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2015 EPC CHAMPIONS



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2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Champion Parkland Trojans

Wednesday, May 20
7-1 Victory Over Pocono Mountain East Sends Parkland to District XI Semifinals

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Connor Higgins earned the win and hit 2-RBI single

Connor Higgins pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing only one run to Pocono Mountain East, while at the plate his 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning got Parkland on the scoreboard and ignited the Trojans on their way to a 7-1 victory in the District XI quarterfinals.  

Higgins finished his work on the mound allowing six base hits and two walks while collecting seven strikeouts.  Two PME singles in the first inning gave PME the quick 1-0 lead, but Higgins kept the Cardinals off the board for the remainder of his outing.  After allowing a one-out single in the first, Higgins retired the next eight batters in a row. 

With the score still 1-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Trojans mounted a two-out rally.  After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Rhett Jacoby (1-2, BB, R) and Andrew Roth (2-2, BB, 2R) hit back-to-back singles that put runners on the corners.  Roth stole second base to put runners on second and third with two outs.  Higgins (1-2, 2 RBI) then singled to right-center to drive in Jacoby and Roth and give the Trojans the 2-1 lead and the Trojans never looked back.  Courtesy runner EJ Brandt stole second base and then advanced to third base on a wild pitch.  Jeff Strisovsky (1-3, sac bunt, RBI) then hit a line drive RBI single to left to increase the Parkland lead to 3-1. 

In the top of the 5th inning, two singles by PME put the tying runs on base with one out in the inning.  Jacoby took the mound in relief of Higgins and a single loaded the bases for PME with one out.  Jacoby was able to work out of the jam with two ground outs to preserve the 3-1 lead.  Jacoby worked 2/3 of an inning allowing no runs on one hit.

 In the bottom of the 6th inning the Trojans broke the game open scoring four runs.  Roth got things going with a walk and a stolen base.  Evan McAndrew (1-1, R, RBI) singled home Roth.  Justin Afflerbach (2-4, R, RBI) added an RBI single and after a walk to Chris Rabasco (1-2, BB, HBP, R), Tyler Bruno (1-3, 2B, sac bunt, RBI) hit an RBI double to deep right field that scored Afflerbach.  Austin Mueller (0-4, RBI) rounded out Parkland's scoring with an RBI groundout.  McAndrew pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing no hits and one walk, to finish out the game.  Cullan Wadsworth (1-4) added a single to the Trojan offense.  



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Andrew Roth was 2-2 with 2 runs scored today

Thursday, May 14
Parkland Repeats as Conference Champions, Wins 2015 EPC Championship with 4-2 Win Over Stroudsburg

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Evan McAndrew earned the win against Stroudsburg

The Parkland Trojans won the 2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship tonight with a hard fought 4-2 win over Stroudsburg at Hackett Park in Easton.  The Trojans beat Stroudsburg ace and MLB draft prospect Mike Nikorak for the second year in a row in a championship game.  Last year the Trojans won the District XI title against Stroudburg.  This is also the second year in a row that Parkland has won the conference championship and tonight's championship marks head coach Tony Galucy's 6th conference championship in the last nine seasons. 

Senior pitcher Evan McAndrew worked five strong innings on the mound for the win allowing two runs (1 earned) on five hits with two walks.  At the plate, the Trojans were led by junior second baseman Tyler Bruno (3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI).  Bruno was unstoppable at the plate as he laced three base hits in the game going 3-3 with two RBI's.  The Trojans got to Stroudsburg ace in the bottom of the first inning when Justin Afflerbach (0-2, 2 BB, R) walked on four pitches.  With two outs, Bruno destroyed a pitch from Nikorak that went to the fence in right-center to score Afflerbach and put Parkland up 1-0.  Bruno did it again in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Chris Rabasco (1-4, R) hit a two-out single to left field and after Rabasco advanced to second base on a wild pitch, Bruno drove another ball to almost the same spot in right-center field for an RBI double and the 2-0 Parkland lead. 

McAndrew had four strikeouts in the game, but two strikeouts came back-to-back at a critical point in the game.  After McAndrew worked around two runners on base in each of the first two innings to keep Stroudsburg off the scoreboard, he then only needed six pitches in a 1-2-3 third inning.  In the 4th inning, Stroudsburg scored their first run of the game to close the gap to 2-1 and they threatened for more runs as they put runners on second and third with one out.  However, McAndrew proceeded to strikeout the next two batters to leave those runners stranded and preserve the Trojans 2-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the 4th, the Trojans answered right back to retake the 2-run lead.  Austin Mueller (1-2, BB, RBI) walked and pinch runner EJ Brandt then stole second base.  With Rhett Jacoby at the plate, a dropped third strike was thrown away by the catcher that allowed Brandt to score and increase Parkland's lead to 3-1.  Stroudburg closed the gap again with a run in the 5th inning to make the score 3-2.  Parkland added a key insurance run in the bottom of the 6th inning when Cullan Wadsworth (1-3, R) led off with a single to left field.  After stealing second base, Wadsworth scored on an Mueller RBI single to increase the lead to 4-2 heading into the 7th inning.

