South Parkland took out some frustrations for a five-game losing skid against Salisbury Tuesday night, downing the Falcons 15-1. South Parkland (3-5) now holds a one-game lead for the final playoff spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion League as they approach the mid-point of the schedule.
The season started well for South Parkland, which won its first two games but then went on a losing skid that had dropped them into last place in the LVLL. While a 3-5 record isn't what the team was hoping for, they've already eclipsed their win record from last season when they went 2-16.
You just got the feeling that even with Parkland up 7-0, the Lady Trojans were going to have to fight off a challenge from Lower Dauphin in the PIAA semi-finals on Monday. The only question was just how big of a rally would it be. Unfortunately for Parkland, the rally brought the Falcons all the way back to an 8-7 win in eight innings.
Parkland's win over Spring-Ford in the opening round of the PIAA Tournament put the team at 24-0 on the season, but was also a milestone for senior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer, who recorded her 20th win of the season.
The win was the first in the state tournament by a District 11 champion since Nazareth won a first round game in 2006.
Parkland baseball relied on pitching all season long and it never let the team down. Even with a loss in the opening round of the PIAA tournament, the pitching was there in a 2-1 loss to Spring-Ford. It was also pitching that got the Trojans into states as the District 11 champion in a 3-0 win over Stroudsburg in the District Finals.
While the Trojans staff is deep, Gabe Mosser was the ace. The senior struck out 11 Mountaineers and kept them off the board, allowing the Parkland offense to chip away at Stroudsburg starter Mike Nikorak.
The reality now for Parkland softball team is that it is either going to win the state championship and have an undefeated season or suffer just one loss on the year that will end its shot at a state title.
The 24-0 Lady Trojans added the District 11 championship to their trophy case with a 6-1 win over Pleasant Valley and then opened the PIAA tournament with a 5-0 win over Spring-Ford.
The win over Spring-Ford puts the Trojans into the quarterfinals of states where they will face District 1 champion Avon Grove.
As they've done for much of the season, the Trojans relied on strong pitching and got enough offense to win, taking a 2-1 victory over the fifth-seeded Liberty Hurricanes in last week's District 11 Class AAAA semifinal.
Alex Flynn gave Parkland six strong innings and Rhett Jacoby struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save. The win puts the Trojans in position to repeat as District 11 champions.
The final championship in Lehigh Valley Conference history played out in a spectacular way, but with a controversial ending. The Lady Trojans were on the right side of that ending and captured a 1-0 win over Emmaus to grab their fifth LVC championship softball championship in the history of the conference, which will merge with the Mountain Valley Conference for games starting next season.
For the fifth time in the past eight seasons, Parkland ran off the field as Lehigh Valley Conference baseball champions. This time, the Trojans downed Emmaus, pounding out nine hits and nine runs to shut out the Hornets 9-0 last Wednesday at Hackett Park in Easton.
The Trojans certainly didn't play their best game of the season Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals, but they did just enough right to beat Whitehall 3-2 in nine innings and earn a berth to the finals for a rematch against Emmaus.
The Parkland defense, which is normally reliable, made five errors in the win over Whitehall, but thanks to strong pitching, they led to just one unearned run.
At 14-0 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and 18-0 overall, Parkland certainly isn't going to let up now that playoff season is underway. Instead, the the Trojan softball team refocused on taking a postseason ride that it hopes will wind up in a state championship.
The Trojans took their latest step Monday night, blasting Northampton 10-0 in the LVC semifinals to set up a meeting with their old friends from Emmaus in the conference finals.