. He tagged the runner going to third, touched second base, but the runner barely beat it out to first to avoid the first triple play in Bridge/FLCC history. Overall it was a great defensive game for bridge as they only allowed 7 runs, 4 of which happened in the 7th inning when the game was out of hand and Bob was just pitching to contact.



Monday, May 13
Big hitting perfomance carries Freedom Life past Hopewell, 17-7

A superb effort by Keith Shoop carried Freedom Life to a 17-7 win in seven innings over Hopewell on Monday at Lafayette.

Keith racked up seven RBIs on four hits for Freedom Life. He doubled in the first inning, homered in the second and third innings, and singled in the fourth inning. He also scored 3 runs.

Sixteen runs in the opening three innings allowed Freedom Life to easily put away Hopewell. Nine hits to start the lineup fueled the offense and 6 of the top 7 batters had multiple runs scored in the game. In the second and third, FLCC started to use the long ball as Keith S. hit two 3 run shot in consecutive innings and  latter in the third Merv Engel added a solo shot of his own.   

The teams traded runs early on in the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game in the first 2 innings. After FLCC big 2nd and 3rd innings, they never looked back. 

Merv Engel recorded the win for Freedom Life ( his third in a row) even though he allowed seven runs over seven innings. Merv struck out one. The defense was once again solid as the outfield made some great plays. Amanda got her first start at first and played great.

With that win, FLCC is now on a 3 game winning streak and hitting extra base hits at a record pace. They added 7 more extra base hits.



Tuesday, May 7
Freedom Life beats Hibernia in shootout, 15-10

The bats were busy at Wagontown on Tuesday, and when the dust cleared Freedom Life had a 15-10 win over Hibernia in seven innings.

Freedom Life hit five home runs in the win. Home runs for Freedom Life came when Keith Shoop  hit his team leadign 5th HR of the season in the first inning. Also in the first, Bryan Lester hit his first of the season. Allen Deforest continues on his hot start to the season homering in the fifth inning for his first career grand slam. Howie Fryberger and Doug Lester hit the last HR of the day in the sixth inning.

The offense for FLCC didnt come running out of the gate by getting themsleves in a hole down 5-2 after 4 innings. They didnt get much gonig and was not able to get anything accross the plate outside fo the 1st inning solo shots.  They finally came alive in the fifth inning as they scored 8 runs, topped by Allen D. grand slam. Then in the sixth two 2run HR from howie and doug gave FLCC the lead for good and Hibernia was not able to push any more accross.

FLCC played a solid game defensively and Merv was on top of his game outside of Hibernia big 5th inning. He recorded his 2nd win of the season.



Thursday, May 2
Freedom Life tops Providence behind record setting day hitting, 17-9
An outstanding effort by Keith Shoop and Merv Engel lifted Freedom Life to a 19-7 win in seven innings over Providence on Thursday night at Lafayette. Biggest stat of the day was the 9 doubles and 4 HR by Freedom life to break a single game team record for most extra base hits.

 

Keith hit two home runs for Freedom Life. His second consecutive game with multi home runs. Overall, Keith led the team by going 4-4 in the game with five RBIs and four runs scored. After two weeks of play, Keith now leads the league with 10 rbi.

 

Merv Engel only allowed seven runs over three innings to recorded the victory. He was helped by a solid defense behind him. Merv also had a great day by also going 4-4 with 5 runs scored and 2 RBI. Merv tied a tear record by hitting for 3 doubles in a game.

 

 Freedom Life didn't let up, as it kept racking up runs until the end. Freedom Life scored in every inning and to top off the blowout win, they had 5 innings with 2 or more runs scored. Every hitter but 1 had a multi hit day..  Freedom Life scored six runs in the first on a three-run home run by Keith, an RBI double by Jackson Stoltzfus, an RBI double by Paul Yacoe and an RBI single by Logan Stoltzfus.

 

Additional home runs for Freedom Life came when Keith homered in the first and third innings, Howie Fryberger hit his first of the season when he homered in the fifth inning, and Allen Deforest homered in the sixth inning to mark his second game in a row with a home run.  


Tuesday, April 30
Bridge falls to Grove, 11 - 5

Grove used small ball to get past Bridge. They used the philosphy to beat the infielders and keep it front of the outfielders. The tactic worked as they got 10 hits, 9 singles. They also took advantage of 4 Bridge errors.

The top of the first saw Bridge take an early lead, 3-0. A 2 out, solo home run by Bobby White got Bridge on the board. Bridge then tacked on more runs when Steve O'neil hit a long double, then scoring on an RBI single by Jay lusby, followed by an RBI single by Jordan Clark.

Grove responded by scoring two runs in the first inning, and then followed it up with six more in the third. After a quick out to start the inning, things went down hill for bridge. A missed catch at first, followed by a missed catch in left center, then a grounder that go through led to loading the bases. Then with two outs in the inning, the 4 hitter for grove hit a short line drive and the Left feilder came in and made a diving effort to snag it, but it got past him. That accounted for the only extra base hit for Grove.

After the first, Bridge only managed to get 2 runs, one in the second and sixth. Grove pitching did a great job of limiting the damage and only allowing base runners with 2 outs. In the second, Bridge scored on an RBI single by Bob Hulett, scoring Dave Lanzone. Bridge had a good oppurtunity in the 5th inning with 2 men on, mahlon hit a single, but Chase got thrown out at the plate

Game Notes: this was bridge's first loss of the leason and brings thier recored to 2-1

bobby W. had back to back multi homerun games

Next game 5/16 @ manor field vs. Calvary Chapel



Thursday, April 25
Freedom Life vs. Bridge... Merv vs. Bob... The Showdown: Part 1
The Bats were alive in this one as both teams combined for 7 Home Runs and 39 hits. Bobby W., Keith S., and Allen D. all had two HR apiece and Merv E. rounded it out with the other HR. Freedom Life held the advantage in the overall hit department 24-15. Allen leading both teams with 5 hits.

