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1998-2001 Season Highlights

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2001 Game Recaps

April 22, 2012

These game recaps were from the June 6, 2001 Suburban and Wayne Times.  -->
Last Friday, Kennett Square, which eliminated the Wolverines from the playoffs last year, came to town.
Matt yates took the mound, starting off the game with two scoreless innings depsite two infield errors.  On the flip side, leadoff better Ryan Burton kept his hot bat going as he started off the game with a single and quickly stole second base.  Two batters later, a Fran O'Kane sacrifice fly allowed Burton to scamper home to put the home team up, 1-0.
In the third inning, the Wolverines ran into trouble as a two-out error followed bya  double put Kennett up, 2-1.  Dan Williams relieved Yates to get the final out of the inning.  In this tightly contested game, that one run looked as big as four or five runs as the Wolverines tried to scratch their way back into the game.
The game settled into a pitcher's duel as both teams could not get runners into scoring position thanks to some great defense.  No one stepped up to the challenge more than Dan Keehn behind the plate as he threw out three of the four runners attempting to run against him.
In the bottom of the sixth, Burton led off with a single and quickly stole second.  It looked as if he would be stranded there, however, as the newxt two batters got out.  But that would not be the case, as O'Kane roped an RBI single to tie up teh game at 2-2 going into the seventh.
After a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, the bottom half of the Wolverines order came to the plate.  Bob Giuliano slapped a leadoff single and quickly stole second.  Two outs later, with Giuliano at third, Andrew "Crime-Dog" Criner stepped up to the challenge and laced a single to left field to provide the winning margin as Wayne improved to 8-5 overall and 2-0 in league play.  Willams got the win on the hill.
WOLVERINES - 11 DEL VAL - 0  (five innings)
On May 30, the Wayne Junior Legion travel baseball team--consisting of 13-to-15-year-olds from Marple Newtown and Radnor townships -- opened up its league season in South Philadelphia against the Del Val Senators, a team that beat the Wolverines in the league playoffs last summer.
Ryan Burton took the mound in the opener and immediately saw the bases become loaded with one out.  He did not have to worry, however, as Pat Murphy started up an inning-ending double play to get him out of the jam.
In the top half of the first inning, Wayne hit the boards quickly as Burton, Dan Keehn and Wyatt Roland each singled, leading the way to a four-run inning in which Dan Williams (single), Andrew Criner (single) and Bill Kardine (double) also joined the hit parade.  Those four runs looked like more than enough as Burton settled down to dominate on the mound.  He retired the next 11 batters, 10 of them on strikes, before giving up a single in the bottom of the fifth.
Seven more Wolverines crossed the plate in the next two innings.  Winning pitcher Burton dominated on the mound, allowing just two singles and two first-inning walks while striking out 11 and helping his own cause at the plate by going 3 -for-3.
Wayne plays Thursday at 6 pm against the Haverford Heat at the Grange in Haverford, and Friday at 6 pm against Del Val at Odorisio Park in Wayne.  Then, the Wolverines will travel to Maryland this weekend to play three games int eh Baltimore area while staying overnight in the Inner Harbor.
If you would like your son to try out for hte Wolverines this fall or next summer, please contact manager R.J. Guyer at 610-341-0562 or log on to to learn more about the team.

Wolverine History Through May 26, 2000

The Wayne Wolverines were organized as a competitive travel team and joined the Main Line Junior Legion Baseball League in early 1998. With the help of Ralph DiMaio (G.M. of the Wayne Senior Legion Team), Manager R.J. Guyer, and coaches Gary Bosma and Dave Eichinger, the team began play under the nickname of the Wolverines.

The team fielded a team of 18 players and had no idea what was ahead of them. The league was composed of Roxborough, Del Val, Brookline, Ardmore Manor, and Narberth playing each team 3 times for a 15 game schedule. The team finished in second place with a 10-5 league record and lost in the finals to Roxborough.

The 1999 season saw the team pick up the additional territory of the Marple Newtown School District because of the small population base in Radnor. The team however was unable to get a big draw as only 15 players tried out (only 4 players returning due to graduations and players moving) for the team.

