Collegesville sweeps past Norristown for title
Shortly after Collegeville wrapped up its fourth straight Perkiomen Valley Twilight League championship, and the franchise’s 25th since the circuit became a twilight league in 1946, with a 7-4 win over Norristown Tuesday night, manager Bob Letter was talking about how the Black Sox seem to always rise to the occasion when the spotlight is at its brightest.
The manager talked about a staff of pitchers who attack the strike zone, the couple of key acquisitions the team seems to make annually and even the handful of youngsters the Black Sox break into the lineup each year.
Letter then seemed to realize an in-depth analysis was not necessary.
“It’s the same formula we always use,” the manager smiled, “everybody contributes. That’s how we do it.”
And as simple as it sounds, that is how Collegeville does it.
Of course, it’s really not that simple. And Letter would be the first to offer that it’s the individual drive and talents of those “everybodys” that makes that formula click season after season.
In the finals, every time Norristown seemed to make a little noise, the Sox would hit them with an air horn.
In Game One, after the Diamonds took away Collegeville’s early 2-0 lead with a two-run top of the fourth, the Sox dropped a snowman on Norristown in the home half, and rode that 10-2 lead to an easy 11-5 win.
In Game Two, Norristown starter Mike Zwanch lived up to his deserved rep as a big-game pitcher with a terrific, completegame, four-hit effort. Collegeville, however, trumped Norristown’s ace with left-hander Zeb Engle, who took a no-hitter into the seventh while Sox third baseman and finals MVP Steve Young cracked a couple of tworun homers in a 4-0 victory.
In the series clincher, the Diamonds answered their manager Vince Elsier’s plea for early run production with a two-run first.
Collegeville responded with the aforementioned Miller home run.
And then when Norristown’s Matt Sperling tied the game with an RBI single in the top of the third, Sox outfielder Eric Bohem, who had only two hits in the series up until then, delivered the game’s biggest blow, a two-run double that chased home the decisive runs. Everybody contributes. “We didn’t come up with the big hit when we needed to, and they did,” said Elsier. “(Collegeville) is better than we are, and they proved it tonight. (Letter) does a great job, (team owner) Carl Meixner keeps it all together. It’s a good organization.”