Eight different players drove in runs for Emmaus in the opening game of the District 11 softball playoffs to lead the Lady Hornets to a 15-7 win over Whitehall. The win advances Emmaus to the quarterfinals against a tough Parkland team that has beaten the Hornets twice during the regular season.
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.
Emmaus girls lacrosse second-year head coach Roxann Betz knew that her team had to avoid a slow start in its game with Parkland. The two teams know each other well and meet at least twice a year, sometimes three or four times.
Coming from behind is difficult against any team, let alone the defending District 11 3A champions.
Unfortunately for the Green Hornets, they faced an 8-2 deficit late in the first half and were unable to come all the way back, falling to Parkland 14-8 Monday evening in the district semifinals at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy stadium.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team decided to continue with its trend for the 2018 season.
In somewhat nondramatic fashion, the Green Hornets have won all but one of their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches this season by 3-0 sweeps. That only time they didn’t sweep an opponent was last week against Parkland in the EPC semifinals, where the Hornets were taken to the brink, winning in five games.
Unlike in its last game, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team fell behind, and this time the Hornets could not cut their deficit to withing striking distance as they fell to Central Catholic 16-8 last Thursday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals at Northampton High School.
The Hornets (12-7) started slow in their regular season finale, allowing the first three goals to Parkland. They climbed back to eventually take a late lead before losing in overtime. But three days later in the postseason, the early hole proved to be too much to overcome.
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.
Mike Kammerer has had a whirlwind week-and-a-half. The East Penn School District resident and Kutztown University pitcher started his last game for the Golden Bears his team’s home finale against Shippensburg on Friday, May 4. Then, the following weekend, the redshirt-senior walked across the stage at graduation and received his diploma, capping a stellar career in Kutztown.
But looking back five years ago, baseball was not a definitive choice, as the two-sport star at Central Catholic also saw success on the hardwood.
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.
Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams: