The Emmaus High School baseball and softball teams saw their season come to an end last week in the District 11 Class 6A playoffs.
The Hornet baseball team, which was the No. 3 seed in districts, lost 7-3 to Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinal round last Thursday at Church Lane Park.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and added a run in the top of the fifth inning before Emmaus put up a pair of runs in the fifth.
The Hornets left Scranton earlier and unhappier than they hoped to last Friday. Now Emmaus needs to regroup and be ready to play its best baseball when it matters most.
After falling in Friday’s league semifinal, 7-1 to Easton, Emmaus hosts Pocono Mountain East on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs, where it must win two games to reach the championship and earn a berth in the state playoffs.
“I think they’ll be all right because now there is no choice,” said Hornet head coach Mike Mihalik. “You win, you keep going. You lose, you go home.
The Emmaus girls track and field team had a phenomenal season in 2018. Everything seemed to come together for the Hornets as they went unbeaten (11-0) in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meets to earn the league’s co-championship for the regular season.
But that could be just the beginning of the story for this unit. With nearly all of it’s top point-scorers returning for next season and some for two or three more, the Hornets are stacked up to be one of the league’s best teams for years to come.
Emmaus’ senior baseball players had to be ready for a playoff game the day after attending their prom. While there were no signs of fatigue, the soon-to-be graduates were greatly helped by a member of the junior class.
Junior Dylan Lehman struck out 10 Liberty batters and allowed just one hit to help his team get past Liberty 10-0 in five innings Saturday afternoon at Church Lane Park.
Abby Dalton wasn’t trying to provide fans with an exciting race at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
The Hornet senior would have been happier to cruise to a victory. But when Stroudsburg freshman Ciara Conboy challenged her in the final stages of the 1600-meter relay, Dalton knew what she had to do to secure her second gold medal of the meet. She finished strong and earned the win by seven hundredths of a second, finishing in 5:08.65 while Conboy came in at 5:08.72.
Unlike most seasons, there was no clear favorite to win this year’s District 11 boys tennis team title. Any of the top four teams felt they had as good a shot as the others to bring home the trophy.
Nazareth came into the tournament as the top seed with an undefeated record. Parkland, the No. 2 seed, entered the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the area.
It might have been his first time in the District 11 tennis finals, but it was clear last week Sean Jaeger was ready to play at the highest level high school tennis has to offer.
Taking on Nazareth senior Gabe Knowles, the top seed in the tournament, No. 2 seed Jaeger, an Emmaus High School freshman, showed poise and court savvy en route to his 6-3, 6-3 win in the Class 3A title match.
“I know Gabe’s a big hitter, so I was trying to stay as consistent as I could,” said Jaeger. “Gabe played really well. It was a tough match.”
The Hornets swept Whitehall and East Stroudsburg North in a track and field meet last Thurday.
Emmaus’ girls team beat the Zephyrs 106-43.5 and tookd down the Timberwolves 117-32. The Hornet boys team beat Whitehall 88.5-61.5 and topped the T-wolves 104-45.
Alanna Smith (100, 200) won a pair of individual events for Emmaus while several of her teammates won one event each.
Emmaus 106.5, W’hall 43.5
Emmaus 117, ES North 32
Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.
The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.
The Emmaus boys basketball season didn’t end in the first quarter of Saturday’s PIAA playoff game. But when the Hornets’ Josh Artis and Zach Sabol each picked up two early fouls, the Hornets’ chances of advancing got a lot more difficult.
With Emmaus’ two post players both on the bench for eight minutes of the first half, Central Bucks West built a 10-point lead en route to a 53-35 win.