SP beats Coplay by mercy rule
With games already backed up due to both bad weather and players being unavailable early in the season because of Parkland High School's long run into the varsity baseball postseason, South Parkland really wanted to get Tuesday's game against Coplay in the books, despite early evening thunderstorms. The teams waited long enough and the lightning finally passed, allowing them to start play, which was a good thing since they were able to pound out an 11-1 win.
Zach Miller had three hits for South Parkland, driving in one of the runs in a seven-run third inning. South Parkland took advantage of two errors, a hit batter and four walks in the inning to put the game away. Three fourth-inning runs put the South Parkland lead at 11-1, giving Coplay just one chance to score and avoid having the game end on a mercy rule score. Anthony Sorrentino came on in the top of the fifth and shut down Coplay to preserve the win for Harrison Rabenold, who was making his first start of the season.
The win moves South Parkland to 8-3 on the season, three games behind first place North Parkland in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings. It also increases the Trojans' win streak to three games.
"It's pretty good," said manager Tom Kahn. "We're 8-3 at this point and we were 11-11 overall last year, so we're pretty happy, but we gave one away the other day and that really hurt. You remember the ones that you lose a lot longer than the ones that you win."
Against Coplay, South Parkland didn't just use its bats, but showed some speed on the bases, with four different players combining to steal six bases without having a runner thrown out. Three of those runners eventually scored.
Rabenold allowed six hits and one run, with four strikeouts, over four innings for South Parkland. Rabenold missed some time after suffering an injury, but is back and adds to the pitching depth that South Parkland is looking for late in the season.
"Harrison threw great," said Kahn. "He really threw hard. It's great to have him back out there. We've pretty well weathered the storm. Anthony Sorrentino came out last week and pitched a shutout in his first start, and we've got a couple of guys away at tournaments, so we're not getting as much out of them as we thought that we would, but we're lined up pretty good."
South Parkland will need the depth because of a full schedule between now and the end of the regular season on July 2. Thursday South Parkland and Southern Lehigh will resume their game from June 12. Southern Lehigh had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth when the game was called due to darkness. After resuming the suspended game, the two teams will play a regularly scheduled game. On Friday, South Parkland takes on rival North Parkland, who won the first meeting of the two teams 12-2.