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Friday, January 12
January 2018 Edition of The Run Down - PHS Baseball Booster Club's Official Newsletter
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Wednesday, September 27
Off Season Conditioning
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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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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|
Tuesday, May 30
Trojans Advance to District XI Championship with 10-3 Victory over PME Cardinals- Jenkins 6 2-3 Adam Smith gets final out on 2 Pitches
Monday, May 29
Trojans Advance to District XI Semifinals with 3-2 Win over Stroudsburg. Jenkins then Giovenco from Hill
Trojans Reclaim EPC Title with 6 to 3 Win over Liberty
The Trojans are once again the Champions of the EPC after a 6-3 Victory over Liberty in the EPC Finals. For this type of occassion it is best for the reporting to be left to the professionals and the breakdown below is an exceprt by Stephen Miller of the Morning Call from 5/19/2017 with the full article able to be found via the link:
Pitching on the shortest amount of rest he has had this season, Michael Jenkins lacked his typical command. He threw well enough to help Parkland return to the EPC summit. Jenkins tossed five solid innings, cracked two hits and drove in a run, and ended the sixth inning with a defensive gem at third base. Christian Kinsley and Matt Mellinger also had a pair of hits as the second-seeded Trojans beat No. 1 Liberty 6-3 in the EPC baseball final at Hackett Park. Friday's win gave Parkland (16-7 overall) its third league championship in the last four years. The Trojans won the first EPC title in 2015 and the final Lehigh Valley Confer-ence title in 2014.
Jenkins started Friday on three days' rest after firing a three-hit shutout Monday against Northampton in the EPC quarterfinals. He walked two batters in his five in-nings, matching his season total in 54 innings before Friday.Jenkins also limited Liberty to four hits and struck out six. Once he gave the Trojans their second lead with a third-inning sacrifice fly, they stayed ahead to the finish. "I felt good," Jenkins said. "I just wasn't able to locate as best as I have. But you have those days. You just have to rely on your defense, which I can do. They're a great de-fense behind me. They played well today and all year." Mellinger doubled twice and scored a run for Parkland. Kinsley had a single, a double, a run scored and an RBI. The Trojans finished with 11 hits against Liberty pitcher Sam Kraihanzel and Alex Laudenslager.
Parkland senior Harsha Bollu threw two scoreless innings in relief to earn the save and deny Liberty (20-3) a championship. The Hurricanes went 15-1 during EPC regular-season play and carried a 12-game winning streak into Friday. They couldn't string to-gether enough hits to beat the Trojans. "We give credit to them," Liberty coach Andy Pitsilos said. "They played better than us tonight. It's a credit to Parkland." Jenkins said losing to Freedom in last season's EPC semifinals drove Parkland to this point. The Trojans endured some uneven stretches during the regular season, losing three of four games in one span that extended into early May. Parkland also played its typical challenging schedule, with nonleague matchups against Wilson West Lawn and North Penn among the highlights. The Trojans won the EPC Skyline, the area's top division, to prep them for their EPC tournament run this week. "It feels amazing, especially after missing out last year and losing in the semifinals," Jenkins said. "We remembered that loss to Liberty earlier in the year. They're a great club. We really wanted to get them again, and we got them this time." firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkland Baseball - Donates Hometown Heroes Night Proceeds to the GSF
The 2017 Hometown Heroes Night at Parkland High School's Baseball Stadium generated $700 in donations and snack stand profits. All monies were donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does good works for First Responders, Military, Veterans, and their families. Hometown Heroes in attendance received free meals and basket raffles were held with prizes awarded to to them as well. HHN Honorees, Petty Officer, Tyler Laudenslager, North Whitehall Fire Marshal, Don Jacobs, Retired South Whitehall Police Officer, Scott Smith, and Paramedic, Doug Gernerd were saluted for their service to our community. Many thanks to all that attended. Watch for information on next year's Hometown Heroes Night. Click on the team photo or headline to find more information on the GSF.
Wednesday, May 17
Trojans advance to EPC Finals with 7-3 Victory over Emmaus Giovenco holds Hornets in check for 6 Bollu for 7th
Hacketts Park in Easton, EPC SemiFinals, Giovenco on the mound and.......Emmaus. After a 16 inning marathon in which 2 Trojans (Jenkins & Bollu) all but threw complete game shut outs and Emmaus squeezed out a 1 run victory; turns out that a neutral site and Giovenco was all that was needed to get rid of the sting of that loss. As Coach Weber would later state in a post game interview Senior Ryan Giovenco just needed to settle in and let his hard work and training take over and that is just what he did with a little help and some timely plays from the Trojan Defense in a couple of the innings. The Trojans and Giovenco did let in a run in the 1st to give Emmaus an early lead 1-0, but Cullan Wadsworth singled in the Bot 1 and moved to 2nd & then 3rd courtesy of a CK Kinsley Sac Bunt and later scored on a passed ball to steal a run and tie the game at 1-1. From that point on and with a fresh game in front of him Giovenco settled in and battled inning after inning, as he and the Trojans Defense held Emmaus in check through the sixth inning without yielding another run.
Offensively the Trojans had Adam Mellinger ROE and Ethan Imler walk in the Bot 2 without scoring and in the Bot of 3 Cullan Wadsworth singled and stole second but after 3 the score remained 1-1. The Bot of 4 saw the Trojans take the lead for good after Adam Mellinger walk and went 1st to 3rd on Ethan Imlers single who then did the same as Dylan Miller ROE and Adam Melliner scored to make it 2-1. Miller then stole 2B and Adam Smith ROE and Imler and Miller scored making it 4-1. Smith scored to make it 5-1 when Cullan Wadsworth doubled then scored on a CK Kinsley single to push the lead to 6-1 after 4. In the Bot 5 Austin Mueller walked stole second and third Ethan Imler walked, then Mueller stole a run crossing the plate on a wild pitch pushing the lead to 7-1.
Senior Harsha Bollu came on for the 7th and finished the game as the Trojans Won 7-3 to advance to the Finals Friday Night at Hacketts Park.
Monday, May 15
Trojans Win 4-0 move on to Semifinals of EPC Jenkins another CG Shutout from the Mound
The Trojans first round matchup in the Eastern Pennsylvania Quarterfinals was a 4-0 Win over Northampton at Home. Michael Jenkins faced Northampton for the third time with much the same results as the other two contests for the Trojans; Jenkins went the distance and shut out the Kids yielding 0 runs on three hits in the 4-0 Trojan Victory.
After Jenkins and the Trojans retired the side in order in the Top of the 1st, in the Bot of 1 CK Kinsley singled and stole second but the Trojans did not score. Adam Mellinger singled in the Bot of 2 after Jenkins and the Trojans Defense worked around trouble in the Top of 2, but after 2 there had still yet to be a runner to cross the plate, this would hold true till the Bot 4 when the Trojan Lineup finally broke through to take a 2-0 lead over Northampton. Bot 4 Matt Mellinger was HBP and took second Mike Jenkins then singled and went to 2nd on the throw home, then Adam Mellinger plated them both with a single before stealing second and the Bot 4 ended wiuth the Trojans on top 2-0.
Bot 5 action started with Adam Smith and Cullan Wadsworth singles and CK Kinsley reaching 1st base after a Sac Bunt and throwing error on which Adam Smith scored. Then Matt Mellinger singled with CK Kinsley going 1st to 3rd as Cullan Wadsworth scored to make it 4-0. Matt Mellinger then took second and Austin Mueller was INT BB and the score after five stood at 4-0 Trojans. Jenkins and the Trojans Defense then retired the side in order in the Top 6 and worked around a runner in the Top of 7 to secure the Win and advance to the Semifinals of EPC Championship play.
