Don’t brush off Crest
Todd Ruth Ephrata Review Sports Editor The L-L League baseball playoffs, which get underway Saturday in Ephrata, always have some shocks and surprises (see Ephrata last year) and this year it will probably happen again. While Section One champion Cedar Crest seems to be the team to beat, I can make a case for each and every team to win it all. Last year, I felt Cedar Crest was the team and all Ephrata did was no-hit and 10-run the Falcons all in the same game as the Mounts went on to win their second league crown in seven years. Speaking of Ephrata, the Mounts open L-L play Saturday (time still to be determined) against an L-S team that is still perfect at 17-0. I ve heard some people say, Yeah, but they play in Section Three.
Don’t discount L-S just because of the teams they play. There are some solid clubs down there and besides that, they handled a pretty talented Warwick team, 4-1 earlier this year. I m thinking the Mounts will have their hands full when the two go toe-to-toe Saturday. As for a prediction for the entire tournament, I m still sticking with Crest based on the fact that they have good pitching in addition to a solid hitting club one through nine. Oh, and center fielder Derek Fisher is pretty special also. He’ll be the one whose name is called very early in the June MLB Draft. I m just hoping it s the Phillies. Anyway, good luck to Ephrata as the Mounts look to go back-to-back. Ross Buckwalter: Well, received an email from Ross Buckwalter, the former Ephrata High School baseball star who recently was released after pitching four-plus seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. In the email sent Tuesday, Buck informed me that he has decided not to pursue other opportunities and will call it a career. He has had several offers from Independent League teams but in the end decided it was time to move on. The best part of the decision, as tough as it may have been to make, is the fact that he has completely come to terms with it. He has taken a job and at age 26 is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life. Good for him. I wish him well in his future endeavors. Jason Coletti: Still waiting for the word that Jason Coletti is indeed Ephrata s next boys basketball coach. All signs say that he is. In fact, although he will not become official until next Monday s school board meeting, rumor had it he was spotted at Ephrata s open gym workout on Tuesday night. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he’s a good bet to get the job… New website: Make sure you check out our new website when it is launched in the coming days. We’ll be able to link up with Facebook, which some of you have already noticed. And we’ll be able to post breaking news just in case we get a scoop prior to Wednesday. Can’t wait for the launch. And Finally: Drove by the Middle School Tuesday to get a look of how things are going on the site of the new turf field being put in at Ephrata. I must say things seem to be moving fast. The top soil on the entire field has already been removed and it looks as though they are soon ready to lay down some stone. So excited for the installation to be complete. More RUTH, page B-3