The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Bryce Frederick caught fire Wednesday going 4-for-4 in North’s 10-5 win.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Bryce Frederick caught fire Wednesday going 4-for-4 in North’s 10-5 win.

LIZTON – Two storms were headed for the Tri-West baseball field Wednesday night. One as the weather and the other as the Charger offense.

North Montgomery unleashed the storm in the second inning and continued in the fourth to get a 10 run lead on their way to a 10-5 win against Tri-West.

“I was happy with us jumping out to a big lead,” Charger skipper Matt Merica said.

Bryce Frederick sparked the offense in both their big innings with two long doubles.

“He hit the ball hard all night,” Merica praised. “That’s why we got him in the middle of the order. He came to life tonight and got us jumpstarted.”

Frederick had a perfect night going 4-for-4 hitting all sides of the outfield to stump Tri-West tosser Zachary Waters. Waters gave up a total of 11 hits and 10 runs, two of which were earned.

North’s two runs in the second were the only earned runs. Vince Gwynn executed a sac bunt after Frederick’s double but the Bruins caught Frederick at third. Collin Knecht and Riley Morehouse punched singles through with Morehouse grabbing an RBI. With Knecht on third and Morehouse on first, Morehouse initiated a nifty steal before the pitch which drew the throw to second allowing Knecht to score.

A 2-0 lead was extended to 10-0 after four hits and two Bruin errors in the fourth inning. A first base overthrow on a bunt and a dropped pop fly in the outfield allowed the Chargers to storm through 12 batters before Tri-West finally got the third out. Waters hit two batsmen in the inning as well.

What looked a five-inning game took a quick turn as the Tri-West hitters finally caught on to Charger pitcher Mitch Merica.

“He got the ball up there in the fifth,” Coach Merica said. “He battled but he didn’t have his best stuff tonight.”

Merica had no hits on him going into the bottom of the fifth inning until Tri-West’s middle of the lineup unleashed four hits in a row, two of them doubles. Dillan Leisher and Mason Cox started the rally with their doubles and Bruin Derek Wagner tacked on another extra-base hit with a three-RBI triple.

“You got to give them credit, they hit the ball hard there in the fifth,” Merica said. “They hit some hard shots and took advantage of some pitches up.”

Caleb Donahue came in relief for North and got the last out after giving up one more hit.

“Donahue came in and threw well and he hadn’t thrown in a while so it was good to get him some time,” Merica said.

The rally was quelled but not the weather. After two hits from North and one hit from Tri-West in the sixth, the Chargers started another string of runs in the seventh, only to be called off from lightning. The game score reverted to the sixth inning final: 10-5.

The Chargers were led by Frederick with four hits and two runs. Knecht and Morehouse each had two hits and one RBI while Adams, Gwynn and Lewis each had a hit of their own.

North (18-4, 8-2 SAC) takes on Tri-West (8-7, 6-5 SAC) again tonight at North Montgomery.

“They are a good-hitting baseball team so we got to be ready tomorrow to keep the ball down on them and continue to score runs,” Merica stated.