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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKEmmaus’ Cameron Brooks, seen here sliding into home against Whitehall, is one of the Hornets’ top hitters this season. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKEmmaus’ Cameron Brooks, seen here sliding into home against Whitehall, is one of the Hornets’ top hitters this season.

Hornets outhit opponents in losses

Friday, April 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus baseball team (8-4 overall, 7-2 EPC) ran into a Liberty team that had just four hits, but able to push seven runs across the plate in a 7-1 win over the Hornets recently in a key East Penn Conference game.

The Hurricanes (11-1, 9-0) were helped along by eight walks and a couple Emmaus errors that led to an earned run in the game.

Tulio started his season with six near-perfect innings against Northampton, holding the Konkrete Kids to no hits and just one walk, while striking out 12 in a 2-0 Emmaus win.

Since then Tulio has run into a bump in the road and has struggled to throw strikes over his last three outings, having issued 22 walks in his last 11 1/3 innings. Against Liberty, he issued seven walks in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Liberty’s Jack Borneman had a 2-2 count in the bottom of the second when he singled to bring home the first run of the game.

In the next inning, the Hurricanes put three runs on the board and followed that up with two more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.

Wyatt Henseler delivered two of the Hornets three hits in the loss to Liberty.

Emmaus pitching was hit around again on Monday when the Hornets lost a nonconference game to Blue Mountain (9-1 overall, 5-1 Schuylkill League), falling 9-6. In this one, Emmaus pitchers were hit around early and fell behind 8-0 after three innings of play.

Blue Mountain got to starter Jude Negron for seven runs – five earned – in 1 1/3 innings of work. Again, walks played a role as Negron walked five while surrendering just two hits. He also hit two batters in the game. Emmaus pitchers would issue another nine walks in the game.

Offensively, Emmaus outhit Blue Mountain 10-4, but dug too much of a hole early in the game. Tyler Ritter and Justus Darville led Emmaus with two hits each and Negron drove in two runs for the Hornets after they put their first run on the board in the fourth inning and followed that up with three more in the fifth.

The Eagles added another run in the sixth to make it 9-4, but Emmaus again battled back to cut it to 9-6 in the bottom of the sixth.

Reliever Derek Yuengling allowed a hit and a walk in the seventh, but was able to work out of the jam to collect the save for Blue Mountain.

On the season, Emmaus pitching has 78 walks and 10 hit batters in 78 innings.

The Hornets have also thrown 13 wild pitches, but have managed to keep their ERA at a respectable 3.86 for the season, in part because they’ve allowed just 56 hits. Defensively, Emmaus is averaging nearly two errors per game this season, which has resulted 29 unearned runs in 12 games.

While Tulio has run into some difficulties on the mound, he’s leading the team in hitting with a .486 average and also leads the team with 13 RBI on the season. Senior Cameron Brooks (.467) and junior Matthew Madigan (.400) are also at or above the .400 mark in batting this year. Senior Brandon Robinson is hitting .389 for Emmaus.

Emmaus hosts Allen (6-5, 4-5) on Thursday and then has road games at Nazareth (7-5, 4-5) on Saturday and at Northampton (11-2, 7-2) on Monday. They play at home next Wednesday in a rematch with Whitehall (4-7, 3-6), who Emmaus beat in a wild 9-8 game earlier this season.