The Parkland softball team never takes anything for granted. Even though they were 25-0 on the season coming into the District 11 Championship, the Trojans knew that anything could happen. They attacked the game just as they had all 25 other games this season, with a strong senior pitcher on the mound in Aubree Fritzinger and a balanced offense that had different contributors from game-to-game.
For the optimists in the room, Parkland has won three of the last five District 11 baseball championships. The pessimists will dwell on the fact that two years in a row now, Parkland has been in the district final, but didn’t put away a win to take home gold.
This year’s foray into the championship game ended with a 2-1 loss to Liberty in extra innings. A ninth-inning sacrifice fly from Caleb Tereska drove home what proved to be the winning run.
It certainly wasn’t their easiest win of the season, but it may have been their most persistent. An eighth-inning single from Mackenzie Wolf plated the game-winning run as Parkland downed Easton 2-1 in the District 11 semifinals. The win puts Parkland into the district championship against Liberty Thursday at Patriots Park. The win also guarantees the Trojans a spot in the PIAA Tournament, which gets underway Monday.
Throughout the season, Parkland’s seniors have talked about the underclassmen and how they’ve been able to contribute to the team’s success during its 24-0 season. Last week, one of the young players came through with a big hit to give the seniors four straight conference championships with a 1-0 win over Emmaus in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Patriots Park in Allentown.
No offense to Nazareth, but its tennis team is really becoming a thorn in the side of the Parkland team. It was Nazareth that beat Parkland during the regular season, snapping the Trojans’ 152-game conference win streak, and then, Nazareth knocked Parkland out of the District 11 team tournament with a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
Poor weather for the local high school tennis postseason is becoming an annual tradition. The East Penn Conference Championships were postponed last week, and there still isn’t a make-up date in place. The District 11 Tournament started on Monday, but players were only able to get one round in before that had to be delayed because of rain.
The Parkland girls softball team had its toughest test of the season last week against Liberty and came through with flying colors in a tough 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Jenna Lehr had two hits in the game, and Shauna Frank contributed a two-run first inning single and a couple of shining defensive plays in the win.
Parkland baseball seemed to be cruising along, when all of a sudden, two late inning losses threw an obstacle onto the roadway. Last week, Liberty (6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 8-1 overall) came up with a four-run seventh inning to beat the Trojans 5-2, and this week, division rival Emmaus got three in the top of the sixth and held on for a 3-2 win.
Everyone has days when they’re not feeling well but still have things they need to get done. That was the day that Aubree Fritzinger had on Monday.
After leaving school early to go to the doctor, she was cleared to pitch against Emmaus that afternoon. She wasn’t quite herself, but she was still good enough to give her team a complete game in a 6-2 win.
The Parkland boys tennis team had some big holes to fill this season, but its done well in filling them and moved to 11-0 on the season Tuesday when it downed Emmaus 7-0. One of the reasons why Parkland has been riding high is the play of Aneesh Kapoor, the Trojans’ number-one singles player.