1998 Season Recap

The 1998 season began with 18 players from 7 different schools coming together to form the first ever Wayne Wolverines Junior Legion baseball team. The team was able to jump out with some good wins but had problems against the upper echelon of the league at first. By midseason this would change as they were playing everyone tough and winning the close games as they ran finished with a 10-5 league record coming in second place putting them in the league semifinals. After a sweep of Narberth in the semi's they were unable to do anything against Roxborough as they fell to them 2-0 in the league finals.

The first ever "graduates" of the
team were:

Adam Balk (1st Base)

Matt Ryan (1st Base, OF, Pitcher)

Rob Craderueff (OF, Pitcher)

Tug Maude (2nd Base, SS, Pitcher)

Chris Rose (OF)

Chase Gibson (OF, 2nd Base)

Jimmy George (Catcher, OF, Pitcher)

Ward Williams (Catcher)

Mike Cavanaugh (OF)

Overall Record By Opponent

Main Line Junior Legion Teams

Ardmore Manor: 3-0-0 (combined with Brookline
in 1999 season to form Haverford)

Brookline: 2-1-0 (combined with Ardmore Manor
in 1999 to form Haverford)

Clifton Heights Orioles: 0-3-0 (1-4-0 overall)

Conestoga: 0-2-1 (2-2-1 overall)

Del Val Senators: 3-2-0

Haverford: 3-0-0 (5-0-0 overall)

Kennett Square: 0-4-0 (1-12-0 overall)

Narberth/L.M.: 6-1-0 (7-2-0 overall)

Nether Providence: 0-0-0

Roxborough Bandits: 0-7-0

** Some games were played against these teams
before they became members of the league
(Kennett Square) or in a non-league/fall
baseball setting. When this occurs the W/L/T
do not count against the Wolverine's league
record but does count against the non-league
and overall record located below).

Non League Opponents

Apopka Yard Dogs (AAU) (FL): 0-1-0

Daytona Beach (AAU) (FL): 2-0-0

Exton (JL): 0-1-0

Fleetwood (JL): 0-1-0

Haverford Angels (BR): 1-0-0

Long Island Cardinals (AAU)(NY): 0-1-0

Mount Carmel (JL): 1-0-0

North Parkland (JL): 1-0-0

Playball Black Sox (AAU): 1-3-0

Reading Diamondbacks (AAU): 1-0-0

Reading Stars (AAU): 1-0-0

Ronkonkoma Cardinals (AAU)(NY): 0-1-0

Roxborough Rox's (BR): 2-0-0

Sebastian Water Sharks (JL)(FL) 2-2-0

South Parkland (JL): 0-1-0

Sports Academy (AAU): 2-2-0

Upper Perkiomen (JL): 1-1-0

Uwchlan (JL): 2-2-0

Valley Forge (JL): 1-1-0

Vero Beach Bees (JL)(FL): 0-3-0

Whitemarsh (JL): 1-2-0

Whitemarsh Select (BR): 1-0-0

Wissahickon (JL): 3-0-0


Main Line Junior Legion League Record: 17-20-1

Non-League Record:29-32-0

Overall Record: 46-52-1

Playoff Record: 2-2-0

JL = Junior Legion Baseball Team

Record vs.: 35-44-1

AAU = Amatuer Athletic Union Team

Record vs.: 7-8-0

USSSA = United States Specialty Sports Association

Record vs.: 0-0-0

BR = Babe Ruth Travel Team

Record vs.: 4-0-0

updated to and including May 26, 2000

Season Highlights

** 5-0 Record against Narberth

** 3-0 Record against Ardmore Manor

** Second place Regular season in first year
of existence

** Semifinal playoff sweep of Narberth

Wolverine Managers and Coaches 1998 - 2000


1998-2001 R.J. Guyer


1998 Dave Eichinger

Gary Bosma

1999 Darryl Taylor

Joe Lisa

2000 Darryl Taylor

Vinny DiGirolamo Jr.

John Walls

About American Legion Baseball

January 26, 2011
Did you know that the first American Legion World Series was held in 1925 in Philadelphia?  Read more about the history of American Legion baseball here.