 

Freedom Life jumped out to a fast start with 5 runs in the first two innings to get a commanding 10-3 lead. The Freedom Life attack began with three straight singles with  Keith S.  plating Howie F. Freedom Life added more runs when Jesse scored on an RBI double by Jackson S. , Keith S. scored on a RBI groundout by Merv E., and Jackson S. scored on a two-run home run by Allen D.

 

Bridge found itself down in the third inning but managed to fight back. Bridge started to chip away at the lead with some small ball as they racked up 6 runs to shorten the gap and make it 12-9. Merv E. walked Bobby W. (who already took him deep once) to load the bases and Steve O. made him pay by lacing a bases clearing double. Then in the 4th inning with the bases loaded, Merv E. had little choice but to pitch to bobby who then took him deep for the teams first Grand Slam of the season. .

 

Even after Bridge rallied for 13 runs in two innings, Freedom Life did not give up. One run in the top of the fifth helped Freedom Life close its deficit to 16-13.. Two Freedom Life runs crossed the plate in the top half of the seventh, An RBI single by Allen D. and Jack A. triggered Freedom Life's comeback, making the score 16-15.. Finally, Bob H. got Logan S. to ground out to end the game with two men on.

 

Game Notes: Pat H. had his first 3 hit game of the season and played a solid 3rd base making some great stops.

                      Allen D. went 5-5  with 3 runs, 5 RBi, 2 dble, and 2 HR - he also played a gold glove outfield making a ton of shoe string catches

                       Keith S. went 3-5 with 3 runs, 5 RBi, and 2 hr as well... Allen and Keith are a lethal duo with games like last night


Monday, April 22
Offenses dominate as Bridge outscores St. James 20-9

Bridge and St. James lit up the scoreboard on Monday as they combined for 29 runs. In the end, Bridge won the offensive battle 20-9 in seven innings. Bob Hulett got the win going four strong innings and only allowing 3 earned runs. Jordan Clark, in his first career relief appearnce, came in for the save allowing 6 runs (3 earned) in three innings of work.

Bridge had 5 new players make their debut and they had a great night at the plate going a combined 7-12 with 7 runs scored, 5 RBI, 1 HR, and 2 doubles. Eric, John, Pat, Chase, and Steve are great additions to the team and looking forward to watch them this season.

The Season started off with a great team effort play. The first batter for St. James hit a line drive shot to the OF on the second pitch of the game. Mahlon Beiler ran it down, hit the cut off man, who fired home where Dave Engler was waiting to scoop up the throw, lunge out to apply the tag for the out.

Twelve runs in the opening three innings allowed Bridge to easily put away St. James. A two-run single by PJ Nolan, a two-run single by Steve O'Niel, and a two-run double by Dave E. in the first inning.   Jay Lusby had a RBI single and later in the inning a two-run single by Jordan C. during the second inning supplied the early offense for Bridge.

Eric had a stand out day and was busy at the plate collecting two extra-base hits, four runs scored, and two RBI's. He was a beast at the plate and that prompted St. James to walk him in his last at bat. In addition he had a stellar game at first.

Bridge built upon its lead with four runs in the fourth.  John Dimino got things started to get Bridge on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Eric's two-run home run, plating Mahlon B .

Bridge survived St. James' surge of four runs and put up three runs of its own in the sixth. Bridge scored on a sacrifice fly by Bobby White, an RBI single by Steve O, and a RBI fielder's choice by Jordan C.

 It is a great start of the season for Bridge in all areas. They will look to continue the great start on Thursday as they take on Freedom Life in their first showdown of the season.  



Welcome to the 2013 Season...

The Season is almost here and we are super excited to get things started. The weather is looking to start warming up in the next few days and the grass is going to start growing. I broke out my gloves and bats out of storage and getting them ready for the season. We are going to have many new faces on the roster as well as many returning to climb the career stat charts.

Our ministry is going to have a new look as we are breaking the teams up by church, which we are looking to increase the community atmosphere, become more welcoming to new players, and increase the friendly rivalry between Bridge and Freedom Life. 

There are a lot of interesting story lines coming into this season in addition to our new look. Jay is already talking about how he is going to defend his batting title and is shooting to break the all time record. Can Bobby keep the power numbers and claim his second HR title? Is Dwight going to be the triples leader or is one of his boys going to take over?

 We are in our 4th year and it is going to be an exciting one.



End of softball season recap

Hey Eveyone,
 
Another great season came to an end on tuesday night as the 'A' team playoff run came to crashing end at the hands of Brandywine Grace. The guys did they best they could and didnt give up the battle until the last out. Thank you everyone for being apart of this ministry and helping change lives.  As always, we could not achieve everything without the efforts of everyone focus of community and relationships. I feel sad that the season is over, but i am looking forward to the next season of volleyball and enjoy what God is doing.
 
*** We have a tentative date set for this years sports party. Sunday September 23rd. So mark that on your calendar now and i will send out more details once we confirm everything. It will be at Merv and Jen Engle house. We will provide the meats, but we will ask everyone to bring something to share.***

One more day to vote for the Players Choice Awards. Thank you for those who already voted.
 
Thanks for a great season and looking forward to many more to come,
bobby and jesse
 
Milestone Tracker from the Final Two Weeks
 
Bryan Lester became for first player to reach 100 career RBI's on the last game of the season. And in his fashion, he did it on a home run. Bryan also got his 50th career Single.
 
Dave Lanzone finished the season 1 hit shy of his 50th career hit.
 
Doug Lester got  his 50th career RBI.

PJ got his 25th single of his career.
 
Mike Deraco finished the season 1 single away from his 25th career single.
 
Howie Fryberger finished the season 2 hits away from his 25th career hit.
 
Records Broken

Single Season
 
Bobby White eclipsed his own 2010 3rd place record and moved into second with 33 hits in a single season. Bryan Lester's 2010 mark of 41 hits still stands at 1st.
 
Jay Lusby cruised by his 2010 & 2011 records of 22 & 23 singles in a season racking in 26 Singles this season.
 
Bryan L. 2010 record of 12 doubles in a season stills stands. Bobby W. came the closest hitting 8 this year.
 
Dwight Stoltzfus tied the all time record for Triples with 4 this year. Only Doug Lester in 2010 & Troy Jordan in 2011 stand with Dwight on top.
 
