Lehigh Valley Legion: Welcome

Thursday, July 31
North Parkland blanked by Swoyersville 2-0 in Legion playoffs

Brett Kosciolek said he's faced better. Terry Stoudt said his team's beaten better.

But both North Parkland's star player and the Buffaloes' longtime manager tipped their respective caps to Swoyersville pitcher Brian Gregory.

One day after Walt Roland pitched a 12-inning shutout in a North Parkland win, the Buffaloes were on the wrong end of a Gregory shutout in Swoyersville's 2-0 triumph over the Buffaloes on Wednesday at Bear Stadium in Boyertown.              

North Parkland's loss came on Day 2 of the double-elimination Pennsylvania State Legion Baseball Tournament.
Stoudt's Buffaloes (25-4) play host Boyertown (31-11) in an elimination game today at 12:30 p.m.

Gregory needed only 82 pitches to throw the nine-inning five-hitter against a struggling North Parkland offense. The Buffaloes, who exploded for 12 runs in last week's Region 2 final, scored just one run in Tuesday's extra-inning victory.

"He pitched a good game … he did the job," Stoudt said of Gregory. "I think we panicked at the plate, though. When you score one run in 12 innings the day before and you get off to a slow start the next day, you tend to panic. We swung at pitches we shouldn't have and we were over-striding. The harder we tried, the worse we hit."

"He was pretty good," said Kosciolek, the only batter in the Buffaloes' lineup with multiple hits. "I thought he had a good slider. But, he wasn't anything too special."

North Parkland struggled to string hits together against Gregory.

Kosciolek led off the second inning with a single but was erased on a double play. Justin Afflerbach singled in the fourth and reached third on a Gregory error, but Kosciolek grounded out to end that threat. Tanner Stufflet hit a two-out single in the fifth and was stranded. Jordan Jones reached on a two-out single in the seventh and was stranded.

And in the ninth, Aiden Flynn was hit by a pitch with two outs and Kosciolek singled, but Gregory retired Jones on a grounder to end the game.

Gregory struck out just two but did not issue a walk.

"We're not scoring runs right now," Kosciolek said. "I don't know what it is."

North Parkland stayed close throughout the contest thanks to the fine pitching performances of starter Alex Flynn and reliever Brett Helfrich.

Swoyersville (25-1) scored single runs off Flynn in the first and third innings. Flynn surrendered seven hits and three walks in six innings. Helfrich pitched two perfect innings.

"I wasn't upset with our pitching," Stoudt said, "I'm upset with our hitting."

Stoudt, though, is confident his club will break through today against Boyertown. He plans to send Kosciolek to the mound against a Bears team that lost on Day 1 but defeated Albion 7-0 on Day 2.

"I don't have any doubt that we'll come back strong," Stoudt said.

SWOYERSVILLE 2, NORTH PARKLAND 0

North Parkland 000 000 000 – 0 5 0

Swoyersville 101 000 000 – 2 7 1

Al. Flynn, Helfrich (7) and Zaccaro. Gregory and Hogan. WP: Gregory. LP: Al. Flynn.



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Lehigh Valley - Schuylkill Berks Donate to VA Medical Center

Prior to Saturday's 7:30 PM Region 2 tourament game, All-Star players from both Muhlenberg and North Parkland Legion baseball teams presented members of the VA Medical Center in Lebanon, PA with a check in the amount of $1300. The $1300 were the proceeds from the Lehigh Valley - Schuylkill-Berks All Star game, held on June 23rd, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.

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Lehigh Valley Defeats Schuylkill-Berks, 8-2, in All Star Game

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