Fisher flashback moment helps Bonner-Prendie win title – PA Prep Live
PHILADELPHIA — The pitch was crushed and Bonner-Prendergast center back Irv Fisher had to mount his horse, hoping more than anything the ball stayed in the court for him to have a chance. The Philadelphia Catholic League championship was on the line.
Somewhere in Fisher’s memory bank was the take he made as a member of the historic Ridley Area Little League 9-10 team that went 18-0 and won the District 19, Section 8 titles. , Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic and East Regional in 2016. This team, much like the Brothers in 2022, was stacked.
The Fisher brothers’ sophomore ran to his spot in front of the fence at Penn University’s Meiklejohn Stadium, jumped high and grabbed the ball for the final on Saturday, saving what would have been an extra hit to tie the game. the game. Instead, Fisher kissed outfielder Austin Cannon and the celebration began.
With a 4-2 win, Bonner-Prendergast won their first Catholic League title in 12 years. The Friars are only the fifth baseball team to go undefeated in the league.
“I did the same play when I was younger. I have flashbacks now,” Fisher said. “It was when I was 9, I did a play like that in the regional championship.
Cannon, who pulled off a spectacular dive earlier in the game, had the utmost faith in Fisher.
“I knew he would catch it. We’ve been friends for years and I’ve seen him do this catch before,” Cannon said. “It was a great catch. Winning means everything to us.
Coach Steve DeBarberie was emotional talking to his guys after the win. The 2006 Bonner graduate had coached as an assistant under his father, Joe, for several years before taking the helm in 2017.
Bonner-Prendergast (22-1 overall) plays for the District 12 Class 4A championship next week before moving on to the PIAA Class 4A tournament.
“I felt the pressure because of expectations this year,” DeBarberie said. “I was nervous, but those kids came out every game and they just played up to their abilities, and we’ve been riding it all year and hopefully we can continue in the state tournament. .”
Regarding Fisher’s late-game hold, DeBarberie said, “I don’t think there’s another center back in Delaware County who makes that hold.”
Wood’s anemic bats came to life in the seventh against Michael Anderson, who relieved starter Kevin Henrich. Patrick McKinney and Michael Trommer slammed back-to-back one-out doubles, but McKinney’s poor base run cost the Vikings their third inning. Shortstop Kevin McGonigle’s perfect relay throw to receiver Joey DeMucci was the Friars defense’s first game-saving play.
“He was probably 160 feet out and he just threw a ball into the plate,” DeBarberie said.
McGonigle, the Catholic League’s defensive MVP, hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give BP a 4-1 advantage.
“I didn’t know it was gone straight away, but I thought there was a good chance,” he said. “It was awesome.”
Bonner scored two runs on a hit against Trommer late in the first. A pair of errors on receiver McKinney certainly helped matters. Jaxon Kehoe headed home from third after McKinney knocked down second base trying to catch DeMucci on a steal attempt, then Cannon hit a single down the middle to make it 2-0.
Bonner took a 3-0 lead when McGonigle led the third with a triple and scored on a grounder from Cannon’s bat, whose speed caused shortstop Aiden Myers to throw wildly first.
Henrich navigated the mound until he had two outs in the fifth. A walk and a pair of batters forced DeBarberie to bring in Anderson from first base. Henrich allowed just one run on a hit and struck out five.
“(Henrich) has thrown in our last three games, and we’ve kept it around 50-55 in those other games,” DeBarberie said. “He wasn’t as sharp as he would have liked to be, but when he got into tough situations, he really dug deep and got some big outs.”
Trommer went the distance for the Vikings. The hard-throwing senior struck out 10 and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits.
“Last year we had a great team on paper, we came out thinking we were the best team in the PCL which we weren’t. We haven’t always played as a team,” McGonigle said. “This year we learned from last year. Everyone’s pulled together and we’re having a great year, but business isn’t over yet. We have a state championship to win.