Bryan's 2010 record of 38 RBI's still stand at 1st, but bryan moved into 2nd place this season with 34 RBI's, also Bobby moved into 3rd place with a 31 RBI season. Howie Fryberger and Bobby (2010 season) stand at 4th place with 30 RBI's.
 
Jesse Yacoe and Bobby W. tied Brad W/ and Bryan L. 2nd place records for runs in a season both having 26. Bryan L. 2010 record of 31 still stands on top.
 
Bobby W. 2010 record for batting average still stands at .912.  Jay L.  won the batting title this season with a .721 BA. Bobby W. came in a close 2nd this year only 4 points back with a .717 BA and PJ followed close behind him with a .714. However no BA this year has topped any single season mark.
 
Bobby W. 2010 record for On Base Percentage still stands at the impressive mark of .861. This year, Jay Lusby came the closest with a .733 OBP, only a few points away from the 3rd place record holder, Brad Wise who had a .739 OBP in 2011.
 
Nobody came close to Bobby W. 2010 record of a 1.912 Single Season Slugging Percentage this year. Bobby lead both teams this year with a 1.435 SLG%, but that did not top the any of the single season charts. As a notable for the Lester family, both Bryan and Doug tied in SLG% this year with a 1.250 each. I am sure they wont argue about that the whole off season.
 
In 2010, Bobby W. set the standard for OPS (OBP + SLG%) with a monster 2.771. Bobby W. still came close with a 2.135 OPS this year leading both teams. Bobby fell a few short of Doug L. 3rd place, 2010 record of 2.431.
 
Career Records
 
Bryan Lester eclipsed the 100 hit mark late this year. He leads all players lifetime with 109 hits. Bobby W. edged out Jay L. to hold the 2nd place number with 92 to Jay's 89.
 
Another impressive year for the A team's leadoff man Jay L., who continued his incredible hitting increasing his career singles lead. Jay finished the season with 71 career singles. Bryan L. held off Bobby W. with 52 career to Bobby's 49.
 
Bryan L. still holds the career lead in doubles with 26. Bobby W. took soul possession of 2nd with 18. Right behind Bobby are Jay L. and Merv Engle are tied for 3rd with 17 a piece.
 
Dwight "Wheels" Stoltzfus had a career season racking in 4 triples. This propelled him to rack up more triples than any other player in a career with 8. This impressive feet happened in a season played at most parks with a shorter fence. Bobby W. is right behind him with 7 and Doug L. along with Dwight's son, Jackson Stoltzfus both have 4.
 
Bryan L. still holds the high mark of 28 career home runs passing his 25th career home run mark this season, making him the only player to ever hit more than 25 home runs. Bobby W. is 10 homers behind his with 18 and Doug L. rounds out the top bombers with 13.
 
Bryan L. holds the mark at 101 career RBIs passing the 100 RBI mark in the last game of this season. Again, Bryan is the only player to knock in over 100 RBIs. Bobby W. is close behind him with 88 and Doug L. holds 3rd place with 49.
 
Bobby W. and Bryan L. battled back and forth the whole season with career Batting Average. The leader changed almost every week. But Bryan will go into the off season with the bragging rights this year, having a .741 career BA, just over of Bobby’s career mark of .736. Jay L. rounds out the top hitters with a .669 lifetime BA.
 
Bryan L. holds the top spot for career On Base %, with a .736 OBP. Bobby W. and Brad W. round out the top group with a .707 and .693 OBP respectively.
 
Bryan L. also holds the top spot for career Slugging % going into the off season with an impressive 1.531 SLG%. 0.099 points away is Bobby W. with a 1.424 SLG% and rounding out the top performers is Doug L. with a lifetime 1.278 SLG%.
 
And finally, you guessed it, Bryan L. holds the high mark for OPS with a career mark of 2.266 OPS. Bobby W. is again a close 2nd with 2.131 and Brad W. moves up to be with the top hitters with a 1.840 OPS, just 2 points higher than Doug L.


Even though Bryan L. and Bobby W. lead many categories, they will have many players chasing them and striving to top the single season records and career marks they have set. I am looking forward to what next season will bring and records broken.



Tuesday, July 24
Brandywine Grace crushes Bridge to end the 2012 semi-finals

In what turned out to be the final game of the season, Bridge fell 20-9 to Brandywine Grace in seven innings on Tuesday at the YMCA, despite racking up 19 hits and nine runs.

Bryan L. was one of the few stars in Bridge's night as he racked up five RBIs on three hits. He homered in the first inning, singled in the fifth inning, and doubled in the seventh inning.

Brandywine Grace pounded Bridge pitching, as nine hitters combined for 25 hits, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored. The defense was a little banged up and shaky. They made some costly mistakes that they had a knack for avoiding all season long.

It was not the ending Bridge was looking for, but it was a great season and a lot of good things to build onto for next season.



Tuesday, July 24
2012 Playoffs Rd. 1 vs. Brandywine Grace

Hot bats not enough as Bridge falls to Brandywine Grace 24-21

Twenty-eight hits weren't enough for Bridge  as it lost a shootout, 24-21 in seven innings, to Brandywine Grace on Monday at YMCA.

Bridge was without many of thier top hitters, but that didnt stop the bats from coming alive. Every player was on base atleast twice and everyone scored atleast 1 run. All but 2 playes got atleast 1 RBI, with PJ leading the way with 6.

Bridge  jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Bridge's threat began with a back to back singles from Brad and Bobby. Merv E. doubled, scoring Brad and Bobby. Bridge then tacked on more runs when Keith scored on an RBI single by Greg A..

Brandywine Grace answered Bridge's top inning with five runs of its own in the first. Brandywine Grace scored on a two-run double by John, , and a two-run home run by Tom.

After posting four runs in the second, Brandywine Grace again scored four in the fourth. In the second, Brandywine Grace scored on an RBI double by Dan, bringing home Kyle.

The lead stayed with Brandywine Grace after the sixth, when it scored six runs on a three-run double by Joe and two singles.

One run in the top of the seventh helped Bridge close its deficit to 24-21. An RBI single by Allen sparked Bridge's rally. Bridge's Dave E. flew out to the left center field, who made a acrobatic catch, to end the ballgame.

