Wanderers run ends in the semis
The Wanderers saw their NORCO Legion season come to an end in the semifinal round of the tournament over the weekend, following Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Northampton in the final game of the three-game series.
Northampton was able to win the first and third games of the series to advance to the finals against Nazareth, ending the Wanderers season at 17-5-1.
Head coach Dwight Pulieri knew his team gave everything they had in an even series against the third-seeded Kids.
“If we played them 10 times, each of us would probably win five times each,” said Pulieri. “That’s how even both of us really are. We just didn’t get the big hit [on Saturday]. We didn’t have any errors, played a clean game, just didn’t get that timely hit. You never want to lose, but I think we did everything we could to try and win this series.”
Northampton took on top-seeded Nazareth in Sunday’s championship series, falling 1-0 in a tight contest, before losing 8-0 on Monday as the Eagles took the title.
Pulieri would have liked to advance to the final stage of the tournament, but knew his team would have been without their pair of catchers because of travel ball for the final series, which would have made things tough to begin with.
“It would have been challenge for us,” he said.
Still, this season’s success will be memorable for the program, who bring back 13 of their 18 rostered players.
“It was one of the best seasons we’ve had in the past 20 years,” Pulieri said. “This group just played really well and exceeded expectations. It was nice to see them work hard and put it all together this summer, because you never really know how things are going to go with everything that goes on in the summer. It was a great summer.”
Bankos lost to the Wanderers in the first round of the tournament going down in a two-game sweep, losing 5-2 and 6-4 respectively to end their year at 9-11.
Freemansburg was bounced out of the first round too, losing to Hellertown in three games to finish the season at 10-11.