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3-TIME DISTRICT XI  CHAMPIONS

2013 ~ 2014 ~ 2015



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2015 District XI Champion Parkland Trojans

Saturday, July 4
2015 Morning Call Team of the Year (click here)

The Parkland Trojans have been chosen as the Morning Call's 2015 Team of the Year.  

Follow the link above to read a further recap of the Trojans' historic season.



Wednesday, July 1
Chris Rabasco is the 2015 Morning Call & Express-Times Baseball Player of the Year

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Chris Rabasco

Chris Rabasco, Parkland’s senior shortstop and relief pitcher, is the 2015 high school Player of the Year as named by The Morning Call and the Express-Times.  The dual Player of the Year honors caps off a terrific year for Rabasco, as well as a very successful high school career at Parkland.  This is the second year in a row that a Parkland ball player has been named player of the year by the Morning Call, and Rabasco is the first player to be named Player of the Year by both news organizations since 2008.  The Player of the Year awards adds to an impressive list of accolades for Rabasco this year, as he was also named the Most Valuable Player by the coaches of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC), the 2015 EPC scholar-athlete for baseball, and selected to the 2015 All-Area 1st Team by both the Morning Call and the Express-Times/lehighvalleylive.com

As captain of the 2015 squad, Rabasco led the Trojans at the plate and on the field to a record breaking year for the team.  With a 27-2 record, the 2015 Trojans not only broke the record for most single season wins by a Parkland club, but they also won their second conference title in a row by winning the inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship and won their third consecutive District XI championship.  For their record-breaking season, the 2015 Parkland baseball team is the Morning Call Team of the Year.

Batting out of the number three spot in the Trojan batting order all season, Rabasco led the team in several offensive categories this year.  His 43 base hits is a Parkland all-time single season record, and his .512 batting average not only was a team high for the season, but it is also the second highest batting average all-time behind Parkland’s all-time leader MJ Miorelli who batted .583 in the 2007 season.  Rabasco also led the team this year with 26 RBI’s, 11 doubles, a .581 on-base percentage, and a .702 slugging percentage.  With one triple and one homerun on the year, Rabasco’s 13 extra base hits was also a team high.

Rabasco had 12 multi-hit games and collected at least one base hit in 26 of Parkland’s 29 games this year, and more impressively, he reached base safely in all 29 games as he also led the team with 16 walks.  He hit a walk-off double to drive in the winning run in an extra inning game against Whitehall at Coca-Cola Park.  He was even better in clutch situations and remained hot during Parkland' post-season run.  He batted .562 with runners in scoring position during the season and in the postseason, Rabasco was 13-25 at the plate for a .520 batting average along with a .586 on-base percentage. 

Chris also contributed to the team’s success with his glove and arm.  He made several key defensive plays at shortstop, including several web gems that saved precious runs from scoring in tight post-season games.  On the mound, he earned the win in relief in the opening round of the EPC playoffs against Pocono Mountain East.  In the EPC championship game against Stroudsburg, Rabasco earned a 6-out save pitching two scoreless innings with five strikeouts to clinch the 2015 EPC championship for Parkland.

Rabasco ends a very successful 4-year varsity career on the Parkland diamond.  As the Trojan shortstop for the past four seasons, Rabasco earned honorable mention from the Morning Call as a freshman with a .391 batting average.  As a junior he batted .468 and was named to the Morning Call’s All-Area 1st team and to the Pennsylvania All-State Second Team.  He is Parkland’s all-time career leader in hits with 124 base hits, doubles (32), and runs scored (78).  He is also second on the Trojan all-time career leader board with 76 RBI’s and 43 walks.  Chris will continue his baseball career at the University of Pennsylvania where he will be a freshman this fall. 



Wednesday, July 1
Connor Higgins is the 2015 Morning Call Pitcher of the Year

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Connor Higgins

Connor Higgins is the 2015 Morning Call Pitcher of the Year.  Higgins had an outstanding year on the mound for the Trojans earning a record of 10-0.  The ace of the Trojan pitching staff, Higgins led the team to their record breaking season of 27 wins that included two championships, the 2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Champions and District XI Champions, as well as a semifinalist in the PIAA state playoffs.  His ten wins is the all-time single season record for most wins by a Parkland pitcher.  The Pitcher of the Year award caps off a tremendously successful season for Higgins that adds to his list of honors for his dominant 2015 performance.  In addition to also being named to the Morning Call’s All-Area 1st Team, he was selected to the Express Times/Lehighvallylive.com All-Area 1st team, and he was named to the 2015 EPC All-Conference Team by the EPC coaches. 

