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Resiliency, consistency define season for Connie Mack teams

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At the Pennsylvania State Connie Mack Tournament in Limeport, Deep Run and Doylestown both recently suffered late-inning defeats in their quest toward the title game in the double-elimination tournament.

Unfortunately for Doylestown, its run ended in a 7-6 walk-off defeat to Moore Township, which scored four runs in the final inning.

Fortunately for Deep Run, its journey continued.

Deep Run (17-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Central Perk, but it was a victim of a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth and dropped a 5-2 decision.

Deep Run still is one of six remaining teams in the tournament and met Southern Lehigh in an elimination game Wednesday night (results unavailable at press time).

Despite the outcome, it has been a gritty and unified season for Deep Run, which was mainly composed of Pennridge players. Deep Run finished first in the regular season with a 15-5 record and lost to Central Perk in the title game.

“We have had a resilient, scrappy and hard-nosed season,” said Deep Run head coach Tim Healy. “It has been a long season with many rainouts that had us at one point playing eight games in 10 days.

“It has been a complete team effort with everyone contributing.”

Matt Dubyk has been the workhorse of the pitching staff with a 9-1 record and a 0.93 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 60 innings. The staff overall has a respectable 3.19 ERA.

Offensively, Dubyk also has been a force with a .372 average, 29 hits and a team-high 30 RBIs. Anthony Buccafuri (.395) has been hitting around the .400 mark all season and has a team-high three homers and 30 hits with 24 RBIs.

Ryan Healy leads the team in runs scored (23) and walks (12) and Bobby Croyle leads in on-base percentage (.456).

“Matt Dubyk has been mesmerizing all year,” said Tim Healy. “Anthony Buccafuri has been solid all year, and Ryan Healy has been a defensive fixture at second base. Bobby Croyle has been a vocal team leader.”

Doylestown, which had players from Central Bucks East, South and West high schools, was appreciative to finish the season. The team was second in the regular season with an overall 13-7 mark.

“We almost didn’t have a team this year,” said head coach Tom Woollam. “We had 15 kids on our roster, but we didn’t have that many during the season.

“We also got into the (state) tournament because one of the Lehigh Valley teams backed out. We had a good tournament, but our pitching fell apart in our last game that we lost late.”

Despite battling numbers, Woollam liked his club’s stick-to-itiveness.

“We started out 7-2 and finished 13-7 during the season,” he said. “I didn’t think we did as well in the second half, but we worked through it. There were a lot of other teams that played better in the second half.

“We had consistent hitting and our pitching was decent throughout the season.”

Offensively, Woollam credited Kyle Schwall, Blake Wiegers and Clay Nehring for their contributions.

“Those guys were steady all season,” said Woollam. “They all were solid in the lineup and on the field for us.”

On the mound, Wiegers, Nehring, Josh Shiller and Gabe Marshall helped set the pace.

“We made it to the state tournament for the third year in a row,” added Woollam. “Our league was pretty competitive and our kids battled. It was a good and fun season for us.”


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