There weren't enough players for Lower Mac to have a legion baseball team this season, but the team's run through Lehigh Valley Connie Mack regular season has certainly been impressive.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Lower Mac sits at 12-4 in the standings as one of the top teams in the league. Following Wednesday's game against Nazareth and Friday's tilt against Moore Township, Lower Mac will have its eyes set solely on the playoffs.
The Emmaus girls' soccer team didn't participate in last year's Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL). But as the incoming seniors sought a way to prepare themselves for the upcoming fall season, joining the LVSSL seemed like a no-brainer.
Led by Reilly McGinnis's two goals, Emmaus downed CSG Falcon Blue (Salisbury High School) last Wednesday, 3-0, at Lehigh University Fields at Goodman Campus and Stabler Arena. The win stationed the Lady Hornets at 3-2 on the season with a goal-differential of plus-nine.
It wasn't that long ago that Emmaus was looking like one of the top teams in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. They were sitting atop the standings at 5-2 after winning two games in one day against South Parkland and Southern Lehigh. Over the last week though, the Hornets went 0-3 and things got so out of hand against Coplay that state police were actually called to the game.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural contest four years ago.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show.
David Kachelries just turned 16 years old. At 5-11, he's often one of the smaller players on the basketball court. He was only a freshman when Emmaus advanced to the District 11 Class AAAA title game last winter.
Despite all of that, Kachelries continues to impress as a rising star in the Lehigh Valley basketball landscape. If people hadn't taken notice of the incoming sophomore before, they're becoming familiar with him now.
The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start its journey to get back to the championship game as the 2013 Lehigh Valley team reached the final game of the event. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Last season, the Emmaus legion team suffered through a 5-14 campaign under first-year manager Mike Anderson. Just seven games into the 2014 season, the team has already equaled its win total from all of last season, posting a 5-2 record, which puts them in a tie for the top spot in the league with North Parkland.
This past Sunday was an especially impressive day as Emmaus picked up a 5-2 win in extra innings over South Parkland and then came from behind to down Southern Lehigh 4-3 in a night game.
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League is underway, but it's left the starting gate with one less entry this season. The Lower Macungie Mustangs were unable to field a team this season, leaving the LVLBL with nine teams.
According to Curt Wieder, the travel coordinator for the Lower Macungie team, only four players signed up to play legion ball this season and two of them were still age eligible for Connie Mack baseball, which is for players on the younger side of the eligibility ages for legion play.
Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.
On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.
For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.