Emmaus was one of the final three girls teams still standing on Sunday of the ‘Bash at the Beach’ tournament at Cedar Beach. And with two starters missing from the high school season, head coach Kelsey Gallagher couldn’t have expected much more from her team.
The Hornets’ run came to an end in Sunday’s consolation bracket final against eventual-champion Jim Thorpe, 31-23. Emmaus went 2-2 in the tournament as it picked up wins against Catasauqua and Liberty.
Emmaus Legion head coach Ryan Schaffer has been pleased with his team’s pitching in each of the past two games. The Hornet pitchers have done their jobs on the mound and been worthy of picking up wins.
But inconsistent defense has caused Emmaus to lose each of its past two games. And Saturday morning’s meeting with Lower Macungie was no different.
The Hornets (2-4) committed six errors that helped Lower Mac hold on for a 5-4 victory at Limeport Stadium over the weekend in a four-game legion rivalry day event.
Lower Mac’s Ryan Kasye didn’t view Saturday’s legion game against Emmaus so much as a rivalry. It was more fun for Kasye and the Mustangs.
And Kasye believes that when Lower Mac is having fun, it’s at its best.
Despite a comeback from Emmaus that saw the Hornets score two runs in the seventh inning, Lower Mac (2-4) held on for a 5-4 win at Limeport Stadium in the first of four games of a Lehigh Valley Legion rivalry day.
Over half of the Emmaus legion baseball team are former Connie Mack players in their first year at the legion level. And many of them are playing a key role for the Hornets.
Head coach Ryan Schaffer admits the young players are playing even bigger roles than he anticipated, which has caused an up-and-down early portion of the summer season.
It didn’t help when one of the league’s top teams visited Emmaus Community Park last Friday night. The Carbon Monarchs (3-1) received a solid pitching performance from starter Justin Marykwas as they downed the Hornets, 9-1.
Saturday’s girls’ lacrosse matchup was a tale of two halves for Emmaus. Unfortunately, the Hornets dug themselves into a hole they could not fully crawl out of.
Despite Emmaus scoring the first three goals of the second half, Parkland’s lead was too much to overcome. The Trojans (4-3 overall; 3-0 in EPC) scored the next four to regain control and cruise to an 18-8 victory at Parkland High School.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes competed on college teams during the recently completed winter season.
Rochester Institute of Technology senior sprinter Curtis Geiger capped a stellar winter season earlier this month. At the AARTFC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Geiger placed third in the 200-meter dash in 22.43 seconds. He also helped the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams come in fifth place. A week earlier, he took first in the 200-meter dash (22.22 seconds), second in 60-meter dash (7.01) and second n the 400-meter dash (49.98).
Emmaus boys basketball head coach Steve Yoder has been a part of 11 season-ending locker room talks. Despite a loss in Saturday’s opening round of the state tournament, this year might have been the most pleasant he’s seen a locker room in his 11 seasons.
The Hornets, the fourth-place team out of District 11, played District 1 runner-up Coatesville tough for much of Saturday’s first-round state playoff contest. But Coatesville’s athleticism was too much to handle as the Red Raiders came away with an 85-74 victory behind 41 points from point guard Jhamir Brickus.
Emmaus was shocked early in its game against Allen in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals last week, as the Hornets fell into a quick 10-point deficit. It was too much of a deficit to overcome for the top-seeded Hornets.
The same issue arose three days later in the third-place game back at Freedom High School.
Everything seemed to be working in Caden Wright’s favor in Saturday’s 170-pound regional final. Everything except for maybe a few seconds in the second period.
Stroudsburg’s Lenny Pinto used a five-point move in the second period to help defeat Wright, 8-4, last week in the Northeast Class 3A Regional Tournament at Liberty High School.
It was the second time in a week’s span that Pinto defeated Wright for a championship. Last week it was for the District 11 Class 3A crown. But Wright seemed to have learned a few things from districts.
Caden Wright faced Stroudsburg’s Lenny Pinto twice already this season. Both times Pinto had gotten the better of the Emmaus junior.
Despite that, Wright was confident the third time was the charm with a district title on the line. Unfortunately, Pinto had other plans.
Wright fell to Pinto via an 11-5 decision in the 170-pound final of Saturday’s District 11 3A Championships at Liberty High School.