Game two in the best of three series is Tuesday night at 6:30. Bridge looks to even the series



Thursday, July 19
Bryan leads Bridge 12-11 win over Calvary Fellowship

An awesome effort by Bryan L. spurred Bridge to a 12-11 win in seven innings over Calvary Fellowhip on Thursday at Fairview.

Bryan rocked Calvary Fellowhip with two home runs. Bryan went 3-3 in the game with four RBIs and four runs scored. Bryan homered in the third and fourth innings to bring his season total to 6.

The game was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with 11 lead changes.

Mike Dow. got the win for Bridge allowing only 11 runs over seven innings. Mike had one of the many highlight plays of the night to end the game. With 2 outs in the 7th inning, Calvary's lead off hitter hit a screamer back up the middle and Mike was able to snag it out of the air to end the game.

Bridge hammered Calvary Fellowhip pitching a combining for 19 hits, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored on 8 extra base hits. All but 1 batter had atleast 1 hit.

Home runs for Bridge came when Bryan homered in the third and fourth innings and Keith S. homered in the fourth inning for his second of the year.

Bridge jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Bridge's offense woke up as Bryan singled before Bobby W. tripled, plating Bryan.

Calvary Fellowhip scored one run of its own in the first. Calvary Fellowhip scored on an RBI single.

Calvary Fellowhip pushed across three runs in both the third inning and the fifth. In the third, Calvary Fellowhip scored on a two-run home run.

Calvary Fellowhip answered Bridge's top inning with three runs of its own in the fifth. Calvary Fellowhip scored on an RBI single, sac fly, and a groundout.

The game was never in doubt after the sixth, as Bridge locded down its defense while scoring three runs on two doubles.

Bridge turned up their defensive efforts in the 6th and 7th and did not allow Calvary to get a man up to second base.

Bridge finished the year at 9-4 and will face Brandywine Grace int he 1st round of the playoffs at the YMCA.



Tuesday, July 17
Bridge comes from behind to beat Hibernia, 17 - 16

Bridge trailed by as much as eight runs in the fifth inning, but Bridge recovered thanks to a timely hitting and 9 doubles to pull out an 17-16 win in seven innings over Hibernia at Manor Field on a very hot Tuesday night.  

With Bridge trailing by one, Bobby came to the plate and hit an opposite field double, bringing home PJ and Brad W. to take the lead.  

Brad and PJ got a hit in each of there two at bats and drew 2 walks to add to a perfect night at the plate. PJ tripled in the first inning and scored 4 runs to lead the team. Bobby racked up four RBIs on two hits for Bridge.  

Merv E. allowed 16 runs (7 earned) over seven innings to record the victory. He struck out one, walked none and surrendered 19 hits. After a tough start to the game for the defense, Merv pushed through to settle the team down and hold Hibernia to only 6 more runs the rest of the game. 

Bridge easily handled Hibernia pitching as six hitters combined for 16 hits, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.  

Hibernia jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the top of the first. A few miscues on the infield led to the extended inning, but Hibernia kept lighting up the scoreboard with a 3run HR and a 3 RBI triple. After posting one run in the second, Hibernia again scored one in the fifth.  

Bridge survived Hibernia's surge and put up three runs of its own in the second. Bridge scored on a walk by Brad and a two-run single by bobby.  

In the fourth, Hibernia extended its lead with a big 3 run HR, but that would be the last of Hibernia runs on the night.

 It didn't take long for Bridge to respond as it scored six runs of its own in the fifth. Bridge scored on an RBI double by Doug L., a bases loaded two-run single by Bryan L., an RBI single by Greg A., an RBI single by Dave E., and an RBI single by Allen.  Bridge didn't give up the lead after the sixth inning.  

With one game remaining, Bridge looks to keep rolling into the playoffs and get prepared to take on Brandywine Grace. 



Monday, July 16
Brandywine Grace beats Bridge 10-7 thanks to a big comeback

Bridge saw victory slip away on Monday when a four-run third inning lead disappeared after a furious charge from Brandywine Grace, who ended up with a 10-7 win at YMCA .

Doug L. racked up six RBIs on one hit and 1 sac fly for Bridge. He hit a Grand Slam in the first inning for his fourth HR of the season.


Brandywine Grace's Joe, Dave and Kyle combined for eight hits and eight RBIs.

The bottom of the first saw Bridge take an early lead, 5-0. Brad W. got things going for Bridge with a single. Followed by a single by Bryan L. then moved Brad from first to second. PJ singled, scoring Brad. More runs came home for Bridge when PJ, Bryan and Bobby scored on a home run by Doug.

Brandywine Grace put up one run in each of the second, fifth and sixth. In the second, Brandywine Grace scored on a groundout by Kyle, plating Zack.

Brandywine Grace didn't relinquish the lead after scoring six runs in the fourth inning when it scored on an RBI double by Dave, a two-run home run by Joe, a sacrifice fly by Zack, and an RBI single by Kyle.

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Bridge close its deficit to 8-7. A sacrifice fly by Doug set off Bridge rally.

Brandywine Grace piled on two more runs in the top of the seventh. Carl's single got things going, scoring Andy. That was followed up by Joe's single, plating Carl.

With two games left on the season, Bridge looks to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.



Monday, July 9
Walk off single sends St. Joes to victory over Bridge, 12-11

Twenty-two hits were not enough for Bridge as it lost a shootout, 12-11 in seven innings, to St. Joseph on Monday at the YMCA.

Ryan S. racked up three RBIs on three hits for Bridge. He homered in the fourth inning and singled in the second and sixth innings.

Bridge jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jay L. singled to ignite Bridge's offense. Followed by a single by Brad W. then moved Jay from first to second. Then Bryan L. singled, bringing home Jay.

St. Joseph answered Bridge's top inning with four runs of its own in the first. St. Joseph scored on an error, followed by 3 straight singles.

Bridge posted two runs in each of the third, fifth and sixth. In the third, Bridge scored on a sacrifice fly by Merv E., scoring Keith S.

