The last time Doylestown was on the field at Boyertown’s Bear Stadium, the Tigers were wrapping up the program’s first ever state championship in a win over Spring City last August. This year, Steve Ruane’s squad began its campaign with a 2-0 victory over host Boyertown. Doylestown took advantage of solid pitching and spotty Boyertown defense. Starting pitcher Andrew Check went four innings, striking out five while walking just one. He also added two of his team’s four hits and scored a run. The Tigers took advantage of five Bear errors, including three in the 3rd inning.
It was that 3rd inning that proved to be the difference. Following two shutout innings by Boyertown starter Tyler Bauman, righty Mitch Renninger came on in relief. Renninger retired the first two batters he faced, but following a single and a stolen base by Check, the Tigers plated two runs following three errors by Boyertown’s infield.
Andrew Collins and Thomas Spratt added hits for Doylestown. Spratt doubled in the 6th to provide the game’s only extra base hit. Chase Endy pitched the final three innings for the Bears, allowing two hits and striking out three.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday at War Memorial Field in Doylestown.