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  Blazers Tie ACBL Mark with Ninth Consecutive Victory; 2.5 GB of Playoff Spot
Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Quakertown Blazers bested the North Jersey Eagles 10-5 and 5-3 on Sunday afternoon. The two wins ran the Blazers’ season long win streak to nine straight, tying the ACBL-mark for the longest winning streak by a team this season.

With the Trenton Generals sweeping the Staten Island Tide on Sunday, the surging Blazers now sit just 2.5 games behind the Tide for the fourth seed in the ACBL playoff standings. Quakertown has four games remaining in the regular season to try and earn a playoff berth.

The Blazers continued their hot hitting as they scored four times in the first inning to begin game one. Quakertown was aided by sloppy North Jersey defense in the frame as the Eagles committed three errors that led to the four runs. Chris Melillo brought home Blazers returnee, Brandon Martinez, for the first run of the game. Martinez led off the inning with a hustle double to shallow left field. Tyler Kirkpatrick reached base on a fielder’s choice to plate Jackson Martin, who reached on an error attempting to sacrifice Martinez to third. Kirkpatrick came around to score on a deep double to center off the bat of Kevin Jewitt. Jewitt scored the fourth run of the inning on a single by Corey Baiada.

Jewitt tacked on another run for the Blazers in the third inning as he reached on an infield hit to shortstop. Melillo was able to cross home plate on the play to provide Quakertown with the 5-0 advantage.

The Blazers were not done as they scored five more times in the fourth to go in front 10-0. Martin, Patrick Donnelly, Melillo and Baiada had four consecutive RBI singles to center field driving in all five runs in the inning. Baiada finished game one with two hits and a team-best three runs batted in.

The Eagles cut into the lead in the fifth inning, scoring four times with the big blow coming from a three-run home run by Ryan Carroll. The four runs snapped Blazers starter John Geffre’s 18 inning scoreless streak.

North Jersey loaded the bases with one out in the sixth looking to cut into the deficit further but Geffre was able to escape the jam with only one run scoring, making it 10-5. Geffre finished the day allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings of work but was given plenty of run support to pick up his fourth win of the year.

In the nightcap, the Blazers started right where they left off as they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kirkpatrick delivered a two-out base knock to center and Martin came in from third to give Quakertown the early edge.

North Jersey took their first lead of the day in the fourth inning as they got to starter Kevin Long for two runs (one earned). Long misfired on a pickoff attempt to first which allowed Jason Uliano to score from third to tie the ballgame. Dane McDermott singled to left to bring home Brian McKenna to put North Jersey in front 2-1.

The Eagles threatened to pad their lead in the fifth as they put runners on second and third with just one out. But Long buckled down and was able to record the final two outs via a strikeout and groundout to keep the score at 2-1 North Jersey.

The Blazers bounced back in the bottom of the fifth as they put two runs on the scoreboard to regain the lead at 3-2. Donnelly came through in the clutch as he singled to right on the seventh pitch of the at bat. Connor Donovan and Brandon Martinez scored on the play to put Quakertown in front.

The Blazers added two insurance runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 5-2. Jewitt drove a ball over the center fielder’s head to bring home Kirkpatrick. Jewitt later scored in the frame on a base hit up the middle from Ed Posavec.

Closer Ryan Flipowicz finished out the game, throwing two innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk. He punched out two in the outing to earn his seventh save of the season.

The Blazers travel to Easton, Pa. on Tuesday night with a doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Catz to try and stretch their winning streak to 10 games and continue their push to the postseason.

  Blazers Win Seventh Straight to Remain in Playoff Hunt
Friday, July 25, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa – The Quakertown Blazers defeated the South Jersey Giants 6-5 and 8-3 on Friday night at Quakertown Memorial Park. The two wins pushed the Blazers’ current win streak to seven consecutive victories, a season-high. Kevin Jewitt provided the spark in game one as he drove home Patrick Donnelly in the bott Click here for the full story

  Railers and Blazers 7/23 PPD, Makeup Date Scheduled for 7/30
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa – Tonight’s game between the Quakertown Blazers and the first place Allentown Railers has been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be made up a week from tonight, Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

The Blazers will look to win their fifth game in a row tomorrow night when they travel to B Click here for the full story

  Flipowicz Notches Two Saves as Blazers Run Win Streak to Four
Sunday, July 20, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Quakertown Blazers won their third and fourth games in a row as they defeated the Staten Island Tide 2-0 and 8-7 on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Flipowicz picked up a save in both ballgames to help lead the Blazers.

In the fourth inning of game one, the Blazers broke a scoreless tie when Click here for the full story

  Blazers sweep North Jersey
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Kevin Long and John Geffre both tossed shutouts as the Blazers defeated the North Jersey Eagles 1-0 and 2-0 at Overpeck Park.

Connor Donovan knocked in the winning run in the opener when he singled to centerfield to score Kevin Jewitt. Pat Donnolly and Ben Moller each posted two hits in the opener. Brett Smith and Chris Melillo each had t Click here for the full story

  Kaiser Division shuts out the Wolff Division; John Giakas and Kyle Cullen Named Co-MVPs
Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Kaiser Division All-Stars defeated the All-Stars from the Wolff Division 3-0 in the ACBL All-Star Game on Thursday night in front of a packed house at Quakertown Memorial Park. John Giakas from the Staten Island Tide and Kyle Cullen of the North Jersey Eagles were named Co-MVPs.

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  Blazers defeat Railers 10-9
Friday, July 11, 2014
The Quakertown Blazers (7-16) won their first road game of the season as they rallied for a 10-9 win over the Wolff Divison leading Allentown Railers (18-9).

Tyler Coleman (West Chester) cleared the bases in top of the eighth inning with a three run double to rightfield. Brett Smith (Bucknell) had four hits with four RBIs. Coleman posted two doubles while Kevin Jewitt (Vi Click here for the full story

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1 Allentown L 2-0
1 Allentown L 11-4
3 @Allentown L 8-7
4 @Lehigh Valley L 11-3
7 @Lehigh Valley L 6-3
10 Lehigh Valley L 2-1
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28 @Staten Island L 4-3
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29 @South Jersey L 11-2
29 @South Jersey L 7-2
1 Lehigh Valley W 15-7
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11 @Allentown W 10-9
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16 @Allentown L 11-2
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