Scouting Notes: Bonner-Prendergast vs. William Penn Charter

By Frank Cooney
Eastern PA Area Scout

Dan FurmanNo. 4 Bonner-Prendergast used the solid pitching of RHP Pat Vanderslice and RHP Dan Furman, as well as the big bat of Gwynned-Mercy recruit Frank Saviski to win a wild, back and forth, extra inning affair at Penn Charter by the score of 5-4.

Saviski's two-run dinger put Bonner up 2-0 early, with the score remaining that way until 2014 RHP/1B T.J. Pagan lined an RBI single off of Furman in the 6th, pulling Penn Charter to within a run. Down 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, Penn Charter received an RBI single to left-center off the bat of 2014 2B Demetrius Isaac. Isaac's single knotted the score at two, sending the game to extra innings.

After back-to-back Penn Charter errors and a Jim Haley HBP, Saviski lined an RBI single to right field to put Bonner ahead by a score of 5-2 in the top of the 8th. Haley, a Penn State recruit, went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks on the day.

Penn Charter would not go quietly however, as 2014 OF/3B Zach Kurtz jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Saviski in the bottom of the frame, launching a two-run home run to deep center to bring Penn Charter within one at 5-4. Saviski would settle down from there, getting the next two outs in order to preserve the 5-4 win for Bonner-Prendergast.

+ Vanderslice, a Temple commit, hurled three scoreless innings to set the tone early for B-P. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound RHP relied mainly on a heavy, sinking fastball (85-87 mph) to keep the Penn Charter lineup in check through three frames, as he allowed just two singles, while striking out three.

+ Furman, a Pitt recruit, was first out of the bullpen for B-P, working three innings and allowing just three hits and one run while striking out three. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect used a fastball that sat 87-89 to compliment an 11/5 curveball and a hard, late breaking slider.

+ Freshman catcher Steve Furman is a prospect to keep an eye on. The Class of 2016 backstop showed poise and command throughout the contest. He received the ball exceptionally well, showing good footwork and movement behind the plate to go along with a 2.18 pop time to second base.

+ Penn Charter 2014 RHP T.J. Pagan was just as effective as his counterparts. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect worked six solid innings for PC. Pagan threw from a high 3/4 arm slot, using a 79-82 mph fastball and an 11/5 breaking curveball with sharp break to strike out six. Pagan mixed speeds and locations effectively throughout his outing, allowing just six hits in six innings of work.

+ Quality pitching was on display but hitters made an impression as well. 3B Frank Saviski was 2-for-4 on the day with a two-run home run and an RBI single in the 8th inning. Saviski swings from a balanced stance, using a quick bat and a solid lower half to drive the ball with regularity. His home run hit the batting cage stationed beyond the fence in center field.

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