CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 10, CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH 3
The last time there was this much baseball fun in Buckingham was probably around the turn of the millennium.
Central Bucks East, which has struggled for victories in recent seasons, is sporting a 9-1 overall record and 7-0 mark in the Suburban One League Continental Conference.
"We've had talent in the past, but this is the most success we've had since I've been here," sixth-year coach Kyle Dennis said after the host Patriots racked up 15 hits and blasted Central Bucks South, 10-3, Friday afternoon.
Centerfielder and leadoff man Vince Careghini (two-run home run), catcher Ben Hauser (3 for 3, two runs), and leftfielder Sean Usowski (2 for 4, two RBIs) highlighted the explosion.
"We're having a good time," said the red-haired Hauser, one of three Patriots sporting a Mohawk. "We started out the season under the radar. Now, we have to keep things going. We have to keep the energy up."
C.B. South's Bobby Wittemann, a senior righthander who went 8-0 in the squad's run to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA title last year, lasted only three innings.
Careghini's blast to right field in the second inning gave C.B. East a 3-2 lead. "It was a changeup that [Wittemann] left up in the zone," the 6-foot, 170-pound senior said. "I took a good hack at it."
In the third, back-to-back RBI doubles from Ethan Rode and Usowski upped the advantage to 5-2. In the fourth, run-scoring singles from Hauser and Pat Reilly made it 7-2.
Careghini will continue his career at Shippensburg. "He covers a ton of ground in the outfield," Dennis said. "As a hitter, he's gotten stronger since last year."
The 6-1, 205-pound Hauser, whose next stop will be Northampton Community College, singled in each of his first three at-bats. He was plunked on his fourth appearance.
Hauser had a feel for Wittemann's pitching, as the two were All-Star Baseball Academy teammates last summer. "That helped me a lot, knowing the mindset of what he likes to throw," the backstop said.
Senior righthander Blair Killough went the distance, allowing the Titans (7-3, 5-2) seven hits and striking out two. "He throws a ton of strikes, consistently gets ahead in the count," Careghini said.
C.B. East's rotation also features Robert Welhaf, who has committed to Elon, Brandon Birkhead, Anthony Barrila, and Rode. "Unlike last year, we're doing a good job of picking up the ball behind them," Dennis said.
Central Bucks South 020 010 0-3 7 2
Central Bucks East 122 2 03 X-10 15 0
WP: Blair Killough. LP: Bobby Wittemann. 2B: CBE-Ethan Rode, Sean Usowski, David Yanni. HR: CBE-Vince Careghini.