Rabasco came on in relief for McAndrew in the 6th inning and after allowing a lead off single, he struck out the next two batters.  The final out of the inning was made when catcher Dan Zaccaro threw a strike to second base to throw out the base runner on an attempted stolen base.  In the 7th inning, Rabasco worked around two singles and one infield chopper base hit that loaded the bases for Stroudsburg with two outs.  Rabasco was able to get the strikeout for the final out and clinch the EPC championship for the Parkland Trojans.  In his two innings of scoreless relief work, Rabasco earned the six-out save with five strikeouts while allowing four singles.



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Tyler Bruno stands on third base after RBI triple

Wednesday, May 13
Parkland Advances to EPC Championship; Rolls Past Easton with Jacoby's 2-Hit Shutout & 11 K's

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Justin Afflerbach was 2-3

The Parkland Trojans advanced to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game with a dominant 8-0 victory in their semi-final matchup against Easton at Hackett Park.  Senior right-hander Rhett Jacoby pitched a complete game, 2-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts.  Jacoby was dominant throughout the game.  He struck out the side in order in the opening inning, and Jacoby proceeded to retire the first 14 Easton batters of the game in a row.  Jacoby was perfect through 4 and 2/3 innings before Easton got their first base hit of the game with two outs in the 5th inning.  Jacoby also did not walk a batter.

After going scoreless in the first two innings of the game, the Parkland bats came alive in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  The Trojans sent 11 batters to the plate and by the time the 3rd inning was over they Trojans had scored 7 runs on 7 hits in the inning.  Jeff Strisovsky (1-4, R) got the rally started wihth a one-out single.  Justin Afflerbach (2-3, 2R) followed with a single to put runners on first and second.  Chris Rabasco (3-3, R, RBI) then singled to score Strisovksy for the first run of the game  and a 1-0 Parkland lead.  Afflerbach then scored when Tyler Bruno (0-3, R, RBI) reached base on error and Evan McAndrew (0-2, sac fly, 2 RBI) followed with the RBI sacrifice fly to put the Trojans up 3-0.  Cullan Wadsworth (1-3, R, RBI) singled to plate Bruno, Austin Mueller (1-3, R) singled on a ground ball up the middle, and Rhett Jacoby (1-2, BB, RBI) singled to score Wadsworth.  Andrew Roth (1-3, RBI) then beat out an infield single for an RBI that scored Mueller and a throwing error on the play allowed courtesy runner EJ Brandt to score for a 7-0 Trojan lead.

After Jacoby made quick work of the Rovers in the top of the 4th with a 1-2-3 inning on 6 pitches, Parkland added another run in the bottom half of the inning.  Afflerbach reached base on an error, Rabasco singled for his third hit of the game and after a wild pitch put runners on second and third, McAndrew hit an RBI ground out to score Afflerbach. 

With the 8-0 lead, Jacoby continued to cruise through the Easton lineup.  After allowing a base hit on a ground ball that hit the third base bag in the 6th inning, Jacoby retired the remaining batters in order to put an exclamation point on his impressive performance.   



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Rhett Jacoby sets to deliver a pitch in his 2-hit, 11K shutout

Tuesday, May 12
Chris Rabasco Named 2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP; Connor Higgins & Justin Afflerbach are All-Conference

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2015 EPC Most Valuable Player Chris Rabasco

Parkland Trojan senior shortstop Chris Rabasco was named the 2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player in voting by the league's coaches.  This is the inaugural year of the EPC that is comprised of 18 teams in three divisions.  The Trojans advanced to the semi-final round of the EPC championship series with a dramatic 4-3 win over Pocono Mountain East last evening.  The Trojans will face Easton in tomorrow's semi-final matchup.

Rabasco is leading the Parkland Trojans with a .516 batting average, and leads the Trojans in several other offensive categories.  The four-year varsity player leads the Trojans with 32 base hits, 23 RBI's, 11 doubles, 13 walks, and 0.582 OBP.  In limited time on the mound as a relief pitcher, Rabasco has compiled a record of 2-0 with no runs allowed.



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Connor Higgins

 

Senior left-handed pitcher Connor Higgins was named to the 2015 EPC All-Conference Baseball Team.  Higgins has enjoyed a dominant year for the Parkland Trojans on the mound.  He has compiled a record of 7-0 with two shutouts, and a near perfect 0.18 ERA.  In fact, Higgins pitched 38 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run before allowing his first earned run of the season in the 6th inning of the opening round of the EPC playoffs yesterday.  In his 39 innings of pitching this year, Higgins has 51 strikeouts and has not allowed an extra base hit. 

