YARDOEY-MORRLSVLOOE TANES five LN A row
– 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.
Yardley-Morrisville infielder Ben Decembrino attempts to pick off a Bristol baserunner in a recent win over Post 382.
Dan Kleish works the mound for Yardley-Morrisville.