Throughout the regular season and the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, teams play seven inning games. Advancing to regionals adds a degree of difficulty for teams in that they now need to have enough pitching to cover nine-inning games. Of all of the teams in the Region Two Tournament, South Parkland may be best suited for the added wear and tear on pitching.
Not only has the pitching staff handled having to play nine-inning games, but its also had a couple of extra-inning games thrown in for good measure and has handled the workload just fine.
Unlike three weeks before at the Cedar Beach Bash Showcase tournament, the Parkland girls basketball team had mostly a full roster last weekend at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament at Cedar Beach Park.
That depth in the lineup propelled the Trojans to win four of their five games and advance to Sunday’s playoff bracket before falling to eventual champion Bethlehem Catholic in the quarterfinal round.
The South Parkland Trojans did pretty well for themselves in Lehigh Valley Legion play this season, putting five players on the roster for the annual all-star contest against a team of all-stars from the Schuylkill-Berks League. Pitcher Nate Leaswitch not only was named the Lehigh Valley League Pitcher of the Week for the final week of the regular season, but was named to the pitching staff for the all-star game.
It was hard to know at the time, but when North Parkland faced Carbon County in the play-in round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, the Buffaloes were facing a team putting everything together at just the right time.
Carbon battled its way through to the championship round after having won just six games during the regular season.
North Parkland, which finished the regular season with five wins, was hoping that its run would turn out much like Carbon’s did, but with a much younger team, the Buffaloes’ task was even tougher.
Last year, South Parkland went to the championship round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs only to lose two straight one-run games and miss gaining a trip to regionals. This season, the Trojans came into the championship in the same situation, needing just one win to become league champs and they didn’t want to take any chances.
Dylan Peiffer threw a complete game and some timely offense led the Trojans to a 5-3 win over Carbon County, sending South Parkland to the Region 2 playoffs, which begin Saturday in West Lawn.
The South Parkland Connie Mack team reached the midpoint of its season with nine wins, one loss, and a question: would the Trojans carry their near-perfect record into the postseason, or would they falter in their nine final games and allow it to slip away?
After finishing the regular season at 17-2, the Trojans have proved themselves the frontrunner for this year’s league title. The team entered the postseason at the top of the league standings, three wins ahead of its closest competition.
With three games left in the Allentown Summer Basketball League season, defending state champ Reading sits atop the Large-School Division, while undefeated Faith Christian leads the Small-School Division.
Teams will have off Thursday while many partake in this weekend’s A-Town Throwdown, which is part of the annual SportsFest. The summer league will be back at Cedar Beach on Tuesday, July 18.
LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION
Reading 7 - 1
Central Catholic 7 - 2
Allen 4 - 2
Bangor 7 - 3
Wilson West Lawn 7 - 3
Dieruff 6 - 3
Several Parkland High School graduates made an impact on college sports teams during the past spring season.
Sophomore Sophia Castillo appeared in seven games for the Colorado women’s lacrosse team. She tallied five goals and two assists in that span, including a 58.3 shot-on-goal percentage.
South Parkland wrapped up the regular season schedule Sunday night knowing that its spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs was secured. With that in mind, the Trojans were somewhat relieved because they were without four top players for the finale.
Even without those players, South Parkland beat Emmaus 4-1 and finished the season 10-6-1 for fourth place in the 10-team league.
North Parkland went up against a team on a mission recently when it faced Lower Macungie on Sunday. Lower Mac was fighting to avoid having to make the playoffs through a play-in game.
The Buffaloes knew that it was going to have to be win a play-in game for the playoffs, but was looking to send a message as the postseason approached.