Monday, July 23, 2018



Written by Staff Report
July 19, 2018

            Upper Perk certainly didn't look like a newcomer.

            Down two runs to defending southeast state champion and host East Brandywine last Wednesday night, Upper Perk stormed back in the top of the third

Upper Perk U10 Cal Ripken State Champions

with three runs. The rally turned the tide of the game and gave Upper Perk a lead it wouldn't relinquish en route to a 10-6 victory, and the Valley's first Cal Ripken state champ in its inaugural season.

            "No question this group is special because of their work ethic," said Upper Perk manager Matt Weiss. "They are certainly very talented, but they truly enjoy working to get better."

Unlike past seasons, where Upper Perk's travel teams from 8-12 participated in random tournaments, this year Upper Perk's Youth Baseball Association decided to partake in Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of the Babe Ruth League. The move gave teams a chance to compete for titles at the district, state, regional and national level.

            And Upper Perk's U10 team made the most of its first season. Coached by ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
July 17, 2018

            Rich DeLucia spent the summer of 1985, between his junior and senior seasons at the University of Tennessee, in Quakertown hoping to develop a

Blazers franchise owner George Bonekember, left, welcomes

returning alumni Josh Tyler and Rich DeLucia at the team's

35th anniversary celebration on July 7.

changeup. Rather than return to Cape Cod League after getting drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, DeLucia chose to stay close to home. Several years into his 10-year Major League career, the Berks County native continued to tinker with the pitch.

            In 1993, Josh Tyler struggled at the plate swinging a wooden bat for the Blazers. However, the 1991 Upper Perkiomen graduate said the experience propelled him to an 8 1/2 year professional career.  "I learned how to fail," Tyler said.

            Tom Nuneviller, a Pennridge High School graduate who played parts of three seasons for the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League team, competed against the 1988 Olympic Team in its final game before heading to Seoul South Korea for the Games. The contest attracted more than 4,000 paid spectators. 

            Earlier this month, DeLucia, Tyler and Nuneviller – along with former Manager Denny Robison – returned to Memorial Park Stadium to ...



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