Deep Run rallies past Pennridge to win title
Deep Run has pictured winning a Connie Mack state championship for several years now. At times it felt unimaginable and unattainable, but they were too proud to quit.
The core group of ballplayers has been playing together since they were seven and eight years old. They have gone through some rough seasons and faced doubt as recent as Friday.
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“We literally talked about this when they were eight and some thought we were crazy,” coach McIntyre said. “We knew they had to makeup to do something special. When we got down, we never really got down, and refused to lose.”
Nothing has come easy for Deep Run over the years. They have earned every ounce of hardware they have received, which now includes the ultimate prize of a state championship.
The 8-4 extra inning win over Pennridge does not erase the 5-20 seasons or the loss to their rivals in the Bux-Mont Championship, but it certainly does enhance the appreciation for all the hard work and dedication it took decorate their neck with gold medals on Saturday.
“We got on a roll and everyone on our team chipped in,” said catcher Joe Unangst, who was named tournament MVP. “It’s been hard, but it has been fun. As long as we are winning I could care less about catching long games.”
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“We were walking the edge and probably not as good defensively as they are,” Pennridge coach Dave Snider said. “Our pitchers were a little worn out today, but I give these guys a ton
Deep Run’s Danny Shane drops a bunt during Friday night’s Connie Mack action against Pennridge.