Baseball beats Hurricanes, 6-3
There were memorable victories in the 2017 regular season. There were also some game results that Parkland head baseball coach Kurt Weber would like to forget about.
On Friday night at Hackett Park, Weber watched his Trojan baseball team get some revenge for one of those forgettable losses.
With a three-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh, Trojan senior Harsha Bollu recorded strikeouts for two of the last three outs and the Trojans celebrated a 6-3 victory to capture their second Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in three years.
“We had some games that got away from us in the middle of the year that certainly brings back memories,” Weber said. “It’s just a matter of you’ve got to trust your guys and then watch the guys come through. Particularly Harsha throwing back on the 3-0 counts and really doing an excellent job to throw strikes in that situation.”
On April 14 Liberty used a four-run seventh inning to hand Parkland it’s first conference loss. The Trojans got revenge when it mattered most.
Parkland starter Michael Jenkins limited the Hurricane offense for five full innings before reaching his 100-pitch limit on the final batter of the inning. Bollu took over to start the sixth inning and kept Liberty scoreless to seal the win and league title.
The Trojans also had one of the best offensive performances of the season, cranking out 11 hits.
“We’re not known for being a good hitting team, but we do work on it,” Weber said. “We felt in the beginning that we would hit the ball. It’s surprising that it came out in tonight’s game. We certainly will take it.
“They were battling hard to get hits and it came from a whole bunch of difference sources, which is awesome. All these guys can feel a part of this win.”
Parkland had eight hits over the first four innings, all coming from eight different batters. Only one batter didn’t have a hit, but still contributed in another way delivering a sacrifice fly, which gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead in the top of the second.
“With championships, it never gets old,” Weber said. “We were very fortunate to be in a lot of them. We were able to win a lot of them. I don’t mean that to be cocky. We really appreciate it. I enjoyed every one of them, especially since it’s an awesome complement to our kids with the way they battle.”
Jenkins was as great with his bat as he was with his arm. He had a single, triple, a run scored and an RBI. Matt Mellinger had two doubles and a run scored. Christian Kinsley had a single, double, a run scored and an RBI.
While the Trojans scored redemption against the No. 1 seed Hurricanes, who only had lost one EPC game all season, they are now the top seed in districts with a bye into the quarterfinal. Parkland will host the winner Monday’s No. 9 Easton at No. 8 Stroudsburg game. The quarterfinal is slated for Wednesday.
“I always have a rule that you enjoy it for at least [one night] that you think about this game,” Weber said. “It was a big win as far as districts. If we had not won this, we probably would have been heading to Pocono Mountain East to face the MVP of the league, which would have been a tough draw. Now, we move up to the No. 1 seed, which makes it a little bit easier. Certainly, not easy. But, it makes it a bit of a double bonus”
Parkland 022 101 0 – 6 11 2
Easton 110 100 0 – 3 5 3
Jenkins, Bollu (6) and Mueller; Kraihanzel, Laudenslager (3) and Burcin. W – Jenkins. L – Kraihanzel.