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No. Valley hovers around .500 in LVCM

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by TODD KRESS tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

With just two games left in the regular season, the Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team is looking for a bit of consistency with the playoffs right around the corner.

The Chargers (8-8) entered the final week of the season a game below .500. But a convincing 7-2 win over Becahi on Tuesday put the Chargers back at the Mendoza Line, an area they have spent much of their season.

Northern Valley pulled away with a four-run fourth inning against Becahi Tuesday. Consecutive batters that were hit by pitches brought home Rhys George to put the Chargers in front, 4-1. Chase Misera then singled to left field to bring home Cole Hausman and Ryan Kensinger. Randy Bongiorno later scored on a Becahi infield error.

The Chargers, who had two games remaining on their schedule as of press deadline, benefited from three Golden Hawk errors. Northern Valley sits in a tie for 10th place, along with Bangor and Northampton.

Through 16 games, the Chargers have not won more than two consecutive games all season. But on the other side, Northern Valley has yet to lose three straight contests this summer.

In its eight wins, Northern Valley is averaging just fewer than nine runs scored per game. The Chargers have scored 14 or more runs in three of those vicotires.

Leading the offense all season has been a large group of Chargers, led by Hausman, who bats a team-best .444 with a team-high 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Josh Kistler is close behind with a .351 batting average, a team-best 13 runs scored and 11 RBIs.

Misera is second on the team with a .387 average and 11 RBIs. Kensinger (.316 average, 10 runs, 8 RBIs), George (.314 average, 11 runs scored, 8 RBIs) and Ryan Hammond (.306 average, 10 runs scored, 3 RBIs) all batted over .300 on the season. Bongiorno is sixth on the team in both runs scored (9) and RBIs (7).

The Chargers’ pitching has been solid over the summer as well. Opponents have been held to five runs or less seven times.

On the mound, George led the Chargers in both innings pitched (18.2) and a 2-0 record in two games started. Josh Kistler’s 5.35 ERA leads all Chargers with at least 15 innings pitched. He is an impressive 4-1 on the season, allowing just 13 earned runs in 17 innings and striking out a team-high 23 batters.

Zachary Chamberlain (2-2, 7.71 ERA, 16.1 innings pitched, 18 strikeouts), Benjamin Moyer (1-1, 5.40 ERA, 11.2 innings pitched, 9 strikeouts) and Misera (0-1, 3.82 ERA, 11 innings pitched, 8 strikeouts) all finished with double-digit innings pitched for Northern Valley.