Deep Run ral­lies past Pen­nridge to win ti­tle

North Penn Life - - Datebook - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

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.

“It was funny to watch them when they were it­ty­bit­ties and now look at them,” Deep Run coach John McIn­tyre said. “They have put up with me for all WKHVH yHDUV DnG WKDW fiUVW yHDU we had them we lost 20 of 25 games.

Deep Run was un­sure if they were ca­pa­ble of de­feat­ing their ri­val Pen­nridge, but on Fri­day they did. Then af­ter they lost to Pen­nridge IRU WKH fiIWK WLPH SDWuUGDy PRUnLnJ (3-2 finDO), DJDLn Deep Run needed to re­mem­ber why the stuck to­gether for all of these years.

“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.”

,W ZDV 8nDnJVW’V VDFUL­fiFH fly WKDW IRUFHG H[WUD Ln­nLnJV against Pen­nridge in the tour­na­ment’s de­ci­sive game. Pen­nridge, which was play­ing its fourth game in two days short­handed, was two outs away from the ti­tle. Low on en­ergy and pitch­ers avail­able, the heart of the guys in green helped them push to the limit.

“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

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / SU­SAN KEEN

Deep Run’s Danny Shane drops a bunt dur­ing Fri­day night’s Con­nie Mack ac­tion against Pen­nridge.

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