Parkland High School Baseball: Parkland Baseball News
|2018 EPC Champions!|
Sunday, May 20
EPC announces 2018 award winners
|Adam Smith (P) and Cullan Wadsworth (OF) were named to EPC First Team|
|Collin Duff named EPC Baseball Scholar-Athlete|
Friday, May 18
Trojans make it back to back take EPC Conference Championship in one day Tourney style format
|Smith struck out 5 while scattering 4 hits in 6 shutout innings vs Easton|
The EPC Conference dealt with an unusual week as Teams saw games postponed from one day to the next as the weather boasting storms of both rain and hail interfered with games. After multiple false starts it was determined that the semifinals would be handled "Tourney Style" on Friday the 18th. The number 2 seeded Trojans would take on Stroudburg in one semifinal with Easton vs Emmaus in the other and the winners would battle it out in the Championship game at 1:30. The venue was to be Scranton University's brand new turf stadium an hour and a half away. Easton chose the 11:30 semifinal as the one seed which means the Trojans had to board the bus at PHS at 6:30 AM to play a 9 AM semifinal matchup against Stroudsburg. With bacon and bats on board the Trojans took to the road and took over the field at Scranton University and demonstrated in dominant fashion why they are now back to back EPC Conference Champions (inc 4 of the last 5) after most pundints had written them off as possibly the 3rd or 4th best team in the conference for 2018 Season.
The detailed blow by blow is best left for the scribes via links below:
|Wadsworth added 2 singles and 2 RBI in the final game|
|Matt Ervolina was 2 for 3 including a double in the championship|
|Duff threw 3-2/3 innings of one hit shutout ball for the Win vs Stroudsburg|
|Adam Mellinger drove in 3 runners in the semi-final victory|
Saturday, May 19
Trojan WIN in EPC Quarterfinal
|Algard was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk in the quarterfinal game|
With the Northeast weather being more "May Showers than Flowers" flexibility, adaptability and readiness to perform on demand are quickly becoming a necessity. Fortunately, the Trojan failthful are being treated to a Trojan Team that is up to the challenge. As Parkland opened EPC Conference play with a Home tilt against Freedom. With both Teams able to throw their No. 1 Pitcher from this season a pitchers duel was forecasted and both pitchers showed up looking to put his team on their back. Parkland sent Adam Smith to the mound and the Junior did not disappoint tossing a complete game shutout with 7 strikeouts while giving up 2 hits for the Trojans. Offensively the Trojans were held mostly in check with Joseph Webber and Matt Ervolina with two hits apiece and Cullan Wadsworth and Will Algard with one and an RBI a piece accounting for the two Trojan runs. With Post Season play no underway it is best to leave the journalism to the "pro's" links to articles follow below.
|Smith fans 7 in complete game shutout|
Thursday, May 10
Hometown Heroes Night and a Trojan Victory
|The Trojans honor our Hometown Heroes|
The Trojans and their fans took time prior to Wednesday Nights game at the Sandlot to hold the 3rd Annual Hometown Heores Event to celebrate and honor those in the community that serve in the Military, Police, Fire and Emergency Services. With Hometown Honorees from each of the four branches being recognized prior to the game and those that were in attendance throughout; the Trojans and their Booster Club collected donations for 3 great causes, The Gary Sinise Foundatioon, Hope for Heores and Parkland for Parkland. Helmut Fried (Vietnam War Vet) Military, Josh Faust (Parkland Alum and our very own 1st Base Coach) Police, Jeff Johnson (Parkland Alum 1971, Fire Chief Tri-Clover) Firefighters, Jen Brown (Five Tool EMT Threat) Emergency Services and First Responders were recognized for their service and contributions to the community prior to Taena Aponte and Jess Schaffer singing renditions of America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner for all of those in attendance at Trojan Stadium. With the lights on and attention turned to the game CK Kinsley got the nod on the mound for the Trojans with battery mate George Jenkins behind home plate. Kinsley went the distance for the Trojans & got stronger as the game went on; giving up 3 hits and a run while striking out 9 over the course of a 7 inning complete game outing, with 2 of the strikeouts to start the Top of the 7th before a ground out to Matt Ervolina for the final out of the 4-1 Trojan Victory. On offense Jeremy Piatkiewicz had a Triple and runscored and a walk to pace the offense along with Joe Webber who had a hit and 2 walks. The Trojans thereatened out of the gate with Webber and Kinsley both reaching base with singles in the bottom of the 1st after Whitehall was retired in order but they were LOB. After that both sids were kept off the board until Whitehall got on the board in the top of the 4th first with a run and Kinsley and the Trojans found their way out of the bases being loaded while only surrendering a run.
The Trojans then stormed back in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead 2-1 when Adam Mellinger & Will Algard walked with the former scoring on a wild pitch and Algard on a Matt Ervolina RBI FC to the first baseman with Dylan Miller also drawing a walk in between. With his teammates taking back the lead Kinsley & the Trojans locked it down from that point tacking on a insurance run in the bottom of the 5th courtesy of a Jeremy Piatkiewicz Triple, a Joe Webber walk, CK Kinsley RBI groundout making the score 3-1 after which Cullan Wadsworth was HBP the inning ended with Webber and Wads LOB. The Trojans would get the final run of the game in the Bottom of the sizth after Kinsley and the Trojans retired Whitehall in order in the Topf of the sixth, when Matt Ervolina singled and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch followed by walks by Jeremy Piatkiewicz, and Joe Webber walks with Ervolina scoring to make it 4-1 on the latter as ball 4 was a wild pitch. With the victory the Trojans will have 2 days to prepare on a high note having won 2 of their last 3 games leading up to the EPC Conference Playoffs starting on Saturday May 12th as the second season begins for the Trojans.
|Kinsley with a complete game victory|
Thursday, May 10
Trojan JV gets shutout over Whitehall in final game of the season
With the parking lot filling up as the EPC and Colonial League Track Championships were occurring next door, it would be difficult to locate any future track stars on the baseball diamond at Whitehall, as the game was more of a walk-fest than a game involving players showing off their great speed. With 14 bases on ball (that is correct) and 3 players hit by pitch, it wasn’t going to take many hits for the Trojan JV Team to have constant rallies in each inning. Besides the slew of freebies given to the young squad, The Trojans had another great pitching performance; this time by Sophomore Righty, Nikhil Patel. Nikhil pitched 6 innings, only gave up 1 hit and 1 walk and left the game with an 8 to 0 lead. As the game progressed, the knowledgable Parkland crowd anticipated a win while contemplating "all things baseball" that would happen in the coming months. Even a family dog seemed relaxed and enjoyed the great atmosphere at the final game of this quick season. Many Parkland players did what they could to end the season on a high note. Josh Miiller got an rbi single in the first inning. Owen Lehr had a grounder in the 3rd that knocked in a run. Jack Giovenco caught a great game and got on base often with his skill in getting on base in any way possible. Chris Lessel was a spark plug by getting on base with walks, singles and being a team player in sacrificing runners on base. Luke Dauberman got hit by a pitch (again) and helped create production with a single and 2 walks. Parker Swartz got on base with walks and it was nice to see Vince Gerbasio back in action as he got on base and was a great team player. Bryce Ratliff stayed hot with 2 more hits and 2 walks and Drew Sorrentino came in for an encore performance on the mound and struck out 2 and gave up 0 runs. So although nearby runners were setting area records with their speed at track championships, baseball is a unique sport where each and every game is different and in this contest, Whitehall provided a lot of base runners for the Trojans and it was nice to see them take advantage of it. As the season changes quickly from one month ago where snow and rain was the primary weather, the end of the season was about perfect weather for the perfect sport and although the season wasn’t perfect with wins and losses, the Trojans developed and improved throughout the year and produced another winning record.The final score was Parkland 8 and Whitehall 0.
