Parkland softball edges Emmaus, 2-1
Softball can be a game of failure. More times than not, batters make an out rather than get a hit. The Parkland softball team used the miscues of Emmaus to score two runs in the fourth inning, as it came from behind and held on for a 2-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) win last Monday afternoon at Parkland High School.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Trojans had their first four batters successfully reach base. Parkland had two hits in the inning as eight batters came to the plate, but it was two errors that allowed the Trojans to score their two runs and earn the victory.
First-year Emmaus head coach Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino was on the Parkland staff last year as the pitching coach, so Trojans head coach Barry Search knew the games against the Hornets (7-5, 4-4) this season would be hard-fought.
“I knew that Brittany would be a good head coach,” said Search. “She always had that desire and intelligence of the game. She’s running a great program over there, and as you saw today, she had Emmaus ready to play. It was unfortunate how it went for them, but they’re going to learn and grow from it.”
Emmaus was on the board first in the top of the second inning. Madison Clark led off with a double, and two batters later she came home on an RBI single from Cassie Burke.
Junior starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas had sat down eight in row after giving up two hits to the first three batters. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, a couple of plays got away from the Hornets that they would want back.
Megan Fenstermaker led off and reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop. After Ashley Gallina singled, Makenzie Wolfe ripped an RBI single to left field to tie the game at 1-1. With runners on second and third, Steph Herpel laid down a bunt that was unable to be fielded and allowed what proved to be the game-winning run to come in as Parkland went up 2-1.
“Sometimes things go your way, and that inning it did for us,” Search said. “The important thing is to put the ball in play and make them make a play. Sometimes you get rewarded.”
Starting pitcher Kelly Dulaney retired nine of the last 10 Green Hornets hitters to pick up the victory. She went the distance and struck out seven.
Chelsea Morgan and Jenna Lehr each added a hit for Parkland.
The Trojans (9-1 overall, 7-1 EPC) have a busy week. They hosted Nazareth yesterday, and travel to face Central Catholic tomorrow and Cumberland Valley on Saturday.