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Saturday, April 19
Seven Former Parkland Players Reunite on College Ball Field

Seven former Parkland High School baseball players reunited on the college diamond this weekend for the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup between East Stroudsburg University and Bloomsburg University.  ESU players Mike Tenaglia (PHS, 2010), Andy Brandstetter (PHS, 2010), Matt Smith (PHS, 2010), and Nick Rabasco (PHS, 2012) squared off against Bloomsburg's Casey Cooperman (PHS, 2010), Matt Hurd (PHS, 2012), and Damin Muth (PHS, 2013).  ESU and Bloomsburg split the 4-game weekend series with two of the four games going to extra innings. 

Cooperman, a Bloomsburg senior, is enjoying the best year of his college career on the mound.  He pitched a complete game shutout in Friday's opening game against ESU allowing five hits and striking out three.  Cooperman currently has a season record of 5-4 with an outstanding 1.67 ERA.  Sophomore pitcher Hurd recently earned his first win of the season pitching two scoreless innings in relief against Clarion.  Bloomsburg's Muth is making a big impact as a freshman.  Muth has reached base in 27 straight games and is one of the top hitters in the PSAC.  He is currently hitting .405 with a .511 on-base percentage.

As ESU's first baseman, senior Tenaglia is batting .262 with two homeruns.  Senior and starting pitcher Smith currently holds a record of 2-3 with a 4.58 ERA.  Both Tenaglia and Smith transferred to ESU from Northampton CC starting their junior year.  Redshirt-junior and outfielder Brandstetter is batting .316 on the season and made an outstanding defensive play this weekend when he gunned down the potential winning run with a perfect throw to homeplate from left field.   Division I transfer and sophomore second baseman Rabasco is playing his first year at ESU and currently holds a .356 batting average along with a .431 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored.



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(L-R): Muth, Hurd, Cooperman, Brandstetter, Rabasco, Tenaglia (Smith absent)

Thursday, April 17
Mosser Shuts Out Whitehall, Miiller Leads Trojan Offense for 3-0 Win Over Division Rival

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Pitcher Gabe Mosser

Senior pitcher Gabe Mosser earned his fifth win of the season on the mound with a dominating performance against division rival Whitehall.  Mosser pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two Whitehall base hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  Much like his teammate Alex Flynn the day before, Mosser allowed just four Whitehall batters to reach base, one of those coming on a Parkland fielding error.  Mosser retired the first nine Whitehall batters in a row to start the game, including striking out the side in order in the 3rd inning. 

At the plate, it was another game where the Trojan bats had difficulties getting going.  Senior Zach Miiller (2-for-3, 2 RBI, run) was the exception today collecting two of the three Parkland base hits.  In the bottom of the second inning Parkland went up 1-0 when Miiller singled up the middle to bring home Zach Merkle, who had reached on a hit-by-pitch.  The Trojan bats were silent until Miiller came to the plate again in the 4th inning when he singled up the middle again to plate pinch runner Tyler Bruno.  Bruno was pinch running for Hudson Rabenold who had reached base on a hit-by-pitch.  In the same inning, Miiller scored the Trojan's third run when Justin Afflerbach (1-for 1, BB, HBP, RBI) singled through the left side and give the Trojans the 3-0 lead and the win by the same score. 

The defensive play of the game came in the 6th inning with a Whitehall base runner on first base.  A line drive up the middle was snagged for the out by diving second baseman Alex Flynn who quickly got to his feet and threw to first base for the double play that ended the inning.  The Trojans are undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record, while holding a season record of 9-1.