With his 0.71 ERA and 72 strikeouts, both third on the Trojan all-time single season leader board, Higgins was nearly untouchable all season.  He pitched 4 complete games along with two shutouts.  He tossed 59.1 innings during the season and faced 237 batters, yet only allowed two hits for extra bases.  He started 20 of those 59.1 innings with a lead off strikeout and had 25 innings where he retired hitters in order in 1-2-3 fashion.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, opponents batted a mere .148 when Higgins was on the hill this season. 

Higgins had several notable performances on the mound this season and he wasted no time leading the team to victories when the season finally got underway in April after weeks of inclement weather in March.  In the season opener against Dieruff, Higgins was part of a no-hitter with his teammates Evan McAndrew and Alec Bartholomew.  Higgins struck out the first six batters of that game and went on to toss five no-hit innings with 12 strikeouts.  He was essentially perfect through his first five innings of work on the season as the only hitter to reach base was due to a Parkland fielding error.  Against Pleasant Valley, he pitched four scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts, and Higgins pitched a four-hit complete game shutout against Easton with 11 strikeouts.

Higgins continued pitching in dominant fashion into the Parkland postseason.  He was 3-0 during the postseason and was on the mound for key playoff games.  He pitched a complete game with six strikeouts for the win in the District XI championship game against Easton for Parkland’s third consecutive District XI championship.  Not only did Parkland win three District titles in a row for the first time in school history, but Higgins had the unique experience of playing a pivotal role in winning two of those championship games.  In addition to his complete game victory in this year’s game, he pitched 2 and 2/3 innings of shutout relief with four strikeouts to earn the save in the 2013 District XI championship win over Whitehall.  In the PIAA State quarterfinal this season, Higgins pitched a complete game with six strikeouts for the win against Council Rock North, holding a powerful lineup to only one run on three hits. 

For his varsity career, Higgins is the Parkland all-time leader in strikeouts and ERA with 152 K’s and an impressively low 0.66 ERA in 117.1 career innings pitched.  His 16 career wins on the mound is second best all-time for Parkland.  Connor will continue his baseball career at Arizona State University. 



Wednesday, July 1
Rhett Jacoby Named to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area First Team

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Rhett Jacoby

Senior Parkland pitcher Rhett Jacoby was named to the 2015 All-Area First Team by the Morning Call.  Jacoby compiled a record of 7-2 on the season with a 1.48 ERA.  Jacoby was part of a strong Trojan pitching staff that carried the team to the 2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title, the 2015 District XI championship, and deep into the PIAA state playoffs. 

Jacoby tossed 7 complete games with 2 shutouts and had 68 strikeouts on the season.  He struck out 10 batters in a complete game win over Nazareth.  He earned the victory against Emmaus tossing a complete game allowing only three base hits along with 9 strikeouts.  In the postseason, he pitched a two-hit, complete game shutout, while striking out eleven batters, in the EPC semifinal against Easton.  Jacoby pitched a complete game in the opening round of the PIAA state playoffs against Owen J. Roberts with six strikeouts to lead the Trojans to their first PIAA state playoff victory since 2009. 

Jacoby had incredible command of the strike zone and impeccable control.  He threw 75% of his pitches this year for strikes along with a 74% first pitch strike percentage.  In 61.2 innings pitched this season he faced at total of 252 batters, yet he only walked three.  In addition to that incredible stat, Jacoby did not walk a lead-off batter of any inning all season.  If that wasn’t amazing enough, Jacoby only went to a 3-0 count with one batter out of 252 batters faced, and he battled back on this one batter to get the strikeout. 

Jacoby had 26 innings this season where he retired the opponents in order in 1-2-3 fashion and opponents only managed a .236 batting average against him.  Jacoby also contributed with his bat and his glove this season.  At the plate, he had a .220 batting average along with 4 doubles, a triple, and 12 walks.  As the Trojans’ first baseman when he was not on the mound, Jacoby flashed a remarkable glove.  He made numerous picks in the dirt on throws from his fellow infielders and over the course of his entire varsity career he only had one error.

Jacoby ends is varsity career with nine wins on the mound with two saves.  With his 103 strikeouts, Jacoby is 5th on the Parkland all-time career strikeout list.  In more than 104 innings pitched over his career, he only walked 15 batters and only had one inning where he walked the lead-off batter.  Jacoby will continue his baseball career next season at Millersville University.



