Baseball: Phoenixville, Pottsgrove post 9-inning victories

Phoenixville 2, Upper Perkiomen 0 (9 innings) – Drew Kingsbury slammed a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break up a tight pitcher’s duel and carry the PAC Frontier Division champion Phantoms to the narrow victory in the regular season finale for both teams Thursday.

Kingsbury’s blast scored Hudson Narke, who had started the rally with his third single of the afternoon. Narke had set the tone with five shutout innings before Collin Bull came on to complete the shutout and grab the decision.

Upper Perk starter Nate Reinhart, who had one of the Indians’ four hits, struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings before Connor Gehman came on to absorb the loss. Josiah Reptsik was the most productive offensive player for the Tribe, reaching base in three of four plate appearances with two walks and a single.

Phoenixville will next play in the PAC Final Four as the No. 2 seed against No. 3 Spring-Ford in the semifinals beginning Monday at Bear Stadium. The loss was the sixth straight for Upper Perk, which finishes 6-10.

Pottsgrove 3, Methacton 2 (9 innings) – The Falcons kept their flickering playoff hopes alive when Yasir Gardner-Sizer crossed with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the regular season finale for both teams.

The offensive heroes for the Grove were Dom Gerasimowicz (2 RBI, 2 hits, 2B), Gardner-Sizer (2-2, 2B, 3 walks), Shane Lutz (3-5, 2B) and John Ryan McMenamin (2-3, BB), who turned in 8 1/3 sharp innings as the Pottsgrove starter.

Kross Howarth and Tyler Weil-Kaspar drove in runs while Bobby Kleckner and Jake Chapman picked up two hits apiece for the Warriors, who will play in the District 1-6A tournament despite finishing their regular season with three straight losses.

The Falcons currently rank 14th in the District 1-5A playoff field and would need to leap past Upper Moreland and Radnor to secure the 12th and final district berth.