Major twirled an impressive six-hit shutout, and Marc Wagner and Bob Wineburg contributed clutch two-out RBI singles as the Black Sox stopped Norristown's regular-season win streak at 40 games with a 2-0 win.

"(Norristown's) seen me so many times," said Major, now the pitching coach at his alma mater, West-Mont Christian, "I don't feel I have any advantage on them.

"Derek pitches better against the better teams," added Black Sox manager Bob Letter. "Norristown hit some balls hard, right at people, so we were lucky in that respect.

The A's lineup, which this year has not produced the types of digits normally associated with the team that has won nine of the circuit's last 10 championships, were further crippled by injuries to Matt Altieri (oblique) and Eric Fisher (knee).

But that may not have mattered on a night when Major had all of his pitches, including his newest pitch, the change-up, working on all cylinders.

"I've been struggling with my curveball lately, but I changed the release on it a little bit, and that helped," Major said. "I was real confident in all my pitches, so I was able to throw any pitch at any point in the count, and that helped."

Brian Rorick's one-out triple to dead center field and a walk to Ian Hauze put runners at the corners. Stumpf caught Jason Connor looking for the second out. But Wagner drilled an 0-2 pitch to right for a single, and Collegeville was on the board.

The A's threatened against Major, getting two men on the second inning and two more in the fourth. But third baseman Rorick's leaping grab to snare Javier Barretto's foul pop ended the A's uprising in the second and Vinny Elsier's dangerous flare was speared by Jason Connor in the fourth.

"We're just not hitting the ball like we should," said A's player/manger Matt Altieri. "We're getting people on, but it's usually with one or two outs. We're not getting the leadoff man on and moving him over."

"We kid him about it, but Derek is the guy who went 9-0 a couple years ago," Letter said. "Whenever he's on the mound, we're real confident we're going to win."

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