Wednesday, July 1
Tyler Bruno & Evan McAndrew Selected to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area Second Team

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Tyler Bruno

Parkland’s junior second baseman Tyler Bruno has been named to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area Second Team.  Bruno also received EPC All-Conference honorable mention this season.  The left-handed hitter was terrific out of the cleanup spot in the Trojans’ lineup this year, batting .414 with 36 base hits.  He also flashed some power, lacing six doubles and five triples.  His five triples are a single-season record for Parkland.  Bruno shined on the big stage, as he belted a single, double, and triple off first-round MLB draft pick Mike Nikorak in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game.  

In addition to his performance in the EPC championship game against Stroudsburg, Bruno had numerous games this year where he played a key role in leading the Trojan offense to victories.  He had a three-hit game against Wilson West Lawn that included two triples.  He hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 7th inning for the walk-off win over Governor Mifflin.  Defensively, Bruno was also solid this year, making just four errors at second base, with a fielding percentage of .949. 

Bruno continued to swing the bat well with a .423 batting average during the Parkland postseason where the Trojans played nine additional games beyond the standard 20-game regular season schedule.  After going 3-3 at the plate against Nikorak, Bruno was 2-3 in the District XI semifinal matchup against Northampton.  He collected three base hits in the opening round of the PIAA state playoff game against Owen J. Roberts, helping the Trojans win their first PIAA state playoff game since 2009.

In addition to his .414 season average, Bruno had a .457 on-base percentage, 18 RBI’s, and 14 runs scored, and he batted .467 with runners in scoring position.  He also posted 11 multi-hit games and recorded a hit in 21 of 29 games.  Bruno returns to the team next season for his senior year.



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Evan McAndrew

Senior pitcher and first baseman Evan McAndrew has been named to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area Second Team.  McAndrew also received EPC All-Conference honorable mention this season.  McAndrew had an outstanding season for the Trojans both on the mound, at the plate, and on the field.  He finished the season with a .329 batting average with three 3 doubles and two triples.  He scored 15 runs and had eight walks and a .379 on-base percentage.  His 23 RBI’s were second most on the team this season and 5th most on the Parkland all-time single season leader board. 

McAndrew was an outstanding two-way player making significant contributions to the team’s success with his bat and his arm.  Along with his performance at the plate, he only had one error at first base for a .989 fielding percentage.  He was also impressive on the mound earning a record of 5-0 on the season with an outstanding 0.94 ERA and 28 strikeouts.  Opponents only managed a .163 batting average against McAndrew and he was part of some notable wins for the team this year.

McAndrew was part of two no-hitters this season by the Parkland pitching staff.  In the season opener against Dieruff, he was part of a combined no hitter with his teammates Connor Higgins and Alec Bartholomew, where he struck out the side in one inning of relief work.  Against Central Catholic, he pitched four no-hit innings with three strikeouts combining with teammate Ryan Giovenco for the no-hitter.  McAndrew pitched a complete game one-hitter for the win against East Stroudsburg South, striking out six.    McAndrew pitched 2 and 2/3 inning of perfect relief, retiring all seven batters he faced in order along with three strikeouts, for the extra inning win over Nazareth.  He pitched six scoreless innings at Coca-Cola Park in a regular season game against Whitehall that Parkland went on to win in extra innings.

His most impressive win on the season came in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game against Stroudsburg.  McAndrew outpitched Mike Nikorak, a 2015 MLB first round draft choice, pitching five innings allowing one run on five hits along with four strikeouts.

Evan finishes his Parkland career with a .317 batting average and he will continue his baseball career at Mansfield University.



Wednesday, July 1
Justin Afflerbach, Andrew Roth & Jeff Strisovsky Receive 2015 All-Area Honorable Mention by the Morning Call

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Justin Afflerbach

Parkland’s senior third baseman Justin Afflerbach has received honorable mention by the Morning Call 2015 All-Area team selections.  Afflerbach was also named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference All-Conference Team by the EPC coaches.  The left-handed hitter worked all season from the number two spot in the Trojan lineup and had a .375 batting average along with a .471 on-base percentage.  Afflerbach led the team with 29 runs scored, which puts him first on the Parkland baseball all-time list for most runs scored in a single season.  He had two doubles, 13 walks and 15 RBI’s on the season.