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Zach Miiller hits one of his two RBI singles against Whitehall

Thursday, April 17
JV's Lose to Whitehall

Parkland JV starting pitcher Ryan Giovenco (5 2/3 IP, 6 run, 5 ER, 4 hits, 8 SO, 5 BB) shut down Whitehall for the first 3 innings of the game.   Parkland's offense got started in the second inning when with 1 out, a Whitehall error allowed a runner to reach base.  Ethan Imler (1-3, R) singled down the left field line and advanced to second base on the throw to make it 2nd and 3rd with 1 out.  EJ Brandt (1-2, 2 RBI) singled to drive in both runs and make it 2-0 Trojans.   PitcherRyan Giovenco (1-2) helped himself out at the plate, hitting a single, which was followed by a walk to Tanner Vitovitch (0-1) to load the bases, but Parkland could not capitalize.

In the fourth inning , Whitehall got on the board with a walk, a hit and a Parkland error, to make it 2-2 after four innings of play.   In the 5th inning, Ben Trinkle (3-4) led off with a single and he moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt.  Mike Jenkins (1-4) also singled in the inning, but Parkland could not plate any runs.  Whitehall scored four runs in the bottom of the 5th, when Parkland allowed two walks and three doubles.  Matt Mellinger (1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) came on to pitch in relief and got the final out to end the 5th innning with Whitehall leading by a score of 6-2.

After a quiet 6th inning, pinch hitter Braedan Duff (1-1) singled and Trinkle singled in the 7th inning to start a Trojan comeback, but they would be stranded on base and the game ended with a loss by a score of 6-2.


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Wednesday, April 16
Flynn Complete Game Shutout Leads Trojans Over Easton

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Alex Flynn pitched a 2-hit shutout today

Senior right-handed pitcher Alex Flynn was in complete control on the mound today as he led the Parkland Trojans to a 2-0 victory over Easton.  Flynn allowed only four Easton hitters to reach base (one of those reaching on a Trojan fielding error) as he pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout.  Flynn had one hit-by-pitch, did not walk a batter, and had five strikeouts.   Flynn picked a good day to shut down the opposition as the Trojan bats struggled for the second game in a row.

The Trojans only had four base hits today, but fortunately three of those hits came in the same inning.  Jeff Strisovsky (1-for-2, BB, run) hit a one-out single to get things going in the bottom of the 1st inning.  Chris Rabasco (1-for-3, double, RBI, run) doubled over the centerfielder's head to plate Strisovsky and give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.  Zach Merkle (1-for-3, RBI) then delivered an RBI single to score Rabasco.  The Trojans led 2-0 after one inning of play, but that would be it for the offense today, except for a 2nd inning single by Justin Afflerbach (1-for-2).  The Trojans had an opportunity to score another run in the 4th inning when Merkle reached base on an error and advanced to second base on a Zach Miiller sacrifice bunt, but Merkle would be stranded on the bases.  The two-run first inning for the Trojans would hold up for the victory as Flynn never let the Easton bats gain any momentum.  Flynn retired ten batters in a row during the middle innings of the game until a Trojan fielding error ended that streak. 



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Zach Merkle singles to drive in a run against Easton

Wednesday, April 16
Late Inning Easton JV Rally Proves Too Much for JV Trojans

The JV Trojans got an early lead in the top of the first inning when Andrew Roth (1-3, R, SB) led off with a  bunt single and then stole second base.  Roth then advanced to third base on a Kyle Novobilski sacrifice bunt.  Roth scored for the 1-0 Trojan lead on a Michael Jenkins (0-2, RBI) sacrifice fly to left field.

Starting pitcher Braeden Duff (6IP, 3 Runs, 5 SO, 3 BB, 1HB) cruised through 5 scoreless innings, allowing only one Easton player to reach third base.  Parkland tried to put together a two-out rally in the 4th when Kyle Friebolin (2-3) singled to reach first base.  Austin Mueller (1-3) then drove one to the gap in right-centerfield, but an outstanding defensive play by the Red Rovers' right fielder ended the threat when Mueller was tagged out trying to advance to second base.  With two outs again the sixth inning, Jenkins reached base on an error and Friebolin singled to left, but both runners would be stranded on the bases.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Easton scored three runs to take a 3- 1 lead.  The Trojans could not mount a 7th inning rally despite a one-out base hit by Ben Trinkle (1-3), losing by a score of 3-1.


