Ryan Buck - Barrett Memorial Scholarship Winner
By Bob Grotz, Delaware County Daily Times
For the first time in 34 years, the Joseph J. Barrett Memorial All-Star baseball game was cancelled.
The field was water-logged with rain.
But in true Joe Barrett fashion, the ceremony went on as scheduled Sunday at Neumann University, the board of trustees and fans recognizing the scholarship honorees, the award winners, the players and the people who have kept alive the charity event celebrating the late Delco baseball icon.
“We want to thank all the volunteers, the board members, the umpires, the photographer, the players and the sponsors,” said board chairman Patti Langdon, daughter of Barrett. “We’ll be back here next year.”
The Barrett Memorial scholarship winners took center stage. Both receive $3,000 scholarships from the foundation.
First baseman Jared Korenkiewicz of Sun Valley is headed to West Chester University to play baseball and major in exercise science.
“It’s a lot of money for school,” Korenkiewicz said. “And for me, I want to be a physical therapist so that’s like seven years of school I’m looking at. I’m really excited about this. It’s been a real cool experience. I wouldn’t say I’m a lucky guy but I’m lucky to get this.”
The other scholarship winner, pitcher-outfielder Ryan Buck of Conestoga, will attend Maryland, where he wants to walk on in baseball and major in aerospace engineering.