Hornet softball breaks two-game skid
The Lady Hornets broke a two-game skid with a 7-5 win over Whitehall recently. Emmaus used a four-run third inning to take an early lead and then fought off a Zephyrs’ comeback bid after Whitehall scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Emmaus picked up a first inning run on an RBI single from Abby Bartels and then added four runs in the top of the third. A Whitehall error led to the first two runs of the inning ahead of Bartels’ two-run home run that put Emmaus up 5-0.
The Zephyrs (4-3 overall, 3-2 EPC), who had a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings, broke through in the bottom of the third with the help of two Emmaus errors and a wild pitch. They plated another run on an RBI single by Lindsey Gawrys that made it a 5-3 game.
After Hannan Palinkas singled through the middle to drive in a fifth inning run, Whitehall again battled back in the bottom of the sixth with an Emmaus error again helping the Zephyrs.
Anastasia Yocum delivered a two-out, two-run single to cut Emmaus’ lead to 6-5 going to the final inning.
Emmaus added an insurance run in the seventh on a leadoff single from Tatum Kresley, who scored on a double from Palinkas, who got the win, throwing a complete game for the Hornets. Emmaus errors helped produce all five Whitehall runs in the game.
Following the win over Whitehall, Emmaus ran into a hot pitcher in Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney. The senior pitcher allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings.
Palinkas also pitched well for Emmaus, allowing three hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out 13 batters.
Again, Emmaus errors led to two of the Lady Trojans’ runs being unearned. Jordyn Bruckler drove in the only Emmaus run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
While errors were a big story in the games against Whitehall and Parkland (8-1, 5-1), the Hornets played a flawless game against Allentown Central Catholic (1-5, 1-5) in an 11-1 win with Emmaus taking advantage of three Vikettes miscues to score five unearned runs. Kresley pitched for Emmaus and allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts in her five innings.
Offensively, Bartels had a double and a triple to drive in three runs and Kresley and Palinkas both drove in two in the game.
Leading 6-1, Emmaus put the game away with a five-run fifth inning when Kresley started the scoring with a bases loaded single to plate two runs. Lily Trexler plated a run with a fielder’s choice. Palinkas then singled to move Trexler to third and a groundball by Bartels plated the final run to end the game via the mercy rule.
The two wins over the past week put Emmaus at 4-3 overall on the season and 3-2 in the EPC. Northampton and Parkland are both 4-1 in the EPC to lead the Skyline Division with Emmaus and Whitehall both one game back.
Emmaus hosts Bethlehem Catholic (2-3, 2-3) on Thursday and Pocono Mountain East (4-2, 4-2) on Monday before facing a tough Liberty (5-1, 4-1) team next Wednesday in Bethlehem.