Pates’ Healy baffles PHS in D11 final
The Parkland baseball team did its part at the plate recording hits, but it did not score enough runs as it fell to Freedom 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 Class 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.
The top-seeded Trojans (21-4 overall) tallied five hits throughout the course of the game, outhitting the seventh-seeded Patriots (16-9) 5-4. But it just came down to Freedom crossing the plate one more time than Parkland.
“That’s just how the game of baseball is,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “Sometimes you can outhit a team, but they can score runs in other ways. And they did that tonight.”
The Patriots scored two runs in the top of the second inning, one on a hit, and one on a passed ball to win their first district title since 1999.
In a low scoring game, it was the pitching that dominated the headlines for both teams.
Freedom starter Tim Healy, who made just one start during the regular season before injuring his ribs, went the distance in the district title game. He threw a complete game and struck out six batters.
On the mound from the opposing dugout, in relief, Christian Kinsley threw five-and-two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five. He entered with one out in the second when the Trojans were down 2-0.
“He kept us in the game,” Weber said. “He battled like he’s done all year long for us, actually for three years for us.”
In that top of the second inning for Freedom, David Smith worked a walk. After a single by Nick Stannard put runners on first and second, the Patriots got on the board first via an RBI double from Derek Bast. During the next at bat, Stannard made it home safely after a passed ball got by the Trojans catcher to make it 2-0.
Stannard recorded two of the Patriots four hits. They were outhit by Parkland 5-4, but not outscored.
The Trojans cut their deficit to one in the bottom of the third. With senior Cullan Wadsworth on base, classmate Adam Mellinger ripped an RBI double off of the left field wall to put the score at 2-1.
Parkland once again threatened in the fifth.
George Jenkins led off with a single, and then was sacrificed to second in the next at bat.
But Healy retired seven of the next eight hitters to hold onto the lead.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champions Parkland had its season ended in the first round of the state playoffs with a 1-0 loss to District 1 champ Bensalem.