Sunday, May 14
Trojans 4 Whitehall 1 Giovenco goes the distance for Trojans
The Trojans were in control of their own destiny to finish as Skyline Division Champs in the EPC. All they needed to do was beat Whitehall on the road, and that is just what they did with a 4-1 Win as Ryan Giovenco went the distance after getting the start. Whitehall was able to get on the board first in the bottom of the first after the Trojans saw Culan Wadsworth single and Matt Mellinger and Austin Mueller both draw walks in the Top of the first but were unable to score.
In the Top of the 2nd the Trojans made sure that the Whitehall lead was short lived as Mike Jenkins singled and Adam Mellinger and Dylan Miller was HBP followed by a Cullan Wadsworth single and a 3-1 Trojan lead. From that point on Giovenco and the Trojans defense held Whitehall in check with the side being retired in order multiple times.
The Trojans got the fourth and final run of the day in the Top of the 3rd after Adam Mellinger ROE and went 1st to 3rd on a Will Algard single and then steal of 2nd. Dylan Miller then walked and the runners advanced on a passed ball with Adam Mellinger scoring to make it 4-1. In the Top of the 4th Cullan Wadsworth singled and moved to 2nd on a CK Kinsley Sac Bunt but the Trojans did not score. Adam Smith doubled in the Top of the 6th and Austin Mueller ROE in the Top of the 7th and was pinch ran for by Collin Duff, but the Trojans did not plate any more runs on the day and finished with a 4-1 Victory and a Skyline Dision Title.
Wednesday, May 10
JV Trojans cap season with 2 to1 Win Rodriguez and Miller on the mound for Trojans
The JV Trojans wrapped up their season with a 2-1 Win over Whitehall at home. Sergio Rodiguez and Joshua Miller held Whitehall to 1 run with Rodriguez getting the start and going 5 and Miller coming in for the final 2 innings. Offensively the Trojans scored a run in the first when Joseph Webber led off with a single and Sergio Rodriguez singled in the first inning also.
The balance of the scoring for the Trojans came in the bottom of the second inning Mark Leiby was HBP, Austin Imler reached base and Phillip Schoch and Harper Puckett singled. The two runs held up to be enough as Sergio Rodriguez and Joshua Miller and the Trojans held Whitehall in check, with the only other Trojan offense coming by way of a Mark Leiby fourth inning single.
Tuesday, May 9
Trojans 12 William Allen 0 Harsha Bollu goes 5 Austin Mueller with a Dinger
The offense shortened the game and Harsha Bollu and the Trojan Defense kept it that way in a 12-0 Victory over William Allen on the Road. The Trojans were kick started in the Top of the 2nd after being retired in order by William Allen in the 1st when catcher Austin Mueller led off with a no doubter HR over the massive right field wall for a 1-0 Trojan lead which was followed by an Adam Mellinger single and SB and a Ethan Imler walk. Bollu and the Trojans retired William Allen in order in both the 1st and 2nd innings. Top3 Adam Smith singled and went 1st to 3rd on a Cullan Wadsworth bunt single, CK Kinsley scored the pair with a double and adv to 3rd on the throw home. Matt Mellinger was then HBP and stole 2nd, Austin Mueller walked and after a Michael Jenkins Sac Fly to make the score 4-0 Mueller stole 2nd and Adam Mellinger FC made the score 5-0. Ethan imler then singled and Mueller scored to push the lead to 6-0. In the bottom of the 3rd and 4th Bollu and the Trojans worked around runners to keep the score at 6-0.
Top 5 Austin Mueller walked and Jeremy Piatkiewicz came in to picnch run for him followed by a Mike Jenkins single, Adam Mellinger bunt single and an Ethan Imler infield single as Piatkiewicz scored to make it 7-0 Trojans. Dylan miller then walked with Jenkins making the score 8-0, Adam Mellinger scored when Adam Smith walked making it 9-0, Cullan Wadsworth singled scoring Ethan Imler to make it 10-0 followed by a CK Kinsley single to make it 11-0 and a George Jenkins FC scored Adam Smith for the 12-0 lead and final score. Harsha Bollu came out for the bottom of the fifth and he and the Trojans retired the side in order capping another Trojan Victory.
Tuesday, May 9
JV Posts another dozen in 12-2 Victory over Allen. Staivecki and Kucharczuk from the mound
JV posts 12 runs and shortens the game in 12-2 Win over William Allen at Home. Joseph Webber and Matthew Ervolina got the offense on the board with a run in the first inning and the JV Trojans never looked back from there posting another six runs in the 2nd inning, followed by another 3 in the fourth and 2 in the 5th to cap the scoring for the Trojans in the win. In the 2nd inning Austin Brockel walked, Mitchell Marciniak was HBP and Koby Staivecki singled and JC Grim walked, another Walk to Joseph Webber and a Tanner Lehr HBP, a walk to Matthew Ervolina and a Single by Sergio Rodriguez with a FC by Julian Nalesnik accounted for the 6 run outburst.
In the fourth inning the 3 runs were due to disciplined eyes as, Joseph Webber, Tanner Lehr, Matthew Ervolina, Sergio Rodriguez & Austin Brockel all drew walks with a Julian Nalewsnik FC sandwiched in the middle. The 5th saw JC Grim and Joshua Miller singles and walks to Harper Puckett and Andrew Sorrentino account for the scoring to close out another Trojan win.
Monday, May 8
Trojans with 3-0 Victory over Northampton as Senior Mike Jenkins goes the distance on Senior Night
Senior Night at Trojan Field saw the Trojans and Mike Jenkins do what they do best in their 3-0 Victory over Northampton; which is pitch and play defense and as an offense be Selfless and Opportunistic in their approach as a lineup while working as a team in the context of what the game gives them. On this night where hits were hard to be had early on Senior Matt Mellinger had the only hit through the first three frames for the Trojan offense. As evidenced by the complete game shutout Senior Mike Jenkins and the Trojans Defense all but completely held Northampton in check with only 4 hits and 0 walks given out during the contest and only 2 baserunners throught the first 4 innnings one which ROE. In the Bot of 4 it appeared as though a rally was to begin after a CK Kinsley single and a Matt Mellinger sac bunt to move him to second but the inning ended without a score. After Jenkins and the Trojans worked around a single in the Top of the 5th the Trojans took the lead for good after Dylan Miller walked and singles by Adam Smith and Cullan Wadsworth brought him around to score and give the Trojans a 1-0 lead after 5.
Bottom of 6 and the selfless & opportunistic mentality moved the lead to 3-0 as Matt Mellinger singled and went 1st to 3rd on a single by Senior Austin Mueller who promptly stole 2nd. Senior Mike Jenkins then received the intentional pass to 1st to load the bases with Jeremy Piatkiewicz coming in to pinch run. Adam Mellinger hit into a FC and Mueller scored on a passed ball with Piatkiewicz scoring after successive walks to Will Algard and Dylan Miller and the Trojans had a 3-0 Victory on Senior Night!
The Squad, Staff and Fans would like to thank all of the Seniors for their contributions to Parkland Baseball over the years while wishing them the best in both Baseball and Life in the future! THANK YOU SENIORS! NOW BRING HOME THE SHIP!
