Col­legesville sweeps past Nor­ris­town for ti­tle

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Den­nis C. Way dway@jour­nal­reg­is­

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.”

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