Pitching plagues Emmaus in losses
A win over the Carbon Monarchs a week ago seemed to be just the type of win that could right the ship for the Emmaus Lehigh Valley Legion baseball team.
In three games since that win, Emmaus has gone 0-3 and has seen its pitching give up 39 runs.
Against Allentown (2-10), Emmaus held a 6-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth inning when Allentown put up 12 runs in the inning. Emmaus did battle back for two in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t do any further damage in a 14-8 loss.
Emmaus jumped on top with three runs in each of the first two innings. In the first, Emmaus loaded the bags with one out and Zane Cook worked a walk to force home a run. One out later, John Cherhit was hit by a pitch and then Corby Bennett was walked to make it a 3-0 game with the benefit of just one hit in the inning.
The next inning, Emmaus again took advantage of Allentown miscues with a hit-batter, a stolen base, a dropped third strike and an error producing the first run of the inning. Another dropped third strike brought home a second run and a bases-loaded walk forced the third run of the inning across the plate.
All told, Emmaus scored six runs on one hit, six walks, two hit batters and three dropped third strikes. While it may have been ugly, Emmaus was suddenly up 6-0 and seemed to be poised for a win.
Allentown came back with two in the bottom of the third before its 12-run outburst in the fourth. In all, the first 11 batters of the inning reached base and Allentown used seven singles, two doubles, four walks and a hit batter to produce the 12 runs.
The game saw just two of 17 hits come off of Emmaus bats and included a total of seven errors, 11 walks and five hit batters. Of the 22 runs scored, only 14 were earned, including none of the Emmaus runs.
The offensive struggles continued with just three hits in an 11-2 loss to North Parkland, but things turned around a bit against Lower Macungie when Emmaus had 10 hits. The rival Mustangs, however, put up 14 runs in a 14-4 win.
Emmaus had four players – Matt Madigan, Steven Doddy, Colin Schaffer and Corby Bennett – who had two hits each against Lower Macungie.
During the team’s three-game struggle, Bennett has continued to hit, going 3-for-6 (.500) with two RBI. Jimmy Braxmeier has three hits in nine at-bats for a .333 average and has also driven in two runs, while scoring a team-high three runs. As a team, Emmaus is hitting just .197 in their last three games, while posting a team ERA of 13.07. Just as he’s done offensively, Bennett has pitched well, posting a 2.33 ERA in three innings of work.
Coming into the final week of the regular season, Emmaus (3-8) has five games in seven days, with games at Salisbury (5-5-1), Northern Valley (6-5) and Coplay (4-6-1) and home games against South Parkland (10-0) and Northern Valley.