Monday, May 7
Trojans win in Northampton
|Webber went 4 for 4 with an RBI in the win|
In what started as a bit of pitchers duel in the box score with Adam Smith taking the hill for the Trojans in Northampton, when it was all said and done only the Trojan starter was able to maintain the duel throughout the game. Smith finished yet another efficient day on the hill for the Trojans, as has been the theme for most of the season; scattering eight hits and 1 run over 6 2/3 innings of work with 3 strikeouts as he kept K-Kid batters off balance and although the ball was put in play, the Trojans behind Smith were there to make the play. Offensively for the Trojans through the first four innings of play Joe Webber (4-4) & CK Kinsley (2-4) were the only Trojans to grace the basepaths and a game long pitchers duel seemed to be in the making. However, a four-run fifth inning put the Trojans ahead for good, Dylan Miller got it started with a single to CF, Matt Ervolina singled followed by a Jeremyt Piatkiewicz sacrifice to advance the runners to 2nd & 3rd & ROE, George Jenkins then doubled giving the Trojans a 3-0 leade, Austin Imler came in to run for Jenkins and scored on a Joe Webber single to make the score 4-0. CK Kinsley then singled but was LOB. Northampton got its lone run of the game in the bottom of the 6th after Matt Ervolina had doubled in the Top of the 6th but was LOB. The Trojans then tacked on the cushion with 3 runs in the Top of the 7th after Jenkins singled and Austin Imler came in to run for him Joe Webber and CK Kinsley singled to load the bases, Cullan Wadsworth then doubled plating Imler, Webber and Kinsley scoring from first on the hit to make it a 7-1 Parkland lead. Will Algard (BB) and Dylan Miller (single) also reached in the 7th but were LOB. Adam Smith then got the first two outs in the bottom of the 7th and Koby Staivecki came in to get the final out in relief of Smith sealing the Trojan Victory.
|Adam Smith scattered 7 hits with only 1 run in 6-2/3 innings|
Monday, May 7
JV Trojans shutout against Northampton
Northampton appeared to have the Trojan JV Team’s number this year as they played well in their 2nd game against Parkland this year. In a game where Josh Miiller pitched well, the Trojans were not able to get many hits and more importantly, no real clutch hits. A 2 to 0 lead looked like it would disappear in the 6th when the Trojans had the bases loaded but unfortunate hits to the wrong places created a put out a home followed quickly by a double play to end the inning. Parkland played well but the Northampton lefty pitcher was hitting all the spots and was difficult to hit. Parker Swartz had 3 nice hits including a beautiful bunt down the 3rd base line. Lesser beat out the throw on a bunt in the 6th, Ratliff hit a fly single to left, Giovenco flared a single to right field and Nick Ernst bounced a single past the 3rd baseman. Most of these hits were scattered during the game, so no rallies could be found. Although the game was close for many innings, some runs in the top of the 7th gave Northampton team 6 runs, and without Parkland being able to put a lot of hits together, other than the 6th, the JV Squad was shut out 6 to 0. With one game left, Parkland is looking to end their season on a positive note in a game against Whitehall.
Saturday, May 5
Trojans fall at The Sandlot to Daniel Boone
|Algard provided the Trojan's lone run with an RBI single in the 7th|
|Duff held Daniel Boone to 2 runs in the low scoring affair|
Saturday, May 5
JV Trojans beat Daniel Boone in Non-League Game
In a season when some non-league teams opted out of playing the Trojan JV Squad, the Blazers from Daniel Boone wanted to play as they made the trek up Rt 222 to get to the Parkland JV Field. Both teams were sporting good records going into the contest. It is nice to play baseball when the weather is nice and the Blazers came to bat first as they were challenged early against Pitcher Drew Sorrentino. Drew is starting to come into his own and once again, he pitched masterfully with 9 strikeouts in only 5 innings. He gave up no runs and pitched mostly strikes on this Saturday afternoon tilt. Other than a few singles with no one on base, Drew was constantly baffling the batters with his mix of pitches. It looked like it might be a closer game after 2 innings when the JV 9 left some runs on base. In fact, there were 9 total runners left on base in the contest, which helped extend the game to avoid and early inning win. In the first, Chris Lessel, who is consistently getting on base got hit by a pitch. A perfectly executed hit and run with Parker Swartz striking the ball to right field and then a slicing single to right by Nikhil Patel gave the Trojan squad a quick lead. However that is all they could manage in the first. The 2nd inning saw similar factors with Owen Lehr working a walk (2 walks, 1 hit by pitch and 2 runs scored), Jack Giovenco getting hit in the back (1 hit by pitch, 1 walk and 1 R Scored) and a Bryce Ratliff (2 for 3) line single to centerfield made it bases loaded. The Blazers of Daniel Boone were not used to the unique design of the JV Backstop so a passed ball scored Owen Lehr, but then the rally was thwarted. The 3rd inning was the big inning as Josh Miiller walked, TJ Khela stayed extra hot with another hit to centerfield, Owen Lehr walked and Jack Giovenco got an rbi bases loaded walk. Another single by Ratliff and a reach base on error by Lessel provided 4 runs for the home team to take a comfortable 6 to 0 lead. At this point, Sorrentino continued to “cruise” on the mound. The Trojan 9 got an insurance run in the 4th when Miiller and Khela, who each reached base often, got on with walks and with some wild pitches, the Trojans were able to get runs. Joe Algard, who can play anywhere, came into pitch and with an efficient 6 pitches, retired the side. Later in the game, just back from injury, Austin Scherff hit a screamer single to left field. The top of the 7th got a little interesting as the Blazers were able to explore their way back in the game. They were not able to gain folk hero status with the comeback attempt as Junel Rodriquez was able to silence the Blazers with a strikeout. The 7 to 3 win kept the JV Trojan Team as hot as the weather and no one was wishing the season would be over within the week.
Friday, May 4
Trojans travel to Hazelton again, this time get to play and win
|Ethan Russell had 2 RBI versus Hazleton|
The game that made many wander whether it was meant to be played or not, finally occured in Hazelton on Friday, after a reschedule, a road trip to Hazelton that resulted in no game being played due to field conditions and then to top it off on the way to the game the bus blew a tire and the team had to wait for a new bus to get them to the game in the mountains. With the game finally underway CK Kinsley led off with a single and Joe Webber came in as a courtesy runner, Jared Kuharchuck singled and Wadsworth walked to load the bases, Adam Mellinger then scored Webber with a Sac Fly to CF and a 1-0 Trojan lead. Wadsworth then took 2nd on a wild pitch and Will Algard scored Kuharchuck grounding into a fielders choice with Wadsworth advancing to third. Hani Kitabwalla then walked and Matt Ervolina plated Wadsworth with a Sac Fly and a 3-0 Trojan lead after the top of the 1st. The Trojans then wen in order in the 2nd and 3rd inning.
The Trojans drove the lead to 4-0 in the Top of the 4th after Matt Ervolina singled and advanced to 3rd on a Alex Oliver single and then scored on a Ethan Russell SacFly to LF. From the mound CK Kinsley and battery mate Ethan Russell & the Trojans kept the Cougars off the board until the 4th inning when they were able to plate 2 runs and cut the Trojan lead to 4-2. On the day Kinsley was just what the Trojans Staff needed going deep in the game pitching 6 and 1/3 innings striking out 3 until Alex Oliver relieved him in the 7th and got the final 2 outs of the game.
