Mellinger bros. lead SP all-star cast
The South Parkland Trojans did pretty well for themselves in Lehigh Valley Legion play this season, putting five players on the roster for the annual all-star contest against a team of all-stars from the Schuylkill-Berks League. Pitcher Nate Leaswitch not only was named the Lehigh Valley League Pitcher of the Week for the final week of the regular season, but was named to the pitching staff for the all-star game. Catcher George Jenkins and third baseman Michael Jenkins were named as backups at their positions and another pair of brothers, Adam and Matt Mellinger, were named to the starting lineup for the LVL team.
This will be Matt’s second Legion All-Star Game, while Adam will be making his first appearance as an all-star. The brothers have never played together in an all-star game at any level, making the game at Reading’s FirstEnergy Field even more special.
“It feels great,” said Matt. “Being brothers and putting our family out there is a great feeling.”
Matt Mellinger, who will be playing at first base, batted for an astounding .465 during the regular season, with a .521 on-base percentage, both of which led the team. His average finished second in the LVL this season and his OBP was third. Matt also tied for the team lead in RBI with Michael Jenkins, who each had nine RBI. On the mound, Mellinger had the second lowest ERA in the league at 1.19 in three starts for South Parkland.
Adam Mellinger hit .409 with a .449 OBP for South Parkland and tied for the team lead in walks with Jaymes Campbell at four. Like his older brother, Adam also pitched, making one start and one relief appearance, finishing with a 2.33 ERA and 10 strikeouts in nine innings.
For Adam, the whole experience of being named to the all-star team has been unbelievable.
“It’s awesome,” said Adam, who heads into his senior year at Parkland in fall. “When I found out that I made it, my day was made. And to have both been named to the starting lineup made it even better.”
So, what does big brother think of how his younger sibling has played this season?
“He’s playing really well and has done a great job for us,” said Matt, who graduated from Parkland High School in June. “It’s going to be a lot of fun having him at the game and getting to play on the same all-star team.”
George and Michael Jenkins also put up strong numbers this season. George hit .292 with a .346 OBP, while Michael was at .316 with a .395 OBP. George Jenkins didn’t pitch, but Michael made two relief appearances and threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and two walks.
Leaswitch picked up wins in two of South Parkland’s three wins in the final week of the season and allowed just one run in seven innings of work, striking out five while allowing just four hits and no walks. Leaswitch finished the season 4-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings.