Rick O'Brien: W.C. East claims District 1 AAAA title

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East players celebrate title

May 28, 2009 District 1 Class AAAA baseball title game. With an 11-hit effort and the bulk of the pitching coming from two non-aces (righty Robby Worrell, lefty Bill Fallis), West Chester East knocked off Council Rock North, 6-2, at Bears Stadium in Boyertown, PA.

I thought Spring-Ford High, in Royersford, was an out-of-the way location for a district title game. But Boyertown, almost as West as you can go on Route 73 (Hamburg might be the end of the line??). Yes, lovely Berks County. Bears Stadium is impressive, though. The home of Boyertown's widely known American Legion team reminded me a little bit of the Little League World Series complex in Williamsport. And Boyertown (just outside Gilbertsville) had a Poconos-like feel to it. A rough trip, for sure, but worth it because of the nice mini-stadium.

W.C. East bagged its first district title since 2004 (Class AAA back then). In 2003, after finishing runner-up to C.R. North in districts, the Vikes (under former coach Ed Pappas, who, by the way, is a neighbor of Malvern Prep boss Mike Hickey), won the Class AAA state crown.C.R. North, coached by former Archbishop Wood standout Dan Kusters. was trying for its first district championship since 2003 (when it beat W.C. East, 6-5, in the final). On this day, though, when East's Jay Lynch (Binghamton) pitched the first two innings (coach Dean Owens was saving him for Monday), six hits and a pair of sixth-inning runs was not enough for the Indians.

C.R. North (and, likely, yours truly) will be back in Boyertown on Monday. That's when the Indians will face District 12 runner-up Central, in a first-round state game at 4 p.m. East will play Warwick, District 3's third-place qualifier, at Spring-Ford High at 2 p.m. 

-Rick O'Brien 



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