Trojans top Carbon County in LVL
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival North Parkland in the second game of the season, South Parkland has pulled off four straight wins in Lehigh Valley Legion play.
The Trojans’ showdown with undefeated Coplay-Fullerton on Sunday finished with a 5-5 game that was suspended and will be completed on July 1, the last night of the regular season.
That game, combined with the regularly scheduled finale between the two teams on the same night, could well determine the top seed in the league, if the early returns continue the way they’ve gone.
In a 12-2 win over Carbon County last week, South Parkland needed just seven hits to score 12 runs and end the game after five innings, thanks to the league’s mercy rule.
Much of the damage came as the Trojans took advantage of nine walks issued by Monarchs pitchers, including six walks in the second inning when South Parkland jumped to a 5-0 lead.
The inning featured a two-run single from Anthony Sorrentino, while Nate Markowich, Matt Davidowitch and Kyle Novobilski each picked up an RBI when they drew a bases-loaded walk.
“You have to be able to take advantage of those things,” said Trojan manager Thomas Kahn about his team’s patience at the plate. “Those are things that make you a better team. I know everybody wants to hit the ball, but if they’re going to give you a run, you have to take it.
“I’m happy with the approach that our guys had at the plate today.”
Carbon started chipping away in the fourth inning when it scored two runs on a two-out single by Gabe Wagner that brought in runners from second and third. Starter Harrison Rabenold gave South Parkland four innings, allowing just the two runs in the third.
“He hit a bit of a rough patch, but he hasn’t pitched in a while, so overall, he did a really good job for us,” said Kahn about Rabenold, who is attending Slippery Rock University, Kahn’s alma mater.
With Carbon starter Jonathan Herman settling in to keep the Trojans off the board in the bottom of the third and Carbon’s bats looking to come alive, it looked like South Parkland would have a tough battle on its hands. Instead, the offense went back to work until the bottom of the fourth, when the Trojans scored four more runs.
The big blow came on a two-run single from Rabenold, but again, the Trojans took advantage of mistakes to score runs, using a Carbon error and another bases-loaded walk in the inning.
Rabenold left after four innings, with Matt Savino taking over on the hill for the Trojans. Savino allowed a fifth-inning hit to Herman to lead off the inning, but then got the next three batters to keep Carbon off the board and keep the game set at 9-2.
Zachary Dykas replaced Herman in the bottom of the fifth, but allowed two more walks and another Monarchs error also led to more problems.
With South Parkland pushing its lead to 11-2, Tyler Ilgenfritz got his first at-bat of the day and doubled to bring in Sorrentino and give the Trojans a 12-2 lead, ending the game on the mercy rule.
Earlier in the inning, Ben Trinkle scored on an RBI groundout from Novobilski and Davidowitch scored on a Monarchs error to set things up for Ilgenfritz’s game-ending double.