Davis, Aston Valley fire up, even series with Narberth

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NARBERTH >> Donovan Davis’ reaction went from surprise to outrage to a need for calm Tuesday night.

The reliever stood in the Aston Valley dugout at Narberth Playground as a chaotic sequence transpired on the diamond. In an instant, Matt Domian’s single to left field in the top of the fifth inning scored Rob Caruso to nudge Aston Valley ahead, but an overthrow of the plate allowed Narberth catcher Steve Furman to gun down the Knights’ Frank Nigro after a recklessly wide turn of third base.

Nigro leapt up, cursed himself a little too voluminously, and got the quick hook from the umpire.

Like that, Aston Valley took the lead, and lost its pitcher.

So Davis scrambled to prepare, the hasty nature of Nigro’s ejection earning Davis eight extra warmup long tosses in addition to his regular eight from the rubber. The plan was for the recent Widener grad to try to subdue the Mudcats in the fifth while Tyler Campbell readied fully, then play it by ear.

But Davis wouldn’t relinquish the ball, and the enraged Knights’ bats backed him.

Davis recorded the final nine outs with relative ease around a consolation tally in the seventh as Aston Valley claimed a 9-4 win in Game 2 of the Delco League championship series.

The series shifts to Buggy Field in Aston Wednesday night with the best-of-5 even at a game apiece. Including four regular-season contests, Tuesday was the Knights’ first defeat of top-seeded and defending champ Narberth in 2017.

The hectic nature of Nigro’s expulsion, his third of the season, helped Davis get his juices flowing. Defending a 4-3 lead, he retired the first six batters he faced.

“It felt pretty good initially, and then I kind of locked up toward the end, started throwing them a little more down the middle,” Davis said. “But the adrenaline was definitely pumping. It was a pretty intense whole series of events, so that helped the arm going in.”

By the time Richie Tecco doubled and scored on Kevin McGowan’s booming triple to right, the Aston Valley bats had awakened to provide Davis five cushy runs in the top of the seventh. Davis’ contribution to that rally befitted the peculiarity of his evening.

Sammy Farnell laced a single to left to score Caruso, who reached on a pivotal inning-lengthening error, to make it 5-3. Davis dug in and showed bunt, something he admitted he hasn’t done since his days as an All-Delco pitcher at Strath Haven.

His execution was perfectly imperfect: A stabbed-at bunt that whistled past the onrushing Joe Lake at third base and into the no-man’s land near the grass in the outfield, allowing Kendall Small to score from second.

“I was just trying to stick the bat out,” Davis said. “I guess I whipped it around a little bit and it popped right off.”

“To see him get that ball between third and short was just great for us, great for our momentum,” Caruso said.

Dan Hyatt followed with a sac fly, and Davis and Nick Macey, who’d doubled, scored on Julian Kurych’s single to seal the damage.

Aston Valley took the early advantage, capitalizing on a rare bit of wildness by Narberth starter Marty McKeone, who walked the leadoff man Kurych in the first. He scored on a Caruso single. Domian tripled to deep center to score the designated hitter Nigro in the second, the Domian hustled home on a Hyatt groundout.

Even that three-run bulge wouldn’t be enough against the Narberth offensive juggernaut.

“There’s always a cool, calm demeanor that we’ll be alright,” Tecco said. “We were in the game, just Game 1 we made more plays. Game 2 they made more plays, had a couple of big hits and we made some mistakes and they fully took advantage of them.”

Aston Valley starter Pat Graham faltered in the fourth, three straight walks forcing in a run. Tecco then unloaded a two-run single to even the score.

McKeone minimized the damage in the fifth, in part via Mike White’s outfield assist to nab Nigro. But he hit the wall in the seventh, failing to record an out against four batters.

The loss puts the Mudcats in a similar position as last year, when they split the first two games as the top seed at home against Wayne before lifting the trophy, the first in franchise history, in five games.

“We’ll be ready tomorrow,” Tecco said. “We were in the same position last year, one and one. We’ve just got to find a way to win the next two.”

Aston Valley’s belated onslaught might have just padded a result already beyond doubt. But the catharsis against a team it has struggled to get by all season and the confidence it endows the Knights in the first of three games in as many days feels like it could be a series-changer.

And Caruso’s choice of tense echoes that.

“They had our number this year,” he said. “… It gives us a lot of momentum going back to Buggy. I think we’re in a real good position for tomorrow night.”

Tecco’s schnozz helps Narberth levy first blow in Delco League finals

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NARBERTH >> A broken nose is rarely a good thing, for the player or his team. Richie Tecco’s busted snout, though, turned out to be beneficial for the Narberth Mudcats.

Tecco broke his nose late last month while playing for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer league in the upper Midwest.

Because of that injury Tecco was around to play shortstop and drive in the tying and winning runs Sunday as the defending champion Mudcats rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Aston Valley, 6-4, in Game 1 of the Delco League championship series at Narberth Park.

“Things happen for a reason,” Narberth player-manager Steve DeBarberie said. “He gets injured, comes back in the Delco League finals and hopefully can help us win another championship.”

