With bases loaded, two out, a possible playoff preview between Emmaus and Parkland comes down to a single pitch in the Coca-Cola Park classic – The Morning Call

Colin Foley’s only pitch of the game for Emmaus on Sunday afternoon was a fastball down the middle.

“I didn’t really want to put it there,” Foley said.

With the bases loaded and two outs late in the seventh inning, Parkland’s Sean Superka hit the ball hard left, and with a few hundred fans at Coca-Cola Park turning their attention to Green Hornets left fielder Zach McEllroy, Foley held his breath.

McEllroy moved back and under the ball and nailed the catch, giving Emmaus a 3-2 win in a battle of two of Pennsylvania’s top Eastern Conference teams.

“At first, I thought it went a lot deeper than that,” Foley said. “When I saw Zach camping below, I felt a sense of relief.”

Stopping a pitch from Foley preserved the victory for senior Luke Deschenes, who threw 102 pitches and had to leave the game due to the high school‘s pitch limit after earning a strikeout with the bases loaded.

Deschênes threw a seven-batter with four walks and six strikeouts. Parkland left 10 on base.

“Everyone talks about Luke’s performance on game day, but what’s really admirable about Luke is the work he does in the offseason and the preparation between starts,” the coach said. ‘Emmaus Luke Haas. “He’s doing everything he can to be ready and he’s a student of the game and it’s a pleasure for me to work with him.”

Deschenes was coming off his first loss of the season, a tough outing in the rain against Northampton, a 4-3 loss in which the Konkrete Kids scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth no-hitter and took advantage of steps and pitches wild. .

The loss was part of a three-game skid for the Green Hornets, who had won their first 12 games and cruised to back-to-back losses to Allentown Central Catholic, Hazleton and Northampton.

The defending EPC and District 11 6A champions bounced back with an 18-3 rout of Whitehall on Thursday but needed a big win over a standout opponent to feel good about themselves again.

“It was difficult for us to give a game like we did the other day, but for us to have a similar situation a few days later and for us to come out of it, it was important for us mentally. “Haas said. “We went through a time of adversity.”

Haas said it was a big win for his team in terms of solidifying EPC and District 11 6A tournament positions, but Emmaus’ (14-3, 11-2) goal will be to finish the regular season in strength with another game against Parkland looming. home on Thursday.

“It was a typical Parkland-Emmaus game and I told the guys before the game to take the atmosphere and the fans away,” Haas said. “We’re the ones playing a baseball game and it doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It’s 90-foot and 60-foot, 6-inch base runs from the mound to the plate. Let’s just go over there and run and stay in ourselves.

All three Emmaus runs came from Parkland standout Owen DeLong in the third. Tyler LePage doubled in a point, Dom Chiego scored another and the third point scored on a sacrifice fly from McEllroy. A pitching error triggered the inning and DeLong was only charged with one earned run. He finished with a 5 hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Deschênes and Foley made sure the three points held.

“It was definitely a tough game and Parkland is a really good team,” Deschênes said. “I wanted to take a different approach with them. For the most part it worked. I had lands that worked pretty well in situations where I needed them. It definitely had a playoff feel to it. A rivalry game at Coca-Cola Park, but ultimately it was still a regular season game and should be treated as such.

Parkland, which lost to Hazleton in a non-league game on Saturday, fell to 11-5. Luke Meehan had two hits and Matt Razzis had a two-run double in the sixth for the Trojans’ only runs.

In the seventh, Jesse Ruisch started with a walk and after one out, Blake Barthol chose a right. Barthol stole the second and Meehan was intentionally walked but Deschênes got Razzis on strikes before Foley put Superka on the line to end it.

Northampton 5, White Hall 1

Earlier Sunday at Coca-Cola Park, Hunter Corrow and Vince Santostefano combined on a seven-batter and struck out nine while Logan Higgins had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs as the Konkrete Kids got away. improved to 9-6.

Dieruff 12, East Stroudsburg North 0

Charlie Villanueva pitched a five-inning no-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts and he added a double and two RBIs as the Huskies improved to 4-10. Angelo Varela had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs for Dieruff.

Freedom 8, Abington Heights 7

Andres Suarez had three hits and hits in a run, and Kyle Kullman and Griffin Coyne had two hits apiece as the Patriots improved to 6-10 with a non-league win.

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Nazareth 13, East Stroudsburg South 3

Zach Smethers went 4-for-4 with two doubles, drove in four runs and went three scoreless innings on the mound as the Blue Eagles improved to 11-5.

Salisbury 9, Allen 7

Jake Zellin had three hits and Hunter Rothrock and Matt Nunez had two hits and two RBIs each as the Falcons picked up a non-league victory.


Sunday’s game between Bethlehem Catholic and Allentown Central Catholic, which was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, was postponed by rain and rescheduled for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday after a game between Executive Education and Lincoln Leadership.

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