National 5, American 2

The Stars were out in Narberth

By Harry Chaykun

   Dan Williams is about 15 years older than Alden Mathes and more than a dozen years older than Ben and Alex Burman.

   The veteran Wayne infielder must have felt like a kid as he joined Mathes and the Burman brothers in taking part in the Delco League’s All-Star Game at Narberth Park Sunday afternoon.

   Williams drove in a run in the first inning after Mathes, who had doubled, came home on a hit by Donnie Weaver (Aston Valley), then belted a two-run homer after Mathes singled in the third to help the National All-Stars to a 5-2 decision over the American All-Stars.

   For his play, Williams was presented the Dick’s Sporting Goods Most Valuable Player Award.

   “I think I’ve played in three All-Star Games,” Williams said. “I got off to a good start this year, then I slowed down a little. I’ve felt better at the plate recently.”

   Mathes, Williams’ Wayne teammate, pitched in relief in the game, striking out the side in the sixth.

   “He and I had a little thing going about being MVP,” Williams said with a smile. “I guess when I hit that ball out, I one-upped him.

   “The at-bat before I didn’t look good on a pitch, so when they had me 0-and-2 the next time, they tried to throw that pitch again but I stayed tough and hit it out.”

   Williams is co-owner of Physical Development Systems (PDS) and has helped train a number of players who have played in the Delco League. He coached the Burman brothers when he was a member of the staff at Episcopal Academy.

   Ben and Alex Burman were seniors at Susquehanna University this spring after Alex transferred from New Jersey Institute of Technology. They helped the River Hawks (24-18) win the Landmark Conference playoff title and knock off No. 8 College of New Jersey in the opening round of an NCAA Division III regional – Ben had a two-run double that played a big part in the victory – before bowing out of the playoffs with losses to host Johns Hopkins and TCNJ.

   The Burmans, who play for the Concord Canes, were split up Sunday afternoon, with Ben playing for the winning National team while Alex was a member of the American squad.

   “It was cool playing against each other,” Ben, who graduated in May with a degree in finance from Susquehanna, said. “It means a lot having the chance to play together this summer.

   “We’re hoping we can keep things going at Concord, make it to the playoffs, and see what happens from there.”

   Alex Burman, who will be a senior at Susquehanna for the 2020 season, hit a line drive into the right-field corner that ended up being a ground-rule double. He made it to third base, but did not score on a short fly ball to center field, then was stranded at third.

   “I know I’ll hear about that,” he said, after being told his younger brother, Sam, a rising sophomore at Friends’ Central School, wasn’t pleased with his base-running. “I’m just mad we didn’t win the game.”

   The National All-Stars, managed by Wayne’s Brian Fili, got a run on a double by Chester’s Steven Wells in the top of the sixth inning.

   The American All-Stars, managed by Narberth’s Steve DeBarberie, scored in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Luke Lebeau of Aston Valley, who had reached base earlier in the game when he was hit by a pitch.

   National starter Cam Mathes (Wayne), who left with the lead, was the winning pitcher while American’s Steve DiBattista (Narberth), who was touched for the two runs in the first inning, took the loss.


   National 5, American 2

   National 202 001 0 – 5

   American 000 000 1 – 1

   2B: A. Mathes (N), Wells (N), A. Burman (A). HR: Williams (N).

   WP: C. Mathes. LP: DiBattista. Umpires: Stew Soley (plate), Dennis Dunn (bases).