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Saturday, April 12
Wilson West Lawn Hands Trojans First Loss of the Season

The Parkland Trojans suffered their first loss of the season today with a 6-3 loss to Wilson West Lawn.  Parkland could only manage a total of three hits in the game getting two singles from Hudson Rabenold (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and a single by Chris Rabasco (1-for-3, BB, run).  The Trojan bats struggled to get things going all game and could not get a clutch hit when needed.  Parkland did have their chances to score runs as they put runners on base regularly with six walks and two hit batters, but they would strand a total of 10 runners on base in the game.

Starting pitcher Rhett Jacoby worked five effective innings allowing three runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out four Bulldog batters.  Wilson took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 3rd inning when the Trojans finally got on the board.  The first two batters of the inning, Brad Vasilik (0-for-1, BB, HBP, sac bunt, run) and Alex Flynn reached base on back-to-back walks.  Rabenold gave Parkland its first base hit of the game with a line drive RBI single to centerfield to score Vasilik.  Zach Merkle then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Flynn and cut the Bulldog lead to 3-2 after three innings of play.  The Trojans tied the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning when Rabasco singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second base on the play when the outfielder bobbled the ball.  After moving to third base on a wild pitch, Rabasco scored to tie the game when Rabenold came through again earning his second RBI single of the game with another line drive to the outfield. 

Flynn came on to pitch in relief in the 6th inning and worked a 1-2-3 inning.  The Trojans put the go-ahead run on second base in the bottom of the 6th inning when Jeff Strisovsky reached base safely on a dropped third strike and then advanced to second base on a Vasilik sacrifice bunt.  A walk to Rabasco put runners on first and second base, but they would be stranded with the score remaining tied at 3-3 entering the 7th inning.  Wilson started the 7th inning with three consecutive base hits and would go on to score three runs to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning.  Flynn pitched a total of two innings allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  The Trojan bats went down in order in the 7th inning to end the game with a 6-3 loss.



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Hudson Rabenold was 2-4 today with two RBI's

Saturday, April 12
7th Inning Rally Lifts JV Over Wilson

The JV Trojans got off to a rough start in their non-conference match-up against Wilson West Lawn.  After being shut down at the plate in the first inning, shaky defense in the bottom half of the first inning allowed Wilson to score three unearned runs and take the early 3-0 lead.  Starting pitcher EJ Brandt (5 IP, 6 runs (1 earned), 3 SO, 1BB) pitched well trough his five innings of work, but the Trojans defense had its difficulties today allowing five unearned runs to score through five innings.
  
In the 3rd inning, the Parkland offense started coming around when John Amato (0-2, run, sb) reached base on an error. He then stole second base and Andrew Roth (2-4, 2 rbi, bb, sb) singled to score Amato. Kyle Novobilski (1-3, run) then singled, followed by an Austin Mueller (1-3, run, sac fly, 2 rbi) sacrifice fly to plate Roth. Kyle Friebolin (2-4, run, 2 rbi) singled to score Novobilski and tie the game at 3-3 after 3 innings of play.   The Bulldogs took the lead right back in the 4th inning, scoring three runs on two hits, a walk and another Trojan fielding error.  In the top of the 6th inning, Parkland cut the Bulldog lead to 6-4 when Michael Jenkins (1-3, 2 runs, 1 bb) singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Pinch hitter Braeden Duff (2-2, run, 2 RBI) singled to plate Jenkins.
  
Duff (2 IP, run, 3 SO, HB) also came on to pitch in relief in the 6th inning, and worked a total of two innings allowing one run to score in the 6th inning.  With the Trojans down by a score of 7-4 entering the top of the 7th inning, Parkland rallied when Tyler Ilgenfritz (1-3, run, bb) led off with a single followed by a Roth single.   With runners on first and second, Mueller singled to drive in Ilgenfritz to cut the Bulldog lead to 7-5.  Friebolin then knocked in Roth.   Ben Trinkle (1-3, run, rbi, bb, sb) then came to the plate and hit a clutch  RBI single  to tie the game at 7-7.  After a walk to Jenkins, Duff then came through in the clutch again with another RBI single to put the Trojans ahead 8-7.  Duff later scored on an RBI fielders choice by Roth.  The Trojans scored a total of 7 runs in the 7th to make it 11-7. Duff shut down the Bulldogs in the bottom of the 7th to complete the comeback.