The Trojans put a couple more on the board in the Top of the 6th after Will Algard ROE, Hani Kitabwalla singled and Matt Ervolina walked to load the bases. Ethan Russell then plated Algard with a SacFly to LF to make it 5-2 then CK Kinsley singled driving in Hani Kitabwalla pushing the lead to 4 at 6-2. The Cougars got their final run of the day in the bottom of the 6th to make it 6-3. Will Algard singled in the Top of the 7th but was LOB. After getting the first out in the bottom of the 7th CK Kinsley was relieved by Alex Oliver with a man on first. After a single Alex Oliver induced a pop up to the infield and the struck out the batter for the third out securing the Trojan Victory
|Kinsley held Hazleton to 3 runs on 8 hits over 6-1/3 innings|
|Adam Mellinger with three hits on the day to lead the Trojan offense vs CCHS|
Trojans spot ACC 7 but offense throws up 13 in 13-9 comeback win
|Phil Schoch pitched well in relief despite horrible weather conditions|
On a day at Sammy Balliet Stadium that feature 80 + temperatures and a torrential downpour resulting in a rain delay the Trojans Offense bowed it's back and picked up the pitching staff in a 13-9 comeback effort. After spotting the ACC Vikings a 7-0 lead after 2 innings, Phil Schoch came on in relief and got not only the victory but the game under control, as the defense helped him to lock the game down so the Trojan Offense could go to work, claiming the lead in the 5th inning to defeat Allentown Central Catholic 13-9 on Thursday. The game was tied at nine with the Trojans batting in the top of the fifth when Dylan Miller doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs. The Trojan Offense was boosted on this day by Adam Mellinger who went 4-for-4 at the plate. Mellinger doubled in the third, singled in the fourth, and singled in the sixth. Phillip Schoch pitched well for the Trojans and kept ACC in check while going two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four. Koby Staivecki threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Staivecki recorded the last six outs to earn the save for the Trojans, and was the beneficiary of a momentum killing CK Kinsley to Ervolina to Will Algard DPlay at one point that thwarted any comeback thoughts the ACC Vikings may have had. A.J. Palumbo got the start for the Trojans. Mellinger went 3-for-4 (1 BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI) at the plate to lead the Trojans in hits; as the offense logged 12 hits and 6 walks on the day as the Trojan Offense refused to lose to the Vikings. Other contributors on offense to the come from behind victory were: Christian Kinsley (1-4, 2 runs, 1 BB,1 RBI) Cullan Wadsworth (1-2, 1 BB, 2HBP, 1 run), Dylan Miller (2-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI) Will Algard (1-3, 2 runs, 1 BB, 2 RBI) Jeremy Piatkiewicz (1-3, 1 run, 1BB 3 RBI), George Jenkins (1-2, 1BB), Matt Ervolina (1-4, 1 run, 1 RBI).
|Dylan Miller added two hits for PHS vs Central ; pictured here with Coach Faust|
Thursday, May 3
JV Team wins in back and forth contest with Allentown Central Catholic
Parkland JV hosted Allentown Central Catholic under the lights. In the busiest stretch of games of the season for the young squad, the later start time helped create the largest crowd of the season for the anticipated showdown with the Vikings of Central Catholic. The weather could not have been any different than the first game played between the teams when there was a bitter cold and snow prior to the game. In this contest, with the mid 80 degree temperatures, the music playing and the smiles on the boys faces, everyone expected a fun night. Just 3 weeks ago, Parkland won on a no hitter. Today was going to be different. After 2 innings of play, the Trojan JV boys were down unexpectedly 5 to 0. Parkland hit into some tough luck in the first with a double play and a liner to centerfield that was sandwiched by a Nikhil Patel single to left. In the 2nd, down 5 to 0, a 2 out rally concluded with Luke Dauberman lining a single to centerfield scoring a run but a great thrown by the centerfielder was able to get the final out in the inning. Owen Lehr came in and pitched effectively for 2 plus innings giving up no earned runs. At this point, the Parkland bats went to work over the next few innings. Down 7 to 2, the comeback was on the way. Key hits by lanky first baseman, TJ Khela and Bryce Ratliff (2 for 3) and Parker Swartz produced runs. A long double by Nick Ernst drove in 2 more runs and some great situational hitting by right fielder, Jake Donmoyer helped keep the rally going. Owen Lehr dramatically took ball 4 on his one at bat and sped past first to get to 2nd on a walk where the ball went back to the screen. Often running for the pitcher or catcher, Chris Lessel used his base running savvy to score 3 runs to help the Trojan 9. Joe Algard was masterful behind the plate making all the key plays but had some game changing plays by throwing out a runner trying to steal 2nd base in the 3rd but more importantly catching an unexpectant Viking runner at 3rd base by gunning him out in the 5th. Ultimately that throw kept the inning from getting worse in this game that seemed to go deep into the night but ended after 5 innings due to time constraints. After throwing just one pitch before Algard’s pickoff throw, Junel Rodriquez ultimately would be the winning pitcher as the Trojans were in for a dramatic 5th and final inning. In this back and forth game with some hits but many miscues by many teams, showed Parkland tying the game at 7 and then taking an 11 to 7 comfortable lead going into the 5th, only to lose that lead in the top of the 5th. When the officials declared the 5th inning to be the final inning, a 1 out rally was needed if Parkland wanted to get the victory. Owen Lehr sharply grounded to short and reached on an error. TJ Khela walked and then another walk to Nick Ernst loaded the bases. With a noise ordinance not allowing music past 9:30pm, you could almost hear “whatever it takes” by Imagine Dragons as Lessel and Khela made sure the game didn’t end in a loss or tie as they seized the opportunity to score on back to back passed balls. Khela’s instinct helped conclude a long affair as the Trojan 9 pulled out a 13 to 12 victory. Although the game did not always have flawless execution to be considered a classic, the game was certainly interesting to watch and the late inning dramatics and coaching strategy provided a nice win and the late night drive home a little sweeter!
|Webber had three hits on the day for Parkland vs Nazareth|
Trojans offense provides cushion in victory over Blue Eagles
|CK Kinsley paced the Trojans hitting attack with three hits|
|Koby Staivecki closed out the game for the Trojans|
Wednesday, May 2
Trojan JV continues run of dominant pitching as offense stays hot
|Josh Miiller had 2 hits and 2 rbi on the day|
|Will Algard led the offensive attack with 3 hits and 2 RBI|
Trojans trip to ESN results in 5 inning Victory
|Duff pitched a strong outing with no runs on 4 hits and no walks|
Wednesday, May 2
Trojan JV hurler with a NoNo in victory over PME at home
|Sorrenino with the nohitter, leads team to a 5 inning mercy victory|
After a season of more postponements than games played, the Trojan JV Team was anxiously awaiting their home game against Pocono Mountain East. On a beautiful, sunny day with the sun shining, the smell of ballpark fare down at the Coke Wagon and a happy vibe in the air, all were hopeful for a great baseball game. Little did everyone know that Sophomore Pitcher, Drew Sorrentino would pitch the game of his life. After striking out the side in the top of the first inning, his velocity on the fastball and bite on the curve would indicate that he was going to difficult to hit against. Great pitching combined with some less than ideal fielding by the Cardinals of Pocono Mountain contributed to a solid victory for Coach Moyer’s squad. A RBI single in the first by DH Josh Miiller (1 for 2 with 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored) put the team ahead for good. His line shot to centerfield scored Chris Lessel (1 for 4 and 3 runs scored) and Parker Swartz (2 for 2 with 2 singles and a walk). Drew was “on” for the game and he wouldn’t need much offense to win this game. In fact, his dominating performance included 11 strikeouts in just 5 innings pitched. The few batters that made contact hit mostly soft pop ups near home plate. Other than a walk and hit by pitch, the only batter to reach base for Pocono Mountain East was in the 5th inning, when the catcher tried to bunt to break up the no hitter. A throw slightly off target enabled the PM Catcher to reach base.
With the official scorer quickly indicating “e” for error, the no hitter was a strong possibility. During the 2nd through 5th innings, the Parkland hitters made plenty of contact, but were fortunate that the defense wasn’t as crisp as our pitching, so extra runners consistently got on base. Joe Algard (1 for 2) seemed to be on base in every inning. From his 2nd inning single to his ability to take pitches for a walk, or get hit by pitch or even get on with an error, he was able to make things happen on the base paths. TJ Khela had 2 rbi’s by having productive at bats in the 3rd and 5th innings. His teammate, Owen Lehr (1 for 2) had a nice day at bat by getting hit by a pitch in the first and hitting a line drive single to right in the 4th inning. Nikhil Patel had his typical day by get an rbi single and getting on base with a walk and Luke Dauberman made one of the few necessary fielding plays for the Trojans and also managed to get on base a couple of times and score a run. Behind every great pitching performance by a pitcher is the work of the catcher. In this game, Jack Giovenco caught a great game and should be proud of catching a no hitter. Jack struck the ball hard in the 5th inning deep to left field to help knock in a run and to start to put the game out of reach. Joe Algard’s walk off Hit by Pitch turned out to be the final play of the game. With 1 week left in this season, the Trojans are hitting their stride behind some great pitching and timely hitting.
