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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Gunnar Schlichtl is one of several seniors that will graduate from this year’s Hornet baseball team. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Gunnar Schlichtl is one of several seniors that will graduate from this year’s Hornet baseball team.

EHS baseball season ends in district quarterfinal

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus High School baseball team saw its baseball season come to an end with a 7-3 loss to Pocono Mountain East in the District 11 quarterfinals.

Emmaus finishes the season with a mark of 16-6 after finishing their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule at 12-4. The 2018 season almost mirrored the results of the previous year when it went 16-7, 12-4 and lost to Parkland in the EPC semifinals and to Liberty in the district semifinals.

This season, as the three-seed in districts, Emmaus had a first-round bye, as did PM East. The two teams met in a quarterfinal game with Emmaus hosting the game at Church Lane.

Neither team played particularly well, with the Cardinals collecting just four hits and making three errors in the game. Where the Hornets struggled was on the mound with four pitchers combining to issue 15 walks in the game.

“When a team makes three errors, they’re almost giving you the game,” said coach Mike Mihalik. “You just can’t go and give out 15 walks though. You’re not going to win a lot of games when you walk that many hitters. For whatever reason, we just couldn’t throw strikes.”

The 7-3 score was the same score in the EPC quarterfinals where Emmaus fell to Easton. That game was played at the University of Scranton after a rough weather week in the Lehigh Valley left a lot of fields unplayable. The turf field in Scranton provided better odds for being able to get the game played. Winning an EPC championship was a preseason goal set by the team, but Easton ended that hope in the quarterfinals.

The team placed three players on the EPC All-Star team. Junior catcher Ian Kauffman, sophomore infielder Wyatt Henseler and senior outfielder Evan Marushak all received first-team honors.

Pitcher Kellan Tulio and pitcher/first baseman Adam LeMaster were members of the league’s second-team roster.

Emmaus will lose five players to graduation this year, including LeMaster, Marushak, Ryan Kayse, Brendan Lynch and Gunnar Schichtl.

The seniors on this year’s team were all freshmen when Mihalik took over as head coach before the 2015 season. In those four seasons, the team has compiled a 57-33 record.

“Obviously, this senior class has had a lot of success for us over its four years,” said Mihalik. “You know that every year you’re going to lose some guys you just have to fill those holes and have guys step up for you.”

This season, players like Kauffman, Keegan Nytz, Robert Church, Shane Martrich and others helped to fill holes created by last year’s graduations. The team will look for more new faces to step into bigger shoes for the 2019 season.