The Memorial Day weekend, for many, marks the start of summer. For members of the local American Legion baseball programs, it’s a time to get busy playing ball. And with all three of the Upper Perkiomen teams in action, there was plenty of baseball to go around.
Perkiomen Post 184 played three non-league games over the weekend, beginning last Friday night, when they hosted Fleetwood.
Perkiomen led 2-0 going into the third inning before a pair of errors led to three unearned runs for the Wildcats. The Wildcats scored four more in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead. Perkiomen made it close in its half of the inning on a two-out, bases-clearing double by Ryan Harris that got Post 184 to within two at 7-5. However, the game was called after only five innings due to poor weather conditions and Perkiomen came up a run short as Fleetwood posted a 7-6 victory.
On Saturday Perkiomen hosted North Parkland and trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. David Hoffman scored on a single by Zach Zappo to make it 2-1. Perkiomen scored two more in the bottom of the seventh as Jamie Boyle drew a bases-loaded walk to claim a 3-2 win.
Sunday the team traveled to Norchester where things unraveled early and often for Perkiomen. The game would end with Norchester notching an 11-3 win.
Despite the loss Sunday, Perkiomen’s new head coach Mike Fitzgerald felt good about his club's overall performance so far this season.
“I feel confident in our abilities,” said Fitzgerald. “We had a rough start today, but all our other games win or lose were within two runs. Even after the first inning today it was a one-run game.”
Perkiomen has one league game under its belt already (a 4-2 loss at Souderton) and will play another game before heading to Quakertown Friday at 7 p.m. to face the Blue Jays. They travel to Doylestown Saturday for a 6 p.m. start against the Tigers. Perkiomen will be at home Sunday to play the Warrington A’s at 7 p.m.
Upper Perkiomen’s Youth Legion Braves team traveled to Parkland and claimed the tournament championship, winning all four of its games. Upper Perk made a statement early, defeating Emmaus, 11-0, as pitchers Erik Stalford and Kasey Myers teamed up to hurl a perfect game.
Upper Perk would down North Parkland 5-0 in game two on Saturday and Sunday. They made easy work of Exeter and Southern Lehigh by scores of 12-2 and 11-2.
The Braves will be at home Friday at 7 p.m. as they play host to the Boyertown Grizzlies at Upper Perkiomen High School in their league opener.
The Youth Legion Prep team, made up of players who are all league age 13, also had success in the Pottstown tournament. After falling to North Parkland, 5-2, in the opener they rebounded to beat Pottsville, 4-3. Game three had the team up against undefeated Aston-Media who had outscored their opponents, 24-5, to that point. Unfazed the Warriors cruised to a 12-0 win and a trip to the championship game. Upper Perkiomen would fall in the finale to Boyertown, 12-1.
The Warriors kick off league play this week with three straight home games, the second of which is tonight at 6 p.m. against Hellertown. They do battle again Saturday at 10 a.m. when they host Methacton. Warrior home games are played at the Perkiomen School.