CCHS grad Mike Cudwadie is leading the Bulls charge in the Tri-County League

Limeport is off to an outstanding start under the first-year manager.

Mike Cudwadie was a member of three consecutive District 11 championship basketball teams at Central Catholic and had the talent to play in college somewhere.

But his first love has always been baseball.

Cudwadie, who attended Penn State, is now 25 and that love for the game hasn't diminished.

These days he is a player-manager for the Limeport Bulls of the Tri-County League and the first half of his first season in charge has gone quite well.


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A win on Friday night left Limeport at 13-4 and in first place. The Bulls have a major test with the two-time defending champion Northern Yankees on Sunday, and look like a team capable of preventing a Yankees three-peat.

"Things are going well, I can't complain," Cudwadie said. "I coached the past two years [as an assistant] at Central, and that helped me and I always had some responsibility when [Jeremy] Arner was managing. He helped me get ready knowing that it was going to be his last year. Honestly, I really enjoy the coaching aspect, and with these guys, I don't even consider it coaching."

Cudwadie said about half of the team is comprised of the old Fleetwings team, which was consistently among the league's best. The other half are new guys who have added a dash of youth to the roster.

"It's easy to show up and put a lineup together when you have a bunch of guys who want to be there and play baseball," Cudwadie said.

He said the most challenging aspect of his job is informing everybody of changes and rescheduling rainouts and other administrative-type details.

"You need to keep organized and stay ahead of the game," Cudwadie said. "Ray and Adam Ganser have been a big help with some of that stuff."

In terms of helping the team win, Dan Hemberger and Brady Sandercock been solid offensively while a strong pitching staff is headed by veterans Matt Wiltrout and Ryan Palos. Youthful arms in Mike Kammerer, Cooper Michael and Luke Miller have made a difference.

"The coolest thing for me is seeing guys who are in their early to mid 30s meshing with guys who are 18 and 19 years old," Cudwadie said. "Arner left us with some pretty good guys, but we went out added some fresh faces. It's been a smooth transition. These guys just go out and play baseball. On the field, it's all about business. When it's over, we have fun and hang out together."

Cudwadie, who works for East Penn Manufacturing in Berks County, has been in the Tri-Co for about six seasons and enjoys it the competition.

"Baseball is my true love and I always said I wanted to get into coaching if it worked out," Cudwadie said. "I don't know what's going to happen with high school coaching, and if somebody's interested, I'd listen. But for right now, I am just enjoying the ride with the Bulls. What could beat playing your home games at a great place like Limeport Stadium."

ALL-STAR ALERT

The annual Blue Mountain/Tri-County League All-Star Game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Limeport Stadium. It's a nine-inning game and the Tri-Co is the host team. Rosters will be released early this week.

The BML won last year's game 5-1 and holds a 14-5 advantage in the series.

MATT ON THE MARK

The rise of Blue Mountain Hawks, based in Laurys Station, have been one of the biggest stories through the first month of the Blue Mountain League season.

The Hawks are in the thick of contention for a playoff spot at 7-4-2 and figure to easily eclipse last year's win total of 13.

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