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.
The South Parkland Connie Mack baseball team continues to do whatever it takes to win a game.
That never-say die attitude was on display during the Trojans’ 8-7 victory over Northampton on June 22 at Walnut Street Field as they pushed the winning run across in the final frame.
Ed Ohlson only took over as the Parkland girls basketball head coach a little over a month ago. The former PHS boys assistant coach got a good look at his team in one of the summer’s top tournaments last weekend.
Parkland advanced to the final day of the Bash at the Beach Tournament at Cedar Beach Park. The Lady Trojans went 4-2 in the 17-team double-elimination tournament.
“Right now we have very few plays,” Ohlson said. “Even if this was my second year, we would have a ton of plays, and people could throw stuff at us and we would know how to handle it.”
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.
With the school year all but wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format tomorrow.
But before teams had one week to prepare for the grind of playing multiple games each day in the heat, the Cedar Beach Summer League wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.