Boyertown set for Legion World Series

Posted: August 24, 2007

Boyertown will open play in the American Legion World Series in Bartlesville, Okla., this afternoon against the Bryant (Ark.) Blacksox.

Bryant, 41-9 overall, emerged from the Mid-South with a 4-1 tournament record, while Boyertown, at 52-8, went 5-1 in capturing the Mid-Atlantic crown at West Lawn, Pa.

Both teams have been hot at the plate. Boyertown's average was a hefty .359 in tournament play, while Bryant hit .358.

Today's winner will advance tomorrow against the winner between Eden Prairie (Minn.) and Tucson (Ariz.). The losers of those two games will play in the other game.

In terms of individual pitching comparisons between Boyertown and Bryant, the Bears' Garrett Crable, who won two games in the regional, is nearly equal to Bryant's ace, Aaron Davidson, who had an ERA of 1.93 in claiming two wins in the Mid-South. Davidson allowed two runs in 162/3 innings and struck out 21 batters.

Crable also gave up two runs, in 18 innings, for a 1.00 ERA in his two wins, including Monday's shutout of Morgantown, W. Va., where he struck out 14 and yielded just one walk.

In the regionals, Mike Schweger went 12 for 24, Nole Saylor was 11 for 23, and Shayne Houck was 12 for 27, including four doubles and a triple.

Other offensive stars for Boyertown are Cody Culp (.385), who had three doubles and a triple in the regional; Steve Bealer (.367), and Brandon Sullivan (.346).

Houck and Sullivan led the Bears in RBIs with seven each.

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