The Delaware Valley boys’ baseball team entered their game on Monday against Abington Heights knowing they needed a win. The Comets are the only team in the league to claim victory over the Warriors to date in the season. That win came during the last at-bat in the teams’ earlier game at Abington Heights. Revenge was essential for the Warriors who had their sights on the number one spot in their league. The re-match wasn’t as expected; the game ended without a single run put on the scoreboard as Delaware Valley shoutout the Comets, 12-0, the Warrior’s fifth shutout of the season. The mercy rule ended the game in the fifth and locked in the Warrior’s number one ranking. Abington went quietly in the top of the first and the Warriors struck quickly. Following passes to Pat Smith and Pat Harsch, the Warrior’s winning pitcher, senior Eric Christensen, smacked a three-run homer. After a scoreless inning and a half, the Warriors struck again in the third as Jesse Johnson doubled in Matt Accardi and Billy Phillips, increasing the Delaware Valley lead to 5-0. Charles Strouse followed with a homerun, scoring Johnson and himself, making the score 7-0. After another shutout inning in the top of the fourth, the Warriors scored four more. Johnson drove in two and Strouse, who tripled to plate another pair of Warrior runs, went on to steal home for the twelfth and final run of the contest. “It was a huge win
we wanted some revenge, and we got it,” commented Christensen after the game. Strouse added, “We put everything together, offensively and defensively. Redemption is good.” The team was scheduled to play at Wallenpaupack on May 11, ending the week dubbed by Coach Peters as “championship week.” The boys play their last home game and regular seaon finale on Wednesday, May 17. For more pictures from their games, click “photos” at www.pikecountycourier.com.