The Boyertown 11U-B Advanced Play team won the Cal Ripken PA Iron Man State Championship, besting the other 10 teams in the crowded field. They never lost in the tournament, compiling a 4-0-1 record over two pool play and three playoff games.
The Bears went 1-0-1 in pool play, beating Hilltop and tying Pennsbury. The Bears never trailed in pool play game 1 against Hilltop, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second and holding on to win 9-7. Logan B, Chris H, and Logan H each had two RBI for Boyertown. The Bears used six different pitchers in the game, striking out 11 Hilltop batters. Pool play game 2 against Pennsbury was a tight back-and-forth contest, with Pennsbury repeatedly pulling ahead and the Bears repeatedly tying things back up. The game entered the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bears trailing 6-5 and running out of time. With two out and Isaac P on third, Chris H put the ball in play and ended up scoring Isaac from third on a fielding error by the first baseman to tie the game. The Bears were unable to push any more runs across, settling for a 6-6 tie. Jon C led Bears hitters, going 3-3 with one run scored.
The Bears 1-0-1 record earned them the five seed in the playoffs, where they immediately had a rematch against four-seed Pennsbury. Like the first time they played, this game was also a back-and-forth affair, with the Bears pulling away for good in the last inning. Boyertown got on the board in the top of the first when Jon C reached on a bunt single, eventually scoring on a Trey D knock. Landon D, who walked after the Jon C bunt, scored when Pennsbury committed an error trying to prevent Trey D from stealing second. Trey ended up adding a third run for the Bears when he scored on a passed ball. Pennsbury would answer by scoring five in the bottom of the first to take a 5-3 lead. Boyertown clawed a run back in the top of the second when Greyson C hit an RBI single to left. After a scoreless third inning, the Bears retook the lead with a 3-run top of the fourth. They got things started with a Rowan D walk, followed by RBI singles by Jon C and Landon D. Trey D completed the scoring in the inning by plating Landon on a sacrifice fly. With the Bears leading 7- 5, Pennsbury still had plenty of fight left in them and retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth by scoring three runs. They padded their advantage with an additional two runs in the bottom of the fifth, pushing their lead to 10-7. The Bears were undeterred. Greyson C led off the top of the sixth and final inning with a single. Landon D followed two batters later with a walk, and then both players stole bases to get into scoring position. Trey D rose to the occasion and laced a 2-RBI single to center to narrow the Pennsbury lead to 10-9. He continued to wreak havoc on the Pennsbury defense, stealing second and forcing an error that allowed him to score and tie the game. Isaac P completed his at bat by reaching on an error. He then stole second and advanced to third on a Logan B single. The Bears took the lead 11-10 when Declan M perfectly executed a safety squeeze. They would hold on to win by that margin to advance to the semifinals. Greyson C, Jon C, Trey D, Logan B, and Declan M all had two hits for Boyertown, with Trey D notching four RBI.
The semifinal game featured a matchup against Berks County neighbor and playoff 1-seed Daniel Boone. Boyertown never trailed in this game, but it was a close and exciting game throughout. The Bears jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when Jon C reached on a one-out bunt single. He ended up scoring on a Landon D single. Landon kept the train moving by scoring on a Trey D sacrifice fly, putting the Bears ahead 2-0. After holding Daniel Boone scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Bears offense picked right up where they left off. Logan B and Declan M hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, with Logan scoring on an RBI groundout by Ike L. Daniel Boone would narrow the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second, but the Bears offense fired back up in the top of the fourth. Landon D and Trey D started the inning with back-to-back singles, with Landon scoring on Trey's single. Trey would end up scoring two batters later on an RBI groundout by Logan B, putting Boyertown ahead 5-2. Daniel Boone would again narrow the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but that was all the closer they could get as Boyertown held on to win by that same score. Landon D led Boyertown hitters, going 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Bears used four pitchers in the contest (Landon D, Trey D, Jon C, and Isaac P), scattering six hits over six innings striking out 11.
The championship game pitted the Bears against the three-seed Springfield Gold team. This game was also a very exciting back-and-forth contest, featuring two big Innings by the Bears that pushed them over the top. The Bears started the scoring in the top of the first when Greyson C worked a lead-off walk, stole second, was sacrificed to third by Jon C, and then later scored on a passed ball. Springfield matched the Bears’ production in the bottom of the first, tying the game 1-1. The Bears offense went down quietly in the top of the second, but the Springfield offense added another three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead. Then came the first of two back-to-back big innings for the Bears offense. Chris H, Rowan D, and Logan H led the third inning off with three consecutive walks to load the bases. Greyson C followed with a fly ball to right that was misplayed by the right fielder, scoring Rowan and Chris. Jon C followed with a bunt single to again load the bases. After a Landon D RBI walk, Trey D hit into a fielder's choice to plate Greyson. The Bears weren't done. Isaac P walked to again load the bases, setting up a Declan M RBI walk. Ike L would complete the Bears 6-run inning with an RBI single, scoring Trey D. Now leading 7-4, the Bears had some breathing room as they entered the bottom of the third. They would need all of it, as Springfield would score two runs to narrow the lead to 7-6. Luckily, the Bears offense had more runs up their sleeve, adding four more in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 11-6 lead. Springfield would manage three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it was not enough as the Bears held on for an 11-9 state championship victory. Jon C and Ike L both had two hits for the Bears in the championship game victory, while Landon D had two RBI and two runs scored.