Like any high school baseball team, the Parkland Trojans spend much of the year hanging out together, putting in time in the indoor batting cages during the offseason and then banding together for a long high school season.
Unlike many of the local high school teams, though, the group is split in two for the Lehigh Valley Legion baseball season. The one, tight-knit team is divided between North Parkland and South Parkland. Twice each LVL season, and often in the playoffs, they go up against each other.
The South Parkland offense has done pretty well for itself this season, putting up 55 runs in eight games coming into Tuesday’s game against the Carbon Monarchs (4-4).
The Trojans added six more runs against Carbon, but all six were set up by errors and were unearned runs. The result was a ninth straight conquest for the Trojans in a 6-4 win over Carbon.
The North Parkland Buffaloes (8-3) aren’t used to seeing what they saw on Monday when Lower Macungie scored three first-inning runs and didn’t look back in a 14-0 win. The good news is that the Buffaloes were able to get right back on the field Tuesday and things returned to normal with an 11-2 win over Emmaus.
Against Lower Macungie (4-6), an error led to three unearned runs in the first inning.
In the end, the Parkland softball season came down to one bad inning.
It was the second inning of its PIAA quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford. The inning saw the Rams score four times and bang out five of their seven hits in the game en route to a 4-1 win, which ended Parkland’s season at 25-3.
The inning came down to three key hits, an RBI double, a lined single and a bloop single that did most of the damage, bringing home two runs in the inning.
It’s hard to blame the Parkland softball team for the early-season hitting slump that they encountered this year.
The Trojans went to play in the warm sunshine of Florida and returned to cold, windy conditions at home and their offense shivered in the cold weather.
The season opened with a 2-0 loss to Northampton, which would prove to be one of the tougher teams in the East Penn Conference throughout the season.
Another game, another postseason victory for the Parkland Trojans.
With a first-round matchup close to home at Patriots Park, Parkland took on Conestoga, the fifth-place team out of District 1, and fought its way to an 8-0 win over the Pioneers. The win moves Parkland into the quarterfinal round against Spring-Ford, also out of District 1.
Throughout the game, Parkland took advantage of miscues by the Pioneers and turned them into big advantages.
Like most top-tier high school sports programs, Parkland’s baseball team seems to reload every season. No matter how many great players graduate, there seem to be more waiting in the wings.
Next season the Trojans will have to replace nearly a dozen players, however the few they have returning will provide a solid foundation.
The Trojans’ season came to an abrupt end Sunday at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University. After battling Liberty through five innings and taking a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, the Hurricanes put up nine runs in their half of the inning and took an 11-4 win in the District 11 Class 6A baseball semifinal game.
Despite the score, it really was a much different game than when the two teams met during the regular season and Liberty beat Parkland 12-3. This time around, the two teams pulled the momentum in the game back-and-forth.
As the District 11 softball playoffs got underway on Monday, the Trojans had to wait to see who their opponent would be in the quarterfinal round. Easton and Liberty battled with the Red Rovers pounding out an 11-1 win to earn the right to meet Parkland on Tuesday.
Easton’s bats wouldn’t produce the type of run support that they did against Liberty and their pitching couldn’t contain the Lady Trojans offense as Parkland won 8-3 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals where they’re set for another showdown with Emmaus.
Parkland quickly cut its way past Whitehall and Freedom in the East Penn Conference softball playoffs to reach the finals against Northampton.
The Trojans were looking for their sixth straight league championship. They opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first inning, took advantage of a key error to score twice in the fourth and then added an insurance run in the fifth as they fought to a 4-0 win over the Konkrete Kids to make it six straight championships.