With only two games remaining in the Connie Mack season, Lower Macungie’s playoff hopes appeared grim. Coming off two straight losses, the team stood at a record of 8-9, just outside of postseason contention with two of their toughest matchups of the year lying ahead of them. To earn themselves a spot in the tournament bracket, Lower Mac would have to upset league leader South Parkland, as well as highly-ranked rival Emmaus, to close out their season.
At the beginning of the season, the Emmaus Connie Mack Baseball Team didn’t strike many as a championship contender.
Dropping four of its first seven games, the Hornets initially struggled to keep themselves above .500, unable to find their footing in the league standings. In their eighth matchup, however, Emmaus finally changed tracks, doing so practically overnight. Coming off a 7-4 loss to Wilson the day before, the Hornets devastated Moore Township 11-5, barely recognizable as the same team they were 24 hours earlier.
In its opening matchups, the Lower Macungie Connie Mack baseball team seemed the pre-eminent contender for the league title. Lower Mac opened the season by dominating its first four opponents, scoring a cumulative total of 37 runs and blowing out two opponents, Catasauqua and Bangor, by 10-run margins.
Lower Mac owed its early success to its command behind the plate.
““To start, we’re hitting the ball pretty well, which is opposite of previous years,” said head coach Tim Hertzog. “We’re winning a lot of high-scoring games.”