BASEBALL: Dock dominant in five-inning victory over Plumstead

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TOWAMENCIN — Christopher Dock showcased an overpowering pitching performance and plenty of offensive firepower to win its fourth league game of the week, 11-0 over Plumstead Christian Saturday.

It was clear right off the bat that Dock (5-1 overall, 4-1 conference) was the better team on this day, as Pioneer starter Danny Sabath set down Plumstead Christian 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning on just 9 pitches and rolled on from there.

“Sabath is an interesting kid,’ Dock head coach Ed Melendez said. “He’s only 15 years old. I’m working with him…he’s got a good location and good command of three pitches and we feel he’s confident on the mound.’

The sophomore ended up going the full five innings, giving up just one hit and walking one while striking out six. He threw just 52 pitches.

“I was just trying to hit my spots,’ Sabath said after the game. “We had really good defense too overall; (they) made all the routine plays.’

As the young hurler also said, “it always helps when you get insurance runs to help you out,’ and he had plenty of those on the day thanks to a relentless Dock offense.

The Pioneers batted around and scored five runs in the first, continued their dominance with two runs in the second and four more in the third. They were aided by eight Plumstead Christian errors, but capitalizing on opportunity is what good teams do, and that’s what Christopher Dock did Saturday.

Catcher Tim DiLoreto was one of the many leaders on offense for Christopher Dock, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. He also stole a base.

“I’ve been struggling this past week so I wanted to work on getting my foot down and hitting line drives back up the middle,’ DiLoreto said.

Also contributing to the offense was Rashid Saint LaFleur and Seth Frankenfield, who each had 2 RBIs on the day. Tyler Alderfer and Andrew Walters both scored two runs as well.

Additonally, the Pioneers stole five bases, led by Jimmy Kustra’s three. Two of those steals came in the first inning to set the tone for the game. Kustra would score in the first and again in the second.

Dock is on a nice roll right now, and the head coach thinks they’re just getting started.

“We got the guys relaxed,’ Melendez said. “We are in a crucial mode right now, winning four games this week. We’re using the pitchers in the right way, guys have good judgment at home plate swinging the bat, and aggressive base running…that’s what we’re doing little by little.’

They will look to extend the winning streak to five on Tuesday at home against Jenkintown.

Christopher Dock 11, Plumstead Christian 0

Plumstead Christian — 000 00 — 0 1 8

Christopher Dock 524 0 — 11 8 1

WP: Danny Sabath — 5 IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 6SO

LP: Cameron Kantner — 2.2 IP 8H 11R 3ER 3BB 2SO 1HB

SB: CD-Kustra (3), DiLoreto, Walters

Plumstead Christian: Kantner 1-2; Seelig, C 0-1, BB

Christopher Dock: DiLoreto 2-3 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB; Saint LaFleur 2-2, 2 RBI, 1 R; Alderfer 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 R; Frankenfield, 1-3, 2 RBI; Walters 1-2, 2 R, 1 SB

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