Whitemarsh sweeps past Norriton for title
For Montgomery Media
On the (supposed) last day of a brutal heat wave Saturday afternoon, Whitemarsh headed back to Paul V. Fly Elementary in East Norriton to continue its matchup in the Montco Junior American Legion Baseball League championship round.
The Patriots picked up right where they left off, literally, after closing out the victory in Friday night’s sus- pended game and dropped Norriton in the second game RI WKH finDO, 3-1.
“Last night, the bats came alive,” Whitemarsh manager Ned Hark said. “Our pitching has been fantastic — we gave up one run tonight and two runs last night. It’s said in baseball that sometimes you’re only as good as your pitching.
“That’s what we’ve gotten. We’ve gotten great pitching.”
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“I was mostly trying to throw strikes,” Cooper said. “It worked out pretty well.
“I just tried to stay calm. I was hoping for some more runs, but it didn’t really matter. We got three runs and played good defense, so we held the lead.”
Bischoff and Cooper got all the support they ended up needing in the top of the second. After Connor Kissane reached on an error, Kevin Ashenfelter singled and Noah Goldstein walked, loading the bases for Luca Amoroso.
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