The expectations for NorChester have been incredibly high all season. For much of the year, the Bulldogs were undefeated and laying waste to their fellow Chester County League competitors. From our vantage point, many considered NorChester to not only be one of the top teams in the state, but the team to beat in Pennsylvania this year.
After a few near misses at the PA Legion State Tournament in recent years, this year seemed like as good as any for NorChester to claim that elusive state crown. The Bulldogs have run into some roadblocks along the way, as rival Spring City downed them in the Chester County Playoffs after NC was able to secure a Region 3 tournament berth by way of the regular season title.
A relatively easy pairing with host Warminster awaited NorChester in the first round of the tournament, which resulted in an 8-0 shutout. In today's game eight of the tournament, NorChester got more than they could handle from Norristown League champion JP Mascaro. The Haulers downed the Bulldogs 7-1 to advance to the winner's bracket final.
So what's it all mean? Both NorChester and Spring City, who have positioned themselves as two of the top teams in the state during the regular season, are both a loss away from elimination. The problem is, they'll take on each other again today at 1pm in the loser's bracket of the Region 3 tournament. One of Pennsylvania's powers will be eliminated today, and if things work out the way they have the last couple of meetings, it very well could be the team that many thought would be the last standing.