‘Season for the Ages’
The Wanderers’ season came to a close in the Region 2 tournament, but it didn’t take away from the type of campaign the team experienced over the summer.
The NORCO champs fell to Berks champ Norchester 7-1 to end their run in the tournament, going 2-2 in the double elimination format. Norchester scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away for the win.
For Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri, the season was a success after a 22-5 finish that saw his team win the league title.
“This was a season and a team for the ages,” Pulieri said. “The championship series with Northampton was an amazing and unbelievably competitive series with all three games decided by one run. It was baseball at it’s best by both teams. As far as regionals are concerned, it was a great experience for our guys and we were on par with every team there.”
Both of the Wanderers’ losses in the regional bracket came to Norchester in extra innings, which proved to be the team’s kryptonite.
“Andre Ledee pitched a great game the second time against Norchester and if we had taken advantage of our opportunities in that game it would never had gone to extra innings,” Pulieri said. “He deserved a better fate.”
Now Pulieri hopes his team can pull an encore for next season, but he also recognized how much this year’s championship meant to the program.
“Becoming the 2019 champs was for all the Wanderers, past and present, who have come through our program,” he said. “We’ve been like a family throughout the years. The feeling and the happiness that this championship brought our players was well worth the wait. They deserved it and they earned it. Like I mentioned before a season for the ages.”