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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZAustin McElroy leads the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League in batting average and slugging percentage this season. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZAustin McElroy leads the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League in batting average and slugging percentage this season.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus' Steven Doddy tags Salisbury's Kevin Cruz during a recent game. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus' Steven Doddy tags Salisbury's Kevin Cruz during a recent game.

Hornets split two games vs. NV

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus Legion team split a double-header with Northern Valley on the final Saturday of the regular season and then fell to Coplay, finishing the year at 5-10. There is still one game to be completed, a suspended contest that has Emmaus trailing unbeaten South Parkland 5-0 in the fifth inning. That game may not be completed because of time constraints with the playoffs starting on Wednesday.

Ironically, the two teams are set to meet in the first round of the double-elimination Lehigh Valley Legion tournament.

In the first game against Northern Valley on Saturday, the Chargers came up with four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh for a 13-1 win. Northern Valley’s Eric Nothstein allowed just two hits, one each to Stephen Bloodnick and Daniel Thomulka.

In the night cap against the Chargers, Emmaus picked up a 9-2 win, with Austin McElroy picking up three hits and driving in two runs for the Hornets. Ross Braxmeier handled the pitching, allowing just two hits and two walks over six innings of work, with Zane Cook striking out the side in the seventh for Emmaus.

Emmaus was helped along by Northern Valley errors, especially in a five-run second inning. David Cobb and John Cherhit started the inning when both batters reached on errors. A passed ball, a wild pitch and another error brought home both players and also brought home Colin Schaffer, who reached base on a fielder’s choice. Cook and Jimmy Braxmeier also reached base and scored, with Cook reaching on a walk and Braxmeier reaching on the error that brought home two runs. The only hit in the inning came from Austin McEllroy, who singled to drive in two runs.

Emmaus fell to Coplay 15-5 when it allowed 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth. The 11-run sixth included six walks, a hit batter and an error by Emmaus. Cook had two hits and McEllroy knocked in two runs for Emmaus.

Emmaus’ offense has been led by McEllroy, who leads the league with a .464 batting average and a 1.458 OPS on the season. He is also the league leader in slugging percentage at .821. McEllroy also led the team with 10 RBI on the season. Jimmy Braxmeier led the team in runs scored with 19. McEllroy also led the team with a 3.94 ERA in four games pitched this season, striking out 16 in 16 innings of work.

The Hornets enter the LV Legion playoffs seeded eighth, facing a first-round game against South Parkland, who went through the season undefeated at 14-0, including an 8-1 win over Emmaus in mid-June. In that game, Jimmy Braxmeier had two hits and scored Emmaus’ lone run in the game when Cherhit drove him in with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

The playoff game against South Parkland is slated for Wednesday and will be played at Parkland High School.