So. Parkland gathers momentum for LVL tournament run
South Parkland sent a definite message late last week when it handed previously undefeated North Parkland a 2-0 defeat. While the Trojans picked up just three hits in the win, one of them was a two-run double from Matt Davidowitch, driving in George Hambel and Ryan Horvath.
Hambel also handled things on the mound, allowing just three hits and two walks, striking out three in the complete game shutout.
After downing their rivals, South Parkland (12-4) went on to pick up another big win over Lower Macungie (8-4), who came into the game in second place in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings. The win over two of the better teams in the league not only moved South Parkland into the second spot in the standings, but it gave the Trojans a lot of confidence heading into the final week of the regular season.
"It was definitely big, and then we beat Lower Mac, so I feel like beating North Parkland (13-1) gave us the mindset that we can definitely be the number one team in the league," said Harrison Rabenold, who is hitting .600 on the season and made his first appearance on the mound this season in a win over Coplay. "In baseball, any day, you can beat any team and we played them really well and I think we can beat them again come playoff time, if it comes down to that."
Rabenold was hampered by a hamstring injury, but is still able to contribute to the team and was selected to play in the Legion All-Star Game against a team from the Schuylkill-Berks League. Ed Brandt, Kyle Novobilski and Hambel also played in the game, with Hambel throwing a shutout inning for the Lehigh Valley team. The two teams played to a 5-5 tie.
It's very likely that the two Parkland-area rivals could meet again in the LVL postseason, especially with both playing good baseball. Having handed the Buffaloes their only loss of the season could put a bulls-eye on South Parkland's backs, but coach Tom Kahn isn't too concerned.
"They don't scare me," he said. "We're coming to play and we don't think it's anybody else's right to beat us. We're coming to win the game. I don't know if we will or not, but we're coming to win and we intend to win.
"I'm not talking trash on them whatsoever, because they're a terrific team. They've got great pitching and college players all over the place, but we're a good team, too, and we don't look to take a back seat to anybody."
The regular season wraps up tonight for South Parkland with a road game against Fullerton (4-10-1), a team fighting to capture the final playoff spot in the league, and obviously coming into the game looking for a win.
"We're set up," said Kahn. "We have starters ready to go and I think we're going to be set up for the playoffs, so we're all looking forward to it."
Rabenold is also ready to get the playoffs underway and believes that the team has enough depth to go deep into the playoffs this season and realizes that it could well come down to another big game against North Parkland.
"We have four or five pitchers who can pitch well against any team in the league and definitely, our offense has done well," said Rabenold "We're scoring a lot of runs. Depth always helps in the playoffs and we have pitchers who can step up at any point in the game and pitch well.
"I know a lot of kids on that team, so I'd definitely like to beat them [North Parkland]. It would be great to have it come down to that."