The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League opened its postseason tournament last Wednesday, and Fullerton made it all the way to Sunday before bowing out to North Parkland to end their bid for a championship.
They dropped their opening game to South Parkland 6-4, and then reeled off two wins before succumbing to eventual LVLBL champs North Parkland, 11-1.
They're neighbors who share a school district, and when the 2014 Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League season ended, they found themselves sharing identical records among the nine-team field.
Both Coplay and Fullerton finished with 10-8 records, placing them in a tie for third in the LVLBL. However, since Coplay won both head-to-head games, they'll be awarded the higher seed once the playoffs start.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team kicked off the week with a busy Sunday afternoon that got them closer to the top spot in the standings.
They had a doubleheader scheduled with Salisbury and were looking for the sweep to improve to 8-4 which would have placed them two games behind league-leading North Parkland in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team was unable to find their stride in the playoffs, bowing out after two consecutive losses.
The Ramblers lost their opening round game to the Northern Valley 5-1, and then were ousted by West Allentown, 3-2. The previous two seasons Fullerton went deep into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, winning the title in 2011.
Fullerton General Manager Jim Hein said that they fell victim to the walk, yielding a number of free passes that played a part in their quick exit.
"It came back to bite us," said Hein.
It seems the weatherman isn't fond of baseball this summer.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team is well aware of that fact. They had two games scheduled for Monday, one of which was the continuation of a suspended game with Emmaus, while the other was a full game against the same team. However, the weatherman threatened more rain over an already waterlogged Henry Glasser Field, forcing the cancellation.
That weather interruption followed Sunday's day-night double header, another forced scheduling adjustment due to the rains.
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.