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Thursday, April 10
Trojans Beat Dieruff

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Jeff Strisovsky was 2-3 today

The Parkland Trojans scored three runs in the 1st inning, ten in the 2nd inning, and five more in the 3rd inning to beat the visiting Dieruff Huskies 18-3 in a three-inning, mercy-rule shortened game.  The Trojans collected 11 hits along with 9 walks and one hit-by-pitch, taking advantage of struggling Dieruff pitching and defense.  On the mound, Connor Higgins earned his first win of the season allowing three runs, all unearned, on two hits with four walks, while striking out nine.  Dieruff rallied for three runs in the 3rd inning, taking advantage of two dropped third strikes to reach base safely and a timely base hit.

 

Parkland loaded the bases in the 1st inning on two walks and a hit batter.  Hudson Rabenold (1-for-2, RBI, run) drove home the first run with an RBI groundout after Justin Afflerbach (0-for-1, BB, run) and Chris Rabasco (1-for-1, BB, RBI, 2 runs) reached on walks.  After Zach Merkle (0-for-1, HBP, 2 runs) reached base with a hit-by-pitch, Parkland scored runs on a wild pitch and Dieruff error for the 3-0 lead after one inning of play.  The Trojans blew the game open with 10 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  Jeff Strisovsky (2-for-3, double, RBI, 2 runs) led off the inning with a deep drive off the left field fence for a double, just missing a homerun.  Brad Vasilik (1-for-2, RBI, run) hit an RBI single to plate Strisovsky and Vasilik would later score on a Rabasco RBI single.  Rhett Jacoby (1-for-2, 2 RBI, run) added an RBI single, Alex Flynn (0-for-0, 2 BB, RBI, run) an RBI bases loaded walk, and Strisovsky collected his second hit of the inning with an RBI single.  Isaac Neal (1-for-1, BB, 2 runs) hit an RBI single in the inning, and Evan McAndrew (2-for-2, 4 RBI, run) finished the scoring in the 2nd inning driving in two Parkland base runners with a single to give the Trojans a 13-0 lead after two innings of play.  McAndrew finished the day with four RBI’s.

 

In the 3rd innings, Alec Bartholomew (1-for-1, run) led off with a single followed by a Dan Zaccaro (0-for-0, BB, run) base on balls.  After Bartholomew scored on a wild pitch, walks to Neal and Tanner Stufflet (0-for-0, 2 BB, run) loaded the bases.  Zaccaro scored on a passed ball and McAndrew singled again to drive in two more runs.  Harrison Rabenold (1-for-2) would add another Parkland base hit in the inning before the game would end when McAndrew scored on a wild pitch.



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Evan McAndrew was 2-2 with four RBI

Thursday, April 10
Novobilski, Duff Lead JV Trojans Over Dieruff

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Pitcher Kyle Novobilski

Starting pitcher Kyle Novobilski tossed a masterful game giving up one hit and one walk while striking out nine for the convincing victory over Dieruff by a score of 16-0.   Novobilski worked 5 innings in the mercy-rule shortened game and only faced 16 batters in his complete game shutout.

The Trojans offense came alive scoring 16 runs over the course of the 5-ininng game.  Braeden Duff (4-4, 2 doubles, triple, 8 RBI, 2 runs) led the way with an impressive performance at the plate.  Duff got Parkland started in the second inning when he tripled to deep centerfield to drive in two.  Duff also scored on a Dieruff error to put the Trojans up 3-0.  In the 3rd inning, Duff hit a sharp single to left field to score EJ Brandt (0-1, 3 BB, 3 runs)to make it 4-0.

