Trojans get revenge in District softball final
Emmaus was one of just two EPC teams to beat Parkland this season and Parkland players readily admitted they wanted another shot at the Hornets.
The Trojans got their chance when the two rivals met in the District 11 semifinal game last week at Patriots Park in Allentown. The result was a 10-0 Parkland win that eliminated Emmaus from districts, ending their season.
In each of the first two innings, Emmaus had opportunities, putting a runner in scoring position each inning. In the first, Summer Lenhart singled with one out and Hannah Palinkas was hit by a pitch. Parkland pitcher Kelly Dulaney got herself back on track and struck out the next two batters to work out of the threat.
Jordyn Bruckler led off the second with a base hit and was bunted over to second by Abby Hark, but Delaney again stiffened and got the next two batters, which started a run of 11 straight hitters set down by the Parkland ace.
In the second, Parkland got to Palinkas when it sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs in the process. The Trojans again put a runner in scoring position in the third, but Palinkas got a ground ball and then struck out Caroline Rivera to end the inning.
The Parkland bats, which have heated up in the postseason, were able to get their first four hitters on base and made it 6-0. Tatum Kresley replaced Palinkas on the mound, but Parkland continued the offensive explosion against Kresley and scored three more times in the inning to make it a 9-0 game.
Dulaney retired the Hornets in order in the top of the fifth and then looked to close out the game in the bottom of the inning. Parkland put runners on first and second with one out and Megan Fenstermaker was hit by a pitch, loading the bases against Kresley.
Dulaney wasn’t content with holding the Emmaus offense at bay. She stepped to the plate and singled to drive in the clinching run, ending the contest at 10-0.
Emmaus finished the season at 16-8 overall, a marked improvement over their 11-10 record from last season, when the Hornets reached districts, but were eliminated in the quarterfinal game against Pocono Mountain East. The team loses five seniors, including their top pitcher and catcher in Palinkas and Abby Bartels. Also moving on are Bruckler, Olivia Sander and Lily Trexler.