Braves batter Soran Svanson breaks his bat during a game on Thursday, July 14. Svanson and the Upper Perk Warriors defeated North Parkland 6-5 in the final MBC League game of the season.
The Upper Perk Warriors didn't last too long in the MBC League playoffs. They managed just two runs overall in consecutive losses to Boyertown and Perk Valley.
Following an 8-1 season-ending loss to the Perk Valley Raiders on Tuesday, each of the players removed their gray jerseys and placed them on a pile near third base at Baker Field.
"Only one team is going to be happy when the season ends," Warriors manager Rich Kressly said. "That's the state champion."
Defensive struggles hurt Upper Perk (14-11) in the post-season, according to Kressly. ...
Larry Bearn drags a softball field at Camelot Park in Upper Hanover Township. Bearn, known as "Mr. Infield," manicures more than 150 baseball and softball fields between Horsham and Allentown.
Five years ago, Larry Bearn grabbed an old bedspring and started manicuring the neglected softball fields used by his daughter's travel team. Many of the fields were in terrible shape.
"No one wanted to do the work," he said.
Today, Bearn has emerged as the premier field manicurist in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. Using a customized attachment that hooks to the back of his John Deere tractor, Bearn can level an infield without lifting a finger.
"Teams and players love it," he said. "Nobody has to do any raking."...