The Buffaloes of North Parkland are without manager Terry Stoudt, but are pressing on through the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs with close games all the way through.
As the three-seed in the double-elimination tournament, North Parkland had beaten Northern Valley 5-4 and Lower Macungie 4-3 leading up to their meeting with rival South Parkland Tuesday night. North Parkland had won each of the two meetings between the two teams during the regular season by scores of 4-3 and 7-0.
South Parkland is comfortably in the driver’s seat to win the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League championship, needing just one more win to reach the Regional 2 Tournament. The Trojans downed rival North Parkland Tuesday evening 1-0, scoring just an unearned first-inning run to get the win that puts them in the championship.
The previously dubbed Sportsfest basketball tournament, which now goes by the name of A-town Throwdown tournament, has been kind to the Parkland boys basketball program recently. Within the past decade, the Trojans have celebrated multiple tournament titles on the macadam courts of Cedar Beach in Allentown.
To make it through a weekend of multiple games a day in the heat, and sometimes not having key players because of other commitments, it can be difficult to record wins against a quality field each year.
Courtney Druckenmiller has been cheerleading for nearly her entire life. She’s been in front of hundreds, even thousands, of fans during her days at Parkland High School and East Stroudsburg University.
But the 2011 graduate of Parkland is experiencing a whole new level of cheering this summer. Druckenmiller recently became a member of the Philadelphia Soul arena football Soulmates dance team. She is currently in the midst of her first season with the Soul, which attract nearly 10,000 fans per home game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Terry Stoudt doesn’t like to lose any games, so losing Saturday’s 7-6 decision to Emmaus wasn’t on his list of things to do over the weekend. In the grand scheme of things, it turned out that it didn’t change the postseason plans for the North Parkland Buffaloes. The Buffs will go into the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs as the number-three seed, exactly where they would have been even with a win over Emmaus.
Some things are still up for grabs regarding the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs that begin on Thursday. Two pigtail single-elimination games on Thursday will solidify the final two slots of the eight-team double-elimination tournament beginning the following evening.
But one thing that is for certain is South Parkland’s opponent to open the tournament. The No. 4 seeded Trojans will host No. 5 Carbon Monarchs on Thursday at Parkland High School at 6 pm.
A superior pitcher hums like a fierce engine. Toe to the rubber in the starting position, he’s ready to unleash unbridled fury 60 feet, six inches away. Entering into the delivery, everything should be smooth: The transfer of weight, the pivot foot, the leg lift, the stride, the launch and finally the follow through.
North Parkland was in need of a big week and the Buffaloes got just what they needed. The week included a 10-run win over West Allentown, a doubleheader sweep of Northern Valley and a 15-0 blasting of Southern Lehigh. The four wins moved the Buffaloes to 9-6 on the season, currently putting them in the postseason as the fourth seed in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
Every summer the goal for the Parkland boys basketball team is to get better as a team, but also to reach the final day of the marquee summer tournaments.
It’s been a mixed bag thus far this summer for the Trojans, who lost a recent summer league game to rival Whitehall before having a week off to prepare for the first summer tournament.
Last weekend at the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament, Parkland found some success, winning two of its first three games, before falling Sunday in the four-day, 40-team, double-elimination style tournament.
South Parkland faced previously unbeaten Salisbury at Parkland High School last week. None of Salisbury’s previous opponents had much fun playing the Falcons. However, for Trojan pitcher A.J. Palumbo, it was a lot of fun. He was locked in against Salisbury and kept hitters way off balance throughout the game. The end result was a 2-1 win for South Parkland.
The key was a breaking ball that he was throwing for strikes whenever he wanted to. Match that with a strong fastball and Falcons hitters were left to only guess what was coming.