Monday, May 8
JV over Kids 12-6 Schoch Puckett Marciniak Leiby toe the rubber for the JV Trojans
The JV Squad notched another win with a 12-6 Victory over Northampton. Phillip Schoch went the bulk of the innings for the Trojans with Harper Puckett Mitchell Marciniak and Mark Leiby in relief.
Offensively the Trojans were on the board early with a run in the first after a Joseph Webber single followed by a Matthew Ervolina walk, and a Jared Kucharczuk FC and an Alex Oliver single. The second inning saw Austin Imler and Mark Leiby with back to back singles followed by walks to Ervolina and Webber and a Sergio Rodriguez single to yield 2 more runs and 3 on the board. An uneventful third and then a run in the fourth courtesy of singles by Kucharczuk and Rodriguez and a Oliver walk and the Trojans had 4 runs. They would double that output between the 5th, 6th and 7th putting up another eight runs with offensive contributions from Webber, Ervolina, Kucharczuk, Rodriguez, Oliver, Joshua Miller and Austin Imler. A total team effort and a 12-6 victory.
Saturday, May 6
Trojans drop one on the road in Birsdboro in 2-1 loss to Daniel Boone Palumbo Bollu and Mellinger from the Hill
The Trojans travelled to Birdsboro to face Daniel Boone on Saturday and lost 2-1. The Pitching and defense was good enough to keep the game close, unfortunately the Lineup was not able to capitalize with runners on base resulting in another close loss on the Season for the Team. The trio of Palumbo, Bollu and Mellinger limited the boys from Boone to 4 hits on the afternoon but it was enough for them to put 2 runs and a W on the board against the Trojans on this day. The first 3 innings were quick and resulted in a scoreless game. In the Top of the CK Kinsley led off with a singel and stole second and was moved to 3rd on a deep fly out to RCF by Austin Mueller, however, the Trojans did not score. daniel Boone got on the board first in the bottom of the 4th to take a 1-0 lead. In the Top of 5 Will Algard singled followed by a Dylan Miller single and a Mike Jenkins double and Adam Smith Sac Fly and a tie game at 1-1. Daniel Boone scored in the bottom of the fifth to lead 2-1. The Top of the 6th saw the Trojans with runnners on base again after CK Kinsley and Austin Mueller walked, but both were LOB. Top 7 saw Adam Smith reach on a single but the Trojans were unable to mount a rally.
Wednesday, May 3
Trojans over Blue Eagles at Home 8-3 Giovenco goes 6 innings Bollu the 7th
On a cool night at Trojan Stadium Giovenco K's 9 in 6 inning and Bollu 2 in the 7th to seal an 8-3 Victory for the Trojans. Playing Nazareth on consecutive days the Blue Eagles came out swinging and were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning. With the only hit in the Home half a Cullan Wadsworth single. Giovenco settled in and made it a long night for Nazareth after that retiring the side in order in the Top2. The Trojans did not allow the Blue Eagles a chance to get comfortable scoring 2 in the Bot of the 2nd after Austin Mueller 1B and Adam Mellinger 1B and promptly stole to 2nd & 3rd. Will Algard then walked and Mike Jenkins hit into a FC scoring Mueller a subsequent Dylan Miller FC with Adam Mellinger scoring and a 2-2 Tie after 2.
Top 3 Giovenco and the Trojans worked around a single and in the Bot 3 Cullan Wadsworth ROE and CK Kinsley hit into a FC and went 1st to 3rd on a Matt Mellinger 1B and scored on a Austin Mueller 1B. Matt Mellinger then scored on a Adam Mellinger 1B and Will Algard BB and the Trojans led 4-2 after 3 innings. Top 4 Giovenco and the Trojans worked arund a baserunner and in the Bottom half put another 3 runs on the board courtesy of a Mike Jenkins BB, a Adam Smith 1B followed by a Cullan Wadsworth 2B to score the pair. CK Kinsley followed with a single and Wadsworth scored on a Matt Mellinger FC and after 4 the Trojans had staked Giovenco to a 5 run lead. Giovenco appreciated the cusion retiring the side in order in the Top 5 , and in the Bottom of the inning the Trojans scored their final run of the day after Adam Mellinger BB Will Algard BB (for the third time on the day) Ethan Imler 1B and Dylan Miller FC scored Adam Mellinger.
The Blue Eagles tried to mount a rally in the Top of the 6th and did managed to score a run to make the score 8-3 but Ryan Giovenco and the Trojans made sure that was all they got. Harsha Bollu came on in the 7th and recorded 2 K's throwing to George Jenkins behind the dish and the Trojans had a 8-3 Win.
Wednesday, May 3
Jv Trojans Rally but fall to Nazareth 6-3 in final inning. Rodriguez & Staivecki on the mound
The JV Trojans suffered a tough loss on Wednesday after battling back to take the lead late only to lose the game in the final inning. After yielding a first inning run to Nazareth the Trojans were stingy behind Sergio Rodriguez blanking the Blue Eagles until the final and decisive inning. Based on the amount of runs the JV Squad has been putting on the board game after game all season long, one would have to view this game as an outlier offensively. Through the first 5 innings only 3 Trojans amssed hits against Nazareth, singles by Joseph Webber, Mark Leiby, Austin Imler. In the Top of the 6th the Trojans posted 3 runs courtesy of a lead off single by Austin Imler then a trio of knocks by Joseph Webber, Matthew Ervolina and Jared Kucharczuk. Unfortunately the comback was brief as Nazareth posted 5 runs in the bottom of the frame to secure the victory.
Tuesday, May 2
Trojans 11 Nazareth 1 Mike Jenkins for 6 strong and Adam Mellinger in for 7th from the hill
The Trojans were both Aggressive and Relentless on Tuesday in Nazareth in an 11-1 Victory with Mike Jenkins on the mound. Four PM start times are problematic if reporting is not your full time gig so we will pick it up offensively in the Top of the 4th. In the field and from the mound through 3 innings Jenkins and the Trojans had retired Nazareth in order as they would do again in the fourth. From the mound Jenkins was dominant once again with the only real threat in the fifth inning when the Blue Eagles were able to squeeze across a rare run against Jenkins and the Trojan Defense. On the day Jenkins was workmanlike yielding 3 hits a rare run and a walk through 6 innings with Adam Mellinger coming on in the seventh to close out the Victory for the Trojan Lineup that had staked Jenkins to a four run lead through the first three innings!
In the Top of the 4th Will Algard led off with a walk stole second and scored on a Mike Jenkins single. In the Top of 5 CK Kinsley ROE went 1st to 3rd on a Matt Mellinger single and later scored as the other half of the M&A Brothers Adam Mellinger singled. Will Algard then singled scoring Matt Mellinger and the Trojan lead was up to 7 after the Top of the 5th. The Blue Eagles then squeaked out their lone run of the game in the bottom of the 5th. Top 6th CK Kinsley walked followed by a Matt Mellinger walk but the score held at 7-1. Jenkins and the Trojans worked around a single in the bottom of the sixth maintaining the lead at 7-1 In a flurry of Top of the 7th activity Dylan Miller walked stole 2nd and to 3rd on passedball, Carson Fracas walked Ryan Giovenco goes 1st to 3rd Ty Conrad with a single and the Trojans head to the bottom of the 7th 11-1. Adam Mellinger on in relief of Jenkins and another Trojan Victory
Monday, May 1
Trojans fall to PME Cardinals 5-2 at home AJ Palumbo gets the start with Adam Smith on in relief
The Trojans held their annual Shirt off My Back Night Monday night with the Seniors on the squad honoring those that have made an impact in their life. The Cardinals made an immediate impact getting a run on the board in the top of the first inning and never looked back in their 5-2 victory over the Trojans. AJ Palumbo got the start for the Trojans and went 5 innings, Adam Smith came on in relief for the final 2 innings. Offensively the Trojan Linup saw hits from Matt Mellinger (2), Austin Mueller (1), Cullan Wadsworth (1H, 1R), Will Algard (1H, 1 R) and CK Kinsley (1). All in all the Trojans managed 6 hits on the day.