In the 4th inning, John Amato (1-2, 1 R, 1 SB) led off with a single, then stole second.   Kyle Novobilski (2-4, 2 RBI, run) then followed with a single.   After an error, two hit batters and a walk, Duff doubled to score two more runs to put the Trojans up 9-0.  In the 5th,  Parkland scored 7 runs with 2 out when Austin Mueller (1-2, run) singled.   Kyle Friebolin (1-3, 2 runs, HBP) reached base with an infield single, and after two  walks, Duff then doubled with the bases loaded to right field to clear the bases and drive in three more runs. The Trojans were not done yet as Tyler Iglenfritz (2-4, run, RBI) singled, followed by an RBI single by Tanner Vitovitch (1-1, run, RBI) and an RBI double by Kyle Novobilski to end the game for the 16-0 JV Trojan win.



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Braeden Duff was 4-4 with two doubles, triple and 8 RBI's today

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Wednesday, April 9
Mosser Strikes Out 13, Hits by Jacoby & Rabenold Lead Parkland Over Liberty

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Pitcher Gabe Mosser

Senior right-handed pitcher Gabe Mosser dominated on the mound today leading the Trojans to an 8-1 win over Liberty.  Mosser scattered three hits over six innings of work, allowed only one unearned run, did not walk a batter, and struck out 13 batters.  Liberty's lone run was scored in the first inning on two Parkland errors.  Senior pitcher Alex Flynn worked the 7th inning retiring the Liberty batters in order with one strike out. 

At the plate, the Trojans scored eight runs on eight hits, four of those hits were for extra bases.  First baseman Rhett Jacoby (3-for-3, two doubles, 2 RBI, run) and designated hitter Hudson Rabenold (2-for-3, triple, RBI, run) led the way with the bat.  Parkland loaded the bases in the first inning when centerfielder Brad Vasilik reached on an error followed by a Rabenold single and walk to catcher Zach Merkle (1-for-2, BB, RBI, run).  Vasilik scored Parkland's first run on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1 after one inning of play.  The Trojans were blanked the next three innings.  Jacoby hit his first double of the game in the 2nd inning, but he would be stranded on the bases. 

After going down in order in the 3rd and 4th innings, the Trojans exploded for seven runs in the 5th inning.  Jacoby got things going again with a lead off double, Vasilik walked to put runners on first and second base with two outs.  The next seven Trojans batters would reach base.  Shortstop Chris Rabasco (1-for-4, double, 2 RBI, run) broke the 1-1 tie  with a 2-RBI double to put Parkland in the lead 3-1.  Rabenold then scored Rabasco with an RBI triple and Merkle drove in Rabenold with the RBI single.  The Trojans loaded the bases with a Liberty error and walk and then Jacoby stepped to the plate again and collected his third hit of the day with an 2-RBI single.  Right fielder Jeff Strisovsky (1-for-3, RBI) then singled to drive in the seventh run of the inning to give Parlkand the 8-1 lead and eventual win by the same score.



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Rhett Jacoby was 3-3 with two doubles today

Wednesday, April 9
JV's Lose to Liberty

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Pitcher Ryan Giovenco

Starting pitcher Ryan Giovenco (5 IP, 4H, 3 SO, 3BB, 1 HB, 2 Runs) worked five strong innings today on the mound for the JV Trojans, striking out three and allowing only two runs, both of which were unearned.  Giovenco blanked Liberty over the next four innings before giving way to relief pitcher Matt Mellinger (2 IP, 1 Run, 3 H, 2SO, 1 BB).  Mellinger also pitched well over two innings of work, striking out two and allowing one run.

