Salisbury Press

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Girls soccer wins at NW

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The last time that Salisbury went to Northwestern and returned with a win in girls soccer, most of the current players were barely walking. Some of them may not have even been born.

That’s how long Rich Babyak believes it’s been that his team has struggled to win in New Tripoli.

“I have to double check the statistics, but they’re telling me it’s been 15 years since we’ve won on this field, and that could be,” said Babyak. “We don’t often beat Northwestern at all, let alone on this field, so it’s a good win and we needed it too.

Lady Falcons refuse to give up

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the most part, the Salisbury field hockey team has beaten the opponents that its supposed to, but suffered losses to the teams that are among the top contenders in the Colonial League and District 11.

The Falcons have battled every step of the way, in every game. While Southern Lehigh beat the Lady Falcons 8-1, the other three losses Salisbury has suffered this season have been by a combined three goals.

Nowhere was the team’s willingness to battle more evident than Saturday night when it hosted Northwestern.

Six-game streak puts LV in the playoffs

Monday, September 11, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.

The IronPigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games remaining, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season.

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.

Falcons play deep into LVL tourney

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Salisbury Falcons had the dubious distinction Saturday of being rained out twice on the same day against the same team, but at different sites. Their Lehigh Valley Legion winner’s bracket game against South Parkland should have been played at Salisbury High School, but rains left that field unplayable. The game was moved to Parkland High School, whose field was in much better shape. Then came a late afternoon storm that made that field unplayable.

Lady Falcons fall in semifinal

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The adage is that unless you’re the state champion, your season ends with a loss. Such was the case for Salisbury softball, but its season was still a success as the Falcons reached in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals, where their season ended with a 6-5 loss to Northern Lehigh.

In the quarterfinals, Salisbury marched to a 9-0 win over Marian Catholic, which advanced the team into the semis.

Salisbury got on the board first, with two first-inning runs against Fillies pitcher Lyndsey Reinoehl.