POTTSTOWN - Every baseball team will have an off night here and there, and Pottstown suffered its first of the season in Saturday's Bux-Mont Legion League contest at Sundstrom Field. The Steelers gave up four runs in the first inning and things didn't get any better after that in an 11-1 loss to Warrington in a game stopped after six innings by the 10-run rule.
Pottstown (1-1, 5-1) picked up just four singles off A's right-hander Will Sasser, including two by Seth Regensburg, one by Adam Regensburg, and an RBI hit by Josh Hartman. A trio of Steeler pitchers didn't pitch all that badly, but didn't help themselves with a combined total of seven hit batters.
'We've been off. We haven't played in awhile and our pitchers haven't gotten much work,' said Pottstown manager Todd Endy. 'But that's no excuse for losing the game. Tonight we didn't hit the ball. That's the bottom line. We didn't even get base runners to try to make things happen. This is the sixth game we've played and the first bad game we've played.
Warrington (1-1), made up predominantly of members of the Central Bucks South team that will be playing in the PIAA-AAAA semifinals on Monday, put together four straight hits in the first after the leadoff batter was nicked by the first pitch of the night.
Despite that, the Steelers hung around for awhile and got on the board in the fourth on a two-out single and two steals by Adam Regensburg and a hit to center by Hartman (1-for-1 with 2 walks).
But the A's got that one back in the fifth, broke it open with six in the sixth with the help of three hit batters, and Sasser recorded his seventh strikeout of the night with the bases loaded to wrap up the win early.
The Steelers were short a couple of pitchers due to injuries, forcing them to go to Jeff Endy and Adam Regensburg after Jimmy Mullen left the mound after five.
'They didn't do a bad job after the first inning,' said Todd Endy. 'It really wasn't fair to Jeff and Adam to throw them in there like that, but they'll do anything to help the team. Their players are from Central Bucks South, and you can tell by the way they swing the bats. We've been averaging eight runs a game, but tonight we looked bad with the bats.'
The key now is for the Steelers to shake off the loss and get ready to play at Doylestown this afternoon.
'We lost one game,' said manager Endy. 'It's a long season. We can't start making excuses. We have to put this behind us and be ready to play tomorrow. We've got a good team. When we put things together, we're going to be okay.'
NOTES Chris Veal, Pat Reilly, and Brian Happ (2-for-2, 2 HBP) each had two hits for the winners. … Happ and Sasser had hit home runs while eliminating Spring-Ford from the District 1 playoffs after ousting defending state champion Conestoga in the previous game. … The Steelers threatened to extend the game when they loaded the bases with two out in the sixth on a hit by Seth Regensburg, the only error of the night by either team, and a walk to Hartman, but Sasser got the next batter swinging on a full-count pitch. … Center fielder Seth Regensburg threw out a runner at the plate in the sixth and also made a nice catch of a shallow pop later in the inning.