With catching being a position that’s physically difficult to play, it’s not unusual for injuries to hit and make coaches go to their number-two catcher at some point. But for the top two catchers on a team to go down with injuries on the same night before three innings of a game are even completed is too much for most teams to handle.
For Emmaus, losing two catchers on the same night wasn’t easy, but the Hornets were actually able to find a number-three catcher who may be able to handle the spot the rest of the way.
Emmaus softball is in the midst of a tough stretch in its schedule that lasts through this week. Not only do the Hornets play tough teams, but through Wednesday they will have played seven games in 10 days, with the latter part of that being against teams with winning records. It would be eight if not for a rainout against Stroudsburg.
The Emmaus girls track team continues to impress as the 2019 campaign unfolds, claiming lopsided victories en route to a 5-1 record, and taking first place in the Pirate Invitational held April 18 at Palisades High School.
The Green Hornets stung Allentown Central Catholic 107-43 on April 15 and Bethlehem Catholic 122-28 in two dominant performances that showcased the depth and talent on the roster.
The Emmaus baseball team (8-4 overall, 7-2 EPC) ran into a Liberty team that had just four hits, but able to push seven runs across the plate in a 7-1 win over the Hornets recently in a key East Penn Conference game.
The Hurricanes (11-1, 9-0) were helped along by eight walks and a couple Emmaus errors that led to an earned run in the game.
Tulio started his season with six near-perfect innings against Northampton, holding the Konkrete Kids to no hits and just one walk, while striking out 12 in a 2-0 Emmaus win.
The last week has been a hard one for the Emmaus boys lacrosse program. After a fast start, winning its first 10 games of the 2019 regular season, the Green Hornets have lost two straight, both to long-standing Eastern Pennsylvania Conference rivals in Central Catholic (11-5) and Parkland (9-8).
The Emmaus boys tennis team used its racquets to make a racket in the East Penn Conference, when the Hornets claimed two big wins in less than one week.
The Green Hornets registered scintillating 4-3 wins over league rivals Nazareth and Parkland around a 4-2 loss to Colonial League powerhouse Moravian Academy on April 13. The Green Hornets shutout Whitehall 7-0 on April 18 to end the regular season with a 14-3 overall record and a 11-2 EPC mark.
The Emmaus boys track team is hitting its stride at just the right time.
Case in point was a superb four-day stretch in which the Green Hornets defeated Allentown Central Catholic 126-23 on April 15, Bethlehem Catholic 109-41 on April 17 and took second in the Pirate Invitational held April 18 at Palisades High School. The results - a sterling 5-1 record thus far in 2019.
The reason as to why rests, in part, to coach Kari Reinhard’s commitment to developing young talent.
Emmaus and Liberty split an East Penn Conference dual meet last week.
The Hornet girls improved to 3-1 with a 92-58 win over the Hurricanes, while the Emmaus boys team, which fell to 3-1, lost 97.5-52.5 to the unbeaten Hurricanes.
Laurel Widdoss (long jump, triple jump) captured first place in two events in the girls meet, while teammates Alanna Smith (100), Kayla Smith (200), Kera Reinhard (1600), Isabella Lees (3200), Julia Rakowsky (high jump) and Morgan Belisle (pole vault) won one event each.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team recently experienced something it had not in over a year: a loss in league play.
The Hornets (8-1) won their first seven Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches to begin the year, continuing a streak that spanned all of their league matches in 2018. But last Thursday night at Whitehall, Emmaus suffered its first setback in two seasons, falling to the Zephyrs (9-0) in straight sets.
The chemistry on a team can make a big difference in how it performs on the field. Players who don’t get along well tend to look over their shoulder and are worried about the reaction of their teammates.
A team that is on the same page picks up a player who makes a mistake and players have fun going about their business. That’s not to say that they don’t care about outcomes, it’s just that they go about things in a different way.