Wanderers near top of pack
The Wanderers may have gotten off to a slow start to the season with the amount of games they were able to play early on, but the club hasn’t let that slow them down as the month of June progresses.
Dwight Pulieri’s crew is in first place heading into this week with a 7-1 record, as they’ve mostly dominated the competition this summer so far.
Stocked with a loaded part of Liberty’s roster from the spring, full of talented arms on the mound, the Wanderers have given up only eight runs so far this season and belted in 55 runs in comparison, projecting them as the team to beat this season.
The team has won five straight games since falling to Nazareth 3-2 on June 12 and Pulieri likes the direction they’re heading in.
“So far so good. It’s hard to get a grasp on us as a team since we’ve only played a few games to start the season,” Pulieri said. “We do have a lot of pitching depth and we’ll get an opportunity to see if it’s for real because we have a lot of games in a short amount of time coming up.”
As of Monday, the Wanderers had nine games left on their schedule to cram in the span of 12 days with the regular season finale coming on July 5.
That leaves contests against Birches (Tuesday), Freemansburg (Wednesday), Northampton (Thursday) and Hellertown (Friday) this week.
With Northampton (7-2) behind them in the standings, Thursday’s affair will be a vital contest for playoff seeding down the line.
“Offensively we’re a work in progress and one thing we have to work on is our fundamentals offensively,” Pulieri said. “I know it’s a cliche but we have to play it one game at a time and see how the season plays out.”
Freemansburg (5-6) and Bankos (4-6) are both battling to stay alive in the playoff race, as they came into the week seeded sixth and eighth respectively in the standings.
Freemansburg has gotten hot as of late, as they won three straight heading into last weekend, before losing a double to the Wanderers. Now they have Bankos, Wanderers and Wilson (4-5) this week to try and forge a playoff spot.
After a 1-4 start to the summer, Bankos has chipped away at getting back to .500. They have Freemansburg, Wilson, Hellertown (3-5) and Palmer Township (3-7) this week to test their playoff fate as well.