By David Miller
For The Boyertown Bulletin
For the second year in a row, the Oley and Topton American Legion baseball teams have kept their efforts combined as the Oley/Topton Patriots. Fred van Guilik coaches the team; van Guilik was the head coach at Oley before the two programs merged.
The merged unit competes in the Southern Division of the Schuylkill Berks League, along with Hamburg, Kutztown, Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Wyomissing, and Muhlenberg.
The Patriots made the playoffs in 2011, and did well once there. However, the goal, this year, is to win the League championship. The Patriots will have a good chance to do so, as they have many players returning from last year’s team. Included in the list of returnees are Zach Eddinger, pitching ace & shortstop; pitcher Garret Pelko; catcher Kevin Sell; and infielder Tim Shores.
The team’s strong point is its pitching, as the returnees are many in this area. It will be a must for the boys to have solid pitching in order to be playing for the league championship and a subsequent berth in the PA Region 2 Tournament at West Lawn. The team started off League play by defeating Hamburg, 13-5.
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