Ball teams look for strong finish
Parkland’s baseball and softball teams will both begin play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs in the next few days.
The Trojan baseball team was 10-4 in league play through Monday’s win over Northampton. They trailed the Konkrete Kins by half a game for the Skyline Division lead and were tied with Emmaus, just a half-game ahead of Nazareth in a tight division race.
Liberty (13-1), the Steel Division leader, looks like it will earn the top seed in the eight-team EPC tournament. Freedom is also locked into a playoff berth at 12-3 and in second place in the Steel Division.
Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain East are tied for the Mountain Division lead at 10-4. All the teams with 10 wins or more will make up the eight-team field, but seeding could come down to the results of Wednesday’s final regular season games. Parkland finished the regular season against Whitehall. That game was played after Press deadline.
The EPC baseball tournament begins Monday with games at the home fields of the top four seeds.
In recent games Parkland beat Northampton 3-0 Monday. Winning pitcher Mike Jenkins allowed just four hits ove seven innings while striking out five and walking none. Matt Mellinger went 2-for-2 in the game, while Cullan Wadsworth, Christian Kinsley, Austin Mueller and Adam Smith had one hit each in the win.
The Trojans beat Nazareth 8-3 last Wednesday. Wadsworth and Miller each knocked in a pair of runs in the win. Winning pitcher Ryan Giovenco struick out nine Blue Eagles in six innings.
The Trojan softball team (17-0 overall, 14-0 EPC) looked to wrap up a perfect season against Whitehall on Wednesday. Parkland will be the top seed for EPC playoffs and will likely face Northapmton in Friday’s first round.
In recent games, Parkland beat Allen Tuesday, 15-0 in five innings.
Ashley Galliana went 3-for-4 in the game with three singles. Kelly Dulaney pitched the one-hit shut out for Parkland.
The Trojans edged Northampton 2-1 on Monday by scoring a run in each of the first two innings then holding on for the win. Aubrey Fritzinger struck out five batters in the win. Fritzinger and Chelsea Morgan had RBIs for Parkland.
Parkland used a six-run sixth inning to shorten last Wednesday’s 10-0 win over Nazareth by virtue of the 10-run rule. Steph Herpel (two hits) and Shauna Frank (four hits) each had three for Parkland. Fritzinger struck out five and allowed just two hits over six innings while pitching around of pair of errors by the Parkland defense.