Monday, April 30
Trojans tripped up by PME in loss
The Trojans began a week in which they will play 6 games in 7 days. Road games with significant travel will test the team's focus and resolve as they will travel to the Poconos twice and Hazleton at week's end. The team did not get off to a good start as they travelled to Pocono Mountain East today and lost 19-1. The Trojans now have a record of 10-2 on the season and will travel back to the Poconos tomorrow to take on East Stroudsburg North as they make the trek back to the mountains.
Monday, April 30
Join Us for Hometown Heroes Night!
|PHS Baseball Class of 2018|
Trojans walkoff Blue Eagles in 8 on Senior Night
|Duff pitches 5-2/3 no-hit innings for Trojans|
Senior Night on Thursday saw yet another crop of Seniors take the field at the Trojan Sandlot with their parents, and as hugs and kisses were exchanged all around, past coaches were acknowledged and thanked for their mentoring as Seniors CK Kinsley #2, Cullan Wadsworth #4, Adam Mellinger #5, AJ Palumbo #6, Ethan Russell #7, Dylan Miller #9, Collin Duff #11 and Will Algard #14 offered thanks to many and advice and words of wisdom to underclassmen prior to the Trojans taking on the Blue Eagles from Nazareth.
Fittingly, Senior Collin Duff got the nod on the mound for the Trojans as George Jenkins settled in behind the plate. Duff and the Trojan D were stingy on this night as Duff struck out 5 and held the Blue Eagles scoreless through 5 innings of play, with the Eagles plating there only run of the game with 2 outs prior to Duff’s exit in the sixth. Offensively the Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd after Jared Kuharchuck singled and was driven in on a Matt Ervolina double to give the Trojans the early 1-0 lead. Cullan Wadsworth had a double to the gap in the bottom of the 3rd but was LOB. In the bottom of the 4th Adam Mellinger led off with a walk and stole 2nd prior to and Adam Smith single who took 2nd uncontested, but the pair were LOB and the score remained 1-0 Trojans after 4. Duff & the Trojans retired the Eagles in order in the Top of the 5th, with the bottom of the frame that saw both Cullan Wadsworth and Dylan Miller reach base via the free pass only to be LOB. The team from Nazareth tied it up in the top of the 6th 1-1 and Koby Staivecki came on in relief of Duff and was treated to a Cullan Wadsworth diving web gem catch in CF to end the inning with a runner on base. In the bottom of the 6th Jared Kuharchuck doubled and Matt Ervolina reached on error, Kuharchuck was moved to 3rd on a Ethan Russell SacFly with Ervolina later taking 2nd uncontested but the pair were LOB. The Eagles got a runner on in the top of the 7th looking to mount a rally but George Jenkins promptly dispatched that theory as he picked the runner off first after a failed bunt attempt by the Nazareth batter at the plate. Dylan Miller was HBP and stole 2nd in the bottom of the 7th but was LOB. With Staivecki still working efficiently in relief for the Trojans the Blue Eagles took another run at a rally in the top of the 8th getting a runner to 3rd with 1 out but Staivecki and the Trojans held and headed to the bottom half tied 1-1. Adam Smith started the inning with a single and was pinch ran for by Austin Imler who was advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and then third on a Jared Kuharchuck SacBunt. Imler then scored as Matt Ervolina hit the ball to the first baseman and Imler crossed the plate safely for another Trojan Walk Off Victory.
|Area Youth Players join the Trojans for the National Anthem|
Trojan Victory on Youth Night over rivals from Emmaus as Squads team up to Strikeout Cancer
|AJ Palumbo held Emmaus in check|
The Trojans and Emmaus took the field at the Trojan Sandlot on Monday evening teaming up to raise money to Strikeout Cancer on Youth Night. AJ Palumbo got the start for the Trojans with battery mate George Jenkins behind the plate. Palumbo pitched well striking out 8 against 2 walks over 6 innings of work while scattering 4 hits. Emmaus was able to get on the board in the Top of the 2nd to take a 2-0 lead over the Trojans. Emmaus held the Trojans scoreless through 2 frames in which the lone Trojan baserunner had been Adam Mellinger after a single in the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the Jared Kuharchuck reached on an error and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch then third on a dropped third strike scoring later on another wild pitch for the first Trojan run of the game. CK Kinsley then walked took 2nd on a pickoff attempt and scored to tie the score at 2-2 on a Cullan Wadsworth double and after 3 innings of play the score stood at 2-2. In the top of the 4th Emmaus took the lead again plating a run to make it 3-2 as AJ Palumbo fanned 2 in the inning. The Trojans the counterpunched in the bottom of the 4th when Will Algard doubled and later advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Jeremy Piatkiewicz then singled Algard home to tie the game at 3-3 after 4. AJ Palumbo and the Trojans then retired Emmaus in order in the top of the 5th with Palumbo notching another strikeout in the inning. In the bottom of the fifth the Trojans scored what would eventually be the winning run when Cullan Wadsworth was hit by a pitch, took 2nd on a wild pitch and advanced to 3rd on a ball in the dirt. Dylan Miller walked and then Miller & Wadsworth executed the double steal with Wadsworth scoring to make it 4-3. Adam Mellinger then walked but was LOB along with Miller.
In the Top of the 6th Trojan Fans were treated to a Joe Webber web gem down the LF line when Joe ran from what seemed to be Cedar Crest Blvd all the way over to make a sliding catch across the left field foul line with runners on base. Emmaus eventually loaded the bases but AJ Palumbo and the Trojans held the lead at 4-3 after the Top of the 6th. In the Top of the 7th Collin Duff and then Koby Staivecki were in to close the door for the Trojans as an Emmaus rally fell short with Staivecki striking out the side with the bases juiced to preserve a 4-3 Trojan Victory over rival Emmaus.
Monday, April 23
Trojan JV drops one as pitching dominates
The Trojan JV team ran into an Emmaus starting pitcher who was on top of his game and the end result was in favor of the Hornet squad. With 4 runs in the bottom of the first, the Emmaus JV team took a lead off of starting pitcher Nikhil Patel, who pitched better than the score indicated. With 6 strikeouts over his first 3 innings, when Nikhil was on, he was tough to hit. Some key errors and a key hit by the Emmaus starting pitcher put the Trojan 9 quickly in the hole. The Emmaus Pitcher, Waller had a perfect game going into the 5th inning when Drew Sorrentino hit a bomb into the deep left centerfield corner as he legged out a triple. On a 2 strike pitch, Owen Lehr drove him home with a single. Other than a 7th inning single by Parker Swartz, the Trojans just could not manage to get any kind of an edge on the Emmaus pitching staff as they had 11 strikeouts and only 3 hits for during this sunny afternoon at Church Field. The relief pitching performance of Joe Algard was a bright spot as he only gave up 2 hits and no run in his 3 innings on the mound. You can’t win them all and when the other team has a dominant pitching performance by one of their own, the odds were against the JV Squad. The goal is now to put this 6 to 1 loss behind them as with the rescheduling of games, the Trojans have 8 more games over the next 12 days to regain the momentum that they had during the previous week.
