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.
Lehigh Valley softball coach Blake Morgan has released the 2019 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Team roster.
The team is comprised of high school sophomore and junior softball players from the Lehigh Valley who will compete the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, a double-elimination tournament that is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies and features high school all-star teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The tournament is also an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.
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.
It wasn’t until two hours or so before the District 11 Class 6A softball final that Parkland knew who it would be facing.
Three days worth of unsettled weather caused postponements and continuations for both softball and baseball teams in the area, so it was a toss up between Northampton and Whitehall.
The Konkrete Kids and Zephyrs finished their semifinal prior to the district final as it had been stopped in the fifth inning the day before.
After defeating Easton for the second time this season and second time in a postseason game, the Parkland girls lacrosse team was riding a six-game win streak and carrying momentum at the right time of the year.
But the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A champion Trojans (15-8) met a powerful Radnor (18-5) team out of District 1. The 2017 Class 2A state champions jumped out in front early and Parkland could not dig itself out of an early hole, falling 15-3 last Friday afternoon at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team seems to always step up when it matters most. The Trojans flexed their muscles and started fast right out of the gate in scoring the game’s first eight goals, then held on to defeat Easton 12-9 last Wednesday night at DeSales University in the District 11 Class 3A championship game.
It is the fourth consecutive district title for the Trojans, who also beat the Red Rovers in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
It had never been done before in the history of Parkland’s boys lacrosse program. And it will have to wait another year.
Parkland was one win shy of finishing with a perfect and undefeated record on its way to a district championship. But a hungry rival in Emmaus was up for the challenge and took down the Trojans 7-6 in overtime of the District 11 Class 3A championship game last Friday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex.
It certainly wasn’t a rebuild year for the Parkland boys’ volleyball team, but few probably thought the Trojans would be where they were last Thursday night.
Parkland, the No. 3 seed in the District 11 Class 3A tournament, found itself playing for a district title after being bounced early from the East Penn Conference tournament a week earlier.
While top-seeded and unbeaten Whitehall picked up a 3-0 win (25-19, 25-13, 25-20), the Trojans kept it competitive in the championship match at Catasauqua High School.
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.