Buffs hold Salisbury hitless
Collin Duff and Sergio Rodriguez of the North Parkland legion baseball team combined to throw a no-hitter, allowing no runs and no hits in leading the Buffaloes to a 2-0 victory against Salisbury last Friday evening at Salisbury High School.
Duff threw the first six innings and Rodriguez finished off the seventh to record the save while giving North Parkland its fifth consecutive win to open the regular season.
“It’s good to start the season off like we have, give the kids some confidence,” said head coach Terry Stoudt. “Today was a good testament to how well we’ve been playing. Collin and Sergio pitched a great game, and we got some timely hits when we needed them. It’s important to get a win no matter how you have to do it.”
The Buffaloes’ offense may not have gotten the win in the prettiest of ways, but it was still able to manufacture enough runs to come out on the winning end of things. They totaled just three hits on the night, but were helped out by three Falcon errors.
North Parkland scored the game’s first run in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs and runners at first and second, a grounder back to the mound was fielded and thrown to third, but the runner beat the throw and then scored as it got by the third baseman.
The first three North Parkland batters reached base safely in the following inning, and a throwing error with runners on first and second allowed the Buffaloes to score their second run.
“That’s baseball,” Stoudt said. “Sometimes the ball goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. Today we were on the fortunate side of some things.”
Luke Dauberman, Austin Imler and Phillip Schoch each had one hit. Jared Kucharczuk contributed an RBI for the Buffaloes.
North Parkland (5-2 overall) lost its next two games, falling 9-1 to South Parkland on Saturday then losing 5-2 to previously-winless Allentown on Monday.
The Buffaloes will look to get back on a win streak with two games to close out the week.
They host Salisbury Thursday at 6 p.m. at Orefield Middle School, and will then play Northern Valley at Northwestern High School on Saturday.