One big inning puts Parkland past Hornets
The Emmaus softball team was playing strong for the first three innings of its game against Parkland, but two miscues in the field to begin the fourth inning proved to cost the Green Hornets as they fell to the Trojans 2-1 Monday afternoon at Parkland High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Emmaus (7-5 overall, 4-4 EPC) had allowed the first four batters in the Parkland lineup to reach base.
The Trojans (9-1, 7-1) had two runners cross home plate in the frame, and that proved to be all they would need, holding onto the one-run lead in a game that ended in roughly an hour and-a-half.
“They’re definitely going to push us anytime we play against them,” said first-year head coach Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino. “It’s just about proving who has the better fundamentals in the game, and who slips up. Today we slipped up a little bit with those errors, and that ended up hurting us that inning. It was a game that could’ve gone either way.”
Emmaus was on the board first in the top of the second inning. Madison Clark led off with a double, and two batters later she came home on an RBI single from Cassie Burke.
Junior starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas had sat down eight in row after giving up two hits to the first three batters. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, a couple of plays got away from the Green Hornets.
Parkland had its leadoff hitter reach on a fielding error in the infield. Each of the next two batters recorded base hits, the latter tying the game on an RBI single. Then, with runners on second and third, the Trojans laid down a bunt that was unable to be fielded and allowed what proved to be the game-winning run to come in as Parkland went up 2-1.
Parkland starting pitcher Kelly Dulaney retired nine of the last 10 Green Hornets hitters to pick up the victory. Alexis Ruth tallied a hit for Emmaus.
Emmaus has two more games this week, both at home. It hosts Pleasant Valley Wednesday and then welcomes Nazareth on Friday night.
“We just have to keep adjusting to our mistakes and learn from them,” Frederick-D’Agostino said. “If we could stay away from that one bad inning, we could be a successful team.”