UPDATE: Today, August 10 Northhampton PA (8) Cecil County MD (1) see box scores below
By William E. Cleary Sr.
CAMDEN CITY NJ—Brooklawn Legion lost last night’s game against Cecil County Maryland, 8-3 setting up a 1pm game today with Swoyersville, Pa.
Faced with being knocked out of the double elimination Mid Atlantic tournament, if they lost another game, Brooklawn got hot right away putting two runs on the score board in the second inning. Those two were followed by 4 more in the fourth, 6 runs in the fifth and 4 in the seventh. Swoyersville had two men on base in the seventh threatening to squash the shut-out, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The game was called under the 10-run mercy rule at the end of the seventh. The winning
pitcher was Matt Parr.
Going into the final day of the five-day series on Monday Brooklawn will need to win two games in order to make it to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC.
Games times for Monday, at Campbell’s Field, are 1 pm and 4 pm.
South Jersey Times sports writer Scott Chappelear wrote a good article on last night's game between Brooklawn and Cecil County. Come to find out last night's relief pitcher for Cecil County was Penns Grove High School graduate Andrew Valichka.
From the article:
They'll have to do a little more work to get to that point, however. They fell behind quickly against Cecil County, Maryland in the winner's bracket final Saturday night, then saw a familiar face close the door as 2014 Penns Grove High School graduate Andrew Valichka pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings for the save in an 8-3 win over Brooklawn.
"I knew I was moving as soon as high school was done, and I just wanted to play somewhere during the summer," Valichka said. "I contacted (coach Scott Stenta), and as soon as I got here I knew it was a great team.
"It's a great feeling to come back and beat kids I played in high school. It's a really good feeling to come back and do that."
Valichka had a few run-ins with many of the Brooklawn players when his Red Devils faced Gloucester Catholic in Tri-County Conference Diamond Division matchups, and often came out on the wrong end of those.