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Friday, September 21, 2018

Moore moves on to states

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by jeff moeller spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

In a roller coaster type of a season, Moore Township is looking to get to the crest of the hill in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) postseason.

Moore began the playoffs as the seventh seed in 12-team bracket. They knocked off 11th-seeded Northern Valley, 9-4 Monday night, in the opening round of the playoffs.

Tyler Antonis had a big night as he struck out seven over four innings and also had a pair of hits to go along with three RBIs. Austin Druckenmiller also had a pair of hits, as Moore blew the game open with a seven-run fourth.

With the win, Moore (11-7) qualified for the state tournament at Limeport beginning July 19. It was a first for many including head coach Barry Moore.

“I’m very happy about the season,” said Moore. “We started off 5-1 and then we had a hiccup against Pen Argyl.

“That sent us into a tailspin as we lost five of six. We were reeling and we lost our confidence. We rebounded and finished seventh out of the 23 teams. We had a nice run at the end of the season.”

Along with Antonis and Druckenmiller, Moore has been paced by Garret Smith, Nathaniel Rex, Justin Taylor, Jake Menio, and Ryan Kovach.

“They were all with me on the Northampton (High School) JV squad from the spring,” added Moore. “Garrett Smith is one of top pitchers and can play anywhere. Nathaniel Rex has played well behind the plate and has done it with his offense and defense.

“Taylor has been solid at second base, and Jake Menio has been our leadoff hitter. Ryan Kovach has been our number one pitcher and he’s the one kid you want to mold your team around.”

Moore, who earlier announced to his team that this would be his last season, honestly has evaluated his roster and sees his team peaking the right time.

“We have 17 kids,” he said. “Some may not have the ability and some also don’t have the inability to knock anyone from the lineup.

“Our kids are playing with a lot of confidence right now and they are very positive right now.”

Moore traveled to third-seeded Northampton Wednesday night for a second-round game. Northampton received a first-round bye.

It proved be a special meeting between head coaches, as Moore and Northampton skipper Steve Kerbacher have a deep relationship.

“(Kerbacher) and I go back about 15 years to when our daughters played,” said Moore. “It will be an interesting game for us against a talented team. But we definitely will be ready.”

The game takes place after Press deadlines.