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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
March 25, 2020

Local baseball, softball and soccer programs on hold to concerns over COVID-19


Concerns over COVID-19 have kept the baseball fields at Kistler-Bitting Park in 

East Greenville empty. 


            The 60th season of the Upper Perkiomen Youth Baseball remains in limbo due to concerns over COVID-19. Practice was supposed to start this week. Games were expected after Easter, according to President Paul Verna.

            "We're in a holding pattern," he said. "We can't really do much."

            Almost 300 players have signed up for the program, which provides instruction and competition for children aged five to 12 at five separate levels. According to Verna, the organization has not collected any of the player fees, which ranges from $100 for Quick Ball – an introduction to baseball and fundamentals for four- and five-year-olds – to $135 for the minor and major league levels.

            "We have a waiting list," he said. "We don't want to take anyone's money."

            According to Verna, the organization won't be able to utilize its fields at Kistler-Bitting Park until the YMCA – which owns the property – until the state government lifts its ban on mass gatherings due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. He said the league especially can't wait to utilize the new upgrades to its field near the park's basketball courts.

            Since last season, the UPYBA has spent several thousand dollars leveling the field for the major and minor leagues, as well as building new dugouts, laying down new sod and constructing a retaining wall behind home plate, according to the league president.

            Verna also said the organization hopes to invite back all former league presidents and coaches who wanted to be honored. But all that planning has stopped.

            "It's all on hold," he said.

            The Upper Perkiomen Girls Softball League – which usually plays its games at Camelot Park in Upper Hanover and the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center in East Greenville – has ...

March 25, 2020

            Olivia Young, Hope Flack and Taylor Lindsay, a trio of Upper Perkiomen High

Hope Flack delivers a pass for Messiah University.

School graduates, were having solid spring seasons in college before concerns over the Coronavirus ended their seasons.

            Young, a junior softball player at Cabrini University who was an All-Atlantic East selection last spring, was hitting .343, with 10 RBI in 12 games before the season was canceled. Hope Flack, a sophomore lacrosse player at Messiah College, had scored a team-high 17 points (14 goals, three assists).  The transfer helped the team reach first place in the MAC Commonwealth Conference with a 4-2 record.

            Lindsay, a sophomore at York College, went 4-1 with a 0.72 ERA on the mound. She hurled 29 2/3 innings collecting 24 strikeouts and just six walks.

            Perkiomen School's John Crane (Lackawanna, soph.) hit .250 (10-for- 40) with three doubles and five RBI in 15 games. Crane is playing third base for the Scranton-based college.

            Upper Perkiomen graduate Dylan Simms, a freshman at Ursinus College, was part of the gold medal 4 x 400 meter relay team in the Centennial Conference Indoor Championships. The Bears track and field team were scheduled to open the outdoor season in the Widener Invitational on March 27.

            Upper Perkiomen High School's LeeAnn Markwalter (DeSales, soph.), a distance runner, had been scheduled to start the track and field schedule at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. on Saturday, March 21.

            Upper Perkiomen's Ryan Stackhouse (DeSales, soph.) also a distance runner, had been scheduled to begin the track and field season at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.

            Upper Perkiomen High School's Brandon Reese (DeSales, jr.) and Perkiomen School's David Juechter (SUNY-New Paltz, jr.) did ...



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