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 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.
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.
After four years as one of Emmaus’ top distance runners, senior Abby Dalton had the pleasure of finishing her high school career on the biggest stage this state has to offer for high school track and field competitors.
Dalton, along with a foursome of teammates, competed in the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Dalton ran the 3200-meter run in 11:21.62 on a hot and humid day in central Pennsylvania to take 13th place in Class 3A.
The Emmaus High School baseball and softball teams saw their season come to an end last week in the District 11 Class 6A playoffs.
The Hornet baseball team, which was the No. 3 seed in districts, lost 7-3 to Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinal round last Thursday at Church Lane Park.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and added a run in the top of the fifth inning before Emmaus put up a pair of runs in the fifth.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike most seasons, there was no clear favorite to win this year’s District 11 boys tennis team title. Any of the top four teams felt they had as good a shot as the others to bring home the trophy.
Nazareth came into the tournament as the top seed with an undefeated record. Parkland, the No. 2 seed, entered the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the area.