Afflerbach collected at least one base hit in 23 of Parkland’s 29 games this season, he had 8 multi-hit games, and he reached base safely in 27 of the 29 games.  Justin had a four-hit performance in a game against Northampton while also driving in three runs.  He was 2-3 with three RBI’s against Central Catholic.  He was even better with runners on base during the season, batting .444 with runners in scoring position. 

During Parkland’s postseason, Afflerbach continued his strong performance with a .333 batting average along with a .433 on-base percentage.  He was 2-3 in the EPC semifinal against Easton and he followed up that up with a 2-4 performance at the plate against Pocono Mountain East in the District XI quarterfinal round. 

Justin finishes a successful career at Parkland with a .311 career batting average, a .417 career on-base percentage, and 54 runs scored.  He will continue his baseball career at Kutztown University.



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Andrew Roth

Junior centerfielder Andrew Roth has been named to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area team with honorable mention.  Roth had an outstanding year for the Trojans both at the plate and in centerfield.  Roth secured his spot in the Trojan lineup early in the season producing with his bat and glove.  For the season he collected 23 base hits for a batting average just under .400 at .397.  Roth had one double, 10 RBI’s, scored 17 runs, and an impressive .478 on-base percentage.  Batting from the bottom of the Trojan lineup, Roth produced in clutch situations numerous times batting .474 with runners in scoring position.

Roth was outstanding for the Trojans during their run in the playoffs.  He was 2-2 in the District XI quarterfinal game against Pocono Mountain East.  Roth was 2-3 in the District XI semifinal game against Northampton, including a key base hit late in the game that drove in an important insurance run for the Trojans.  In the District XI championship game against Easton he was also 2-3 at the plate.  With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning of that championship game, Roth led off the inning with a double and eventually scored the walk-off winning run to clinch the District XI championship for the Trojans.  In the postseason, Roth batted .348 with a .407 on-base percentage.

In the 25 games he played in this season, he got at least one base hit in 18 games and he reached base safely in 23 of 25 those games.  Roth returns to the team next season for his senior year.



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Jeff Strisovsky

Jeff Strisovsky, Parkland’s senior outfielder has been named to the 2015 Morning Call All-Area Team with honorable mention.  This is the second year in a row that Strisovsky has received honorable mention from the all-area selections by the Morning Call.  Jeff was one of the key players this season that helped the 2015 Trojan squad win a record high 27 games, win the 2015 EPC title, and he will never forget how he helped the team win two playoff games, especially the 2015 District XI championship.

From the leadoff spot of the Trojan lineup, Strisovsky was a consistent bat all season.  He finished the season with a .296 batting average along with five doubles and 15 RBI’s.  He earned 9 walks to help him achieve a .364 on-base percentage.  He led the team with ten stolen bases and his 23 runs scored this year were second most on the team.  Jeff came through in the clutch more than once this season as he batted .406 with runners in scoring position.  He got at least on base hit in 23 of the 29 games played this year, and he saved his best heroics for the playoffs.

Strisovsky was also a top defender in the Trojan outfield and he made several outstanding defensive plays this season.  In addition to his offensive contributions, Jeff made more than one diving catch in right field this year that prevented opponents from scoring in key situations.

Jeff will be remembered for numerous contributions to the success of the 2015 Trojan team, but he will be most remembered for his “Mr. October” heroics.  In the first round of the EPC playoffs against Pocono Mountain East, the Trojans found themselves tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 7th inning.  With a runner on first base with no outs, everyone in the stadium expected Jeff to bunt the base runner over to second base into scoring position.  Strisovsky did appear to be doing just that when he squared around and showed bunt, but he pulled the bat back as the pitch was delivered.  He laced a double over the left fielder’s head scoring the base runner from first base for the dramatic walk-off victory.  A player is usually only able to experience such heroics once during a season, if at all, but not Strisovsky. 

With another playoff game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning, but this time it was on the big stage at Coca-Cola Park in the District XI championship game against Easton, Jeff found himself in a familiar situation. The Trojans had a runner on second base with one out.  Strisovsky stepped into the batter's box and drove a line drive to centerfield for a single to drive in the game-winning, walk-off run to give the Trojans the 4-3 victory and their third straight District XI title.

Jeff finishes his Parkland career with a .308 batting average, ten doubles, 26 RBI’s, 41 runs scored, 28 walks and a .415 on-base percentage.  Jeff will attend Shippensburg University in the fall.



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