WHITEMARSH — The GNALBL will need another day to determine a champion.
A lighting delay and quickly onsetting darkness prompted the suspension of Monday's potential championship game in the middle of the sixth inning with top-seeded Whitemarsh coming to bat against Perk Valley in a 5-5 game at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Play resumes from the bottom of the sixth at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and should No. 2 seed Perk Valley win, a final and deciding game would start right after the finish of the suspended game.
There will be a champion by Tuesday night, as it is the cutoff date prior to the start of regional tournaments this weekend.
Early on, things certainly were going in Whitemarsh's favor. Right-hander Ryan Coscia, who was named the league's Pitcher of the Year during a pregame ceremony, retired the side in order. As the host team prepared to bat however, a field umpire called a lightning delay.
Once play resumed, PV starter Ian Glass escaped an early threat to end the first 0-0 but he wouldn't be as fortunate in the next frame. After a strikeout to start the inning, Glass walked to batters before Whitemarsh No. 9 batter Joe Rauscher laced an RBI single to start the day's scoring.
Bobby Markey, a 2021 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy graduate off to Dickinson to play football, added on with a bases-loaded, two-run single and an error allowed Quin Dye to score for a 4-0 lead.
PV responded right away in the top of the third, loading the bases with one out. A fielder's choice cut down a run at home but Luke DeStefano made up for it by flaring a two-out, two-run double to center that cut the lead in half and got the No. 2 seed on the board.
Andrew McGowan came up clutch with an RBI single in the top of the fifth to make it a 4-3 game.
Whitemarsh restored the lead back to two runs in the home half of the frame thanks to an RBI single from Michael Ekelmeyer. However, a pair of costly miscues in the top of the sixth would allow PV to rally all the way back.
Tyler Boccelli, who relieved Glass on the mound in the fifth, led off with a single followed by Ryan McShea putting down a perfect bunt for an infield hit. An attempt to get McShea at first turned into a Whitemarsh error, allowing Boccelli to come all the way around and again make it a one-run game.
McShea ended up as the tying run, first advancing on Andrew Beck's sac bunt then getting the rest of the way home when an infield gaffe led to a second Whitemarsh error and instead of a third out, the top seed found itself in a tie game as the umpires determined it was too dark to play on.
Prior to Monday's first pitch, the GNALBL presented its league awards for the season.
Perk Valley's Andrew McGowan got to take a pair of trophies back to his dugout, as the rising senior at Perkiomen Valley High School was first named the batting champion then the overall league MVP. It was another feather in the cap on an impressive year for McGowan, who was a first team All-PAC selection as a pitcher this spring.
Coscia was named the league's Pitcher of the Year while Whitemarsh's Dave Ekelmeyer was the Manager of the Year. Whitemarsh went 11-1 in the regular season to claim the GNALBL's best overall record.
Mt Carmel's Dylan Imperial, Perk Valley's Brian Willey and Whitemarsh's Christian Vetrone were honored as recipients of the Felix Volpi Award.