St. Joseph survived Bridge's surge and put up two runs of its own in the fifth and sixth. Each time Bridge would take a lead, St. Joes would answer right back in the bottom of the inning. It was a back and forth game that came down to the wire.

Bridge pulled ahead in the 7th, thanks to some timely hittinb, but St. Joseph quickly matched Bridge's strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the seventh to cap their big comeback with a walk off win.



Wednesday, July 11
Hot bats not enough, FLCC succumbs to Downingtown Grace, 15-10

Fifteen hits weren't enough for FLCC as it lost a shootout, 15-10 in seven innings, to Downingtown Grace on Tuesday at Manor.

Dwight Stoltzfus had a hot bat for FLCC. Dwight went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He tripled in the third inning and singled in the fifth and seventh innings. That triple was Dwight’s 4th of the season tying the Single Season record.

Downingtown Grace never trailed after scoring six runs in the first inning.

After pushing across three runs in the top of the second, FLCC faced just a 6-3 deficit. A three-run triple by Mike Deraco gave FLCC life.

Despite getting the lose, Bob Hulett had a great night pitching throwing over 50% of his first pitches as strikes.

Two runs in the top of the third helped FLCC close its deficit to 6-5. An RBI triple by Dwight and a sacrifice fly by Ron March triggered FLCC's comeback.

Downingtown Grace answered FLCC's top inning with five runs of its own in the third.

After pushing across four runs in the top of the fifth, FLCC faced just a 14-9 deficit. A three-run home run by Howie Fryberger and an RBI single by Jack Alexander set off a FLCC rally.



Monday, July 9
Gateway too much for Freedom Life, FL falls 11-5

It was a tough night for Freedom Life.

Gateway lead off the game with a solo home run and added 4 more runs in the first.

Freedom Life battled right back as Howie Fryberger cracked a double scoring Jackson Stoltzfus and Jesse Yacoe who both singled to get on base earlier.

Freedom Life held Gateway scoreless throughout the next two innings behind strong pitching by Ron March and great out-fielding by Jackson, Jesse and Gary Fisher. With only three players covering the vast outfield, Freedom Life was still able to hold back the offense of Gateway.

Freedom Life’s infield was on their game as well. With stellar play at 1st base by Jack Alexandar, who had a great scoop to finish a double play, Howie had a 5 put outs with a couple of nice catches and Mike Deraco had 3 put outs along with a double play at 3rd.

Freedom Life closed within 2 runs in the 3rd when Dwight Stoltzfus singled in Howie who got on with his second double of the night earlier in the inning. But in the end, Gateway was too much for Freedom Life to match.

In the Final inning, Jackson had a 2 run Home Run to cut the lead down to 6 runs. Two batters later, Mike hit a double and was called out sliding into third to end the game.



Thursday, July 5
Brad leads Bridge to 21 - 4 win over Calvary Fellowship

An awesome effort by Wise Brad led Bridge to a 21-4 win in five innings over Calvary Fellowship on Thursday at Fairview.  

Brad hit two home runs for Bridge. Brad went 4-5 in the game with five RBIs and three runs scored. Brad homered in the third and fifth innings.  

Fourteen runs in the first three innings helped Bridge blow out Calvary Fellowship. An RBI single by Bryan L., an opposite field RBI double by Bobby W., a sacrifice fly by Doug L., and an RBI single by PJ in the first inning and an RBI double by Dave E. during the second inning supplied the early offense for Bridge. The third inning marked the 3rd time this year Bridge has batted around in 1 inning.

Merv E. recorded the win for Bridge only allowing 4 runs over five innings in a mercy rule victory. Merv E. walked one and gave up 8 hits to earn his 6th win of the season.

Bridge pounded Calvary Fellowship pitching, as many players had great night. Jay, Brad, Mahlon, and PJ all had a 4 hit night. 10 out of the 12 hitters had at least 1 run scored and 1 RBI. 

Home runs for Bridge came when Brad homered in the third and fifth innings and when Bryan hit a monster shot in the fourth inning. Bryan L. Home run was his 100 hit of his career and the first one to reach that plateau.



Tuesday, July 3
FLCC drops high scoring affair to Hopewell, 17-10

Happy Birthday to Jackson Stoltzfus, but unfortunately Freedom Life fell 17-10 to Hopewell in seven innings on Monday at Lafayette despite racking up 21 hits and 10 runs. Every hitter on FLCC got at least 1 hit and all but 2 players scored a run for FLCC.

FLCC was ahead early but it ultimately surrendered the lead for good in a solid back and forth game. FLCC led until the fourth inning, but Hopewell took the lead back on a three-run home run. 

Hopewell jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Hopewell got a spark in the form of the top of the lineup playing small ball and getting single, double, then singe to drive in a few runs. 

It didn't take long for FLCC to respond as it scored five runs of its own in the first. FLCC scored on a three-run home run by Howie F. and a two-run single by Mike D.

After a quick strike from Hopewell, FLCC responded with three runs in the third. FLCC scored on an RBI single by Jack A. and a two-run single by Bob H.

Hopewell  put that game away by matching its three-run fifth inning with three more in the seventh.

Howie F. and Bob H. stood out for FLCC as they both knocked in 3 RBI a piece on 2 hits, both had 1 HR on the night.



Monday, July 2
Bridge Best Hopewell in Shootout 18 - 11

Pitchers had a tough day during the game between Bridge and Hopewell, as the two teams put up 29 runs combined in a 18-11 Bridge win.

Bridge blew out Hopewell thanks to 26 hits, including four extra base hits. Bridge scored nine runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Bobby W., a three-run single by PJ, an RBI single by Ryan S., an RBI single by Keith S, an RBI single by Merv E., and an RBI single by Jay L.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to five lead changes in the game. Bridge took control of the lead in the 4th and never looked back.

Merv was solid again for his 5th win allowing 11 runs (7 earned) over seven innings. Merv helped himself out at the plate, going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI's, and 2 runs scored. 

Batters 6 through 11 for Bridge pounded Hopewell pitching, as six hitters were combined 15 for 23, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

In the bottom of the first, Hopewell grabbed the early lead, 3-0. After 2 singles, followed by a HR.

