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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Nikhil Patel, seen here against the Balliet Vikes, threw 95 pitches in a win over Northampton last week. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Nikhil Patel, seen here against the Balliet Vikes, threw 95 pitches in a win over Northampton last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZSouth Parkland’s Vincent Gerbasio delivers a pitch during a recent game. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZSouth Parkland’s Vincent Gerbasio delivers a pitch during a recent game.

So. Parkland CM tops K-Kids

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The South Parkland Connie Mack baseball team continues to do whatever it takes to win a game.

That never-say die attitude was on display during the Trojans’ 8-7 victory over Northampton on June 22 at Walnut Street Field as they pushed the winning run across in the final frame.

An aggressive style of Trojan offense paved the road for victory and was on display right from the start. In the bottom of the first, lead off batter Connor Hebig beat out an infield single by handling a nasty 0-2 pitch from Kid starter Jake Struss. Moments later Hebig stole second, and eventually came around to score on a Northampton error to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

After falling behind 3-1, South Parkland refused to accept its circumstance. In the bottom of the second frame, Owen Lehr led off with a single to right on a 1-2 pitch. Like Hebig the inning before, Lehr eventually swiped second. After a walk to Vince Gerbasio put runners on first and second, Rashaan Jackson laid down a bunt single, juicing the bags with no one out.

With Hebig at the dish, Struss uncorked a wild pitch, as South Parkland manufactured a run to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Parkland continued to torment Struss and later relief pitcher Jake Christman with good pitch selection followed by aggressive base running.

Trojan hurlers were able to squelch the majority of Northampton offensive uprisings, although the Kids typically had runners on the base paths most of the night. Starter Josh Miller displayed his best pitching in the game’s first frame, setting down Northampton’s Joe Kerbacher and Mike Kuzio on four pitches before getting Nick Bodnar to whiff on a nasty 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

After a rocky second inning, Miller was relieved in the third by Nikhil Patel, who served the role of pitching ironman, hurling 95 pitches on the night. Gerbasio closed out the win for South Parkland.

After a 12-0 loss to the Balliet Vikes on Monday, the Trojans were 12-2 and holding a half-game lead over Hellertown (11-3) in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack standings. Hellertown is one of three teams with 11 wins that are all within a game two games of catching South Parkland heading into the final week of the season.