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Written by Ernie Quatrani Correspondent
March 25, 2015

Upper Perk's Austin Orsini reaches for a fly ball during practice Monday on the turf field at the high school. Due to field conditions, the team has not been able to get on their home field yet this season.

                If you are a baseball team, it is not a good thing when your first time on actual grass and dirt is in a league game, especially when the opponent is everybody's prohibitive favorite to win the league and maybe the state.

                Therefore, it was no surprise that the Upper Perk baseball team opened its 2015 campaign with a 7-0 loss at Spring-Ford on Tuesday.

                The Rams got a combined three-hitter from Bret Clarke and Matt Yost and three hits and three runs batted in by Connor Klemann....



Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
March 25, 2015

George Bonekemper holds a finished copy of the book "A Baseball History of the Upper Perkiomen Valley 1954-2014" which he unveiled during a presentation at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center on Sunday.

                George Bonekemper fulfilled a promise by completing a second volume on the history of baseball in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. However, Bonekemper needed 10 additional years to keep his word.

                On Sunday, he introduced the book, "A Baseball History of the Upper Perkiomen Valley 1954-2014." Addressing an audience at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsburg, Bonekemper discussed the book's contents and the writing process.

                Wearing a grey jersey from the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds, Bonekemper, a mainstay in youth and amateur adult baseball in the valley since 1970, spoke for 80 minutes. He told several stories, recalling memorable games, rivalries and the tragedy of two players dying from a lightning strike during a game on Aug. 12, 1947....



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