These men got a typical holiday gift: a tie.
The UMB Pirates and the Northampton Kids played to an 11-11 draw on Sunday over Memorial Day Weekend at Mount Bethel Community Park in Premier Division action in the Lehigh Valley Men’s Baseball League Game of the Week.
For the two-time defending champion Kids, it continues a strong if not dominant start in the Premier division.
One year after winning the 18 National Division championship and two years after winning the 25 National Division championship, the Northampton squad is 2-1-2, good for fourth place in the MSBL’s most talented division.
The tie has a different feel for the Pirates, who have stumbled in the early going after reaching the Black & Blue Division championship series a year ago. A season-opening doubleheader split with the defending B&B champion DM Palmisano Sanitation Rangers is the only win so far for the Pirates.
“It rains every Sunday, we are 1-3-1 and I’m grumpy,” Pirates Manager Jorge Rodriguez said, pointing to his team’s 28 errors in the season's early going, plus base running blunders. “I need to see the sun.”
Leadoff hitter Tyler Mostosky’s three hits and PJ Van Orman’s two hits were among 13 knocks for the Pirates. Evan Musto notched a double while driving in three runners, and cousins Andrew Gheringer and Nate Gheringer added two hits apiece. It was Nate Gheringer’s Pirates debut.
Rodriguez lamented the tie, saying ties are better for weddings and job interviews. Now he'll just hope he doesn’t get a tie when he plays on Father’s Day.
Another newcomer to the Premier Division is playing like the best team in it. The Alpha Braves swept the Macungie Grizzlies in a doubleheader and are now 6-0 with a league-best plus-55 run differential. Seven undefeated teams remain league-wide, but none have played as many games as the Braves.
A 43 American Division team beat a 25 American Division team for the first time, and then it happened again. The Diamondbacks earned the distinction with a 9-2 win over the Bulldogs in a morning game. The 43 Hurricanes were a beat too late with an 11-2 rout of the 25 Pirates in the afternoon. This is the first season that the 25s and 43s are overlapping on the schedule.
A pair of undefeated teams stayed that way. The Emmaus Athletics (4-0) defeated the Reds, 4-1, behind winning pitcher Steve Prazenka, who now has allowed only 2 runs in 13 innings pitched. The FOP White Sox earned their fifth win in a 5-3 contest with the Volpe’s Orioles.
The Bucks found their lucky number. The new arrival in the 55 Division scored 7 runs in each half of a doubleheader, sweeping the Dodgers, 7-2 and 7-3. The Bucks are now tied for first place in the division.