EHS softball falls to Trojans in extra innings
Nobody really wanted to admit it, but the softball game between Emmaus and Parkland was kind of a big deal. Not only are the two teams rivals who are both pretty good, but first-year Emmaus head coach Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino took over at her alma mater this year after serving as Parkland’s pitching coach the past few seasons.
The game remained scoreless through eight innings when things suddenly became very interesting in the ninth.
In the top of the decisive inning, Parkland (4-1 overall, 2-1 EPC) broke through for four runs on a two-out RBI single from Morgan Maguire and a three-run home run by senior Chelsea Morgan. With the Lady Hornets suddenly down 4-0 and Parkland’s ace Kelly Dulaney cruising, things didn’t look good.
That’s when Emmaus went to work.
Cassie Burke doubled and scored on a triple by Abby Bartels to make it 4-1. Caitlyn Ashleman grounded out to score Bartels, but Emmaus wasn’t able to continue the rally and lost 4-2 in nine innings.
Emmaus had to go into the contest without its top pitcher, Hannah Palinkas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice earlier in the week. Maddy Clark pitched against Parkland and put together a strong outing and finished with nine strikeouts in the game in eight innings of work.
While Palinkas is the team’s ace, both Clark and Megan Purinton have pitched well for Emmaus, which should give them a little cushion. There is no definite timetable for when Palinkas will be able to return to her role as the team’s ace.
Earlier in the week, Clark threw a complete game in Emmaus’ 6-5 win at Northampton. Clark and Purinton have also chipped in at the plate with Clark unleashing a three-run home run and Purinton going 3-for-3 in the win over the Konkrete Kids (3-2, 2-2). One of Purinton’s hits drove in the go-ahead run against Northampton.
Northampton took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Emmaus came right back with two runs in the second and stretched it to a 5-1 lead in the third on Clark’s second home run of the season that cleared the right-center field fence. After Northampton put four runs on the board in the fourth Emmaus came right back in the fifth to take the lead for good. With one out, Jordyn Bruckler doubled and scored on Purinton’s RBI single.
Playing their third game in three days, Emmaus was shutout by Hazleton 5-0 on Saturday. The Hornets managed just three hits in the game and fell to 4-2 overall on the season and 2-1 in the EPC.
Bad field conditions have prevented Emmaus from playing on its home field, Kiwanis Field in Emmaus, having to move their first four home games to Pates Park where they played for several years until moving back to the Kiwanis Field last season.
They’re scheduled to host Dieruff (1-4, 1-3) Thursday at Kiwanis Field and Freedom (4-0, 3-0) next Tuesday. Over the next week, they also have games at Whitehall (5-1, 2-1) and Blue Mountain (3-0 overall).