Monday, May 1
JV Trojans continue to roll in win over PME 12-2 Sorrentino and Kucharczuk on the hill for Trojans
The JV Trojans continued their streak on Monday with a 12-2 win over Pocono Mountain East. The Lineup is shortening games for the Trojan pitching staff with Andre Sorrentino goin three inning and Jared Kucharczuk 2 on this day. The Trojans got on the board in the first inning with Joseph Webber and Matthew Ervolina both with singles to start the game. In the 2nd inning the Trojans threatened with an Alex Oliver single and a Mark Leiby walk but did not score. The JV Squad would then go on to put up five runs in the third with offensive contributions from Jospeh Webber, Matthew Ervolina, Joshua Miller, Alex Oliver, Austin Imler & Mark Leiby. The 2 run 4th was courtesy of Austin Brockel, Joseph Webber, Joshua Miller and Alex Oliver. In the fifth the Trojans added another four runs via a Mark Leiby walk, Koby Staivecki 2B, Joseph Webber 1B, Matthew Ervolina 1B, and Joshua Miller and Sergio Rodriguez singles.
Sunday, April 30
Trojans fall to Bulldogs 6-4 Mellinger Brothers for 5 innings then Conrad and Smith
On Saturday at Trojan Stadium the Trojans took a 4-1 lead after a 4 run second inning but could not hold onto the lead behind starter Matt Mellinger and brother Adam Mellinger in relief losing 6-4 to the Bulldogs. Offensively the Trojans saw hits from Adam Smith, Adam Mellinger, Ethan Imler and Will Algard.
Sunday, April 30
JV notches 10 to 1 win over Bulldogs
The JV Squad kept rolling on Saturday vs Wilson West Lawn posting a 10-1 Win at home; scoring 2 in the second 4 in the third, 3 in the fifth and 1 in the sixth to complete the offensive onslaught. Alex Oliver got the start for the Trojans with Joshua Miller and Mitchell Marciniak on in relief. Scoring in the 2nd came via a Sergio Rodriguez walk and Alex Oliver single.
The 4 run third was a result of offensive contributions from Phillip Schoch, Joseph Webber, Jared Kucharczuk, Sergio Rodriguez and Alex Oliver. The 3 run fifth saw Matthew Ervolina, Jared Kucharczuk, Sergio Rodriguez, Julian Nalesnik, Andrew Sorrentino and Mark Leiby adding more offense to pad the Trojan lead. The Trojans tcked on the final run in the sixth thanks to the efforts of Webber, Ervolina and Nalesnik.
Friday, April 28
Trojans win 2-1 over Central catholic on Hometown Heroes Night! Giovenco battles for 6 innings
Hometown Heroes were honored in many ways during a Friday Night game under the lights against Central Catholic as the Trojans claimed a 2-1 victory. The Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and it stayed that way until the bottom of the third when the Trojans took the lead for good after scoring two runs. Prior to the third the only baserunners in the first two trips to the plate were Cullan Wadsworth (1B) and Will Algard (ROE).
Trojan starter Ryan Giovenco battled all night long going 6 innings and giving up 1 run. In the bottom of the third Adam Mellinger sigled and went 1st to 3rd on a single by Austin Mueller, who then stole second and later 3rd. In between steal Adam Mellinger tied the game at 1 on a Cullan Wadsworth SacFly with Mueller then scoring on a Matt Mellinger single to take the lead for good 2-1. Giovenco and Trojans then did what you need to do in the Top 4 retiring the side in order after taking the lead.
Bot 4 saw the Trojans threaten again with a BB by Mike Jenkins and a CK Kinsley single but the score remained 2-1 after 4. Giovenco still battling worked around a single in the Top 5. In the bottom of the 5th Cullan Wadsworth doubled and got to third on a passed ball, and after Ethan Imler was HBP Will Algard walked, but the bases were left loaded and the score remained 2-1. In the top of the 6th Giovenco battled out of trouble with a little help from the middle as a Smith to Kinsley to Mellinger double play ended the inning. The Trojans threatened again after CK Kinsley walked and Ty Conrad reached on a fielders choice and Austin Mueller received an intentional walk, but the score remained 2-1 after 6. AJ Palumbo was on in the seventh for the Trojans and a 2-1 victory.
Friday, April 28
JV Trojans Relentless in come from behind 11-8 win over Central. Puckett, Lehr and Leiby on the mound.
The Trojan JV Squad showed their Relentlessness in their game on Friday against the Central Catholic Vikings coming from behind to take the lead in a flurr of late game scoring to notch yet another win. Harper Puckett got the start with Lehr and Leiby coming on in relief. Offensively the flurry of Trojan runs came in the fifth (4) sixth (5) and seventh (2) innings. The offensive contributors on a big day for the Trojans were Austin Brockel, Matthew Ervolina, Jared Kucharczuk, Sergio Rodriguez, Austin Imler, Joshua Miller, Andrew Sorrentino, Mitchell Marciniak and Phillip Schoch.
Thursday, April 27
Trojans lose to Emmaus 1-0 in 16 inning Pitchers Duel
If you read the stat line after this game without seeing it or the score; and saw that the Trojans Pitching staff as a unit gave up just 5 hits in 16 innings Thursday night in Emmaus and the Defense was flawless you would assume that the Trojans behind starter Mike Jenkins (8 innings, 2 Hits, 6 K's) Harsh Bollu (7 2/3, 2 Hits, 7 K's) and AJ Palumbo, notched a win. Unfortunately, the Trojan offense left to many runners stranded on base and were unable to get the big hit when needed with baserunners in scoring position leading to a tough 1-0 loss to rival Emmaus at Emmaus Community Park.
Wednesday, April 26
JV Trojans 5 Nazareth 3 Staivecki Schoch and Sorrentino from the mound for Trojans
The JV Squad keeps rolling with a 5 to 3 win over the Nazareth Blue Eagles. Koby Staivecki started for the Trojans and went four innings, with Phillip Schoch going one inning and Andrew Sorrentino two innings from the mound for the Trojans. The Trojans scored three in the second inning on a leadoff walk by Joshua Miller, Mark Leiby reaching on an error and then singles by Julian Nalesnik, Joseph Webber and Matthew Ervolina to plate three runs in the inning.
Th JV Squad also plated another run in the fourth after a Mark Leiby walk and a Harper Pucket single, with Leiby scoring on a FC by Julian Nalesnik. The final run of the day for the Trojans cam in the fifth inning when Matthew Ervolina singled, Alex Oliver walked and Sergio Rodriguez singled. The Trojans topping the Blue Eagles with a 5-3 win.
