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.
Lower Macungie Legion manager Jeff Smith decided to start the season without players from the Emmaus High School team who were competing in districts and states at the time the Lehigh Valley Legion season opened. He could have pushed a few games back to late in the schedule, but it would have meant a hectic final week or two of the season.
When Lower Macungie started last week with a 14-0 win over a good North Parkland team, players and coaches alike believed it could be a turning point to their season. That win has been converted into a current four-game winning streak that has the Mustangs back to the .500 mark at 6-6 on the season.
In their last four games, the Mustangs have scored 42 runs thanks to a pair of 14-run games. The pitching is doing its part as well, allowing just 14 runs over the same span, which started with the win over North Parkland.
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.
The Emmaus American Legion baseball team had a reversal of fortunes in its last two games.
On Sunday, the Hornets put up late runs to blow out the Carbon Monarchs 15-6, but then dropped a 14-8 game to Allentown on Monday thanks to a 12-run fourth inning for Allentown.
With a 10-0 loss to Parkland in the District 11 semifinals, the Emmaus softball season came to a somewhat abrupt end. While the Hornets had lost some tough games along the way this season, they hadn’t experienced the type of loss that they did against their rivals and it left a bit of a sting on the team.
Even with the sudden end, the season was generally a strong one for a team on the upswing.
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.
The Emmaus baseball team was probably one of the better teams to ever be seeded eighth in District 11 Class 6A tournament. A funk of six straight losses during the season dropped the Hornets’ seeding, but the losses were more of a mirage than anything. The lower ranking may have made their postseason run a little sweeter by giving them the chance to knock off higher seeded opponents along the way to reaching the district finals against number-two seed Liberty.
For a team that lost its last six regular season games and hung on to get a spot in the EPC playoffs and districts, Emmaus is doing some damage to other team’s chances in the postseason. First came an upset of Parkland in the EPC playoffs, then chipping apart Northampton’s Konkrete Kids in the first round of districts. On Sunday, Emmaus beat Easton for a trip to the District 11 Class 6A finals and a spot in the PIAA playoffs. Not bad for a team seeded eighth in the district.
Kellan Tulio came into the season as the ace of the Emmaus pitching staff. Each of his starts had scouts from major league teams in attendance to get an idea of whether they would consider drafting him in the MLB Draft, which takes place next week.
An oblique injury interrupted Tulio’s season, but Emmaus had another pitcher, Braden Waller, emerge to take over as the staff ace after opening the season as the team’s closer.