Tecco played the first 17 games of the season with the Mudcats and expected to be with the team for the entire season until he received an offer he could not refuse.

In early July, Tecco received a phone call from former major leaguer Chris Sabo, who is the manager of the Bullfrogs. Sabo was looking for a sure-handed fielder to play shortstop and was given Tecco’s name through Sabo’s contacts with the coaching staff at Rider, where Tecco will be a junior.

Tecco was down the shore at the time, but he saw it as a chance to expand his baseball horizons. Tecco accepted Sabo’s offer, jumped in his car and headed to Wisconsin.

On July 22, Tecco squared to bunt in a loss to the Kalamazoo Growlers and fouled the pitch off. The ball hit Tecco in the face.

“It started bleeding right away,” Teccho said.

He knew immediately his nose was broken and that his time with the Bullfrogs was done.

“As soon as it happened I said, ‘Oh well, I’m going to go home and play in the Delco League playoffs,’” Tecco said.

It took a little convincing, though. Tecco came home because he was initially told that he had to have surgery. So he got in his car and made the nearly 1,000-mile drive back to Drexel Hill. Once home, however, Tecco went for a second opinion and found surgery was not necessary.

DeBarberie stayed in touch with Tecco during his time with the Bullfrogs and when he learned Tecco was home, DeBarberie asked him if he wanted to come back and finish out the season with the Mudcats.

Tecco hesitated. He wanted the injury to heal. But when John Banes, Tecco’s replacement at shortstop, went down with an ankle injury in Game 4 of the semifinals against Concord and would be out for the championship series, DeBarberie reached out again.

This time, Tecco agreed to come back just in time for final. The Mudcats are glad he did.

In his first game back Tecco blooped a two-run single into left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the defending champions a 5-4 lead. Sean Spratt followed with a RBI single to make it a two-run advantage. Tecco also had three assists and turned an inning-ending double play in the second inning.

“I wanted to hit the ball hard there, but I’ll take that 10 out of 10 times,” Tecco said. “It’s two runs and a W so I’m happy with that at-bat.”

The hits by Tecco and Spratt helped the Mudcats erase a 4-1 deficit. Narberth scored two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Kevin McGowan and then tacked on three more runs in the sixth.

Until that point, Aston Valley was in control. Wild pitches in the first and fourth innings, and back-to-back sacrifice flies by Max Carney and Rob Caruso in the top of the fifth inning gave the Knights a three-run cushion. Meanwhile, starter Zach Rumford was cruising. The lefty allowed just two hits and one run through the first four innings. Both hits and the run came in the top of the first inning. After that, Rumford settled down and retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced.

Although it took a while, Narberth showed why it led the league in runs scored during the regular season. After Joe Lake struck out to start the sixth inning, Steve Furman singled and Spratt drew a walk. McGowan followed with his second triple of the game to cut Aston Valley’s lead to 4-3.

“I knew we needed something and I jumped on a pitch,” McGowan said. “This is probably the third time we’ve faced (Rumford) and he likes to throw me sliders away until I chase. He threw one and got it over for a strike so I knew the second one was coming. He got it up a little bit and I got it.”

An inning later, Tecco jumped on a pitch in on his hands and got enough of it to put Narberth in front for good, something that would not have happened had he gotten the bunt down.

“It’s good to be back,” Tecco said.

2017 Delco League Postseason Schedule

Quarterfinal Round - 7/25-7/27 (best of 3)

#6 Marple Newtown  vs #3 Wayne (Wayne wins series 2-0)

#5 Springfield vs #4 Concord (Concord wins series 2-0)

 

Semifinal Round - 7/29-8/3 (best of 5)

#1 Narberth vs #4 Concord (Narberth wins series 3-2)

 

#2 Aston Valley vs #3 Wayne (Aston Valley wins series 3-1)

       

Championship Round - 8/6-8/12 (best of 5)

#2 Aston Valley vs #1 Narberth

         8/6  Aston Valley @ Narberth, 2:00pm

 8/7  Aston Valley @ Narberth, 5:45pm

         8/9  Narberth @ Aston Valley, 5:45pm

 8/10 Narberth @ Aston Valley, 5:45pm

 8/12 Aston Valley @ Narberth, 3:00pm

 

 

 

DELCO BASEBALL LEAGUE

MILITARY APPRECIATION GAME

3rd Annual Military Appreciation Game

 

SUNDAY- JUNE 4, 2016

Game Time 2:00 PM

 

GARNET VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

 

Narberth  vs Concord CANES

 

The team will also honor player/coach, and U.S. Navy veteran, Frank Saviski Sr., who passed away earlier this year.

A barbecue will be held during and after the game.