Bridge went up for good in the fourth, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Mahlon B., a sacrifice fly by Keith S, and an RBI single by Ryan S.

Jay L. had 4 hits on the night and Bobby W. hit his team leading 7hr on monday night.



Thursday, June 28
Bridge drops second straight game, 14-13 to Brandywine Grace

For the second straight game Bridge  recorded a loss as they fell 14-13 to Brandywine Grace in seven innings on Thursday night at Manor field. Despite racking up 20 hits and 13 runs, Bridge fell short in their bid for a comeback, stranding the tying run on third in the 7th.   

Bridge defense was a lot better tonight as they looked to rebound from the sloppy effort against St. Joes. Brandywine jumped ahead early in the first inning and never relinquished the lead.  

Bridge battled back all night, but was not able to get the run needed to tie up the game. Bobby W. racked up 4 RBI on 3 hits, in the 4th inning he hit a 3 run HR to bring bridge within 2 runs. The next inning Ryan S. hit a Grand Slam to bring Bridge back within 1. Ryan S. finished the night with 4 RBI on 3 hits.  

Down by 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th, Greg A. hit a solo HR and Mahlon B. hit a triple with 2 outs. A hard groundout by Allen ended the threat and the game.



Tuesday, June 26
Bridge falls 16 - 7 to St. Joseph despite Doug L. best efforts

Doug L. did his best to will Bridge to a win with a two-hit and 2RBI performance, but Bridge dropped a 16-7 contest to St. Joseph on Tuesday at YMCA to recorded its first loss of the season.

 Two of Bridge's runs were scored thanks to timely hitting by Doug L. He singled in the first inning and hit a laser beam Home Run in the sixth inning. The Bridge offense racked up 18 hits, but most were with 2 outs and could not put many runs on the board. 

St. Joseph jumped ahead early as they capitalized off many miscues by Bridge defense. In the first inning they scored 8 times thanks to 5 errors. The Bridge defense settled down from the 2nd through the 6th innings, but the damage was already done. Then in the 7th inning, St. Joe's went back on the attack scoring 5 more to put Bridge away for good. 

Unlike Bridge's previous few games, they could not muster any big innings off St. Joe's. The timely hits were not there and only managed 4 extra base hits on the night.  

 An encouraging sign for bridge in the loss was when Brad W. returned from his injury. Brad had a strong game at EH and went 1 for 1 with 2 walks and a RBI.



Monday, June 25
Jackson S. leads FLCC to 24 - 5 win over Trinity

Jackson S.  clubbed two home runs to carry Freedom Life to a 24-5 win over Trinity at Lafayette in seven innings.

Jackson racked up seven RBIs on five hits for FLCC including his 1st career Grand Slam in the 6th inning. He singled in the first and third innings, doubled in the sixth inning, and his first of two homers in the  fifth inning.

The bats were on fire as ten runs in the opening three innings allowed FLCC to easily put away Trinity. During the first inning, Howie F. hit a 3 run shot and mike followed suit a few batters latter with a 2 run shot of his own.

FLCC continued hitting into the second as Howie F. got 2 more RBIs on a two-run single , an RBI single by Mike, and an RBI single by Jack A. supplied the early offense for FLCC.

FLCC hit four home runs in the win, 10 doubles and 1 triple. There were a few milestones in the game as Bob H. hit 3 doubles (most in a single game) and Dwight S. took over the team career lead with 7 triples and is 1 triple away from breaking the single season recored. Howie and Jackson both had a 7 RBI game, the most by a combo of two players in a game.

Bob H. recorded his fifth win of the year for FLCC to improve his recored to 5 - 3. He limited trinity to only 4 extra base hits and got 3 clutch double plays to limit the damage.

FLCC played some great defense as they turned 3 timely double plays and only allowed a few runners past 2nd base. Even with the nice D, the night was highlighted by the batters hammering Trinity pitching as everyone got atleast 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored. Also, seven out of the 9 hitters had an extra base hit.

When FLCC came up to bat in the sixth they had a comfortable lead of 12 - 5, but the bats were not done as they exploded for 12 runs. They batted around, everyone got on base and came around to score in the inning.

This win improves FLCC to 6 - 3 and places them in a strong position to lock up one of the four playoff spots.

 



Tuesday, June 19
Early lead gives FLCC easy victory over Calvary Fellowship, 13 - 5

Thanks to timely hitting and a solid pitching performance by Ron M., Freedom Life shut the door early on Calvary Fellowship capturing a 13-5 victory on a beautiful tuesday night at Lafayette.

With 10 runs in the first three innings, FLCC left no doubt about the eventual outcome. Every player contributed towards the victory with everyone recording atleast 1 hit and 9 out of the 10 batters scored atleast 1 run.

A sacrifice fly by Howie F., an RBI single by Dwight S., and an RBI single by March Ron in the first inning got FLCC going strong. In the second they continued to swing the bats well with a two-run double by Jackson S., and a RBI double by Dwight S. helped FLCC put some runs on the board early.

Jackson S. led the teams offenisve charge by racking up two RBIs on four hits for FLCC. He also tied a team record for catching all 3 outs in the fourth inning.

In his first start on the mound this season, Ron M. dominated by not allowing a run to score until the 4th inning. He well earned his first win of the season with only giving up 5 runs (4 earned) while leading the team on the mound and with his leadership spirit.



Monday, June 18
Bryan and Doug Lester star as Bridge defeats Hopewell 19 - 10

Monday was a great day for the father/son combo of Bryan and Doug Lester, as they both clubbed two home runs to carry Bridge to a 19-10 victory over Hopewell at YMCA in seven innings.

Bryan racked up six RBIs and three runs scored on three hits. Doug also had three hits and four RBIs on the night. In order to stop the HR parade, Hopewell took the bat out of both Lesters by Intentional walking them late in the game.

The two teams combined for 29 runs and 44 hits, including 18 extra base hits.

Seventeen runs in the opening three innings allowed Bridge to easily put away Hopewell. In the first inning, a two-run home run by Bryan L., an RBI single by Bobby W, and a two-run home run by Doug L. got them going. Then following that up in the second, a solo home run by Keith S., a three-run home run by Bryan L., and a two-run home run by Bobby W. supplied the early offense for Bridge.

