The Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League did not name a Most Valuable Player for its best-of-three championship series. But if it would have, it would’ve been Alec ‘Gator’ Barr.
Barr was named the summer circuit’s Warren ‘Lefty’ Grumbine’s Outstanding Pitcher. But he was also clearly the best player on the field overall.
On Wednesday night at Earl Wenger Memorial Field in Fredericksburg, Barr pitched Annville to a surprising 1-0 victory over the home-standers, in the decisive third and final game of the set. During his route-going decision, the talented right-hander scattered four hits, struck out two and walked none.
Barr was the model of efficiency. Pitching to contact and his defense playing well behind him, Barr needed a mere 58 pitches to get through his seven innings of work.
He allowed a Fredericksburg runner to advance as far as second base just twice during the game.
But with his eye at the plate and daring base-running, Barr was a thorn in Fredericksburg’s side the entire series.
Barr has plans to further pursue his baseball exploits on the collegiate level.
– Jeff Falk