With catching being a position that’s physically difficult to play, it’s not unusual for injuries to hit and make coaches go to their number-two catcher at some point. But for the top two catchers on a team to go down with injuries on the same night before three innings of a game are even completed is too much for most teams to handle.
For Emmaus, losing two catchers on the same night wasn’t easy, but the Hornets were actually able to find a number-three catcher who may be able to handle the spot the rest of the way.
Emmaus softball is in the midst of a tough stretch in its schedule that lasts through this week. Not only do the Hornets play tough teams, but through Wednesday they will have played seven games in 10 days, with the latter part of that being against teams with winning records. It would be eight if not for a rainout against Stroudsburg.
The Emmaus baseball team (8-4 overall, 7-2 EPC) ran into a Liberty team that had just four hits, but able to push seven runs across the plate in a 7-1 win over the Hornets recently in a key East Penn Conference game.
The Hurricanes (11-1, 9-0) were helped along by eight walks and a couple Emmaus errors that led to an earned run in the game.
Tulio started his season with six near-perfect innings against Northampton, holding the Konkrete Kids to no hits and just one walk, while striking out 12 in a 2-0 Emmaus win.
The chemistry on a team can make a big difference in how it performs on the field. Players who don’t get along well tend to look over their shoulder and are worried about the reaction of their teammates.
A team that is on the same page picks up a player who makes a mistake and players have fun going about their business. That’s not to say that they don’t care about outcomes, it’s just that they go about things in a different way.
The Lady Hornets broke a two-game skid with a 7-5 win over Whitehall recently. Emmaus used a four-run third inning to take an early lead and then fought off a Zephyrs’ comeback bid after Whitehall scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Emmaus picked up a first inning run on an RBI single from Abby Bartels and then added four runs in the top of the third. A Whitehall error led to the first two runs of the inning ahead of Bartels’ two-run home run that put Emmaus up 5-0.
Sometimes, the easiest way to describe a game like the one that Emmaus and Parkland played recently is to just look at the numbers: A combined 23 hits, nine errors, 20 walks, 18 strikeouts and three hours and 15 minutes to play.
It all resulted in a 17-11 loss for Emmaus on a cold, windy day at Church Lane Park.
“The message to the team was that we probably played the ugliest game we ever could play,” said Hornet head coach Jeremy Haas. “We played the worst game we could ever play and we still went toe-to-toe with a league favorite on a year-to-year basis.”
After a pair of 2-0 wins to open the season, the Emmaus offense has been starting to find a little bit of its groove. The Hornets downed Pottsville 5-1 in a non-conference game Saturday and found themselves in their freewheeling offensive game of the year in a 9-8 win over Whitehall Monday.
Sports are changing, especially at the professional level where new things are being introduced into just about every sport. In the college ranks, the changes are there, but not on as much of a wholesale basis. In high school, there hasn’t really been much new other than adding extra classifications.
A few years ago, Emmaus swimming coach Tim O’Connor added some new tricks to his arsenal of training his swimmers, including working with nutritionists and a sports psychologist.
The high school baseball season was supposed to get underway last week, but as often happens with spring sports, the weather didn’t cooperate. For the Green Hornets, getting back onto the field is something they’ve been anticipating since they went 12-4 in the East Penn Conference and 16-6 overall last season, reaching the conference semifinals. The team has 12 seniors on the roster, giving it lots of experience for new head coach Jeremy Haas.
Emmaus diver Brendan McCourt has been getting better and better with each big event. With two District 11 diving championships to his credit, the junior diver came into states with a dream of having a gold medal hung around his neck and he didn’t miss the opportunity. Meanwhile, Emmaus boys swimmers put up good performances to finish 15th in the team standings.