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.
Renee Snyder has found ways to come up with big hits at just the right moment this season and she did so again in the quarterfinals of the East Penn Conference softball playoffs.
Snyder’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning against Whitehall gave the Lady Trojans a 2-1 win and advanced them to the semifinals to face Freedom.
Whenever Parkland and Emmaus square off in baseball, you can expect something unexpected to happen. Come playoff time, that weirdness can be amplified.
The Trojans had everything going for them when the two teams met in the first round of the East Penn Conference playoffs on Saturday. Emmaus was riddled with injuries and had lost six straight games. Parkland had its ace on the mound and appeared ready to advance.
The Northampton softball team came to Parkland Saturday with a 13-game winning streak, its longest since 1990.
The Konkrete Kids were also looking for some revenge after Parkland no-hit them to open the season back in late March. The Trojans were ready for them, but it took until there was one out in the bottom of the seventh inning for Parkland to win the game.
Parkland (13-3 overall, 12-1 EPC) went into the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 4-4. Jeremy Piatkiewicz singled to lead off the inning and a well-placed bunt by Blake Barthol moved him over to second.