Sunday, April 22
Trojan Victory over Zephyrs at Coca Cola Park
|Wadsworth leads the hitting effort with an early triple|
On Sunday, what was arguably the best weather for baseball so far this spring the Trojans travelled to Coca Cola Park in Allentown for their matchup with the Zephyrs from Whitehall. As the away team for the contest the Trojans Joseph Webber led off wth single and adv to 2nd on a CK Kinsley fielders choice, Cullan Wadsworth walked & Dylan Miller reached base on a fielders choice to load the bases. However, the Trojans were unable to push a run across in the Top of the 1st Adam Smith took the mound with sun high in the sky as battery mate Geroge Jenkins crouched down behind the plate with temperatures around 70 degrees on a beautiful day to play at a Minor League Stadium. Smith & Jenkins worked effectively once again scattering 5 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 5 over 6 innings of work. The Trojans took control of the game in the Top of the 2nd when Jeremy Piatkiewicz led off with a single & George Jenkins reached after being H BP & Jared Kuharchuck came in to pinch run for Jenkins. CK Kinsley then singled home the first run of the day scoring Piatkiewicz with Kuharchuck adv to 3rd and Kinsley to 2nd on the throw. Cullan Wadsorth then tripled home the pair to make it a 3-0 Trojan lead. The Zephyrs managed to plate a run in the Bot of the 1st to make it a 3-1 score. The Trojans immediately got that run back in the Top of the 3rd after Adam Mellinger walked and Will Algard ROE with Mellinger hustling to 3rd on the play, Jeremy Piatkiewicz the single home Mellinger making it a 4-1 lead. Adam Smith then fanned 2 as the Trojans retired the side in order in the Bot of the 3rd. Joseph Webber reached base after being HBP in the Top 4 and stole 2nd but was LOB. The Zephyrs got traffic on the bases in the Bot 4 but Smith & the Trojans only allowed a run to cross the plate and the score was 4-2 after 4 innings of play.
In the Top of 5 Will Algard singled and Jeremy Piatkiewicz BB but the pair were LOB. In the bottom of the frame Smith and the Trojans worked around traffic on the bases and held the score at 4-2 after 5. In the Top of the 6th CK Kinsley ROE & advancing to 2nd then advanced to 3rd as Cullan Wadsworth reached first on a dropped third strike. Wadsorth then took 2nd uncontested and Dylan Miller BB to load the bases. Adam Mellinger then singled scoring Kinsley and Wadsworth and pushing the Trojan lead to 4 at 6-2. Miller then advanced to 3rd on a Will Algard SacFly, with Mellinger advancing to 2nd on a ball in the dirt. Jeremy Piatkiewicz then BB to load the bases and the inning ended with the Trojans leading 6-2. In the Bot of the 6th Adam Smith and the Trojans worked around a runner as Smith struck out 2. In the Top 7 CK Kinsley singled and Cullan Wadsworth walked but the pair were LOB. Koby Staivecki came on for the Bot of the 7th and with traffic on the bases Staivecki and the Trojans only allowed a run to cross the plate and another Trojan Victory in hand 6-3.
Friday, April 20
JV Trojans beat Whitehall
Josh Miiller led the way for Parkland as he pitched a complete game shutout against arch rival Whitehall. Josh pitched 5 innings in the mercy rule game where Parkland put up 10 runs to continue their high scoring ways during their 3 game winning streak. Josh also drove in the first run in the bottom of the first as he hit a flare to right center that saw Parker Swartz (1 hit down the line and 2 bases on balls) score. In the 3rd inning, hitting star TJ Khela (hit a scorcher up the middle with 2 outs driving in 2 runs making the score 3 to 0. Jon Maner (1 for 2) and Josh and Nikhil were all on base when TJ got his clutch hit. TJ’s 2 rbi’s were just the start of the big game for him as he was able to come through in the 4th as well with another 2 run single making him 2 for 2 with an additional walk. In the 4th inning, Jack Giovenco had a great inning as he had 2 hits in the inning, including a 2 run single. The 2 hits combined with his catching duties where he threw out a runner shows what an impact he can make. The Trojan 9 were able to knock the Whitehall pitcher out of the game with hits by Chris Lessel, Swartz and a hard hit by Nikhil Patel that seemed to surprise the second basemen. A line drive single by Drew Sorrentino, a walk to Owen Lehr and then the TJ Khela single was all the Trojans needed if they could just hold Whitehall in the 5th. Josh Miiller kept throwing strikes and only let 2 batters get hits for the Zephyrs. In this game of strong pitching and timely offense, the game would not be over until the versatile Joe Algard put his stamp on the game by running down a twisting line drive by the lefty hitter from Whitehall. Joe dazzled the crowd with the amount of outfield he covered while stretching his left arm out to make the final out in the left centerfield gap to help win the game and stop it from going any extended innings. The catch was one to make a parent proud! With the 10 to 0 win, the team is starting to find its rhythm as they are now 4 and 3 with several competitive games on the schedule for the next 2 weeks.
Wednesday, April 18
Trojans team up for another NoNo in 15-0 4 inning Victory over Allen
|Kucharczuk added offense to Parkland's attack|
Trojan Fans were treated to a 15-0 four inning victory over the Canaries from William Allen and a game shortened combined NO HITTER Wednesday at the Trojan Sandlot. AJ Palumbo got the start along with battery mate George Jenkins and worked the first three innings of the contest with Jeremy Piatkiewicz coming in to work the Top of the 4th as the pair combined on the NoNo. That makes it back to back NoNo’s for the Trojan Staff. Palumbo notched 3 K’s in 3 innings of work with Piatkiewicz fanning a batter in his inning of work also. As the score would indicate the Trojan Offense came out swinging and met with success; immediately staking Palumbo to a 10-0 lead after the Trojans first round AB’s in the bottom of the first. Over 4 innings the Trojan Offense rang up 9 Hits, 6 Walks to tally the 15 run onslaught vs the Canaries. Joe Webber led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk followed by a CK Kinsley single, both runners advanced after a pitch in the dirt and Cullan Wadsworth then loaded the bases after being HBP. Dylan Miller then walked scoring Webber for the first run of many. Will Algard then singled home CK Kinsley to make the score 2-0 followed by an Ethan Russell walk which plated Wadsworth to make the score 3-0. Jeremy Piatkiewicz then hit into a FC followed by a Jared Kuharchuck double (adv to 3rd on the throw) driving in Algard, Russell & Piatkiewicz to make it a 6-0 Trojan lead. George Jenkins then reached 1st on catchers interference, a Joe Webber single scored Kuharchuck to make it 7-0. CK Kinsley then hit into a fielders choice with Webber ending up on 2nd and CK safe at first. Cullan Wadsworth then doubled scoring Webber from 2nd and Kinsley from 1st to make it a 9-0 lead. Dylan Miller then singled scoring Wadsworth to cap off the 10 run first inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd the Trojans put to more on the scoreboard to push the lead to 12-0 after Ethan Russell walked & advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch then moving to 3rd on a Piatkiewicz ground out. Kuharchuck then reached base on a fielders choice followed by Austin Imler reaching on a HBP. Collin Duff then drove the pair in with a double to make it a 12-0 Trojan lead after 2 innings of play. In the bottom of the 3rd both Gabe Stay and Phil Schoch reached base via walks but were left on base. In the Top of the 4th with Austin Imler doing the catching Jeremey Piatkiewicz retired the side in order while fanning a batter. The final 3 Trojan runs to end the game came in the bottom of the 4th after Jared Kuharchuck singled & advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, Austin Imler and Collin Duff were then hit in the helmet by pitches to load the bases. And the game was then over after Kuharchuck, Imler and Duff all scored on separate wild pitches securing the 15-0 Trojan Victory after 4 innings of play.
|Duff with a 2 RBI double|
Wednesday, April 18
Trojan JV wins 2nd straight as they beat Allen 12 to 2
Luke Dauberman ( 5k and 1ER) pitched a great 5 innings, but some early team miscues gave Allen a 2 to 0 lead through 3 innings. Parkland was the visiting team even they we were playing on the JV Home field. In the top of the 4th, the Trojans got 6 runs and finally got to the Allen starting pitcher. After Dean Scott got on base (1 single and 1 run scored), Kevin Santos hit a nice line drive to center field for a double and Junel Rodriquez walked to load the bases. Up to bat came catcher, Jake Donmoyer. With many family members watching, Jake drilled a shot deep down the left field line knocking in 2 runners. Dauberman, who scored 3 runs had a walk to load the bases. Back to back bases loaded walks to Owen Lehr and Nick Ernst (1 for 2 with 2 rbi) made it 4 to 2 and then when Parker Swartz (3 for 5 with 3 rbi’s) and Dean Scott got singles to knock in runs to get the team to a 1/2 dozen lead. The momentum started to build in the 5th when Owen Lehr (1 for 3, 4 rbi’s) hit a line drive double down the left field line for 2 rbi’s and then Parker Swartz knocked him in with a single. Bases load walk rbi’s to Owen Lehr and Nick Ernst in the 6th and a Swartz single finished the scoring for the Trojan JV team as Santos and Ratliff (1 for 2) and Dauberman (hbp) all scored. In the last inning, Owen Lehr came in a struck out 2 for a scoreless 6th and Parkland is now on a modest 2 game winning streak.
