Youth Baseball Championship Runners Up - Above, in the Upper Perk Youth Baseball League's Minor championship playoff, the Town and Country team took honors as the runners up. Below, in the Major League, the runner up team was Cloud Nine Country Kennel.
The Upper Perk 13-year-old Kiwanis Warriors have had their share of challenges during the early goings of the summer season.
But the team will get a pretty good indication of just exactly how well the rest of the season will go during an upcoming, jam-packed mid-season stretch. That critical span, which will include five games in a seven-day window, or nearly a quarter of the MBC Prep Legion season schedule, started last night and will end next Tuesday.
After that, the team will finish out the month with another five games in an eight-day window before the schedule slows down heading into July.
To date the Warriors, coached by Bob Graber, are 1-3 in the league, 2-5 overall. The squad’s lone league win came in a 7-3 victory at Baker Field last Monday night. In that game, the Warriors only mustered three hits, but took advantage of nine walks and a pair of errors to prove the difference.
Nolan Graber had a hit and knocked in a pair of runs, as Brandon Reil (1-3, RBI) and Zeke Hallman (1-3, RBI) also helped out the cause. Hallman provided five innings of four-hit ball and allowed one earned run. He gave way to Kacey Myers, who shut the door with two spotless innings of relief, striking out four of the final six outs.
Nick Groff also knocked in a run, Eric Aaron scored twice, and Aaron Benner and Jordon Minder both scored once apiece.
The Warriors’ non-league win came at the Memorial Day Tournament at Sundstrom Field in Pottstown. In that game, Upper Perk held off a determined Perk Valley squad, 14-8.
Bryan Pijanowski (3 runs), Graber (3 RBI) and Aaron helped lead the 10-hit attack with two hits each. Lone hits came from Benner, Myers, Minder and Groff. Pijanowski and Graber split the pitching duties, combining for six strikeouts and scattering eight hits.
The Warriors dropped two other games by a combined three runs, coming up just short of a comeback rally to Southern Lehigh, 5-3, in a rain-delayed game. Brandon Reil had a pair of hits to go along with 2 RBI, Anthony Boyle was 1-1 with a run and RBI and Miles Longstreth scored a run in the loss. The Warriors also dropped a 9-8 heartbreaker at Forks Township May 31.
Upper Perk took on Perk Valley at home last night, and will travel to North Parkland, who edged the Warriors in the opening game of the season over the Memorial Day Tournament tonight. Upper Perk will entertain Norchester at 10 a.m. Saturday and finish off the week at Phoenixville on Sunday at 1 p.m.