Monday, April 24
JV over Green Hornets 6-2 Rodriguez & Leiby on the bump for Trojans
The JV Trojans continued their streak with a win against the Emmaus Green Hornets. Sergio Rodriguez got the start and went five innings for the Trojans with Mark Leiby finishing the last two innings. The bulk of the Trojan offense took place in the third inning of this contest with Joseph Webber, Matthew Ervolina, Jared Kucharczuk, Alex Oliver, Austin Imler, Sergio Rodriguez, Austin Brockel, Andrew Sorrentino all reaching base in the decisive 3rd inning.
Sunday, April 23
Trojans 4 Whitehall 0 as Jenkins deals in 11 K 1 Hit 0 BB Complete Game performance
On a night where the rain held off, the local community turned out for Youth Night and to Pledge It's support in the effort to raise money to Strike Out pancreatic cancer in memory and honor of Patrick Jenkins, his oldest son Mike Jenkins delighted the crowd in attendance and dominated a Whitehall lineup that could mange only one hit on this night,coming off the bat of the games first hitter. The Trojan Defense had Jenkins back and was flawless as was evidenced with the first out in the first inning coming after the only Whitehall hit of the game as Cullan Wadsworth delivered a web gem "Superman" catch after chasing down a ball to the LCF gap. From that moment on Jenkins Aggressively shut down Whitehall with strikeout after strikeout and groundball after groundball to his infield that played flawlessly with every Opportunity it received.
In the Bottom of the 1st Jenkins walked and Jeremy Piatkiewicz came on to pinch run and score the games first run after a Cullan Wadsorth single and SB and a Matt Mellinger sacrifice fly plated Piatkiewicz. As was the theme for the night from the Top of the 2nd on Jenkins and the Trojans retired the Zephyrs in order. In the Top of the 3rd Jenkins retired all batters via strikeout, again setting down the side in order in the Top of the 4th. In the Bottom half of the inning the the Trojans added a run when Cullan Wadsworth ROE then Matt Mellinger singled with Wadsworth going 1st to 3rd. Matt Mellinger then stole 2nd and Wadsworth scored as Adam Mellinger reached first on a passed ball on a dropped 3rd strike, after 4 the Trojans led 2-0. Jenkins and the Trojans set Whitehall down in order in both the 5th and 6th as Jenkins strikeout total continued to climb.
In the bottom of the 6th the Trojans were Selfless and Opportunistic in manufacturing the final 2 runs of the game to push the lead to 4-0. It started with Cullan Wadsworth ROE and advancing to 2nd, Matt Mellinger singled moving Wadsworth to 3rd and Wadsworth scored ad Mellinger moved to 3rd on a passed ball. Dylan Miller then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt with Matt Mellinger on the move from third and scoring the games final run. Will Algard the added a double to the inning for the Trojans. And as would only be fitting on this night Jenkins and the Trojans set down Whitehall in order in the Top of the 7th to end the game.
Saturday, April 22
Trojans defeat Whitehall
The JV Squad kept rolling with their third win in a row on Saturday morning taking down Whitehall 7-3 on the road. Alex Oliver got the start and went four for the Trojans with Joshua Miller coming in for the final three innings. The offense was uncharacteristically held in check for the first two innings by the Zephyrs with the lone baserunners for the Trojans both coming in the first inning when Matthew Ervolina singled and Jared Kucharczuk walked. The first run of the game coming in the Third inning for the Trojans when Matthew Ervolina singled again and scored on a double by Jared Kucharczuk. The Trojans started a three run fourth with back to back to back to back singles by Sergio Rodriguez, Tanner Lehr, Koby Staivecki & Harper Puckett a walk by Joseph Webber. The 5th was uneventful for the Trojans except for a Sergio Rodriguez. The sixth saw the Trojans put three on the board when Harper Puckett walked, Joseph Webber singled Matthew Ervolina laid down a Sac Bunt to advance Webber, Jared Kucharczuk reached on an error Joshua Miller walked and Austin Imler singled. The Trojans had a decisive 7-3 Win pushing their streak to THREE IN A ROW !
Friday, April 21
Trojans overcome rough first inning under the lights in Bollu's return to the mound at home. Win 8-3
The Trojans played their first game of the season under the lights on Thursday against East Stroudsburg North winning 8-3. Harsha Bollu's return to the mound at Home had been well anticipated and was good to see, however, the Trojan Defense in the first inning had uncharacteristic miscues that led to and early 3-0 deficit against the Timberwolves from the north. The Trojans and Bollu regrouped and competed were Relentess in their desire to win put the rough top of the first behind them and worked as a unit to turn it around. The Trojans threatened in the Bot of 2 after the M&M Brothers (Matt & Adam) posted back to back knocks and advanced on a Dylan Miller sacrifice bunt to 2nd & 3rd, unfortunately the rally did not yield a run. Bollu and the Trojan Defense retired the side in order in the Top 3 via a K and 2 GO's.
The Bottom of 3 saw the Trojan Offense get aon track after a single by CK Kinsley & Austin Mueller put runners on the corners. Mueller stole 2nd promptly and Kinsley scored on a Cullan Wadsworth single, with Wadsworth quickly stealing 2nd a Matt Mellinger walk and a Adam Mellinger single led to a 3-3 tie after the Bot of 3. In the Top of the 4th Bollu and the Trojans worked around a walk and were quickly back on offense after a K and 2 tappers to the infield. The Bot 4 saw the Trojans take the lead for good scoring 4 times after Will Algard walked and stole 2nd & 3rd and then scored on an Adam Smith ground out for a 4-3 Trojan Lead. CK Kinsley then singled stole second and scored on an Austin Mueller double to go up 5-3. A Mike Jenkins single followed by a Cullan Wadsworth triple pushed the score to 6-3, with Wadsworth scoring on a Matt Mellinger walk as Matt advanced to 2nd and the Trojans led 7-3 after 4.
In the Top of the 5th AJ Palumbo took over on the mound for the Trojans and worked around a single with a K. The Trojans scored their final run of the night after Dylan Miller walked and went to 2nd on a passed ball and then scored on a CK Kinsley single. Austin Mueller followed with a single and after 5 the Trojans led 8-3. Palumbo and the Trojans retired the side in order in the Top 6 on 2 K’s and the Trojans day on offense wrapped up with Wadsworth getting HBP and advancing to 2nd on a passed ball, ESN was unable to score in the 7th and the Trojans had their first win under the lights 8-3.
Friday, April 21
JV Trojans win big on Road 21-0 over ESN in 3 Innings Leiby Kucharczuk combine for 7 K's and NO hits over 3
The Trojan JV Squad travelled to East Stroudsburg North on Thursday and put up 21 runs over three innings. Mark Leiby (2) and Jared Kucharczuk (1) shut down the ESN offense completely in three innings, striking out seven while yielding 0 hits. The Trjoans got off the bus swinging in the first inning and when they were not hitting they were walking or getting hit jumping out to a quick nine run lead after the first inning. One would think that might be tough to top in the subsequent inning, however, the JV Trojans did just that putting up ten runs in the second inning. It was all over after three innings and two more runs, running the final tally up to 21-0.
Certainly with that much pencil on the scorebook every Trojan in the lineup crossed home plate for at least a run. Austin Brockel (4-5) Mark Leiby (2-3) Joshua Miller (3-3) Alex Oliver (2-3) Mitchell Marciniak (1-2) Andrew Sorrentino (1-2) Harper Puckett (2-3) JC Grim (3-4) Julian Nalesnik (R).
