Smith no-hitter beats Vikings
After putting up a 17-run outburst against Emmaus, the Parkland offense has continued to swing the bats better than expected this season. They put up six runs in a win over Northampton and then scored 13 against North Penn in a wild 13-12 non-conference win.
Those 12 runs combined with eight given up to Liberty the game before seemingly had the pitching staff on the ropes.
On Tuesday, Adam Smith delivered a big blow in the form of a no-hitter, that will likely reset the pitching staff, which is one of the deeper staffs in area baseball.
Smith beat a Central Catholic team (5-2 overall, 4-2 EPC) that is no slouch when it comes to putting up some runs. The Vikings have won their last three games by a combined score of 26-9 coming into the game against Parkland. Smith allowed just three walks, which combined with an uncharacteristic error, allowed Central Catholic to get their only run of the game in Parkland’s 2-1 win. Smith finished the outing with nine strikeouts. While Smith handled things on the mound, Will Algard picked up three hits, scored a run and drove in another for Parkland.
While nobody can predict a no hitter, coach Kurt Weber has been high on his pitching staff all season long.
“We know that we’ve got good pitching,” said Weber. “We had a couple rough outings, but I’m not worried about our pitching. We can give the ball to any one of a number of guys who we figure will keep us in the game.”
Parkland (5-2, 4-2) pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of seven North Penn errors in their 13-12 win. C.K. Kinsley had four hits to lead the Trojans, driving in two runs on the day. The Parkland defense committed three errors in the game that made things tough on the pitching staff. Those three miscues led to five unearned runs for North Penn, something that Parkland rarely allows to happen.
“We pride ourselves on defense and today there really weren’t any excuses, because it wasn’t cold or anything,” said Weber. “We have to do a better job, because we pride ourselves on pitching and defense and we’ve got to improve on that and we will.”
The schedule has the Trojans playing six games in seven days thanks to a couple of rain outs. Conference games against Allen (2-5, 1-4) and East Stroudsburg North (0-5, 0-4) roll into a non-conference meeting with Hazleton on Saturday. The team has a rare Sunday game as part of the annual series of EPC games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Sunday. Parkland will play Whitehall (5-4, 3-3) on the eve of their rematch with rival Emmaus (8-1, 5-1) on Monday at Parkland High School.