Charity Game to benefit Upper Nazareth

On a day of firsts, it came down to the last at bat.

Updated Wednesday September 9, 2015 by Lehigh Valley MSBL.

On a day of firsts, it came down to the last at bat.

The Nazareth Legends defeated the Nazareth Heroes in walk-off fashion on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Tuskes Community Park during Lehigh Valley Men’s Senior Baseball League charity game. It was the first time the MSBL held a charity game for Upper Nazareth Township, which was also holding its first Upper Nazareth Township Community Day at  Tuskes.

Amid carnival attractions like rides, fried foods, and live music, the Nazareth Heroes continually surged ahead on the field, leading by six runs on two occasions. But the Legends continually clawed back into the game, and did so most dramatically in their final at bat. Trailing 16-10 and down to their final three outs, the Heroes scored seven times to walk off as winners.

Twenty-one players primarily from the Lehigh Valley MSBL and also from the Bux-Mont MSBL and the Long Island MSBL played in the game. Proceeds from player registrations benefitted the township. Many players joined their children, significant others, and friends for the Community Day festivities following the game.

“Participating in the first Upper Nazareth Township Community Day was a no-brainer: Spend the early afternoon playing ball, then spend the rest of the afternoon taking in the festivities, all while contributing to one of our Lehigh Valley communities. It makes for a pretty perfect  day,” Lehigh Valley MSBL President Ron Cahill said. “The Lehigh Valley MSBL would like to thank William Austin and his fellow Upper Nazareth Township supervisors for inviting us to play ball during the first of what we’re confident will become a longstanding tradition of Upper Nazareth Township Community Days.”

Cahill told players in a post-game meeting at home plate that township officials appreciated the MSBL’s contribution to the first Upper Nazareth Community Day. Meanwhile, the MSBL appreciated the opportunity to showcase Pennsylvania’s Largest Amateur Baseball League™, which includes 50 -plus teams and more than 900 players of all ages and skill levels.

Contributor Doug Brill

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