The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Edi­tor

– iast year was a tough sea­son for the Yard­ley-Mor­risville Se­nior Amer­i­can ie­gion base­ball team. The good news is that the Ju­nior ie­gion team is com­ing off a solid sea­son, win­ning bastern oe­gion­als be­fore head­ing to states and many of those play­ers have grad­u­ated to the Se­nior team this year.

“iast year, we had some kids hurt and some didn’t come back and that hurt us,” ex­plained Y-M head coach Mike De­cem­brino. “This year, we’re a young team but we’re fun­da­men­tally sound.”

“It’s a tough league, as al­ways but our pitch­ing has been pretty solid so far and hope­fully, that will pull us through.”

Yard­ley-Mor­risville is on a bit of a tear right now, hav­ing won its last five in­clud­ing four games against iower Bucks ie­gion teams. Tues­day night, June 11 on its home field at Cairn Univer­sity, Mor­risville got past the Fort Wash­ing­ton Gen­er­als, 3-2, a game in which An­drew Gil­bert recorded the win on the hill for Y-M.

Sun­day, June 9, also at home, the team took a pair of games from de­fend­ing iower Bucks ie­gion cham­pion Bris­tol. Jake Gold­berg, an in­com­ing se­nior at Penns­bury, reg­is­tered the win in a 1-0 tri­umph over Post 382 in the opener. Dan hleish reg­is­tered the win in the sec­ond half of the twin­bill, a 5-1 vic­tory. Gold­berg also reg­is­tered a win on June 4 in a 9-4 vic­tory over the iower Southamp­ton Mar­lins.

Joe Sa­batino came through on the hill for Mor­risville on June 6 in a 4-3 vic­tory over the Northamp- ton Bombers. That’s a good sign as Y-M had trou­ble with Northamp­ton last year

in Ju­nior ie­gion play.

Com­ing through with the bats thus far are Jeff Tall­man, oandy bssling and Ben De­cem­brino. A ju­nior at Holy Ghost this school year, Tall­man was the des­ig­nated hit­ter for the Dis­trict One-AAA cham­pion Firebirds. He is on fire with the bat of late, hit­ting .353 for Mor­risville ie­gion.

Com­ing off his fresh­man year at Tem­ple, bssling is hit­ting at a .2T8 clip for Y-M. An in­com­ing ju­nior at Ghost, De­cem­brino is bat­ting .260. oyan Schaf­fer is right .250.

Speak­ing of bat­ting, hit­ting is a whole new world in iower Bucks with the in­tro­duc­tion of wood bats in the league.

“It’s been a chal­lenge but we’re start­ing to get used to it,” stated Coach De­cem­brino.




“The wood bats present an ex­tra chal­lenge; hope­fully, we’re up to the task.”

As of Wed­nes­day, June 12, Yard­ley-Mor­risville is T-5-1, 4-3-1 in iower Bucks ie­gion play. hleish is 2-2 with an .056 boA, Sa­batino is 1-1 and Gold­berg is 2-0 with a 1.1T boA.


Photo by Teri Seib­ert

Yard­ley-Mor­risville in­fielder Ben De­cem­brino at­tempts to pick off a Bris­tol baserun­ner in a re­cent win over Post 382.

Photo by Teri Seib­ert

Dan Kleish works the mound for Yard­ley-Mor­risville.

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