Vince Viola had only made one pitching appearance for Lower Macungie during the Lehigh Valley Legion regular season.
Sunday, with the stakes as high as they get in summer baseball, he was called on to take the mound with his team’s season on the line.
Viola came in to the playoff elimination game with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning. His team was clinging to a 6-4 lead over the Carbon County Monarchs when Viola got the ball.
The Lehigh Valley American Legion Baseball League announced its 2018 All-Star team last week.
The players selected will compete against their Berks-Schuylkill League counterparts in a showcase event July 9 at First Energy stadium in Reading, home of the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
The following players were selected at Lehigh Valley League All-Stars for this season. The first player listed at each infield position and the first three outfielders listed have been selected as starters. The starting pitcher will be determined later.
Four days after playing in the championship game of the Cedar Beach ‘Bash at the Beach’ Tournament, the Emmaus boys basketball team continued its hot start to the summer.
Playing with just seven players, the Green Hornets took down Dieruff by double digits, defeating the Huskies 63-48 in Lehigh Valley basketball summer league last Thursday evening inside the Whitehall High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Sunday’s regular season finale against Northern Valley had no implications on the legion baseball standings for Lower Macungie.
Despite falling 5-2 to the Chargers, Lower Mac (12-6) finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs that begin this week. Salisbury finished as the top seed with a 14-2 record.
“[Northern Valley] needed that I believe,” Lower Mac manager Jeff Smith said. “They are kind of in a dogfight, I think, with two or three other teams seeding-wise. We’ll see what shakes out.
The annual “Bash at the Beach” basketball tournament was held this past week at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. A total of 40 teams competed in the boys varsity tournament, while 17 girls squads entered the girls varsity tournament.
The Emmaus girls opened the tournament against an unfamiliar foe in Bangor on Thursday night. The Slaters, however, would have enough in the tank to edge the Hornets 30-29 on the tournament’s opening night. The Hornets’ run then came to an end on Saturday in the consolation bracket against Whitehall, 27-14.
Rising senior Mark Swedberg was not a known commodity outside of the Emmaus boys basketball community last year.
But the Lehigh Valley knows his name now.
The 6-foot-2 forward scored one of the largest point total in the main Cedar Beach tournament history last Saturday, notching 43 points. In doing so he helped his team to a victory over previously unbeaten Glens Falls (New York) and a high-scoring, Division I recruit Joe Girard III, who finished with 40.
Lower Macungie’s 3-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader to Salisbury on June 24 at Church Lane Park in Senior American Legion action must have been frustrating for Lower Mac starting pitcher Adam LeMaster.
After a shaky first inning where Salisbury grabbed a 1-0 lead, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pound right-handed pitcher settled into a fine display of flame throwing, changing speeds and location with a variety of pitches. In the process, managing to weave in and out of most jams against the prodigious Falcon lineup.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team went 1-1 in this year’s tournament.
The team won it’s opening game 10-7 over the Suburban One League National and Bicentennial Division All-Stars.
The LV franchise was ousted in the second round of the single-elimination tournament 26-9 by Delaware North’s team.
Claude Bradshaw has grown during his time as a member of Hartford University’s men’s lacrosse team.
“I’m just working hard and trying to improve every game,” said the 2015 Emmaus High School graduate.
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.