Merv E. got his fourth win of the season for Bridge, allowing 10 runs (7 earned) over seven innings. Merv was pounding the strike zone all night and only allowed 1 walk.

Bridge easily handled Hopewell pitching as seven hitters combined for 22 hits, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Additional home runs for Bridge came when Doug L. homered in the first and fifth innings. His 2nd HR of the game was a laser beam that would still be flying if it didnt hit the tree in center field. That was easily the longest HR of the season.

 Greg A.  did excellent in batting second in the lineup for the first time this season. He went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored. Two out of his three hits were doubles. Greg also made some great plays in the OF to save many runs. The pace he is going, he is the leading canidate to capture his second straight gold glove award.



Monday, June 11
Historic night for Bridge as they roll over Calvary Fellowship, 33 - 12

Bridge had what is sure to be one of the most memorable days in the franchise. Bryan had 9 RBI's and Bobby hit for the cycle to carry Bridge to a 33-12 win over Calvary Fellowhip at the YMCA in five innings.

Offense was not hard to come by on on Monday, as both teams combined for 45 runs and 60 hits, including 20 extra base hits. Every batter for bridge had atleast 2 hits and 1 run scored. 10 out of the 11 batters had atleast 1 RBI, with Bryan L. leading the way with 9.

In the third inning 14 straight batters got on base for Bridge before recording their first two outs. Then went on to bat around again in the process of scoring 21 runs.

Merv E. allowed 12 runs (7 earned) over five innings and recorded his 3rd victory of the year. Merv limited the chances for Calvary's offense with 0 walks and out of the 23 hits, only 6 were of extra bases.

Greg A. had a great night on both sides of the diamond getting 5 RBI and 4 run scored and highlighting the night with a terrific diving catch and another strong throw to gun a man out at the plate.

Bridge had 14 extra base hits including Ryan S. Bryan L. and PJ Nolan 1st home runs of the season.



Tuesday, May 22
Hot bats not enough as FLCC falls to Hopewell, 23 - 12

Twenty-one hits weren't enough for Freedom Life as it lost a shootout, 23-11 in seven innings, to Hopewell on a beautiful Tuesday night at Wagontown field.

FLCC's, Mike D. was perfect at the dish, going 3-3. He homered in the fifth inning and singled in the second and seventh innings. Jackson S. also went 3 for 3 with a Triple and 3 RBI. Every player on FLCC had atlest 1 hit, but the defense could not hold back the bats of Hopewell.

Hopewell easily handled FLCC pitching as six hitters combined for 16 hits, 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored. They did not have many hard hit balls, but they were exceptional at placing the ball and finding holes with thier bloopers.

 



Thursday, May 17
FLCC tops D-town grace behind Howie's 3 hits, 14 - 10

An awesome effort by Howard F. lifted Freedom Life to a 14-10 win in seven innings over Downingtown Grace on a beautiful thursday evening at Lafayette Field.

There were a huge amount of fans out to cheer on the teams and howie stole the show. Howie rocked Downingtown Grace with two home runs. Howie went 3-4 in the game with five RBIs and two runs scored. Howie homered in the first and in the 9 run second inning.

FLCChad 9 extra base hits, five of which were home runs in the win. Home runs for FLLC came when Dwight S. hit his 2nd HR of the year in the second inning, Yacoe Jesse got his team leading 4th HR in the second inning, and Howie smashed his first two home runs of his career in the 1st and 2nd innings.

Bob H. got the win and Dave E. came in and was solid in relief. Combined they only had 1 walk and spaced out the hits to limit the damage in each inning.



Tuesday, May 15
Early lead not enough for FLCC, as they drop the decesion 9 - 7

FLCC built an early edge on Tuesday, but St. Elizabeth roared back to steal a 9-7 victory at another wet night at Lafayette field.

St. Elizabeth comeback was sparked by the heart of their lineup as they 2-3-4 hitters went 6-11 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 6 runs scored. A harmless fielder's choice gave St. Elizabeth the lead in the fifth inning and they never looked back.

Jesse Y. got a hit in each of his three at bats. He homered in the third inning and singled in the first and fifth innings. Ian R. was on base all 3 at bats in his FLCC debut game and Howie F. had another solid game with 2 hits.

The top of the first saw St. Elizabeth take an early lead, 2-0 with a infield single followed by a Home run that just cleared the left field fence.

FLCC answered St. Elizabeth's top inning with four runs of its own in the first. FLCC scored on an RBI single by Howard F. and a three-run home run by Bob H.

After 2 more in the top half of the third FLCC quickly matched St. Elizabeth's strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the third. FLCC scored on a two-run home run by Jesse Y. and a groundout by Paul Y.

St. Elizabeth didn't relinquish the lead after scoring five runs in the fifth inning when it scored on an double, fielders choice, sac fly, and 2 rbi singles.

This is the 1st loss of the season for FLCC and snaps a 3 game winning streak, but they are back on the field thursday night to start a new winning streak.



Monday, May 14
Bobby and Mike lead Bridge to a 16 - 6 win over Hopewell

Monday was a great day for Bobby as he clubbed two home runs(one a gift that i will take) to carry Bridge to a 16-6 victory over Hopewell at YMCA in a wet rainy tuesday night game.

Bridge blew out Hopewell thanks to 25 hits, including five extra base hits. Bridge scored five runs in the first on a two-run single by Bryan L., a sacrifice fly by bobby, an RBI single by Allen, and an RBI double by Merv E.

Mike D. only allowed six runs over seven innings and he recorded the victory. Mike D. struck out none, walked one and scattered 14 hits over 7 innings. He was solid all night at jumping in front of hitters with the 1st strike. Hopewell, a typical patient team, was forced out of their game plan by falling behind early and getting into pitchers counts.

Bridge pounded Hopewell pitching, as the bottom half of the lineup led the way with Merv, Mike, and Ryan all getting 3 hits a piece. The bottom six hitters had a combined 7 RBI and 9 runs scored.