Wednesday, April 19
Trojans win on the road over Central Catholic 3-2 ! Giovenco goes 6 2-3 in strong performance on the mound
If it were not for the newly instituted pitch count rules this year Ryan Giovenco would likely have gone the distance for the Trojans on Tuesday night at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay. As it turned out AJ Palumbo had the Trojans and Giovenco’s back as he came in with 2 runners on and a 3-2 Trojan lead in the balance and got the final Central Catholic hitter to pop out to first baseman Matt Mellinger in the bottom of the 7th shutting the door on a come from behind rally attempt by the Vikings. Giovenco finished his day with 6 strikeouts going 6 2/3 for Parkland.
Offensively for the Trojans the first 3 inning were uneventful with the exception of a Matt Mellinger double in the second and also a CK Kinsley single in the third. The Top of the 4th saw the Trojans put their first run on the board afte a Matt Mellinger triple to CF, a Ethan Imler walk and a single to LF by Dylan Miller. Giovenco and the Trojans retired the side in order in the Bottom of the 4th. Austin Mueller was the lone Trojan to reach base in the Top 5 after drawing a walk. The Bot 5 saw the Vikings threaten but Giovenco and the Trojans held and after 5 innings led 1-0. Ethan Imler singled in the sixth as the only Trojan to reach base and the Trojans and Giovenco worked around a single in the Bottom of the 6th to still hold the lead 1-0.
The Top of 7 saw the type of Selfless inning as a lineup that will take this Trojan Squad a long way if continually repeated as Will Algard walked and was moved to 2nd on a CK Kinsley sac bunt, Austin Mueller then singled and Mike Jenkins and Cullan Wadsworth were both HBP’s and then a Matt Mellinger walk hafd led to a 3-0 Trojan lead. It would turn out that the insurance runs in the top of the inning were needed as Central mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh but after scoring two and Giovenco and the Trojans getting the first two outs of the inning. AJ Palumbo came in and got the final out with runners on first and second, preserving the 3-2 Trojan win.
Wednesday, April 19
JV HUGE 6 run 1st leads to 11-0 4 inning Win over Central Catholic - Staivecki & Lehr 0 runs from the Hill
What a difference a day makes, 24 hours after agme in which the team struggled to generate runs the offense saw 11 go on the board at home against Central Catholic as the JV Squad turned over the order in the Top of the 1st innning while jumping out to a 6-0 lead after 1 inning. Matthew Ervolina started it all with a walk followed by a Jared Kucharczuk 1B, Austin Imler 2B, Sergio Rodriguez 2B, Mitchell Marciniak BB, Koby Staivecki 1B, JC Grimm HBP, and a Joseph Webber 1B and a 6-0 Trojan lead after a first inning that must have felt like a entire game if you were on the wrong side of the fence.
The second inning saw Austin Imler, Koby Staivecki and Mitchell Marciniak with walks but the Trojans did not score this time. The third had Grimm & Webber reaching via walk and a Ervolina single with both Grimm & Webber scoring in the third. The fourth had the Trojans scoring three more times on a series of Central Catholic errors and a Joseph Webber single and Matthew Ervolina sac fly. All of it adds up to a great bounceback 11-0 win by the JV Trojans.
Wednesday, April 19
Trojans stung by Green Hornets in 3-2 loss at Home as Jenkins goes 7 in complete game loss
If hitting is indeed the hardest thing to do in sports then pitching is a close second and in this young season if there is one thing the Trojans have seen plenty of, that is gutsy pitching from its starting pitching staff game after game. On this night the Trojans & Mike Jenkins took a tough loss, in spite of, Jenkins throwing a complete game and certainly pitching well enough to get the Trojans a win. Offensively thru the first three innings the Trojans saw only 3 men on base, Austin Mueller and Mike Jenkins via single and Dylan Miller who reached via error. Emmaus was set down in order in the Top of the 4th and the Trojans went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
The top of 5 saw the Trojans set Emmaus down in order again. The bottom of the 5th and CK Kinsley was the lone Trojan to reach base after a single. To this point through 5 innings both the Trojans and Green Hornets had yet to have a runner cross the plate. The Top of the 6th ended up being the decisive inning for Emmaus after they started the inning innocently enough with an infield single, and then were able to sandwich some singles around defensive miscues by the Trojans and take a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the 6th.
Cullan Wadsworth promptly answered the bell by doubling to start a Trojan rally and crossed the plate with the first run of the day for the Trojans on a Adam Mellinger single. Jenkins and the Trojans made quick work of Emmaus in the Top of the 7th on a pop out, K and then Jenkins picking off the runner on 1st that had reached on error. The Trojans mounted a rally in the bottom of the 7th but fell short after only Ethan Imler was able to score after being HBP and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and later scoring on an Austin Mueller single.
Monday, April 17
JV Falls to Emmaus 4-1
Pitching is by far one of the toughest things to do in sports. Parkland as a "Program" has a long history of winning with pitching and defense and opportunistic hitting. On a day when the staff thought both Parkland pitchers Phillip Schoch and Joseph Webber threw well, the Trojan offense was unable to mount to many threats against Emmaus. Offensively JV got their lone run of the game in the first inning after Joseph Webber led off the game with a walk but was out at second after Matthew Ervolina grounded into a 6-4 FC. Ervolina then scored on a Alex Oliver single, Julian Nalesnik the reached base via walk but both were left on base. Unfortunately from that point on other than free passes yielded to the Trojans in multiple innings, the Trojans were not able to generate hits after the walks by Emmaus to add runs on the board ultimately falling to the Green Hornets 4-1.
Saturday, April 15
JV tops North Penn 3-0. Sergio Rodriguez CG loses No No in the 7th!
The JV Trojans made quick work of North Penn on Saturday behind the efficient work of Rodriguez and the Trojan Defense. Rodriguez struck out 2 and only threw only 73 pitches in 7 innings losing a no hit bid in the last inning. At barely over 10 pitches per it speaks to how well the JV Trojans performed as a unit behind Rodriguez.
Offensively the Trojans got on the board in the Top of the 1st withJared Kucharczuk (1B) and Austin Brockel (1B) & Matthew Ervolina sac bunt with Kucharczuk scoring on a Hani Kitaballa ground out. Mitchell Marciniak doubled in the top of 2 but was left there. The Trojans went in order in the third, an Alex Oliver single the only hit in the 4th. Jared Kucharczuk singled again in the fifth but was the lone Trojan to reach base. The Trojans were 3 up and 3 down in the sixth. Jared Kucharczuk, Austin Brockel, Phillip Schoch and Joseph Webber all had singles in the seventh as the Trojans scored 2 more in the seventh to Top off the 3-0 Victory!
Trojans lose on the road to North Penn 6-1
On a cool and overcast Saturday the Trojans journeyed to Lansdale and lost to North Penn 6-1. North Penn owner of 3 State Titles with the most recent coming in 2015 have a long track record of success to rival the Trojans and on this day they executed better and spoiled Harsha Bollu’s anticipated return to the mound for the Trojans. George Jenkins got the start behind the dish and although there was some traffic on the bases neither team scored through the first 2 innings.
In the Top of 3 the Trojans took the early lead 1-0 after singles by Mike Jenkins and Cullan Wadsworth and Jenkins scoring when Matt Mellinger reached on an error. In the bottom of the 3rd the lead quickly disappeared after the Knights scored 4 times to lead 4-1 after 3. Top of 4 saw Ty Conrad and Jeremy Piatkiewicz and draw walks but were stranded on the base paths. The Knights then promptly scored another 2 runs in the bottom of the inning taking a 6-1 lead.
