Softball team keeps rolling
Parkland softball continued to roll coming into the week with a 14-0 win over Pleasant Valley. Steph Herpel hit a grand slam for the Lady Trojans, Madi Holub was 4-for-4 and Taylor Knappenberger collected a double and triple in the win. Both Holub and Knappenberger drove in two runs and Aubree Fritzinger picked up her seventh win of the season.
The win puts Parkland at 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the astern Pennsylvania Conference this season as they sit tied with Whitehall atop the Skyline Division.
In their last three contests, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 38-1, coming on the heels of a hard fought 3-2 win over rival Emmaus.
In the walk-off win over Emmaus, it was Knappenberger who led the offense with three hits, but Jenna Lehr busted down the line to reach safely on an Emmaus error in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Alyssa Oakley to score the winning run.
“Taylor’s been very consistent for us,” said coach Barry Search. “She plays hard and not only does she get on base, but she does the little things for us that we need her to do to help us win. She’s very driven.”
While Parkland and Whitehall battle for the division, Freedom, the only team to defeat Parkland this season, remains undefeated at 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the EPC. The EPC schedule doesn’t have Freedom and Whitehall meeting this season, but Parkland and Whitehall still have both of their games against each other coming up on the schedule. The first is at Whitehall on Tuesday and then the two teams will meet in the season finale on May 10.
“They’re a very good team,” said Search of Whitehall. “They have some good players and they have both a good offense and good pitching, so it’s going to be a battle.”
Parkland is back on the field Friday at Nazareth (6-4, 6-2), the team that downed Whitehall earlier in the season. Search knows that his team won’t take Nazareth lightly and thinks that they understand the importance of every game.
“You can’t take anybody lightly, because any team can beat you on a given day. If you don’t come into every game looking to play hard, you can be in trouble very quickly,” said Search. “Even the teams that are struggling can find ways to beat you.”