N.J. champion Brooklawn to play Pa. champ Spring City in American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional

Posted: August 03, 2010

Rob Cressman has heard many stories about the tradition of Brooklawn American Legion baseball over the years.

A two-time World Series champion and one of the most decorated Senior American Legion programs in the country, Brooklawn won national titles in 1991 and 2001 and has captured 12 regional titles and 24 state championships.

Cressman, a 2009 graduate of Pitman High School, was was a freshman pitcher in the spring for Elizabethtown College and is one of Brooklawn's top pitchers, sporting a 7-0 record.

Now he has become part of the rich tradition. Cressman and his Brooklawn team won their most recent state championship last week, beating Gibbsboro, 15-5, in the championship game.

"This is the first state championship team I have been part of," Cressman said.

That earned Brooklawn a place in the eight-team Mid-Atlantic Regional that will be staged at Owls Field in West Lawn, Pa. The winner of the regional championship will advance to the American Legion World Series in Spokane, Wash.

Brooklawn (37-7-1) will meet Pennsylvania state champion Spring City (36-7) in an opening Mid-Atlantic Regional game Thursday at approximately 1 p.m.

Spring City beat Pennridge, 10-8, to win its first state title. All but two of the players on the team compete for Spring-Ford High.

Coach Jamie Scheck, a former player at Spring-Ford and for Spring City, has a deep staff that is led by Elliot Chriss, a righthander who won two games in the state tournament. Catcher James Hoff won the MVP of the state tournament.

Gibbsboro and Pennridge also advanced to the regional round.

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com.

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