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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.
Conestoga Varsity fought hard, and held the number 1 power-ranked Pennsylvania team, La Salle, to four runs in a 4-1 loss. La Salle won their last three games with a combined 36-4 runs for-against, and their last two games were won 19-0 and 10-0. Conestoga gave them the toughest battle in some time.
Jacob Marcus was on the hill for Pioneers Varsity. He allowed six hits and four runs over five and a third innings, striking out nine. Cam Marcus threw two-thirds of an inning in relief.
Jared DeLuccia led Conestoga Varsity with two hits in three at bats. Varsity didn’t commit a single error in the field. Luke Czepiel had the most chances in the field with ten.
La Salle College collected six hits on the day. Cossetti and Eric Marasheski each had multiple hits for La Salle College. Cossetti went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead La Salle College in hits.
SP Jacob Marcus 5.1IP, 9K, 4BB, 6H, 4R, 4ER (loss)
RP Cam Marcus 0.2IP, 1K, 0BB, 0H, 0R, 0ER
Jared DeLuccia 2 for 3, 2 1B
Luke Czepiel 1 for 2, 1 1B, 1 BB
Luke Borger 1 for 1, 1 1B, 2 BB
Cam Marcus 1 for 3, 1 2B
Conestoga Pioneers Varsity stole the lead late and defeated Downingtown East 11-10 on Thursday. The game was tied at ten with Conestoga Pioneers Varsity batting in the top of the eighth when Luke Czepiel doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
Conestoga Pioneers Varsity built a five-run lead in the first inning and then held off Downingtown East’s charge. Downingtown East scored ten runs in the failed comeback on a single by Mike Rodriguez in the first, a single by Austin Taylor in the second, a double by Tommy Hammett in the second, a double by Albert Choi in the second, a error in the third, a double by Connor Munnelly in the fourth, a single by Joe Janick in the fourth, a error in the fifth, and a double by Zack Burton in the fifth.
Cam Marcus got the start for Conestoga Pioneers Varsity. He lasted three innings, allowing eight hits and six runs while striking out two and walking zero. Owen Margolis and Brooks Rush (pictured) each entered the game in relief. Rush pitched 3 innings with 3 strike outs while allowing zero earned runs and zero runs to earn the win.
Conestoga Pioneers Varsity racked up ten hits. Jared DeLuccia, Owen Margolis, and Luke Borger each had multiple hits for Conestoga Pioneers Varsity.
SP C Marcus 3IP, 2K, 8H, 0BB, 4 ER, 6 runs
RP Margolis 2IP, 0K, 4H, 2BB, 2 ER, 4 runs
RP Rush 3IP, 3K, 1H, 2BB, 0 ER, 0 runs (win)
DeLuccia 3 for 4, 3 1B, 3RBI
Borger 2 for 4, 2 1B, 3 runs
Margolis 2 for 4, 2 1B, BB, 2 runs
J Marcus 1 for 4, 1B, 2BB, 3 RBI, 1 run
Buck 1 for 4, 1B, BB, 2 RBI, 1 run
Czepiel 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 2 runs
Conestoga Pioneers Varsity had a tough time generating runs on Tuesday, dropping their game with Bensalem 10-0.
Stephen Aldrich led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Bensalem. He lasted five innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out five and walking one.
Ryan Buck (pictured) was on the pitcher’s mound for Conestoga. He surrendered four runs on six hits over two innings, walking zero. Aiden Lexow and Tucker Conlan entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and one inning respectively.
Christian Moesler and Will Mauro both had one hit to lead Conestoga Varsity.
Bensalem collected 13 hits. Dominic Grady, Jon Revell, Nicholas Dean, Keith Parrish, and Brian Swentkowski all managed multiple hits for Bensalem. Grady led Bensalem with three hits in three at bats.
SP Ryan Buck 2IP, 0K, 0BB, 6H, 4R, 0ER (loss)
RP Aiden Lexow 1IP, 0K, 1BB, 4H, 4R, 4ER
RP Tucker Conlan 1IP, 0K, 2BB, 3H, 2R, 2ER
Will Mauro 1 for 2, 1 1B
Christian Moesler 1 for 2, 1 1B
by Rick O’Brien
On a roll
No. 16 seed Conestoga looks to continue its Cinderella run in districts when it visits No. 5 Bensalem in a 6A semifinal on Tuesday.
The Pioneers opened with a 6-3 win over No. 17 Harry S Truman; surprised playoff-tested and No. 1 North Penn, 2-1, in the second round; and held off No. 8 Boyertown, 7-6, in Friday’s quarterfinal.
“It’s been so exciting for our kids,” Conestoga coach Matt Diamond said. “They’re enjoying this ride.”
Second baseman and righthander pitcher Owen Margolis and catcher Luke Czepiel, a second-year captain, are among the top hitters for the 13-7 Pioneers.
Outfielder Ryan Buck, outfielder and shortstop Luke Borger, and designated hitter Christian Moesler are likewise threats at the plate.
Conestoga is trying for its first district title since it nipped West Chester Henderson, 7-6, in Class 3A in 2002.