Emmaus Legion had its four-game win streak snapped by North Parkland in an 11-1 loss last Sunday. Emmaus stands at 8-8 on the season and has clinched a spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, which begin next week.
The recent win streak saw Emmaus outscore their opponents 27-10 in the four games and has sent a bit of a message to the rest of the league. The four wins were all against likely playoff teams, including rival Lower Macungie, which makes the streak all the more impressive.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
A 3-0 extra-inning loss to South Parkland on Sunday served as a snapshot of what the season has been like for Lower Macungie. The team has gotten good enough pitching to beat anybody, but the question is, will it hit enough?
On the season, Lower Macungie is averaging just under five runs per game, but one problem has been that the runs seem to sometimes come in bunches or not at all. Lower Mac has been shut out twice this season, with both coming in its last six games. In the other four games during that stretch, they've scored 25 runs, including a 10-0 shutout over Salisbury.
After starting the season 8-1, Lower Macungie's Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball team has run into some tough times. After having a player deemed ineligible, Lower Mac had four wins erased, not to mention that Jeff Moore, one of LM's stronger players, is now no longer a member of the team. Add to that the presence of senior week and there was no real surprise to the fact that the team looked flat against rival Emmaus and dropped a 3-0 decision.
Tyler Kish wanted the ball against Lower Macungie on Sunday and he made the most of the opportunity. Kish threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 Emmaus win in Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball. The win moved Emmaus to 5-7 as the team looks to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The main reason Kish wanted the start against Lower Macungie was the opportunity to face a lot of players who he knew as teammates from the high school season. It was a chance for Kish to earn some bragging rights among his friends.
For almost 30 years now, Emmaus has had a girls team compete in the National High School Physical Fitness Championships and 2015 marked the 14th season that the team has captured first place. Junior Meghan Cilento finished second nationally in the individual competition, trailing the top scorer by 10 points.
The girls team also consisted of seniors Taylor Bednar, Kristen Bray, Grace Linder and Sammi Roth and juniors Amber Gross and Shaelyn Weida. In addition to being on the fitness team, Bednar and Roth were also honor graduates, with grade point averages over 4.0.
Things could have been very different for the Emmaus baseball team in its first season with Mike Mihalik as head coach. The season ended with a 6-5 loss in extra innings to Stroudsburg last week, which eliminated the Hornets from the District 11 playoffs.
When Cassie Burke tried out for the Emmaus softball team, she was like any other freshman. She was basically just hoping to make the team and thinking that one day, she might be grow into playing a key role on a winning team.
As it turns out, she did all of that in just her freshman season, capping off her year by being named the second baseman on the East Penn Conference All-Conference Team, which was announced following the EPC Championship game last week. She was the only Emmaus player to be named to this year's team.
A leadoff hitter's job is to set the table for the bigger bats in the lineup, get on base and make things happen. George Smith did all of that and drove in a key run for Emmaus Monday in their 3-2 win over Whitehall in the opening round of the District 11 Playoffs. The win sends Emmaus to the quarterfinals and a rematch with Stroudsburg who they beat earlier in the season.
The Emmaus softball team certainly isn't making it easy on itself or coach John Eyer. The early part of the season was filled with comeback wins, with the Lady Hornets (8-7, 10-8) finding ways to pull out games in the late innings.
Not always a great strategy, but they opened with a 7-0 record, so it seemed to be working. Since that auspicious start, Emmaus has gone just 3-8, which has gotten them a spot in the District 11 Tournament, but has left them on the outside looking in for the EPC playoffs.