Parkland Trojans third baseman Justin Afflerbach joins Rabasco and Higgins in being named to the 2015 EPC All-Conference Baseball Team.  Afflerbach has been a consistent bat all season in the second spot of the Trojans lineup.  Afflerbach is batting .388 with 26 base hits and one double.  He has scored 20 runs as well as collecting 15 RBI's along with a .474 on-base percentage.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS, CONNOR, and JUSTIN!   



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Justin Afflerbach

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Tuesday, May 12
Tyler Bruno & Evan McAndrew Receive 2015 EPC All-Conference Honorable Mention

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Evan McAndrew

 

Tyler Bruno and Evan McAndrew both received 2015 EPC All-Conference Honorable Mention in voting by the league's coaches.  Bruno, Parkland's junior second baseman, is having an oustanding year from the middle of the Trojan lineup.  He is batting an impressive .406 with 26 base hits, 3 doubles, and leads the Trojans with four triples.  Bruno has knocked in 13 runs and has a .465 on-base percentage.

McAndrew has contributed to the Trojans success this year from the mound, first base, and with his bat.  McAndrew has a pitching record of 4-0 with an impressive 0.89 ERA.  In his 23 2/3 innings pitched this year he has 24 strikeouts and has only allowed three extra base hits.  At the plate, Evan is batting .333 with two doubles and two triples.  He has 16 RBI's and has scored 12 runs. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO TYLER AND EVAN! 



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Tyler Bruno

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Jeff Strisovsky's game winning walk off swing for a double
Monday, May 11
Strisovsky Walk-off Double Sends Trojans to EPC Semi-Finals

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Starting pitcher Connor Higgins

Runs were very hard to come by in a tight first round EPC playoff matchup between the Parkland Trojans and the Pocono Mountain East Cardinals.  Parkland senior Jeff Strisovsky not only got the big hit in the bottom of the 7th inning, but he also took a run away from the Cardinals with his glove.  The Trojans and Cardinals exchanged no-hit baseball and a couple of outstanding defensive plays through the first 3 innings of play.  After the Trojans put runs on the board in the 5th and 6th innings to take a 3-1 lead into the 7th inning, the Cardinals rallied in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game at 3-3.  In the bottom of the 7th Andrew Roth led off with a single.  Strisovsky then came to the plate and showed bunt, but pulled the bat back and laced a double over the left fielder’s head.  The speedy Roth raced home from first base and the Trojans mobbed Strisovsky on the infield to celebrate their dramatic 4-3 walk off victory.  The Trojans are now set to face Easton in the EPC semi-finals slated for 7:15 PM on Wednesday at Hackett Park in Easton.

Connor Higgins pitched a no-hitter through five innings of play while striking out seven.  A Cardinal lead-off walk in the 4th inning followed by a sacrifice bunt and ground out put a runner on third base with two outs.  The next Cardinal batter drove a line drive down the right field line that was headed to the right field corner.  What looked like an easy run that would have put the Cardinals up 1-0, instead the ball was snagged by a diving Strisovsky to end the inning and keep the Cardinals off the board. 

Chris Rabasco (2-3) broke up the no-hitter with the first hit of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning.  Tyler Bruno (1-3) followed with a single to put runners on first and second with one out.  Evan McAndrew (1-3, RBI) then drove a fly ball to deep center field that was caught on the run by the Cardinal defender.  Rabasco tagged and headed for third base, but the Cardinals won the appeal and ended the inning as Rabasco was called out for leaving the base early.

In the 5th inning, the Trojans finally broke the scoreless deadlock when Cullan Wadsworth (0-1, 2BB) walked and then Rhett Jacoby (1-3, 3B, R, RBI) drove a ball to the fence in centerfield for a triple to score Wadsworth.  Roth (2-3, R, RBI) then followed with an RBI single up the middle to score Jacoby. 

With a 2-0 Trojan lead, the Cardinals started the 6th inning with back-to-back singles.  After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third base, a ground ball out allowed the Cardinals to score their first run of the game and cut the Parkland lead to 2-1.  Higgins worked out of further damage and finished with 6 innings of work allowing one run on two hits and five walks. 

The Trojans tacked on another run in the 6th inning when Justin Afflerbach (1-3) and Rabasco led off with back-to-back singles.  McAndrew then hit an RBI single to score pinch runner EJ Brandt. 

With a 3-1 lead, McAndrew took the mound in the 7th in relief of Higgins.  Two infield singles, including a bunt single with a base runner on third base, allowed the Cardinals to close the gap to 3-2.  With one out in the inning and a runner on first base, Rabasco came on to relieve McAndrew.  A stolen base and fly out put a runner on third base with two outs.  A single then scored another Cardinal run that tied the game at 3-3.  McAndrew worked 1/3 of an inning allowing two runs on two hits, while Rabasco worked 2/3 of an inning for the win allowing one hit and striking out one.  With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Roth put a nice swing on a 1-1 count curveball for a single to left field that set up the game winning heroics of Strisovsky (1-4, 2B, GW RBI).



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Trojans celebrate the walk off 4-3 win

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