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.
Last year did not sit too well for the Parkland girls lacrosse players.
After five straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, the Trojans’ streak was broken by Easton last year. But they did something about it this time around.
Parkland jumped all over the Red Rovers from the get go, taking an 8-3 lead at halftime and then continuing its pursuit in the second half to win back the EPC title 12-6 last Monday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in a persistent rain.
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.
Most people likely expected Parkland to punch a ticket into the East Penn Conference boys’ volleyball championship game. And it would have been a good. After all, the Trojans had beaten Freedom twice this spring and they were meeting the Patriots again in the conference semifinal. The latest meeting went in favor of Parkland just 10 days prior in four games, while the Trojans swept the first match back in late March.
The Parkland and Central Catholic boys lacrosse teams know each other well. Over the last two years, the Trojans and Vikings have played against each other six different times, including twice in the regular season and once in the postseason. They have been two of the top three or four teams every year in District 11 and their games have always been highly contested.
Last Monday night was no different.
Parkland had a lead for nearly the entire game, but found itself ahead just 9-8 with 3:40 remaining in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.
Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.
Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.
Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.
Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.
The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.
The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.
Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.
Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.
Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.
Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was using time to figure out certain roles for individual players after the graduation of several key pieces last season, and it has been rising into form of late.
After weather forced the Trojans to postpone their game with Central Catholic last Friday night, they used that extra day to prepare for their next opponent, North Penn. And it seemed to help.