Home runs for Bridge came when Mike D. homered down the left field line (just keeping it fair)in the fourth inning and bobby homered in the third (a line drive shot to center field) and seventh innings.

Bridge improves to 3 and 0 with this solid win.



Thursday, May 10
Bridge holds on against Brandywine Grace, 14 - 11

Pitchers had a tough day during the game between Bridge and Brandywine Grace, as the two teams put up 25 runs combined in a 14-11 Bridge win.  Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 43 hits, including 14 extra base hits.  

Bridge came out swinging, scoring six runs in the first inning to jump ahead of Brandywine Grace early. Bridge hammered Brandywine Grace pitching as seven hitters had a field day, combining for 20 hits, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored.  

Brad W. continued his MVP type season with solid defense and racking up three RBIs on three hits (1 HR) for Bridge.  

6 other players had multi hit performances, with Jay L. leading the team with 4 hits and every player on Bridge had at least 1 hit. 

Merv E. was solid once again allowing 11 runs (9 earned) and was consistently pitching strikes and getting ahead of the Brandywine grace hitters. 

Brandywine Grace had 2 big innings scoring 4 in the 1st and making a good charge for a comeback in the 7th with 4 more.

 Bridge scored one run in the third inning on back to back doubles by Bobby W. and Keith S. and then followed it up with one more in the fifth with a 2 out RBI single by Dave L. 

One run in the bottom of the third helped Brandywine Grace close its deficit to 7-5. A 2 out single then RBI double  gave Brandywine Grace life. But, Merv E. got the batter to ground out to end the threat.  

Bridge  brought home three runs in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the sixth. In the fourth, Bridge scored on a three-run home run by Brad W., bringing home  Greg A. and  Jay L.  

Bridge added three more runs in the top of the sixth as Bryan L.  kicked things off with a double, scoring Jay. That was followed up by PJ's double, plating Brad and Bryan.  

Two runs on a opposite field home run in the bottom of the sixth helped Brandywine Grace close its deficit to 14-7, but it was not enough as they fell short in the 7th.



Tuesday, May 8
FLCC uses big 1st inning to defeat calvary Chapel, 21-4

Freedom Life refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against Calvary Chapel, recording a 21-4 victory on a wet tuesday night game at Lafayette field.

The game was decided quickly as FLCC exerted its will early with 15 runs in the first three innings. They were helped by a few Calvary miscues and the wet infield.

Fallig behind 2 runs before they even got to the plate, FLCC got its bats going early, scoring 12 runs in the first inning to pull ahead of Calvary. Dwight S. and Howie F. led the way with 4 hits a piece and every player had atleast one hit and run scored in the game.

The FLCC defense was stellar behind Bob H. would allowed only 4 runs. Even with 7 walks due to the tight strike zone of the home umpire, he managed to space them out and limit the damage.

Dwight S. continued his strong start to the season with racking up 5 more RBI and crushing his 1st home run of the season.



Tuesday, May 1
FLCC fights back from early defecit to defeat St. Peter 11 - 10

Freedom Life trailed by seven in the third, but FLCC recovered thanks to a key triple in the seventh inning from Dwight S. to pull out an 11-10 win in seven innings over St. Peter at Manor on Tuesday night.

With FLCC trailing by two, Dwight S. came to the plate and tripled, scoring Jesse Y. and Robby H.

Dwight S. racked up four RBIs on three hits for FlCC and was key to the succes of the team.

FLCC held off St. Peter, as St. Peter was unable to overcome a two-run seventh inning deficit.

St. Peter scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single, but despite its efforts, St. Peter couldn't finish the comeback.

Robert H. got the win for FLCC only allowing 10 runs (7 earned) over seven innings. The FLCC pitcher struck out none, walked two and surrendered 21 hits. After the 2nd inning, he shut down the St. Peter's bats by retiring the first 2 batters for the next three innings. 

FLCC pounded St. Peter pitching, as six hitters combined for 17 hits, nine RBIs and nine runs scored. Robby H., Jesse Y., Dwigh S., and Ron M. all had 3 hits a piece and all 12 batters recorded atleast 1 hit in the game.

The bottom of the first saw St. Peter take an early lead, 5-0. St. Peter's rally started with single, single, error, then 3 more singles. FLCC responded with a Home Run by Robert H, but it didn't take long for St. Peter to get the bats going again with three runs of its own in the second on a string of small ball plays.  

 FLCC went up for the good in the seventh inning as the first 3 runners hit singles.After a line out double play, Dwight S. hit his second triple of the game driving in 2 to tie the game. Additional runs  to take the lead came from an RBI double by Jesse Y. and an RBI single by Howard F.



Monday, April 30
St. Joseph outdone by Bobby and Bridge pitching, 9-4

Bobby and Jay both went 2-3, helping Bridge to a 9-4 victory over St. Joseph on Monday at YMCA.

Bobby homered in the first inning and singled in the fourth inning. Driving home 2 runs and also scoring 2. Dave L. also had a 2 RBI performance.

Merv got the win for Bridge 'A'. He allowed four runs (2 earned) over seven innings. The Bridge pitcher struck out none, walked none and surrendered 12 hits. Merv was on top of the St. Joes hitters by pumping strike 1 to 29 out of the 34 batters.

 



Wednesday, April 25
Freedom Life tops Gateway behind Jesse four hits, 17-7
Jesse had 4 hits to carry Freedom Life to a 17-7 win over Gateway at Wagon in seven innings.

FLCC continued to pile on the runs until the end of the game. FLCC scored four runs in the final inning to cap the blowout win. FLCC scored five runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Bryan, a fielder's choice, and a two-run single by Mahlon.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to six lead changes in the game.

Bob Hulett got the win for FLCC despite allowing seven runs over seven innings. The FLCC pitcher struck out none, walked none and surrendered eight hits.

FLCC pounded Gateway pitching, as six hitters combined for 18 hits, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

Home runs for FLCC came when Robert homered in the fourth inning, Bobby homered in the fourth and fifth innings, Yacoe Jesse homered in the fifth inning, and Bryan homered in the seventh inning.

Robert's solo blast helped FLCC score four runs in the fourth.

FLCC never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring four runs on two two-run home runs.