Hughesville Travelers playing in championship series
The Hughesville Travelers baseball team of the North Branch Baseball League is playing in a championship series this weekend against the Berwick Blue Sox in a best-of-three series. The first two games are at Berwick High School at 11 a.m. and to follow. A game three, if necessary, is Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bodine Park.
The Hughesville Travelers features a ton of local talent. That includes Hughesville High School’s Mike Shipman (1998), Mike Earnest (2000), Mike Laychur (2005), Matt Balliet (2008), Ethan Showers (2011), Christian Fish (2015), Avery Eddy (2016), Zach Fry (2016), Ryan McClain (2017), Carter Marquardt (2018), Jaret Stroup (2019), Jacob Corson (2020), Ian Gagliano (2020), Chance Webb (2020), Brock Stroup (2020), Devin Maciejewski (2020), Devin Swank (2021), Jed Webb (2023), Austin Gray (2023), Coen Riegner (2023) and Jackson Bower (2023); Montoursville graduates Joel verrico (2020) and Josh Burger (2021); Loyalsock graduates Ryan Wyland (2003) and Eric Holz (2018); and Williamsport’s Evan Steele (2016) and Owen Berry (2022). The team also features Millville graduate Kelly Holdren (2017).
The North Branch Baseball League traces its history to the Tri-County Baseball League in 1926, the oldest amateur hardball/baseball league in Pennsylvania. The North Branch League became an offshoot of the TCL in 1950. At its height, 26 teams made up the NBBL.
The Hughesville Travelers have had a ton of success in the NBBL of late. Hughesville won the league championship six of the past seven seasons, and eight of the past 10 with only the Williamsport Orioles (2014-15) breaking up that run. The Travelers have a handof of playoff championships as well, having won in 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2013.
The Hughesville Travelers entered this year’s playoffs as the No. 2 seed with a 15-5 mark and beat the Watsontown Warrors in the semifinals to advance to the championship series.