PHS baseball beats Kids in league playoffs
Parkland and Northampton could meet one more time this season, depending how the district playoff brackets shakes out. If that happens, the Kids will surely hope Trojan starting pitcher Mike Jenkins isn’t on the mound again.
The LaSalle-bound senior beat Northampton for the third time this year when he held the Kids to four hits Monday in a 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal win.
In three games this season against Northampton, Jenkins has allowed no runs on 11 hits over 21 innings. Parkland won the regular season meetings 8-0 (on April 11) and 3-0 (on May 8).
“It’s the third time this season Mike has faced Northampton and he’s had success against them,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “It’s always tough playing a team a third team.
“He battled and we did enough to scratch out some runs for him. That’s been the way our season has been going. If we get the bats going we can be dangerous.”
Jenkins pitched with runners on base in three innings Monday, but he never allowed a runner past second base in the game.
The Kids put runners on first and second with one out in the second inning, but Jenkins got a strike out and fielder’s choice to end the threat.
When Northampton put men on first and second with two outs in the third inning, Jenkins induced a foul-ball fly out to get out of the inning.
“I just take a deep breath, settle back in,” said Jenkins of pitching with runners in scoring position. “I know I can throw strikes and I know the defense will pick me up. They did that all game.”
He retired 10 of the next 11 batters as one reached base on an error in the fifth inning.
Kids starter Mike Ettl was also cruising along. He allowed just two hits over the first three innings, but he hit Matt Mellinger with a pitch to start the fourth and Jenkins singled to put runners on second and third with one out. Adam Mellinger (2-for-3, 2 RBI) knocked in both runners with a single to right field.
“I was looking for off speed and he threw me a fastball,” said Adam Mellinger. “I sat back on it and drove it to right field. It fell and we got two runs out of it.”
The Trojans added two more in the fifth when Adam Smith and Cullen Wadsworth hit back to back singles to start the inning, knocking Ettl from the game in favor of Tyler Bennett.
Christian Kinsley and Matt Mellinger hit back-to-back RBI singles off Bennett to give their team a 4-0 lead.
Bennett intentionally walked clean-up hitter Austin Mueller to load the bases. A line-drive double play and fly out ended the inning.
Northampton tried to rally in the seventh when Timmy Antigua hit a one-out triple, but Jenkins got the next two hitters to ground out.
The Trojans moved on to a semifinal match up Wednesday against Emmaus. That game was played after Press deadline. See next week’s issue for coverage.
The winner advances to Friday’s title game against Liberty or Pocono Mountain East.