Kyle Novobilski (1-4) singled in the Parkland first inning, but he would be stranded.  The Trojans get one run back in the second inning.  Austin Mueller (1-2, 1BB, 2 R 2 SB) walked to lead off the inning.  Ethan Imler (1-2, 1bb) then singled followed by a Braeden Duff (1-2, 1 rbi, 1bb) RBI single to score Mueller and cut the Liberty lead to 2-1.   In the fourth inning, Mueller led off with a single and stolen base.  After a walk to Duff, Ben Trinkle (2-2, 1 rbi, 1 hbp) singled for the RBI to score Mueller and tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

With 2 outs in the Parkland 5th inning, Michael Jenkins (1-4) singled.  Kyle Friebolin  (1-3) then doubled to deep right field, but Jenkins was thrown out at homeplate trying to score from first base.  The inning ended with the same score at 2-2.  Mellinger shut the Hurricanes down in the top of the sixth to keep the game knotted at two.  However, in the seventh inning, Liberty scored the go-ahead run.  With 1 out and a man on first and third, Liberty put on  the hit-and-run.  A ground ball hit up the middle glanced off the glove of a diving Jenkins, to score a run and give Liberty the 3-2 lead.  Parkland could not get anything going in the 7th, losing 3-2.



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Sunday, April 6
Rabasco Verbally Commits to the University of Pennsylvania

Chris Rabasco, Parkland’s junior shortstop and right-handed pitcher, has verbally committed to attend and play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Quakers compete in the Division I Ivy League Conference under head coach John Yurkow.  With his current junior year in progress and next year’s senior season to look forward to, Rabasco will join the Quakers in the 2015-2016 academic year.  Chris plans to major in one of the science or business fields. 

Rabasco was recruited to play baseball by several schools, including LaSalle, Virginia, Penn State, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fairfield, St. Johns, Pitt, Stony Brook, and Ivy League schools.  UPenn, Columbia University and William & Mary were the three schools that Chris put on the top of his list after visiting all three schools last fall and spending a day with each school’s coaching staff and players.  “All three schools are top level academic schools and they all have beautiful campuses and very nice athletic facilities,” said Rabasco. 

It was his visit to UPenn that made it clear it was the school for him.  UPenn recruited Rabasco as a two-way player which was another important factor in Chris’ decision.  “UPenn offers the ideal situation for me where I will get one of the best educations that this country has to offer, the ability to be a position player and pitcher, and I will have the opportunity to be an impact player as a freshman.”  The Ivy League recruits on a different timeline compared to other schools due to the stringent academic requirements, so it was a long wait for Chris to get the good news from Coach Santello.  “I enjoyed my interactions with Coach Santello over the past several months and I am looking forward to playing for the Quakers and their coaching staff.”



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Parkland's Chris Rabasco

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Saturday, April 5
Pitcher's Mound & Homeplate Get Upgrades During Spring Field Clean Up Day

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The Parkland baseball coaches and booster club parents held their annual field clean up day at the varsity field today.  Along with general clean up, parents worked to secure the turf in the batting cage, level out the warning track rock, and do some much needed maintenance on our coke wagon concession stand.  The big job of the day, however, involved the upgrade to the pitcher's mound and homeplate areas.  Both areas were dug up and clay bricks installed to give a solid subsurface footing.  With this firm foundation of clay underneath the pitcher's mound, batters' box, and catcher's area, wear and tear of these areas will be drastically reduced as the clay will help prevent large holes and divots from developing from the constant pounding and digging of players' spikes.  The booster club thanks all parents and coaches that turned out to help today.   A special thanks to Scott Friebolin and Jim Adams for their work on the coke wagon.

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Wednesday, April 2
Merkle Hits Grand Slam, Parkland Downs Bethlehem Catholic for Coach Galucy's 200th Win

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Coach Tony Galucy

The Parkland Trojans improved their record to 5-0 with a 9-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic.  Parkland stranded several base runners in the early innings failing to capitalize on struggling Bethlehem Catholic pitching that allowed a total of eleven walks.   With a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Trojans finally took advantage when Zach Merkle (1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI, run) came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit one over the left field fence for a grand slam.  It was also a milestone night for head coach Tony Galucy who collected his 200th career win. 

