Brew­ers cap­ture fifth con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship

Glenside News - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

In the his­tory of the Pen­Del Base­ball League, no WHDP KDG HYHU wRn fiYH con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships be­fore. That all changed on Sun­day when Up­per More­land swept Warmin­ster Ln WKH EHVW-RI-fiYH OHDJuH cham­pi­onship se­ries, which JDYH WKH BUHwHUV WKHLU fiIWK ti­tle in as many years.

With 30 wins in their past 31 post­sea­son games, in­clud­ing three shutout wins against WKH WDUULRUV Ln WKH finDOV, 8Sper More­land has proven to be a nearly un­beat­able team with the best pitch­ing ro­ta­tion in the league.

“We heard that (Warmin­ster) said we were beat­able DnG WKDW JDYH uV D OLWWOH fiUH and gave our guys an edge to play with,” said Up­per More­land coach Pete Moore, who has been coach­ing the team since 2004 and a mem­ber of the team since 2001. “Our loss to Northamp­ton – our fiUVW Ln 27 SRVWVHDVRn JDPHV – was weigh­ing on us a bit and we’re a com­pet­i­tive group. It was great to not al­low a run in 21 in­nings of base­ball.”

7KH BUHwHUV, wKR finLVKHG their sea­son with a 36-T record, de­feated the War­riors by scores of 1-0 and 3-0 in Satur­day’s dou­ble­header, and then closed out the sea­son with a 2-0 win in Game 3 on Sun­day.

In Game 1, in a matchup of Doug Brown for Up­per More­land vs. James Brown of Warmin­ster, it was Doug Brown who got the best of things, toss­ing a com­plete JDPH, nLnH-VWULNHRuW, fiYH-KLW shutout to earn the win. James Brown pitched re­mark­able as well, but he al­lowed a walkRII VLnJOH WR OHIW fiHOG WR VFRUH No­bel Unger in the bot­tom of the seventh in­ning to give the Brew­ers the win.

In the sec­ond game, Andy Noga pitched a two-hit shutout to earn the com­plete game win. Mark Roth and Mike Gers each picked up RBIs while Noga worked on his mas­ter­piece. In Game 3, Corey Crispell capped off a per­fect week­end of pitch­ing for Up­per More­land, tossLnJ D fiYH-VWULNHRuW, VLx-KLW, com­plete game shutout to close out the se­ries.

Pat Dameron dou­bled and scored to help the Up­per More­land of­fense to the se­ries-clinch­ing win.

“All our cham­pi­onships have been spe­cial,” Moore said, “but this year, be­ing the fiUVW WLPH Dny WHDP KDV wRn fiYH Ln D URw, LW wDV SUHWWy spe­cial. It makes it his­tor­i­cal. These are just a great group of guys and the depth and un­selfish­ness on the ros­ter makes it re­ally en­joy­able.”

Up­per More­land’s pitch­ers, which com­bined to throw 21 in­nings of 13-hit, no-walk, norun base­ball, was too much for Warmin­ster’s im­pres­sive lineup, one which mowed down Hor­sham in the other VHPLfinDO VHULHV.

“It’s been the same three guys for us that have been a big part of us win­ning for the past three years,” said Moore, who also pitches in the ro­ta­tion. “They’ve just been dom­i­nant. You love to have a guy like Corey Crispell throw­ing af­ter you just had guys like Brown and Noga out there. You know you’re al­ways go­ing to get good pitch­ing.”

The Brew­ers also got solid hit­ting all sea­son from play­ers like Roth and Gers, as well as lead­off hit­ter Brett Reynolds. Moore called Dameron “one of the best hit­ters to ever play at the Univer­sity of Delaware” and pointed out how he be­lieved that Unger, 24, who will be play­ing base­ball as a fresh­man at Ch­est­nut Hill Col­lege next sea­son, would’ve been the MVP of WKH finDOV LI WKHy nDPHG RnH.

“No­bel is just a great story,” Moore said. “All of our hit­ters are great. We have both great pitch­ing and a full lineup of guys who are some of the best hit­ters in the league.”

Last sea­son, the Brew­ers be­came only the sec­ond team in Pen-Del his­tory to win four cham­pi­onships in a row. Jenk­in­town won four in a row be­tween the 1986 and 1989 sea­sons.

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