Fullerton waiting to see its full potential
Just like his Coplay counterpart, Fullerton Legion manager Daniel Delp has yet to reap the consistent benefits of a full complement of players.
"We've had only one game this year when we had our entire roster on hand," said Delp.
That means they've had to adjust, sometimes putting players in unfamiliar spots which has been a challenge this season. Still, Delp said he's been fortunate since a few of his players, including Ryan Bonshak, Matt Bonshak, Zach Delp, Tyler Correll and Jeff Charles are comfortable at multiple positions on the diamond.
They currently sit in fifth place with a 4-3 record in the Lehigh Valley Legion.
Since they have a roster that features ballplayers from Whitehall, Dieruff, William Allen, Catasauqua, and Allentown Central Catholic High Schools, Fullerton has to compete with various timetables regarding graduation, senior week, vacations, and other commitments. That leaves Delp with "a very dynamic lineup" that fluctuates with his players' schedules.
While there's been some rough spots, Delp said that his kids "do their best" in meeting those challenges.
"It's a good group of kids," he said.
When they finally have their entire roster assembled, Delp feels he has the parts to compete for a LVL title
"When I have all my guys, I have a very good team," said Delp.
He said they've been hitting the ball at a good clip this season. They're batting .288 as a team to date, with five players above .300. Fullerton also has a number of players named to the LVL All-Star team that will play against the Schuylkill-Berks All-Stars on Monday, June 24. They include Ryan Bonshak (catcher), Matt Bonshak (outfield), Delp (1st base) and Charles (pitcher).
Batting leaders include Correll who is hitting .500 and Brandon Purrone who is batting .583.
The highlight this season has been a no-hitter tossed by Ryan Bonshak, said Delp.
Delp said that a big change this season has been the advent of wooden bats adopted by the league. Delp said that it's changed the game considerably, emphasizing teaching the art of hitting a little more. He said no more cheap hits off the handle that used to be routine with aluminum bats; now everything is earned and the scoring across the league has reflected that.
"It's moved us back toward pure baseball," said Delp. "The kids are learning how to become good hitters."