American Legion Baseball
Exclusive Interview: Jamie Scheck- Manager of Spring City, PA
Interview Part 2
What did you think about playing the state tournament in Boyertown’s Bear Stadium? Rams Stadium is certainly one of the top fields in the state, but was playing in front of such big crowds unsettling at all for you and the team?
I think playing at Boyertown added to the atmosphere and they always bring a big crowd so it just got the kids more excited to play the game. These kids are great in the sense that they don’t let things get to them, they just get excited to play. And they have played enough games in school ball and in legion at Bear Stadium that it didn’t affect them at all.
On the first day of the tournament you lost to Millcreek, the region 8 champion, in what certainly amounts to a bit of a shocker. What do you think led to the loss and what did you say to the team afterwards?
The only thing I said to the team afterward was that we gave that game away. We had a 6-2 lead into the 6th inning and left many men on base so we felt we had outplayed them. But we made some crucial errors in the field which led to many of their runs. So they kids knew that if we just played our game the way we did the whole last month of the summer that we could still hang in the tournament till the final day.
You’ve had quite a great rivalry with NorChester over the years, but it seemed to really gain steam this year. Did beating them in regionals give you a sense that you were indeed one of the state’s top teams and did it make winning the title all the sweeter?
We lost to Norchester 3 times the previous year including in the Region 3 Final which we hosted. Then we lost 3-2 in extra innings during our regular season in a game we felt we gave away because we didn’t capitalize on opportunities we had. 3 days later we played them in the last regular season game and although it didn’t mean anything for the standings, to beat them just seemed to give the kids a lift. And then to jump out early in the second round of the league playoffs only to lose the lead in the 7th inning and to regain it again in the 8th, just really showed the kids that they not only could play with them but they could beat them as well. But it is a great rivalry and every game we played against them came down to the last couple innings including our victory over them to win the Chester County Title and also in Round 2 of the Regional. In that game we were down 6-2 going into the 6th.
Spring City headed to nearby West Lawn for the Mid-Atlantic tournament. According to the boxscores, your games had the highest attendances of the tournament. How was the experience of getting to play at a location where your fans and parents could travel?
I think it was good and bad. Great because all the parents and fans could come see them play and they were loud when we played. In a smaller way I think it was a little negative because the kids missed out on a little of the experience of traveling, staying in a hotel, and playing on a field where they have never played before. Really the worst was when we lost to Brooklawn, NJ and the game ended at 3pm and we had to be back at the field by 7pm for the tournaments opening ceremonies. It would have been nice if they had a hotel to stay in and could just have a short commute but they wanted to go home and get cleaned up and had to come right back a couple hours later. But overall it was a great experience for them.
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