Parkland scored three runs in the 1st inning and one in the 2nd inning for the early 4-0 lead.  After walks to Brad Vasilik (1-for-3, BB, run) and Justin Afflerbach (0-for-1, 3 BB, 2 runs), Hudson Rabenold (1-for-2, 2B, SF, 3 RBI, run) drove a ball to deep right-center for a 2-RBI double.  A walk to Merkle followed by an Alex Flynn (2-for-3) single loaded the bases.  Zach Miiller (1-for-2, SF, RBI) drove home the third Parkland run with a sacrifice fly.  In the 2nd, the Trojans loaded the bases with no outs when Vasilik led off with a single followed by an Afflerbach walk and Chris Rabasco (2-for-4, 2 runs) single.  Rabenold collected his third RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to give Parkland the 4-0 lead. 

Senior pitcher Gabe Mosser earned his third win of the season on the mound going 5 scoreless innings, striking out nine, while allowing only two hits and one walk.  Rabasco worked the 6th inning striking out two and allowing one hit.  Evan McAndrew pitched the 7th inning striking out two and allowing one hit. 

In the 6th, the Trojans loaded the bases on walks to Afflerbach and Rhett Jacoby (0-for-0, BB, run) and a Rabasco single.  Merkle then drove a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence for the grand slam to give Parkland an 8-0 lead.  Parkland would tack on one more run when Tyler Bruno (1-for-1, run) singled, followed by a Tanner Stufflet (0-for-0, BB) base on balls.  Bruno would advance to third base on a Harrison Rabenold fly out and later scored on a wild pitch. 



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Zach Merkle is greeted at the plate after hitting grand slam

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Thursday, April 3
JV's Get Much Needed Win Over Bethlehem Catholic

The JV Trojans ended a three-game losing skid with a strong performance against Bethlehem Catholic, winning by a score of 10-0.  Starting pitcher Harsha Bollu dominated Bethlehem Catholic batters for 5 shutout innings by striking out 6 and scattering 3 hits over the 6 innings with no base runners reaching second base.

Parkland’s offense got a first inning run when Michael Jenkins (1-3,1r, 1 rbi) reached base on a hit by pitch followed by Austin Mueller reaching base safely on an error to put runners on first and second base.  Kyle Friebolin (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI) then lined a single to center to score Jenkins for the 1-0 Parkland lead.

In the  2nd inning, Ethan Imler (1-3, 2R,1 RBI, 1sb) singled to lead off the inning and stole second base.  Ben Trinkle (2-3, 2 R) then singled to put runners on the corners.  After wild pitch scored Imler, Trinkle scored on an error to make it 3-0 after 2 innings.

In the 4th Braeden Duff(1-2,1R,1RBI, 1sb) singled and stole second base followed by a John Amato (2-3, 1R, 1RBI) single.  Duff scored on another Bethlehem Catholic error followed by a Jenkins RBI single to score another run.

In the 5th, the JV Trojans loaded the based when Matt Mellinger (1-3,1R) led off with a single, Imler reached on an error, and Trinkle laid down a bunt single.  A sacrifice fly by Duff scored Mellinger, then Amato delivered a 2-RBI single to increase Parkland's lead to 8-0.

The Trojans ended the game by mercy rule in the 6th inning when Nathan Markowicz (1-1, 1 R) singled for his first hit as a Parkland Trojan.  A Friebolin single and another error scored Markowicz.  Imler then hit a walk off sacrifice fly to score Friebolin for the 10-0 victory.



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John Amato takes a lead off base

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Tuesday, April 1
Jacoby Hurls Complete Game, Two-Hitter; Parkland Beats Governor Mifflin

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Isaac Neal is congratulated after his first varsity base hit

Junior right-handed pitcher Rhett Jacoby dominated on the mound today tossing a complete game for the Parkland win over highly ranked Governor Mifflin by a score of 7-1.  Jacoby collected his first win of the season allowing only two hits while walking one and hitting two batters.  Governor Mifflin's lone run came in the 4th inning and was unearned due to a Parkland error. 

