"This is the most amazing thing I've ever been a part of," said senior catcher Jack Ashburn, grandson of former Phillies great Richie Ashburn. "That was incredible."
The decisive run came on pinch-hitter Tom Kawchak's two-out single to left field. It was the sophomore's first varsity plate appearance.
"It was kind of a tense situation," the lefthanded hitter said. "I just tried to relax and put the ball in play."
Phoenixville drew three consecutive walks to set up the heroics of Kawchak, Shane Allen, and Cole Luzins.
Allen, who earned the win in relief of Colin Ammon, ripped a two-run double down the third-base line to make it 7-5. With two outs, Luzins evened things with an RBI double to center.
"To be honest with you, I didn't think I could do it," said Luzins, a sophomore third baseman who jumped on a 2-1 fastball. "In a pressure situation like that, I just did the best I could."
Sturgeon was tossed for arguing with the plate umpire over a balk call that gave the Golden Bears a 7-3 advantage.
"From the parking lot, I was able to see a little bit here and there," he said.
Dan Huston, the top varsity assistant, took over. He gets the credit for calling on Kawchak, a catcher at the JV level, to pinch-hit for leftfielder Shae Ferguson.
On Monday, in the opening round of the state tournament, the Phantoms (16-8) will face Blue Mountain, District 11's titlist, at a site and time to be determined.
Finding the gaps in the outfield, Upper Moreland seized a 4-0 advantage in the first inning. Rob Knox (triple to deep center), Matt Kohn (double to right-center), Sean Valenza (single to right), and Ryan Snyder (RBI single) provided a 4-for-4 start.
The Phantoms cut the gap to 7-3 in the sixth. Chris Demey lifted a sacrifice fly to right to drive home Ammon (leadoff walk), and Luzins plated Ryan Yenchick (bunt single) with an infield hit.
After a five-hit first inning, the Golden Bears (15-7) were held to three singles the rest of the way.
Upper Moreland 4001110 - 781
Phoenixville 0100025 - 891
WP: Shane Allen. LP: Charlie Hooker. 2B UM-Kyle Walder, Matt Kohn; P-Allen, Cole Luzins. 3B: UM-Rob Knox.
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