Bushkill had a blast -- three of them -- on its way to winning its first championship in a merger that worked to perfection.
Behind three homeruns including a grand slam, Bushkill swept the Kings this weekend in the Lehigh Valley Men's Baseball League 18 American Division Championship Series.
Coach Adam Recker pulled off the great-in-theory yet difficult-in-practice merger of two teams, his own Bushkill team and the neighboring former Bushkill Township squad.
It paid off in a big way. Zac Talmadge, one of the former Bushkill Township players, homered twice in Game 1 on Saturday at Southside Little League in Bethlehem. One was a grand slam, part of a 7-RBI performance.
That was more than enough for another former Bushkill Township player, Nick Terleski, who pitched a complete game backed by great defense from shortstop Tom Crimi in the 11-5 win.
In Game 2 on Sunday at Bushkill Township Field, Cory Kotyuk homered to back pitcher Nate Fritzinger's nine-strikeout complete game in the 8-1 clincher.