They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of its two previous games, the squad had come up clutch.
And there was a belief the team would do it again last Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
A quick glance at the six finalists in this year's PIAA Volleyball Championships at Richland High School revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.
Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.
Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.
Emmaus cross country coach Dan Wessner knows what it takes to succeed at the PIAA Championships, having led the girls team to Class AAA titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
But Wessner also knows that sometimes it takes a little bit of good luck just to get to Hershey.
Emmaus edged Easton 93-94 for the second state-qualifying berth at the District 11 meet, the second straight year the Red Rovers were edged by a single point for the runner-up spot by the Green Hornets.