Tuesday, April 17
Trojan treats Fans to NoNo & Trojans Walk it Off Again
|Smith throws no-hitter vs CCHS|
Seeing snowflakes during pre-game BP and during infield/outfield warmups is never what a fan hopes for when they arrive at the ballpark during Baseball season, however, that was the case tonight as the game time temperature was about 40 degrees at first pitch for this one at the Trojan Sandlot. Fortunately the Trojans starting pitcher Adam Smith did not let the conditions affect his command and was on fire while working efficiently with battery mate George Jenkins to strike out 9 Vikings against 3 walks giving up 0 earned runs and 0 HITS over 7 innings for a NO HITTER! The lone Viking run crossed the plate in the first inning after the lead off batter walked stole second then third and scoring on an error. Smith seemed to get stronger as the game went on and showed excellent command of his arsenal inducing weak contact for most of the evening. The lone true threat to break up the NoNo Smith was spinning came in the Top of the 6th when the lead off batter seemingly stroked the ball though the hole between 1st & 2nd when CK Kinsley dove gloved the ball on the lip of the outfield grass and fired to first for the out preserving the NoNo for Smith though 6 innings of play. Adam Smith then made sure that there were no balls put in play in the Top of the 7th striking out the side to cap what the Trojan offense would ensure to be a NoNo in the Bot of the 7th.
The Trojan Offense was not quite as cold as the weather on this night, they were once again timely. The Vikings actually held the lead 1-0 until the Bot 3 when Adam Mellinger reached on an error and advanced to second, he then scored on a Will Algard single to tie it at 1-1. Offensively Will Algard (3 singles) Joseph Webber and Dylan Miller provided all of the Trojans 5 hits in this contest. The stage was set in the Bot 7 for another walk off win when Will Algard led off with a single, and with heads up base running advanced to 3rd on a sac bunt from Matthew Ervolina and with Algard on third Jeremy Piatkiewicz hit a ball to short that was misplayed while Algard scored making it 2-1 and securing the third Trojan walk off win of this young season.
Tuesday, April 17
JV Trojans heat up in cold temperatures take down ACC
There’s nothing like watching your favorite team have their first big offensive game with temperatures more suited for a January outdoor football game than the 5th game of this young baseball season. With snow flakes appearing just before the first pitch and the windchill in the 30’s, the JV squad didn’t care as the team was ready to get on the winning track. Pitchers Junel Rodriquez and Nick Ernst kept the Viking bats silenced as only a leadoff infield single in the first was the only hit given up. Rodriquez and Ernst pitched well during a day when the team was thankful that the defensive innings in the field were short. The offense exploded for 12 runs during this 5 inning mercy win. Parkland took a 4 to 0 lead in the top of the first after a Chris Lessel HBP (1 for 2 with 2 HPB and 1R scored) and a Nikhil Patel HPB (1 for 2 with 2R Scored), followed by a double down the right field line by clean up hitter, Josh Miiller (2 for 2 with 3 R scored). Drew Sorrentino then hit a deep shot to left centerfield plating Miiller. Jon Maner then singled home Sorrentino and Parkland would have all the runs they would need. Catcher Jack Giovenco led off the 2nd inning with a triple to right centerfield. Jack eventually scored on a wild pitch. With a 6 to run lead in the 4th, 4 straight batters got on base through hits or hit by pitches and then Joe Algard came to the plate. Joe, already having a quality at bat by working a full count with 7 total pitches took the next pitch by the Viking hurler deep over the left fielder’s head clearing the bases with a double. In the 5th inning, walks to TJ Khela (3 runs scored) and Kevin Santos led to an rbi single by Nick Ernst and a rbi fly out by Owen Lehr to finish the scoring. It will be nice to play some games in springlike temperatures, but as long as the Trojan bats stay hot, it will make the long winter bearable.
Saturday, April 14
Trojans Walk it Off again with Victory over North Penn
|CK Kinsley went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI|
The sun was out on Saturday at The Trojan Sandlot as game time temp was over 80 degrees and it actually felt like baseball weather. With the wind blowing out and the sun beating down the Trojan faithful were treated to a game in which the Home Team missed the extra point but still walked away with a 13-12 victory over perennial powerhouse and a previously unbeaten North Penn squad on a walk off hit in the bottom of the 7th by Jeremy Piatkiewicz. As the score indicates it was a wild one with a couple of lead changes and a lot of traffic on the bases for both teams. CK Kinsley got the nod for the start and took the hill for the Trojans with Ethan Russell behind the plate. Kinsley scattered 10 hits & 6 runs over 4 innings with 5 strikeouts to 1 walk and left the game after 4 with the Trojans leading 9-6. On in relief for the Trojans was Adam Mellinger (1) Collin Duff (1) and Alex Oliver who came on with the score tied 12-12 for the Top of the 7th after Duff was tagged in the ankle by a line drive hit back up the box. Alex Oliver set down the side in order striking out all three batters.
The Trojan Offense got started in the Bot 2 when Jeremy Piatkiewicz lead off with a double and advanced to 3rd on a CK Kinsley single to CF. Joseph Webber stole 2nd as a courtesy runner for Kinsley and Piatkiewicz then scored on a Dylan Miller fielders choice and the Trojans and NPenn were tied at 1 after 1 inning of play. NPenn was able to plate a few more runs in the Top of the 2nd to push the lead to 4-1but in the bottom half of the frame Hani Kitabwalla waled took second on a pitch in the dirt and 3rd on a wild pitch and Ethan Russell then singled him home to close the deficit to 4-2. Russell then took 2nd before Austin Imler came in to pinch run and advanced to 3rd on a ball in the dirt before scoring on a CK Kinsley single to make the score 4-3. Cullan Wadsworth then walked but was LOB. In the Top 3 CK Kinsley fanned 2 batters, however, NPenn pushed across another run to move the lead to 5-3. In the Bot 3 Adam Mellinger led off with a walk followed by a Hani Kitabwalla single & Alex Oliver reaching on a while Adam Mellinger scored to make the score 5-4, as Kitabwalla & Oliver advanced to 3rd & 2nd respectively. CK Kinsley then singled home Kitabwalla to tie the game at 5-5. NPenn then added another run in the Top of the 4th.
The Trojans stormed back and captured the lead in the Bot $ when Dylan Miller led off with a single and Adam Mellinger & Hani Kitabwalla walked to load the bases, an Alex Oliver walk then scored Miller to tie the score at 6-6 and then Mellinger scored on a wild pitch to make the score 7-6 with Kitabwalla and Oliver advancing to 2nd and 3rd and then scoring as CK Kinsley hit a shot to third that came off the lip hitting the third baseman in the lip as Kitabwalla and Oliver scored making it a 9-6 Trojan lead after 4 innings of play. The Top of the 5th saw Adam Mellinger take the mound for the Trojans with NPenn pushing across a pair of runs to make the score 9-8. In the Bot 5 Adam Mellinger was the lone Trojan on the bases after reaching 3rd on an error on a flyball to RF but was LOB. Adam Mellinger was back out to start the 6th, as NPenn plated another pair of runs pushing their lead to 10-9. Collin Duff then came on in relief for Mellinger with a runner on 2nd and no outs as NPenn was able to push across 2 runs to take a 12-9 lead.
