So. Parkland keeping games close
With a young squad like the one the South Parkland legion baseball team has, there figures to be struggles along the way.
South Parkland certainly has had their learning curve throughout its season, but its 2-15 record as of Monday with a game remaining certainly doesn't tell the whole story.
"It's just been a struggle getting everybody to play together," said manager Jim Chrapowicz. "With Parkland going deep into the playoffs, we push a lot of games at the beginning. We ended up having a streak of nine games in eight days, and that just takes its toll on your pitching."
Sunday's double-header against Fullerton and Southern Lehigh summed up how South Parkland's entire season has been.
TheTrojans have been snake-bitten when it comes to close games this season, and lost both contests by one run each, 6-5 against Fullerton and 3-2 against Southern Lehigh. That marked the sixth and seventh times of the season that South Parkland has lost by two runs or less.
"It's been a struggle putting all our aspects of the game together," said Chrapowicz. "It always seems that either the pitching, offense or defense, one of them has always been missing in any given game.
"If you look at our scores, we haven't been 10-runned by anybody. We've been in most of our games."
After a victory to open the season, South Parkland lost its next 12 games and was never able to get back on track.
In all, South Parkland has just four seniors and one college freshman on the team this season. Many have played organized baseball over the years, but only three have had experience at the high school varsity level.
"Pretty much all our players have played up through junior legion, Lehigh Valley League, and stuff," said Chrapowicz. "So they've played competitive baseball. At this level, against all the high school players that you see around here, it definitely makes it harder."
All but one player is eligible to return for South Parkland in 2014. Ian Micca is the only one who won't be eligible for a return, which certainly should envision a bright future for the team going forward.
Hudson Rabenold is a leading part of South Parkland's production at the plate, batting .568 with three homeruns and 15 RBIs. Zachary Miiler is hitting .308 with 14 runs scored, while Ryan Dumbach has a .333 on-base percentage.
On the mound, Miiller has accounted for both of South Parkland's wins, and had a 2.23 ERA with 20 strikeouts heading into Sunday. George Hambel (3.41 ERA and 10 strikeouts), Sean Boyle (4.85 ERA and six strikeouts), and Mark Reinert (1.40 ERA and two strikeouts in one starts) have also had solid seasons for South Parkland.
Monday's season finale against Coplay was postponed because of rain. While the win-loss record doesn't show it, South Parkland has put together solid efforts on the field.