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  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 bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win. In game two, an early 6-0 lead was all the Blazers needed as they went on to win 8-3.

The two victories helped bring the Blazers to within 4.5 games behind the Staten Island Tide and the Giants for the fourth seed in the ACBL playoff standings with just six games remaining in the regular season.

Play began tonight with the Blazers having runners on second and third with only one out as the two squads set out to complete the July 8th contest that was suspended in the fifth inning, tied at 2-2. New pitcher for the Giants, Matt Rakus, struck out Jewitt and Connor Donovan to get out of the two-week old jam.

The Blazers took the lead in the sixth inning as Ed Posavec singled home Tyler Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick started the frame with a deep double to the left center field gap.

The Giants rallied in the top of the eighth as they scored three runs (one earned) against relievers Brandon Kulp and Ryan Flipowicz. A costly two-base error by centerfielder Jackson Martin allowed the two go-ahead runs to cross home plate.

Quakertown was unfazed as they were able to score twice in the bottom of the eighth off RBI base hits by Corey Baiada and Vince Careghini to knot the score up at 5-5.

In the bottom of the ninth, Donnelly led off with a single to right. With one out in the frame, Jewitt came up to the plate. The Villanova-product cranked the 0-1 offering to the center field wall. Donnelly raced around from first and scored without a throw to give the Blazers the 6-5 walk off win.

The Blazers jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring three times in the second inning. Kirkpatrick put the Blazers on the scoreboard as he drove in Posavec on a single to center. Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Donnelly smacked the ball up the middle, plating Careghini and Kirkpatrick. Quakertown did all their damage in the inning with two outs.

Quakertown padded their lead in the third inning as the Blazers scored three more runs to move ahead 6-0. Baiada scored the game’s fourth run as he scampered home on a wild pitch by Giants pitcher, Anthony Buonopane. It appeared as that was all the Blazers would get in the inning as Kirkpatrick hit a fly ball to left for the third out. However, the left fielder mishandled the catch and Posavec and Careghini scored without issue to provide the Blazers with the six run cushion.

The Giants cut into the lead as Kyle Lindsay deposited a two-out base hit into right field, just over the reach of first baseman Connor Donovan. Two Giants scored on the play to make it 6-2 Blazers. Quakertown starter Matt Ternowchek limited the damage as he got Shaine Hughes to fly out to left to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, the Giants sent the tying run to the plate with just one out. Dan Furman entered from the bullpen to try and prevent further damage. Furman did his job as he retired both hitters he faced in the frame, allowing just one inherited runner to score on a wild pitch.

The Blazers answered in their half of the sixth. Jewitt reached base with a one-out single. Three wild pitches over the course of the next two Blazer hitters allowed Jewitt to reach home to put the Blazers in front 7-3. Quakertown tacked on another run as South Jersey pitcher, John Brue, issued four straight free passes which brought home Baiada to put the Blazers in front by five.

Furman closed it out in the ninth, recording a clean 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first save of the season.

The Blazers will look to continue their season-high seven game winning streak as they host the North Jersey Eagles for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

  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.

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  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.

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  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

  Blazers-Giants Suspended in the Fifth, Will Resume on 7/25
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
By Phil Engel

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – Tonight’s game between the South Jersey Giants and Quakertown Blazers was suspended due to rain. The score was tied at 2-2 in the bottom of fifth. The Blazers had runners on the corner with one out and already one Blazer crossing home plate in the frame. Play was then stopped with a 0-1 count to Ben Moller.

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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
15 Trenton L 3-2
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17 Lehigh Valley W 7-4
18 Jersey W 11-0
18 Jersey W 6-2
22 Jersey W 7-4
22 Jersey L 2-0
24 Allentown L 11-2
28 @Staten Island L 4-3
28 @Staten Island L 3-2
29 @South Jersey L 11-2
29 @South Jersey L 7-2
1 Lehigh Valley W 15-7
4 Lehigh Valley W 3-2
5 @Trenton L 7-5
5 @Trenton L 1-0
11 @Allentown W 10-9
13 @Jersey W 9-0
13 @Jersey L 4-1
16 @Allentown L 11-2
16 @Allentown L 6-5
19 @North Jersey W 1-0
19 @North Jersey W 2-0
20 Staten Island W 2-0
20 Staten Island W 8-7
24 @Jersey W 12-2
25 South Jersey W 8-3
25 South Jersey W 6-5
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29 @Lehigh Valley 5pm
29 @Lehigh Valley 7pm
30 Allentown 7pm
31 @Jersey 6:30pm
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