For local baseball players, summer starts with opening day, which, despite the heavy rains that have blanketed the area, has come and gone for all the Upper Perkiomen summer teams.
Perkiomen's Sr. Legion squad saw its scheduled opener on May 27 against Lansdale at Bonekemper Field cancelled. Their trip to Hatfield a couple nights later didn’t go much better as that contest was stopped in the top of the second inning. When the two teams were finally able to get an official game completed, Hatfield had gotten the better of Post 184 by a score of 4-2.
Perkiomen will try again tonight when they travel to Pottstown for a 7 p.m. start against the Steelers, and will be at home Sunday when they host Nor-Gwyn; also a 7 p.m. start.
On May 29 the Youth Legion Braves were all set to host the Boyertown Grizzles in the season opener for both teams. But when storm clouds rolled in just before game time, the teams were sent packing. The two teams squared off the next night and the Braves came away with an 11-4 win.
Though it was the first league game for the locals, the Braves had already seen the diamond six times, going 2-4 in non-league games. They had opened with a 7-2 win over West Lawn then dropped a nine-inning affair to Wissahickon.
The team traveled to North Parkland over the Memorial Day weekend and opened the tournament with a 14-3 win over Emmaus. They would fall in game two to Parkland 8-0, and lost both games the following day by one run. Exeter claimed an 8-7 win over the Braves before falling in game two to Aston-Media 7-6.
The Braves will play their next home game tonight at Bonekemper field when Pottstown visits for a 7 p.m. game.
Upper Perk's two Babe Ruth teams that play in the Tri-County League were a bit more fortunate when it came to avoiding the rains as they kicked off their seasons on May 19.
The Gold squad won its first three contests before the rains finally caught up with them during an away game at Boyertown. The team defeated Boyertown this past Sunday by a score of 9-0, and claimed victory again Monday as they beat the rain and Daniel Boone by a score of 7-1.
They will try for another win this Saturday at noon when they host a talented Norchester squad.
Upper Perk's other Tri-County team in the Babe Ruth division is the only team not to have been affected by Mother Nature. The Navy squad has run the table, getting off to a 6-0 start. They posted a pair of victories last weekend defeating Norchester on the road 6-0, and Saturday disposed of Pine Forge 10-6.
Strong pitching and clutch two-out hitting have been the keys to the team’s early success. The Navy squad will play at home Friday night when they face Spring-Ford at 6 p.m., and will Travel to Boyertown for a 9 a.m. game on Saturday.
Two 13-year-old only teams round out the field with the Youth Legion Warriors and Babe Ruth Prep team seeing action as well. The Warriors play at Baker Field, which is located on the grounds of the Perkiomen School, while the Babe Ruth team plays at the Montgomery Avenue Field. Both fields are in Pennsburg.
The Warriors will play at home next Tuesday when they host Perk Valley at 6 p.m. The Babe Ruth team will do battle tonight also at 6 p.m.