In the Top of the 5th Mike Jenkins singled and Adam Smith ROE but were left on base. Matt Mellinger came on in relief in the Bottom of the 5th with Will Algard taking over first base duties and Ethan Imler in to play LF. The Knights got a couple runners on but a Smith to Piatkiewicz to Algard DP and Mellinger strikeout ended the threat. In the Top of the 6 a Piatkiewicz single and a Mike Jenkins single put runners on base but the Trojans did not score.
Thursday, April 13
Tough Top of 7th as Trojans lose to Liberty 5-2
It has been said that the true test of character is revealed in times of adversity. If that is the case, the Judicious Trojans of 2017 will have a chance to show what they are made of the balance of the season after a tough loss to Liberty on Thursday night; on the Trojans home field when victory seemed well at hand after a late game rally to tie the game and then take the lead.
The Top of the 1st started with the Trojans defense and starter Ryan Giovenco working around a walk and an error to get out of the inning with a Smith to Kinsley to Mellinger double play (6-4-3) shut the door on a Liberty threat. The bottom of the 1st saw the Trojan lineup retired in order. Liberty scored first to take the lead in the Top of the 2 on a single and an error. In the bottom half of the inning both Austin Mueller and Adam Smith reached via walk but were left on base. Giovenco and the Trojans got thru the Top of the 3rd working around a walk. In the bottom of the 3rd the Trojans got their first hit of the game when CK Kinsley singled but was left on base. Giovenco set Liberty down in order in the 4th via a ground out and 2 K’s.
The bottom of the 4th saw the Trojans threaten for the first time after Austin Mueller singled and found his way to third when Matt Mellinger grounded out to the right side. Unfortunately, the threat stalled there. Giovenco and the Trojan Defense made quick work of Liberty in the top of the 5th. In the Bot 5 the Trojans broke thru to tie the game. Ethan Imler singled and Jeremy Piatkiewicz was brought in to pinch run, CK Kinsley sac bunt & reached first on an error by the pitcher. After Liberty got the out at third on a sac bunt attempt by Will Algard; Kinsley scored from second to tie the game on a Cullan Wadsworth single to tie the game at 1-1. Giovenco and the Trojans retired Liberty quickly in the 6th working around a walk. The bottom of the 6th saw the Trojans take the lead after Matt Mellinger ROE followed by an Adam Mellinger single and Matt Mellinger scoring on an error and for the first time in the game the Trojans led 2-1.
Giovenco’s day was done after 6 strong innings and only giving up a run, after facing 1 batter in the Top of the 7th. From that point on things unraveled fast for the Trojans and before you knew it the Trojans with Liberty having put 4 runs on the board to take the lead 5-2. The damage could have been worse if not for a Jenkins to Mueller to Mellinger double play (5-2-3) stifled what could have been an even bigger inning. In the bottom of the 7th Dylan Miller and Mike Jenkins singled but the Trojans did not mount enough of a threat to get back in the game and that quickly the Trojans suffered their first loss of the season.
Friday, April 14
JV Trojans fall to Liberty 8-0 on the Road
The JV Trojans travelled to Liberty on Thursday but unfortunately could not mount the same type of offensive magic that translated to a blowout and come from behind victory in the first two games of the season. Couple that with the fact that Liberty was able to put 8 runs on the board against the Trojan Defense and pitching trio of Alex Oliver, Andrew Sorrentino and Mitchell Marciniak and it adds up to the first loss of the season for JV.
Offensively the JV Squad went down in order in the first and third innings except for a Matthew Ervolina HBP and in the second and fourth the only Trojans to reach base were Julian Nalesnik (1B, BB), Joshua Miller (BB). The fith saw Jared Kucharczuk reach base with a Triple & Ervolina get HBP for the second time on the day. The sixth & seventh saw Hani Kitabwalla and Joseph Webber as the only men on base both reaching after singles.
JV edges Kids at home 6-5 for 2nd Win
The JV Trojans took a close one over the Kids scoring two in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 Victory on Wednesday at Trojans Stadium. The mound trio of Koby Staivecki,Tanner Lehr and Phillip Schoch limited the Kids to 5 runs, striking out five and walking five while waiting for the offense to mount the comeback in the bottom of the seventh that sealed a dramaticvictory over the Kids from Northampton.
Offensively Hani Kitabwalla (2) Jared Kucharczuk (1) Austin Imler (1) Austin Brockel (1) Joseph Webber (1) all scored to makeup the six Trojan runs. With Imler and Webber scoring the decisive runs in the seventh and Kitabwalla producing the game winning hit. As a whole the offense on the day received hits from Josh Miller, Webber, Kucharczuk & Kitabwalla.
Trojans win 8-0 over Kids at Coca Cola Park. Jenkins goes 7, Mellinger homer shy of cycle.
On a sunny and beautiful 80 degree day at Coca Cola Park the Trojans shut out Northampton with strong defense supporting a complete game by Mike Jenkins and the hot bat of first baseman Matt Mellinger. Mellinger finished a homerun shy of the cycle as he hit the ball hard all over the yard at Coca Cola Park in every at bat. Jenkins, once again, put on a clinic in pitching efficiently and inducing ground balls, yielding 3 hits and no walks while striking out two. The action started in the top of the 2nd when Austin Mueller singled and Matt Mellinger plated him with a triple and later scored on a wild pitch to put the Trojans up 2-0. Jenkins and the Trojans retired the Kids 3 up 3 down in the bottom half of the inning. Top of the 3rd saw Adam Mellinger and Mike Jenkins single but were left on base. In the bottom of the 3rd the Kids were set down in order.
The top of the 4th and the Trojans loaded the bases after Matt Mellinger singled, Adam Smith singled and were advanced to 2nd & 3rd on a perfectly executed Ethan Imler sacrifice bunt. Dylan Miller then reached base via an error. With the bases loaded CK Kinsley singled 2 runners home and Mike Jenkins plated Kinsley & Miller with a single and advanced to 2nd on an error. Jeremy Piatkiewicz pinch running for Jenkins then scored on a single by Cullan Wadsworth. After 3 ½ the Trojans had built the lead to 7-0. In the top of the 5th Matt Mellinger added a double to his day advancing to 3rd on a Adam Smith single and later scored on a Dylan Miller ground out and the Trojans led 8-0 over the Kids. In the top of the 6th Cullan Wadsworth doubled and Austin Mueller walked but the Trojans left them on base. The Kids then were retired in order in the bottom of the 6th. The Trojans offense saw Adam Smith walk and Will Algard single in the Top of the 7th. You know it’s a great day at a great venue culminating in a W when your starting pitcher, 1st baseman and Coach are all in front of the cameras after the game.
Opportunistic Trojans head north top Mountaineers 8-2 with Giovenco on the hill, strong defense.
The Trojans travelled north to Stroudsburg on Wednesday to take on the Stroudsburg Mountaineers with Ryan Giovenco getting the start. The Top of 1 went quick with Michael Jenkins (1B) the lone Trojan reaching base. Giovenco and the Trojans Defense worked around a couple of singles in the bottom half without yielding a run. Top 2 and Adam Mellinger (1B) was the only Trojan with a hit. Bottom of the 2nd had the Mountaineers going 3 up and 3 down, with Giovenco striking out the final batter. The offense got rolling in the Top of 3 with Adam Smith (1B) & back to back doubles by Michael Jenkins and Cullan Wadsworth, an Austin Mueller (1B) & Matt Mellinger sac fly and the Trojans led 3-0. An Adam Mellinger (1B) hit scored Mueller to push the lead to 4-0 going into the bottom of the third. Giovenco and the Trojans Defense did what successful teams do after a big inning by the offense setting down the Mountaineers in order in the bottom half.
