Wilson CF and Misericordia commit Rafael Fernandez
It may have been a regular season game, but it certainly didn't feel that way to Wilson senior Rafael Fernandez. "We're most amped up when we play Mifflin. We came in the game with a lot of energy," said the speedy center fielder. Fernandez delivered an RBI double in the 4th inning as the Bulldogs defeated the rival Mustangs 1-0 at Owls Field. Nick Fiorini hit a leadoff triple in the 4th and scored the lone run. Lefty Matt VanOstenbridge tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks. Friday's matchup in West Lawn resembled a playoff game to Fernandez. He replied, "It was high intensity the whole game. We're definitely gonna see them down the road." Gov. Mifflin had already wrapped up the Division 1 title in the Berks League. The (13-6, 8-4) Bulldogs swept the season series with the (15-4, 10-2) Mustangs. The two schools are separated by less than four miles. Fernandez is batting .317 with six doubles, two triples, and a .910 OPS. The Misericordia commit leads the club with 19 runs and 12 stolen bases. He's one of eleven seniors on Wilson's roster. "They're like my brothers. I love them like family. I've been playing with them since Little League," remarked Fernandez. The Bulldogs blew out Pottsville 14-4 on Monday to extend their winning streak to six. Fernandez was 1-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. "Our foot is on the gas and we're not stepping on the brake," he stated. The Berks County playoffs begin on Thursday. Fernandez told SV Sports' Paul Roberts about his favorite teachers and video games. His favorite MLB player is Aaron Judge.