The Trojans mounted another rally to tie the score in the Bot 6 when Ethan Russell ROE and Will Algard and CK Kinsley singles loaded the bases. A Cullan Wadsworth fielders choice plated Russell to make the score 12-10 and then Dylan Miller ROE with Will Algard and CK Kinsley scoring on the play to tie the score at 12-12. Alex Oliver took the mound to start the 7th and promptly quieted the bats from North Penn striking out the side and holding the score at 12-12. In the bottom of the 7th the Trojans received their second walk off hit of the season after Hani Kitabwalla walked and advanced to third on a pickoff attempt, Ethan Russell walked and Austin Imler came in to pinch run for him advancing to 2nd on a ball in the dirt. All of this setting the stage with runners on 2nd & 3rd for Jeremy Piatkiewicz to end the game with a walk off single to CF scoring Kitabwalla and securing another Trojan Victory 13-12.
Sunday, April 15
Trojan JV Bats go silent in loss to North Penn
On what many considered the most perfect day of the year, with sunny skies and 85 degree temperatures, the Trojan JV Bats were not as hot as the weather. Playing on the JV home field, the game sped quickly along with quick innings for both of the teams. The experienced North Penn squad had pitchers that were consistently throwing strikes and that turned out to be the difference in the game. With no walks given up and only 3 hits for the Trojan JV Team, it was difficult to build any momentum in any inning. The pitching duo of Drew Sorrentino and TJ Khela pitched pitched well, accumulating 12 strike outs between them, but the lack of any real offense behind them made this a difficult game to get the come from behind win. Only singles by designated hitter Kevin Santos and Bryce Ratliff were the first 2 hits for the team. In the final inning, the team tried to rally after Jon Maner hit a crushing drive to deep left center enabling him to get to 3rd on his first triple of the year. Nick Ernst then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield which delivered the one and only run for the Trojans. The final score was North Penn 4…..Parkland 1. With 5 games in 6 days next week, the JV Squad will be motivated to develop a nice winning streak going into the final weeks of the season.
Thursday, April 12
Trojans timely offense tripped up on the road leave 19 on base, lose to Liberty
|Algard with strong hitting in the loss for PHS|
Trojans travelled to Bethlehem to take on Liberty. Adam Smith, Koby Staivecki and Phil Schoch worked from the mound scattering 11 hits, 4 walks and six earned runs. The Trojan Offense had 4 hits, Will Algard and Joseph Webber (Doubles) Dylan Miller (Single) and Cullan Wadsworth hit a HR to RF in the Top of the 7th. Wadsworth, Ervolina, Algard (2) all worked free pases. Trojans dropped their first game of the season to Liberty 8-2.
Whereas the first 4 games of the season saw a Trojan Offense that got the big hit when needed, on this day in Bethlehem the offense failed to take advantage of its opportunities and the defense had 3 errors at inopportune times all of which will cause the best of teams to lose.
|Wadsworth goes yard late in the game|
Thursday, April 12
JV unable to top Liberty at home under the lights
The Scheduling Gods were not kind to the Trojan 9 as they faced another top opponent on Thursday Night at Parkland’s Home Field against Liberty. With springtime temperatures finally in the air and with a delayed 6pm start, the crowd was larger than normal. Liberty was able to take an early lead with some timely 2 out hitting and some tough to handle hits. After one inning of play, Liberty had a 3 to 0 lead. The Trojan JV Bats took a while to get started as Liberty had a hard throwing pitcher who was able to hit the expanded corners that the umpire had provided. T hey didn’t get their first hit until 2 outs in the 2nd inning when catcher Jack Giovenco took a 2 strike fastball and sent it right back past the pitcher into centerfield. In the 3rd inning of play, after Chris Lessel got on base with a walk, he eventually reached 3rd with 2 outs where a timely hit by Nikhil Patel drove him home. Josh Miiller, who started on the mound began to gain some steam as he had retired 8 batters in a row, but the bottom of the ‘Canes lineup was able to hit balls just out of the reach of the Parkland defense, thus increasing the score to 4 to 1. Josh pitched an effective 5th inning to end his night on the mound. The defensive play of the game for Parkland was a nice backhand by shortstop Parker Swartz who threw across the diamond, where TJ Khela made a beautiful scoop to end the inning. Freshmen hurlers Joe Algard and Owen Lehr showed some success with good velocity and hitting the spots, but some timely and well located hits had the Liberty JV squad with a 6 to 2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. Josh Miiller had a deep line drive to left field knocking in the 2nd run so with the Trojan squad finally starting to make good contact, it looked like a big comeback was in the works in the final inning of play. Luke Dauberman was hit by pitch which brought up Owen Lehr, who promptly hit a line drive single to left field. After a fielders choice, with runners on first and third, Nick Ernst hit a shot that travelled deep into the left centerfield alley enabling the fleet footed Lessel to score from first making the score 6 to 4. The Trojan 9 were not able to get any more after that and Liberty pulled out the win.
|Seniors honor their selected teachers with the SHIRT OFF MY BACK|
Trojans take down KKids
|Mellinger adds to the offense for Trojans|
Aj Palumbo took the hill on another unseasonably cold day at The Trojan Sandlot in this young season with battery mate George Jenkins behind the dish. The battery & Trojans D worked effectively to strand Northampton runners on base, & through five innings Palumbo finished his work without letting in a run while striking out 3 and giving up two hits. On Offense Joseph Webber led off the game with a single and was advanced to 3rd on a sac bunt and sac fly by CK Kinsley and Cullan Wadsworth respectively, but was not able to cross the plate. In the bottom half of the second Adam Mellinger was the lone Trojan on base via a walk. In the bottom of the 3rd the Trojans plated the first run of the game after Adam Smith singled and advanced to 2B on a George Jenkins sac bunt and 3B on a Joseph Webber sac fly. CK Kinsley then singled to CF scoring Smith for the first score of the game and a 1-o Trojan lead. Cullan Wadsworth then reached on a HBP but was LOB.
Adam Mellinger led off the Bot 4 with a double to the LCF gap, advanced to 3rd on a Will Algard sac bunt and then scored on a wild pitch and a 2-0 Trojan lead. Matt Ervolina then BB and advanced to 2B on a ball in the dirt and moved to 3rd on a Adam Smith GO. George Jenkins then doubled twice down the LF line in the same AB (had to be there) scoring Ervolina to make the score 3-0. Jeremy Piatkiewicz then came in to run for Jenkins (2 2B's in the same AB can be exhausting) and scored on a Joseph Webber double to increase the Trojan lead to 4-0. CK Kinsley then BB and Cullan Wadsworth doubled to LF scoring Webber from 2nd and Kinsley from 1st and increasing the Trojan Lead to 6-0 thru 4.
