Softball can be a game of failure. More times than not, batters make an out rather than get a hit. The Parkland softball team used the miscues of Emmaus to score two runs in the fourth inning, as it came from behind and held on for a 2-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) win last Monday afternoon at Parkland High School.
Parkland High School recently celebrated six student athletes who have made their college choice and received financial assistance to attend various schools. This group of students will have majors ranging from the medical profession to business, engineering and education.
After putting up a 17-run outburst against Emmaus, the Parkland offense has continued to swing the bats better than expected this season. They put up six runs in a win over Northampton and then scored 13 against North Penn in a wild 13-12 non-conference win.
Those 12 runs combined with eight given up to Liberty the game before seemingly had the pitching staff on the ropes.
On Tuesday, Adam Smith delivered a big blow in the form of a no-hitter, that will likely reset the pitching staff, which is one of the deeper staffs in area baseball.
Everyone – fans, players, coaches – stood around thinking ‘this can’t be right.’ It’s mid-April and two rival high school tennis teams, both among the better teams in District 11 and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, were just trying to play a simple tennis match.
But it was cold, bitterly cold. It was windy enough to misdirect not only volleys but serves. And oh yeah, it was snowing. Snowing!
The Parkland girls lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play with a win over Freedom this week. The Trojans (8-3 overall, 6-0 EPC) also suffered a couple nonleague losses to some quality opponents from outside of District 11.
Parkland and Emmaus both entered Tuesday’s much-anticipated meeting with identical unbeaten records at 7-0. But Trojan head Scott Trumbauer was well aware of the pedestal that the Hornets sat on atop the area’s top volleyball teams.
Then, Emmaus went out and proved why it is the class of the District 11 landscape. And it did so with relative ease.
Emmaus (8-0) jumped out to a comfortable lead in the opening set and never looked back, as the Hornets defeated Parkland, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-20), at Emmaus High School.
“I don’t ever remember an inning like this,” said Parkland coach Kurt Weber about his team’s 14-run fifth inning in a 17-0 win over Emmaus. In that fifth inning, Parkland sent 20 batters to the plate and the first 13 all reached base safely.
The Trojans pounded out 13 hits, drew three walks, took advantage of an Emmaus error, had eight different players drive in runs and finished the inning with the bases loaded. They also went through three different Emmaus pitchers.
Parkland senior football players Jahan Worth and Kobe Thomas have had decorated careers on the gridiron the last four years. And the duo will get to continue their high school football careers for one more game before heading off to play on the Division I level in college.
Worth and Thomas were recently selected to play in the 61st Annual 2018 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer was asked to describe his team’s five-set win over Northampton last Tuesday evening, he used the word ‘respond.’
The Trojans did indeed respond, twice over the course of the match. They responded after losses in games one and four to defeat the Kids 3-2 by scores of 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 15-11 at Northampton Area High School.
After losing their season opener to Bethlehem Catholic, Parkland may have been looked at by other EPC teams as possibly being on a bit of a down season.
It’s been a couple weeks since that loss and teams are now realizing that the Lady Trojans were just taking a little longer than usual to get themselves settled in for the season.
Since the 2-0 opening day loss, Parkland has rattled off five straight wins and Kelly Dulaney has thrown three shutouts.