Bonner-Prendergast's Furman four-hits Wood

Dan Furman struck out eight while going the distance in the victory. He threw 104 pitches.
Dan Furman struck out eight while going the distance in the victory. He threw 104 pitches. (         LOU RABITO / Staff)
Posted: April 17, 2013

Even though he next will pitch at the Division I level, Dan Furman offered to continue to serve as Bonner-Prendergast's backstop in baseball.

"He stepped up and took one for the program last season," Friars coach Joe DeBarberie said. "This year, he came to me and said, 'I'll catch again if you want me to.' "

DeBarberie smartly opted to make Furman a fixture in the pitching rotation. And the Friars have reaped the rewards of the switch.

Tuesday afternoon, with the Pittsburgh recruit pitching a four-hitter, visiting Bonner-Prendergast nipped host Archbishop Wood, 3-2, in a Catholic League Blue Division contest in Warminster.

While striking out eight, Furman, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior who doubles as a first baseman, effectively mixed a fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up.

"I attack the zone, go after people," he said. "You can't be afraid of any hitter. And Wood has some very good hitters."

Furman's bulldog-like effort was needed, as the first-place Friars turned 11 hits and three Wood errors into only three runs.

"I feel like one run is enough for me to get the job done," said the 17-year-old from Brookhaven. "I trust my teammates, and hopefully they trust me. It's all about believing in each other."

Furman threw 104 pitches. In the seventh inning, he clinched the victory, on a 3-2 slider, with a strikeout of cleanup man and Kent State recruit John Santospago.

In the previous inning, after the Vikings made it 3-2 on a fielding error, Furman escaped a bases-loaded jam with a whiff.

"I've been working hard to get deeper into games," he said.

Bonner-Prendergast, ranked No. 8 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the Blue Division. Wood slipped to 6-3 and 3-2.

"I thought Dan picked up his velocity in the later innings," Friars shortstop and Penn State recruit Jim Haley said. "He threw real well."

Wood's Scott Boches, a righthander and Marist signee, went the distance in taking the loss.

"I thought both pitchers did a solid job," Vikings coach Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "They were both around the strike zone all day."

In the third, when Brad Scull's single past diving shortstop Erik Bowren was followed by an error, Richie Tecco (3 for 4, two runs) and Haley (2 for 3) came around to put the visitors in front, 3-1.

Bonner-Prendergast 102 000 0 - 3 11 2

Archbishop Wood 100 001 0 - 2 4 3

WP: Dan Furman. LP: Scott Boches. 2B: BP-Jim Haley, Pat Vanderslice; AW-John Santospago.


Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ozoneinq. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.philly.com/ozone

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