The Trojans put a run on the board in the top of the 1st inning when Chris Rabasco (2-for-3, two doubles, BB, 2 runs, RBI) hit a two-out double to left field.  Hudson Rabenold (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, run) then singled for the RBI, scoring Rabasco for the 1-0 Parkland lead.  The score remained the same until Governor Mifflin tied it at 1-1 in the 4th inning.  In the top of the 5th inning, Parkland opened up the game scoring four runs.  Brad Vasilik (2-for-4, run) singled, stole second base, and then with two outs in the inning the Trojans rallied, taking advantage of Governor Mifflin errors and timely hitting.  Rabasco was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second.  The next two Parkland batters reached on errors to score one and put Parkland in the lead 2-1.  With the bases loaded, Alex Flynn (0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI) collected an RBI walk, and then Zach Miiller (1-for-3, double, 2 RBI) drove in a pair of runs with a double down the left field line. 

Leading 5-1, Parkland added two more runs in the 6th inning when Isaac Neal (1-for-4, run) singled for his first career varsity base hit.  After a Justin Afflerbach (1-for-4, run) single put runners on the corners, Rabasco hit an RBI double to centerfield to score Neal.  Rabenold followed with an RBI ground out to score Afflerbach.  After allowng a lead off single to start the bottom of the 7th inning, Jacoby retired Governor Mifflin batters in order to complete the 7-1 victory.



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Pitcher Rhett Jacoby pitched a complete game for the win

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Tuesday, April 1
JV's Lose Close One to Governor Mifflin

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Pitcher EJ Brandt

The Parkland JV's suffered their third consecutive loss when they could not hold a late inning lead, losing to Governor Mifflin by a score of 6-5.  Governor Mifflin took an early 1-0, but Parkland answered in the bottom of the 1st with a run to tie it up at 1-1.  Scott Hudock (1-2, Sac) singled to lead off the inning and Andrew Roth (2 bb, 3 SB, 3R) followed with a fielder’s choice.  After Roth stole second base, Michael Jenkins (1-3,BB, RBI) singled to put runners on the corners.  Kyle Friebolin (1-2, Sac, 2 Rbis) hit a sacrifice fly to score Roth and tie the game at  1-1.

After Parkland's defense allowed two unearned runs to score on errors, their bats got a run back in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Roth and Jenkins walked, and then Friebolin singled to deep right center to score Roth, cutting Governor Mifflin's lead to 3-2. 

Starting pitcher EJ Brandt (5 IP, 3 runs, 2 SO , 3BB) shut down Governor Mifflin in 3rd, 4th and 5th innings.  In the bottom of the 5th, Roth walked and made it to third after stealing second base and advancing to third on a wild pitch.  Jenkins plates Roth with an RBI ground out to tie the game 3-3.  After a Friebolin walk and a Matt Mellinger (1-3, BB, 1 run) single,  pinch hitter Ethan Imler (1-1) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Freshman Austin Mueller (1-3, bb, 2 rbis) hit a 2-RBI single to centerfield to put the Trojans in the lead by a score of 5-3.

Relief pitcher Matt Mellinger (2 IP, 3 R, 2 SO, 2 BB) entered the game in the 6th inning.  The Mustangs would go on to score 3 unearned runs to grab back the lead 6-5.  Braedan Duff (1-1) got things going in the 6th inning for the Trojans with a single and he moved to second base on a Hudock sacrifice.  However, Parkland was unable to capitalize and would go scoreless in the last two innings for the 6-5 loss.



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Austin Mueller

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Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Tue 4/22 Baseball Freedom at Parkland 4:00 PM Parkland High School
Tue 4/22 Baseball JV at Freedom 4:00 PM Freedom High School
Wed 4/23 Baseball JV at Hazleton 4:15 PM Hazleton
Wed 4/23 Baseball Parkland at Hazleton 4:15 PM Hazleton
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