The top of the 4th saw an Adam Smith (2B) and CK Kinsley (1B) tack another run on the board for a 5-0 lead. The bottom half of 4 and the Mountaineers were able to get on the board after an error and a single and at the end of the 4th the Trojans lead 5-1. The 5th inning went by uneventful for both teams going 3 up & 3 down. In the Top of 6 the Opportunistic Trojan offense took advantage of Mountaineer mishaps with Adam Mellinger and Will Algard reaching base and a Dylan Miller walk. With CK Kinsley moving the runners over to 2nd and 3rd after Adam Mellinger scored on another Mountaineer miscue. Michael Jenkins then plated Algard and Miller reaching on another error. After 5 ½ the Trojans now led 8-1. Ryan Gioveneco finished his day going six strong by retiring all batters in the 6th via groundout. Cullan Wadsworth reached via error but was the only Trojan to reach base in the top of the 7th.
In the bottom of the 7th Carson Fracas took the mound to finish the game for the Trojans. After a hit batter and an error led to the final Mountaineer run. Fracas finished the game striking out the final 2 batters faced.
JV Trojans take down Mountaineers in JV Home Opener 15-0
Winters in the Northeast can be long and for baseball players they can seem almost neverending. After months of training, intermurals, tryouts and practices the JV Trojans finally got a chance to take the field as a team and put all of the time and hard work to the test. If the score tells a story, then the story is that the team was ready, prepared and anxious for the season to show their stuff on the field and on Wednesday 4/5/17 at home against the Stroudsburg Mountaineers in their first game of the season proved that The Program is strong as they won in emphatic fashion 15-0 over the Mountaineers.
Trojans Bat around in the 1st, Jenkins Dominates in 10-0 Win over Bethlehem Catholic
Get to your seats before the Anthem ends Trojan Fans and don't get stuck in traffic or you could miss plenty these days. Thus was the case on this day as the Trojans batted around in an Opportunistic Top of the 1st inning on an overcast day in Bethlehem, during which almost every batter in the Trojan lineup reached base and quickly hung a 5-0 lead on Bethlehem Catholic. Mike Jenkins took the hill in the bottom half and set down the side in order in the first, then came out dealing in the second and struck out the side. In the top of the third Ethan Imler doubled to RF with one out followed by an Adam Smith walk, but they were left on base. Jenkins and the Trojans made quick work of BeCa in the bottom half with a quick three up & three down. Austin Mueller tripled with 1 out in the 4th followed by a Matt Mellinger double a Dylan Miller walk and then back to back doubles by Ethan Imler and Adam Smith and the Top of the 4th ended with the Trojans on top 9-0. Mike Jenkins struck out 2 in the 5th with his day done having faced the minimum thru 5 dominant innings of work. In the top of the 6th inning Ethan Imler singled and Freshmen Jeremy Piatkiewicz got the first hit of his Parkland career followed by a Cullan Wadsworth single and a 10-0 Parkland lead after six. AJ Palumbo took the mound for the 6th striking out a batter while watching the game come to a close on a Smith to Piatkiewicz to Algard (6-4-3) double play.
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Trojans top Hazleton 4-0 on Giovenco-Mellinger NoNo in Season Opener
The fans in attendance for the much anticipated 2017 season opener at home against Hazleton were treated to both a 4-0 win on Wednesday, and a combined no hitter as Ryan Giovenco(starter) Adam Mellinger(relief) & the Trojan defense held down the Cougars. On a day with conditions that challenge a pitchers ability to command the baseball Ryan Giovenco took the mound and let it be known immediately that he was up to the challenge striking out 3 in the first inning and setting the side down in order in the 2nd & 4th innings while working around a hit batter and walks in the 3rd and 5th to finish 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. The Trojan offense was warming up through the first 3 innings as the lone baserunner was Cullan Wadsworth(1B in the first). The 4th inning saw the Trojan offense mount it's first threat of the game after Cullan Wadsworth reached on an error, then Austin Mueller reached base by fielders choice and advanced to third after a pick off attempt to first went down the line. Back to back walks to Matt & Adam Mellinger then had the bases loaded with two outs, however, the Trojans were unable to capitalize.
In the bottom of the 5th though the Trojans were not to be denied and showed the selfless type of performance as a lineup that successful seasons are made of as Dylan Miller led off with a single followed by an Adam Smith walk; then a sacrifice bunt by Christian Kinsley moved runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and Michael Jenkins' sacrifice fly to right field plated Miller & advanced Smith to third. Cullan Wadsworth then reached on an error as Smith scored followed by a Austin Mueller double to left. With Wadsworth now on third and Mueller on second Matt Mellinger plated the pair with a single and after 5 innings the Trojans were ahead to stay 4-0.
Adam Mellinger took the mound to start the sixth and worked around an error and bases loaded chance for the Cougars. Mellinger then set down the side in order in the seventh to seal the W for the Trojans finish with 2 strikeouts and secure the combined no-hitter.
Sunday, March 5
Honor Our Hometown Heroes
EMS - "Always in Service", Police - "To Protect and Serve", Fire - Omnis cedo domus "Everyone goes home", Military - "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic."
It is an extraordinary person who put themselves in harms way for others. Whether it be saving a life of an accident victim, protecting our streets from violence, pulling a child from a burning building, or protecting our shores, these men and women have one name - heroes.
These people don’t do these jobs to get rich or receive medals. The don’t do it to get their name in the newspaper or have a social media post about their actions. They do it for one reason, to help those that cannot help themselves. A large part of what makes America great are the actions of these brave men and women.
The 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes Night will be held April 28th. The Parkland Baseball Booster Club will provide free meals to uniformed Hometown Heroes. They also will be given free raffle tickets for prizes. Those are nice gestures but, do you know what brought a tear to the eyes of our military, first responders, and their families at last year’s event? It was when each Parkland baseball player, one after another shook the hand and thanked the U.S. Army veteran who was on hand to throw out the first pitch. So come on by, watch some Parkland baseball, have a hot dog, salute America, and thank your Hometown Heroes.
What else can I do? It is a question that athletes sometimes ask themselves when thinking about effort on the field or pre-season preparation. In business WECID? may be asked in meetings to improve productivity but, to a select few people it is how they live their lives.
This was how Patrick Jenkins lived his life.
The question “What else can I do?” was asked by him daily for the sole reason to help others. Pat was a Parkland parent, friend, and youth coach who was taken from us far too soon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His unending kindness before and after his diagnosis will always be remembered by those that knew him.
The WECID? Scholarship will be awarded yearly to a Parkland High School student who most exemplifies both kindness and a commitment to help others. The vision of WECID? is not only to pay tribute to Pat, but hopefully all those that hear and see these words will ask themselves, what else can I do? If they can answer that question with just one act of kindness, that in itself will honor Pat and give a lasting gift to his family.
Donations toward the scholarship will be accepted. Shirts will be sold for $12 and all proceeds will be donated to the scholarship fund. The WECID? motto shirts that are seen here are samples which have already been produced and are available for purchase. Custom shirts can be ordered with your logo with one color scheme (minimum order for custom shirts is 12*) if you would prefer. All shirts are produced in men’s sizes. Please click the handout form below for order information.