Aj Palumbo and the Trojans D worked out of a jam in the Top of 5, and in the bottom of the frame Will Algard singled and stole 2nd but was LOB and the Trojans lead remained 6-0 over the KKids thru 5 innings of play. Collin Duff came on in relief in the sixth and with the help of a Cullan Wadsworth "Superman Web Gem" grab in CF allowed only 1 KKid to score while maintaining a 6-1 Trojan lead. CK Kinsley BB again in the Bot 6 but was LOB. Top of 7 the KKids looked to mount a rally against the Trojans and did plate a couple to make the score 6-3, however, Collin Duff induced a Ervolina to Kinsley to Algard DPlay (to be now known as an EKA) and a FO to J Webb (Joseph Webber) in LF to squash the rally & secure a 6-3 Trojan Victory over the KKids from Northampton!
|George Jenkins with a timely double|
Tuesday, April 10
JV drops close one to Northampton on the road
In a very competitive game played at Northampton High School, the Trojan JV team lost 6 to 5 in 8 innings. The Trojans took a 2 to 0 lead in the first after a Luke Dauberman (1 for 3, 1BB and 2 runs scored) line drive single to center and a single by Nikhil Patel (3 for 3 and a walk) that slammed off the pitchers foot and bounced to right field. This brought to bat Josh Miller who promptly hit a line drive single to right center plating both of his teammates. Northampton battled back throughout the game eventually taking a 4 to 2 lead. In the 5th inning, the Trojan 9 started a 2 out rally as Dean Scott’s speed was a big contributor in this inning as he was able to beat out a throw for an infield single. After an error by Northampton, Joe Algard (1 for 4 with 1 run scored 2 RBI) hit a clutch double that landed just inside the right field foul line. With the speed on the bases of Scott and Dauberman, both runners were able to score. The next batter was the hitting star of the game. Patel hit a rope to right field carrying over the right fielders outstretched glove. The double knocked in Algard. Northampton battled back ultimately tying the game in the bottom of the 5th. In the 6th inning, a well played rundown play on an attempted suicide squeeze bunt play helped thwart a Konkrete Kids rally in the 6th. Both teams had their chances in the 7th, but a nice hit that found open spaces in the 8th was the ultimate game winner for Northampton as they won the game 6 to 5. Patel and Ernst pitched well enough to win, but it just wasn’t our day.
Friday, April 6
Trojans top Emmaus on the road as offense heats up
|Ervolina with 2 hits was one of 11 Trojans with base hits on the day|
Friday, April 6
JV Trojans Win Home Opener over Emmaus
Bad weather over the first couple of weeks created a delay for the official opening game. With many postponements the first game of the season turned out to be against rival Emmaus. It was decent weather but the winds played a big part in this high scoring game with seemingly obvious foul balls turning into hits and fly balls carrying further than expected. Pitching for the Trojans was a combination of Josh Miiller, Joe Algard and Luke Dauberman. Each showed some success and will be able to take the early season experience into the season. When the Trojan team came up in the bottom of the first and down 2 to 0, it didn’t look like much would happen after 2 quick outs. But successive walks to Nikhil Patel (1 hit, run scored), Josh Miller (double, run scored) and Parker Swartz brought to bat left fielder, Nick Ernst, who hit a nice line drive single to left knocking in 2 runs to tie the score. The next inning turned out to be a key inning as Parkland scored 3 runs to take a 5 to 2 lead. Drew Sorrentino, who had quite a game, led off with a home run that sailed over the centerfielder’s head. Drew’s speed helped him as he was able to round the bases prior to Emmaus getting the ball to the plate. Later in the inning, Freshman first baseman, TJ Khela, hit a nice line drive single to left field and got to 3b on a Chris Lessel single to right field. Vince Gerbasio got an rbi with a sacrifice fly to centerfield enabling Khela to scamper home. With 2 outs in the inning, Josh Miller then contributed with a line drive double sneaking inside the right field foul line to make the score 5 to 2 Trojans.
The wind played a factor in the game as Emmaus was able to slowly claw back into the game. They actually made a not often seen triple play to take the Trojans out of a 4th inning rally. Joe Algard came into pitch in the 5th and looked impressive early. A nicely executed play by Joe’s battery mate, Jack Giovenco, stopped the tying run from being able to score when runners were on first and third with 2 outs in the 5th. The bottom of the 5th inning saw the Trojans extend the lead when Nick Ernst got on with a single to right and after a bunt by Jack Giovenco, there were 2 on when Joe Algard came to the plate. Joe hit a 2 strike pitch to the gap in left center scoring both runners and putting the Trojans up by 7 to 4. The final 2 innings got interesting and after Emmaus took the lead, the Trojans were able to take advantage of some walks that loaded the bases as Sorrentino got a double to knock in 2 and then Joe Algard got the rbi that turned out to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Luke Dauberman came in and got the save when Vince Gerbasio made a nice catch in Right Field with the tying run on 2b. It was good to finally see some baseball after the long winter as the Trojan JV Squad won a close battle 10 to 9.
Thursday, April 5
Trojans Top Mountaineers with walk off hit in the bottom of 7th
|Kinsley with a walk-off single|
AJ Palumbo took the mound on Thursday against the Stroudsburg Mountaineers on an unseasonably cold spring day with battery mate George Jenkins behind the plate. The battery worked effectively and with the help of a solid Trojans defense Palumbo fanned 7 and scattered 4 hits over 4 innings keeping it close but the Trojans trailed the Mountaineers 2-0.
Through the first 5 innings Joseph Webber (Single), Cullan Wadsworth (Single) Adam Mellinger (ROE) Will Algard (ROE) and Adam Smith (FC) were the only Trojans to reach base as the offense started as cold as the temperature. Collin Duff came on in relief in the Top of the 5th fanned a batter and held the Mountaineers in check for the balance of the game. In the Top of the 6th Duff got a pitchers best friend in the form of a Matt Ervolina to CK Kinsley to Will Algard inning ending double play.
In the Bottom of the 6th CK Kinsley led off with a BB followed by a Cullan Wadsworth single and a Dylan Miller BB to load the bases for Adam Mellinger who promptly singled driving in Kinsley and Wadsworth to tie the score at 2-2. In the Top 7 Duff induced another Ervo to Kinsley to Algard inning ending twin killing to keep it tied. The Trojans worked as a unit in the bottom of the 7th starting with Adam Smith reaching on a HBP to start the inning, moving to 2nd on a George Jenkins Sac Bunt and then 3rd on a Joseph Webber Sac Fly to RF. CK Kinsley stepped to the plate with 2 outs and Adam Smith on third and promptly singled to LF to score Smith and secure the 3-2 Trojan victory.
Wednesday, March 28
Trojans Triumph in Season Opener
|Smith holds Hawks to 4 hits over 5 innings|
The Trojans opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Bethlehem Catholic at the Trojan Sandlot on Wednesday in less than spring like conditions. They say spring is in the air when you hear the crack of the bat and the umpire yell "Play Ball", however, as those of us that live in the Northeast have come to understand spring temperatures and conditions often don't accompany the start of the High School season. Adam Smith got the nod from Coach Kurt Weber for the home opener and worked efficiently with battery mate George Jenkins spreading 6 K's over 5 innings while walking none and yielding just one run to the crew from BC which came in the top of the 4th inning.
For most of the chilly afternoon the Trojan bats matched the cold weather, however, after surrendering a run in the top of the frame the top of the Trojan lineup went on the offensive with back to back singles by Joseph Webber and CK Kinsley put runners on 1st and 2nd for Cullan Wadsworth. A passed ball moved the tandem into scoring position and Wadsworth plated them both with an rbi single to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead. The hitting was timely and required to secure the win as they were the only 3 hits the offense put up in the opener.
AJ Palumbo came on to work the 6th and the 7th for the Trojans and the defense backed his efforts as the Trojans secured the 2-1 win in the opener.
Friday, January 12
January 2018 Edition of The Run Down - PHS Baseball Booster Club's Official Newsletter
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Thursday, July 20
Jenkins Named Morning Call Pitcher of the Year
Congratulations to Parkland's Michael Jenkins, who has been named Morning Call's All Area Pitcher of the Year.
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|Michael Jenkins - MCall 2017 Pitcher of the Year|
Thursday, July 20
PHS Baseball Players Named as All-Area Team Selections by Morning Call
Congratulations to the following players on being selected to to the 2017 Morning Call All-Area Team.
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|Michael Jenkins - 1st Team - Pitcher|
|Ryan Giovenco - 2nd Team - Pitcher|
|Cullan Wadsworth - 2nd Team - Outfield|
|Matt Mellinger - Honorable Mention - Infield|
|Austin Mueller - Honorable Mention - Catcher|
|CK Kinsley - Honorable Mention - Infield|