With Parkland’s Michael Jenkins making it tough to score runs, Emmaus coach Mike Mihalik decided to have his team get a little aggressive late in the game Monday, and it paid off. The end result was a 3-2 Emmaus win and momentum going into other big games.
With the game scoreless going to the top of the sixth inning, Jake Hahn led off with a base-hit, which opened the door to being more aggressive for the Hornets (4-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 6-2 overall). Zach Schrader followed with a well-executed hit-and-run to move pinch-runner Randy Weldon to second with one out.
Emmaus came into Monday’s game at Parkland feeling good about how its season was going so far. A 2-0 start to the season gave the Hornets some confidence, and it showed when the Hornets took on the Lady Trojans.
Facing Aubree Fritzinger, one of the better pitchers in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Emmaus came out swinging and hit the ball hard, but couldn’t find many holes. The end result was a frustrating 6-2 loss to Parkland.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for the construction of their new building at their facility on Nestle Way in Breinigsville. The campaign got a shot in the arm recently when Rick Beuttel, the director of business development for Air Products, was on-hand to present Liz Jones, the Sanctuary’s executive director, with a check for $5,000.
While it was impressive to see the Emmaus offense erupt against Pocono Mountain West and score 15 runs in three innings for a 15-0 mercy rule win, it would have been nice to see the game go longer, because of another impressive performance that was cut short.
Senior Zach Schrader was cruising through the Pocono Mountain West lineup and was perfect through three innings, striking out four batters along the way.
Of the 36 pitches Schrader threw, 27 were for strikes. Panthers hitters didn’t manage to get a ball out of the infield in their nine at-bats.
Coming into its final five games of the 2016 softball season, Emmaus was right on the cusp of qualifying for districts, with a 5-6 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and a 7-7 overall record.
The Hornets’ final five games could make or break their season and all of them came against Skyline Division opponents, which was stacked as usual.
Emmaus lost to Northampton and then dropped a hard-fought 5-4 game to Nazareth before another loss to Parkland, which eliminated the Hornets from any postseason possibilities.
With March snowstorms in each of the past two years now, local baseball teams have gotten used to practicing indoors in gyms or anywhere they can find space.
If Emmaus’ first game is any indication, the Hornets might not have really missed having time on the field because of the snow, as they came out of the box with a 12-1 win over Reading.
This year’s team has a good crop of returning seniors to help give the team a lot of leadership, which could be one reason why it didn’t struggle despite not having played on a field for two weeks.
No matter what sport it is, opening day is special. For tennis, Emmaus played its opening match – a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic – on the eve of the season’s biggest snow storm and hasn’t been able to get back on the courts since.
The revamped lineup that saw Emmaus lose all of its starting singles players and some of its doubles players as well, had little trouble against the Golden Hawks.
No. 1 singles player Marco Maricic won 8-3, as did No. 2 Austin Long. Number-three player Aman Malik picked up an 8-2 win in his match.
Looking over the results of the Emmaus swimmers at the PIAA Swimming Championships, which were held last weekend at Bucknell University, it’s easy to see the battle between the young girls swimmers and the upperclassmen boys swimmers. Much of the success on the boys side came from senior swimmers, while the sophomore class had big finishes on the girls side.
Coming off of their 10th straight District 11 Championship, Emmaus has four members of its boys swimming team competing in individual events at the upcoming PIAA Championships set for Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. T
he girls team, which finished runner-up to Parkland in districts, is sending three swimmers in individual events.
After an undefeated season that led to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship, the Emmaus boys came into the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships confident of getting their 10th straight district championship and they didn’t leave disappointed.
The Hornet boys team picked up 401 points, easily outdistancing second-place Parkland, who finished with 308.5 points in the meet. The end result is that Emmaus will have six shots at gold in individual events and three more in relays at the PIAA Championship coming up March 17-18 at Bucknell University.