Emmaus falls to Trojans
Sometimes, the easiest way to describe a game like the one that Emmaus and Parkland played recently is to just look at the numbers: A combined 23 hits, nine errors, 20 walks, 18 strikeouts and three hours and 15 minutes to play.
It all resulted in a 17-11 loss for Emmaus on a cold, windy day at Church Lane Park.
“The message to the team was that we probably played the ugliest game we ever could play,” said Hornet head coach Jeremy Haas. “We played the worst game we could ever play and we still went toe-to-toe with a league favorite on a year-to-year basis.”
Perhaps the most surprising thing to happen was the performance of Louisville recruit Kellan Tulio, who simply had one of those days on the mound. The left-hander worked his way through 3 2/3 innings, striking out six, but uncharacteristically walked eight batters. Between wind-blown balls and a couple of errors behind him, Tulio allowed six runs, only three of which were earned.
You wouldn’t have known how bad things were going to get just by watching the first two innings. Tulio was dialed in, recording three strikeouts in two innings and getting a double-play ball to cover up one of the two walks that he issued.
Things started to fall apart in the third when a string of three walks and a hit-batter and then one out later, two more walks led to three Parkland runs.
Emmaus (5-2 overall, 4-1 EPC) had picked up a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a walk a single and an RBI single from Tulio. Coming into the Hornets’ half of the third down 3-1, Wyatt Henseler doubled to open the inning and one out later, Brandon Robinson drove him home with an infield single to cut the Parkland lead in half.
Things really got tough in the fourth when George Jenkins led off with a base-hit for the Trojans (6-1, 5-0). One out later, Tulio issued his eighth walk of the day and then the wind played its part, allowing an infield pop-up to go uncaught to load the bases.
Another error plated a run and catcher’s interference led to another, making it 5-2. The second error of the inning allowed a run to score and stretched the lead to 6-2, ending Tulio’s day. James Hamilton came on in relief and issued a walk, but then got a fly ball to end the inning.
Emmaus took advantage of Parkland miscues in the bottom of the inning, when two errors put runners on first and second with one out. Henseler then singled to drive in one run and Jude Negron and Robinson followed with RBI doubles, with Robinson’s hit to left-center field plating two runs. Reliever Alex Oliver, who came on in relief of starter Phil Schoch to start the inning, then worked out of further damage, but Emmaus had tied the game 6-6.
The Hornets put five straight runners on base with two outs in the fifth, with Henseler, Negron and Robinson all driving in runs, making it 9-6.
Parkland put up five-run innings in both the sixth and seventh innings, with Emmaus scoring two sixth inning runs on three walks, a sacrifice bunt and a two-run double by Negron.
Emmaus threatened again in the bottom of the seventh when it put runners on second and third with one out, but Koby Staivecki worked out of the jam by getting the next two batters.
“I’m going to look at the positives right now,” said Haas. “We’re better as a team for going through this and I’m better as a coach for having to go through this game. This will make us stronger, and hopefully, we can go forward. The only problem would be if tomorrow we don’t come ready to play.”
Thankfully, Emmaus did bounce right back the following day and after falling behind Bethlehem Catholic 7-4, came back for an 18-7 win. Nick Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with five RBI in the game and Henseler and Tulio both drove in three runs. Braden Waller got the win over the Golden Hawks (2-4, 2-4), throwing three shutout innings and getting all nine outs on strikeouts, allowing just two hits and one walk.
On Monday, Emmaus came out on the wrong end of a 14-5 loss to Central Bucks West in a nonconference game.