After losing its first game to Southern New Jersey, the Upper Montgomery Athletic Club (UMAC) Thunder went 2-1 and placed fourth at the Middle Atlantic Regional Babe Ruth Bambino 11-year-old tournament Aug. 7-12 in Aston, Pa.
"We faced elimination in the state tournament and fought back to win the championship," said UMAC Coach Scott Weaver, whose team qualified for the tournament by winning the state championship in July. "We faced elimination in the regionals and came back to win two games by lopsided scores."
The Thunder began the tournament with a 7-4 loss to Southern New Jersey. Dan Ryan (St. Elizabeth) and Kevin Collins (Kingsview) pitched well and co-captain Jo Weaver (French International) hit a solo home run to left. Thomas Wolfe (Neelsville) had several key hits. Michael Ferrante (Roberto Clemente) and Paul Potemra (John Poole) also played well.
UMAC rebounded with a 15-2 win over defending region champion Delaware. Matt Filderman (Kingsview) went 4 for 4 with two grand slams and Collins, Eric Weller (Kingsview) and Willie Greenberg (Robert Frost) pitched well.
The Thunder continued its hot hitting in the third game, downing Eastern New York, 18-2, in four innings. UMAC sent 15 men to the plate and scored 13 runs in the fourth inning. Greenberg hit a two-run double and Ryan and Collins pitched well and second baseman Addy Holmes (Eastern) played good defense.
UMAC was eliminated from the tournament on Aug. 10 with an 11-1 loss to Pennsylvania state champion Kimberton. Filderman, Collins, Holmes, Wolfe and Nick Schultze (The Heights) pitched well and Greenberg hit an RBI single and Holmes doubled to right.
"The team that eliminated us played an almost-perfect game to win and I think we came out a little bit flat," said Weaver. "Our goal for next year is to win our fourth state championship and qualify for the Babe Ruth World Series. We intend to do just that."