Hornet baseball beats Blue Mtn., Whitehall
After a slight bump in the road, the Emmaus offense has come roaring back and the Hornets have won three straight games to push their record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. To go with the hot hitting, the team’s pitching has surrendered just four runs over those last three games.
With their first loss of the season coming just a day before, Emmaus got right back to their winning ways, beating a strong Blue Mountain team 2-1. The Eagles figure to be a force in District 11 play and are 6-2 overall on the season.
Junior Dylan Lehman delivered a complete game two-hitter, striking out four batters to pick up his second win of the season.
Adam LeMaster’s RBI double in the third inning put the Hornets up 1-0 and Evan Marushak drove home Ryan Kayse with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to stretch the Emmaus lead. The Eagles got to Lehman for a run in the bottom of the sixth when Dylan Reber drove in their lone run of the game with a base-hit to make it 2-1.
Lehman was able to bounce back and finish out the game without any further damage.
The pitching staff has found things a little easier since the Hornets bats have come back around to score 26 runs in two games since the win at Blue Mountain.
In a big EPC win, Emmaus downed Whitehall (4-4 overall, 2-3 EPC) with a 12-run outburst that started with leadoff man Kayse tripling to start the offense. After just three innings, the Hornets had taken an 8-1 lead. A four-run fourth would set up the game to be called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The Zephyrs did come back with a fifth inning run to narrow the game to 12-2, but they couldn’t get any closer.
Ian Kauffman and Kellen Tulio both homered for Emmaus, with Kauffman finishing the day 3-for-3 and driving in four runs. Wyatt Henseler also had three hits in the game for Emmaus.
Tulio teamed with relievers Robert Church and Henseler to hold the Zephyrs to just four hits on the day.
Emmaus went on to pound out 10 hits, with Tyler Ritter coming off the bench to drive in three runs for the Hornets in a 14-1 win over Dieruff (0-6, 0-4). LeMaster started the game on the mound for Emmaus and allowed just one hit and didn’t walk a batter over 3 2/3 innings of work. Of the 11 outs that he recorded, five were on strikeouts. Brendan Lynch came on to finish out the game and allowed just an unearned run on one hit and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.
The Hornets offense scored 39 runs in their first four games of the season, but then were held to just three runs over the next two games, including the win over Blue Mountain. The return of the offense is a good sign and gives Emmaus a potent one-two punch to go with their strong pitching. While the Hornets were bombarded for 17 runs by Parkland, they have allowed just 15 runs in their other seven games combined.
Emmaus faces a difficult schedule this week with Freedom (6-2, 4-1) and Central Catholic (4-2, 3-2) on the slate and a rematch against Parkland (5-1, 4-1) next Tuesday at Parkland High School. Emmaus also plays at East Stroudsburg South (2-7, 1-4) on Thursday.