SP falls to Salisbury in LVL
South Parkland had plenty of opportunities. It just didn’t capitalize on those chances when it needed to most during Tuesday’s Lehigh Valley Legion game.
The Trojans left the bases loaded in the first two innings, the first with just one out, without scoring a run. Salisbury took advantage of those missed opportunities. The Falcons (6-1) scored two in the bottom of the second and held on for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Salisbury High School.
The Trojans dropped to 2-2, and their offensive woes have continued as of recently. South Parkland has only scored two runs in the last two games after being shut out 2-0 against West Allentown on Saturday in the second game of a double-header.
“You’ve got to come through with the big hit,” said manager Tom Kahn. “The kid pitched a good game. He pitched really good against us. We’re not quite going yet.”
That pitcher was Falcon ace Andrew Sukanick, who pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on five Trojan hits.
Parkland managed to cut the Falcons’ lead in half in the fifth inning. Matt Mellinger scored after Jaymes Campbell lined a ball to second base. Despite the early mishaps, Kahn expected his team to fight back the whole time.
“You still play, and you keep going,” Kahn said. “It’s a seven-inning game. You keep chopping the wood. I thought we would win the whole time. I thought we would win in the seventh inning when we had two, three and four up. We’re not going to die. We’re not going to quit.”
The Trojans weren’t done in the fifth. Tyler Ilgenfritz reached base on a Falcon error to put runners on first and second base with two outs. Ryan Giovenco lined a hard-hit single to first base in the next at-bat to seemingly load the bases, but Campbell was caught going to home on the play.
Sukanick retired the next six batters over the final two innings, striking out Mellinger and George Jenkins to end the game.
“We hit a ball off the top of the fence,” Kahn said. “We hit a rocket to second base and it was caught. Taking nothing away from them, but they had a couple of broken-bat hits and things like that.”
After Kyle Novobilsky reached base on a Falcon error to open the game, Mellinger and Jenkins lined singles into center field that loaded the bases. A fly out and a fielder’s choice ended the scoring threat.
In the second inning after Sukanick surrendered three straight walks, he got a strike out to end the bases-loaded threat.
Despite the tough loss, a busy week lies ahead for South Parkland with games scheduled for every day this week. Following Wednesday’s tilt with North Parkland, the Trojans will host Emmaus on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Parkland High School.
“I told the guys if you can’t get up for that, there’s no reason to be playing,” said Kahn. “We’ll be ready to go. No matter who it was, we’d be ready to go.”