By Jeff McGaw, MSBLNational.com
Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Oct. 5-6., 2013 -- The Original Liberty
Bell seemed to crack and weaken everytime they rang it, but that is apparently
not the case with the Liberty Bell Classic, a regional MSBL tournament held in Suburban
It’s been ringing now for seven years and seems to be
getting stronger and louder. This year’s
tournament drew 30 teams – four more than 2012.
When the smoke finally cleared, the Valley Forge Grays, the Chester County
Cobras, and the All-Star Baseball Academy took home titles in the 18, 30 and
45-and-over brackets respectively. For
their efforts each team earned a $500 first prize and a $250 discount on next
year’s entry fee should they return to defend their title.
Those prizes, and the relatively low entry fee of $650
may have a lot to do with the tournament’s popularity, according to Tournament
Director and MSBL Hall of Famer Nick Chichilitti (pronounced Chick-ill-itti.)
There were 10 teams in the 18-and-over, 12 in the
30-and-over, and eight in the 45-and-over bracket. The competition was as
fierce as ever with tie breakers being invoked to separate teams with identical
win-loss records. "Some teams get mad,
but what are you going to do?” Chichilitti said, adding that he routinely sends
out an explanation of the tournament’s playoff structure and tie-breakers
before the tournament to avoid hard feelings from the cast-outs. "Guys get pissed
at you but what are you going to do?” he said.
This was the first year Chichilitti can recall where rain
did not play a factor in the outcome. All the fields were within 5-10 minutes
which made things run very smoothly, said Chichilitti, adding that tournament
assistants Mike Diodati and Rob Schneider were invaluable assets.
Here’s a rundown of the winners.
18+ Division Finals -- Valley Forge Grays 7, Warminster Warriors 2
Semifinals: Warminster All-Stars 4, FH Marlins 0, Valley Forge Grays 12, Brooklyn Bats 3
30+ Division Finals -- Chester County Cobras (Delco MSBL) 7 Connecticut Top Hats 3
30+ Semifinals: Chester County Cobras 2, Radnor Raiders 1
Connecticut Top Hats 3, Lehigh Valley All-Stars 1
45+ Divison Finals:
All-Star Baseball Academy (Tri-State MSBL) 10,
45+ Semifinals --
All-Star Baseball Academy 9 Hatboro Rays 4,
Knights/Seadogs 9Hammonton Black Sox 8