There have been a few changes in Pennsylvania American Legion baseball. One being the name change from Junior Legion to Youth Legion and the second one has a little more influence on the diamond.
Back in 2011 the Keystone state's regional directors voted to change from aluminum to wood bats effective for the 2013 season.
Now teams have been spending the early part of their season adapting to the equipment change while still trying to win baseball games. North Parkland Junior Legion head coach, Jason Marakovits, admitted there was a learning curve.
Ed Shapiro has been coaching for decades at various levels and in different capacities. He has been a part of many baseball teams and has seen a lot of great players.
With all of that experience, he still is awed by his 2013 South Parkland Junior Legion squad for its "team-first" mentality.
"They do what you ask them to do and they do what needs to be done," Shapiro said last week. "This is one of the most coachable groups of kids I've ever had. If you show them things as a manager, they listen and they go out and execute them. They all listen and work hard."
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team is set to take the field next week when they open up tournament play and seek their fourth championship in their 21st campaign.
The franchise is set to take the field June 17 at 12:30 pm against Delaware-South at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.
A victory next Monday would land them with a contest against either Olympic-Colonial or Suburban One National-Bicentennial on June 21 at 9:30 am at Ashburn Field.
The NY/NJ Comets are kicking off their inaugural season as the newest member of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), and the only member of NPF in the entire Northeast.
A special outreach series will be played at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.
For more information about the NY/NJ Comets schedule, players, and to order game tickets, visit www.cometsprosoftball.com.
North Parkland legion baseball manager Terry Stoudt understands the quality of his pitching staff, but also has come to the realization that the offense may struggle at times throughout the season.
Much of that was seen during the Buffaloes' start to the season on Sunday, which included a double-header against West Allentown and Coplay.
The Lehigh Valley Titans, a 14U fastpitch tournament softball team formed by merging eight Northwestern players with six from North Parkland, took second place in the USSSA Memorial Day Classic. This was the Titans first tournament together. The event took place at the Northwestern Recreation Fields.
The District 11 3A volleyball tournament is set to kick off Thursday and Friday with first-round action with Whitehall and Delaware Valley playing in Thursday's only opening match up of the tournament.
In the top half of the district bracket, Parkland earned the top-seed and a bye after defeating Emmaus in Monday's LVC semis as well. The Trojans get the winner of the four-five matchup between Emmaus and Northampton, which will be played Friday night at Emmaus.
SPA 7, Bolt Gray 4
Goals: Jenny Pope 3, Lindsay Berger 2, Alex Marstellar, Elya Bergstein
Assist: Alex Marstellar 2, Paige Yatcilla
Ground balls: Cailin Gill 8, Alex Martstellar 5, Paige Yatcilla 2, Jenny Pope, Elya Bergstein, Lindsay Berger
Interceptions: Lindsay Berger 4, Cailin Gill,
So. Lehigh 9, SPA 2
Goals: Sophia Carosella, Morgan Hurd, Alex Marstellar
Ground balls: Morgan Hurd 6, Lindsay Berger 5
Interceptions: Lindsay Berger
The initial meeting for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Baseball franchise will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in Billera Hall at DeSales University. The first three tryouts will be held at 9 a.m. on Sundays May 5, 12 and 19 at DeSales. For more information, contact LV Carpenter Cup Baseball Founder and General Manager J.F. Pirro at 215-529-0636 or email@example.com.
The South Parkland 110-pound A team's season came to a heart-breaking end on Saturday when the Trojans fell 6-0 in overtime by the Lower Macungie Mustangs in the semifinals of the SYFL playoffs.
Both teams battled all afternoon in a hard-hitting defensive struggle. After a scoreless first half, the Trojan defense forced back-to-back turnovers in the third quarter on interceptions by Devin Yeomans and Ryan Zolotsky. The Trojan offense, however, was unable to capitalize on the resulting good field position, as it was stopped both times by the aggressive Mustang defense.