History of Delco League Champions

 Year

 Team

 Manager

 2022 

 Wayne

 Brian Fili

 2021

 Upper Darby

 Dave Jerdon

 2020

 Wayne

 Brian Fili

 2019

 Wayne

 Brian Fili

 2018

 Narberth

 Steve DeBarberie

 2017

  Aston

 Marcus Spero

 2016

 Narberth

 Steve DeBarberie

 2015

 Wayne

 Brian Fili 

 2014

 Wayne

 Brian Fili

 2013

 Aston

 Marcus Spero 

 2012

 Aston

 Marcus Spero 

 2011

 Wayne

 Jim Fatz 

 2010

 Aston

 Marcus Spero 

 2009

 Wayne

  Jim Fatz 

 2008

 Wayne

  Jim Fatz 

 2007

 Wayne

  Jim Fatz

 2006

 Collingdale

 Henry Guadino

 2005

 Aston

 Bill Wright

 2004

 Wayne

 Dan McShane

 2003

 Aston

 Bill Wright

 2002

 Wayne

 Dan McShane

 2001

 Wayne

 Dan McShane

 2000

 Wayne

 Dan McShane

 1999

 Springfield

 Frank Agovino

 1998

 Springfield

 Frank Agovino

 1997

 Springfield

 Frank Agovino

 1996

 Wayne

 Dan McShane

 1995

 Wayne

 Chuck Freeman

 1994

 Wayne

 Chuck Freeman

 1993

 Wayne

 Chuck Freeman

 1992

 Springfield

  Jim Heller

 1991

 Clifton Heights

 Ernie Pietropola

 1990

 Penfield

 Bob Brown

 1989

 Clifton Heights

 Ernie Pietropola

 1988

 Clifton Heights

 Ernie Pietropola

 1987

 Wayne

 Ted Aceto

 1986

 Glen Mills

 Jim Faulkner

 1985

 Glen Mills

 Jim Faulkner

 1984

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1983

 F.C. Haab’s

 Jim Faulkner

 1982

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1981

 Marple Newtown

 Charlie Kress

 1980

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1979

 Sporting Gds Plce

 Ed Crandley

 1978

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1977

 Haab’s Sunoco

 Rich Merchant

 1976

 B & J  A’s

 John Dzik

 1975

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1974

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1973

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1972

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1971

 Tinicum A.C.

 Lou Soscia

 1970

 Marple Newtown

 Charlie Kress

 1969

 Marple Newtown

 Charlie Kress

 1968

 Marple Newtown

 Charlie Kress

 1967

 Tinicum A.C.

 John O’Donnell

 1966

 Marple Newtown

 Charlie Kress

 1965

 Roche Post

 Tony Coma

 1964

 Fizzano

 Harry Miller

 1963

 Tinicum A.C.

 John O’Donnell

 1962

 Tinicum A.C.

 Cliff Williamson

 1961

 Fizzano

 Jim Weidner

 1960

 Fizzano

 Jim Weidner

 1959

 Fizzano

 Bub Malseed

 1958

 Lloyd A.C.

 Jim Weidner

 1957

 El Rancho

 Jim Weidner

 1956

 El Rancho

 Jim Weidner

 1955

 Hanlon A.C.

 Larry File

 1954

 Sun Village

 Eddid Dodds

 1953

 Glenolden

 Al Griffin

 1952

 Glenolden

 Al Griffin

 1951

 St. Hedwig’s

 Henry Grucela

 1950

 St. Hedwig’s

 Henry Grucela

 1949

 Sun Village

 Eddie Dodds

 1948

 Sinclair

 Dick Millichap

 1947

 Glenolden A.A.

 Al Griffin

 1946

 Sun Oil

 Turk Long

 1945

 Media

 Jim Berry

 1944

 Media

 Jim Berry

 1943

 Media

 Jim Berry

 1942

 Collingdale

 George Holloran

 1941

 Lester

 Monk Bothner

 1940

 Lester

 Monk Bothner

 1939

 Sun Village

 Eddie Dodds

 1938

 Sun Village

 Eddie Dodds

 1937

 Leiperville

 Vito Greto

 1936

 Norwood

 Jimmy Eberts

 1935

 Lester

 Johnny Faix

 1934

 Glenolden Fire Co.

 Ray Coughlan

 1932

 Congoleum A.A.

 John Cannon

 1931

 Sinclair

 John Tasker

 1930

 Sinclair

 John Tasker

 1929

 Aberfoyle

 Fred Hoye

 1927

 Darby Boys Club

 Bob Devinney

 1926

 Upland

 Hugh “Doc” Hayes

 1925

 Morton

 George Rodgers

 1924

 Rockdale

 William Flynn

 1923

 Media

 Abe Fields

 1922

 Collingdale

 Mahlon VanBooskirk

 1921

 Media

 C. Robert Steele

 1920

 Media

 C. Robert Steele

 1919

 Morton

 George Schroder

 1917

 Chester

 Frank Poth

 1916

 Media

 Wm. Cloud Alexander

 1915

 Upland

 Frank Miller

 1914

 Media

 Wm. Cloud Alexander

 1913

 Chester

 Dan Doherty

 1912

 Upland

 Frank Miller

 1911

 Upland

 Frank Miller

 1910

 Media

 S. Howard Brinton

 1909

 Woodlyn

 William McConnell

 1908

 Aldan

 William J. Glenn

  
  
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