Brewers capture fifth consecutive championship
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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.
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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.