Jon Benitez is familiar with a number of the players on the West Allentown legion baseball team.
When Salisbury faced West Allentown on Friday, perhaps there was some extra motivation for Benitez. He came through with the game's biggest play when it mattered most.
Last year's Salisbury baseball team finished with the third-best record in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League with a 13-5 campaign before falling to North Parkland in the playoffs.
However, as the Falcons began legion play on Sunday, things look completely different from last year's squad in a number of facets.
In addition to playing for Salisbury during the high school soccer season, Katelyn Bucchin participates in club soccer for Lehigh Valley United, so she is accustomed to playing with a variety of different players.
This past weekend, Bucchin had the opportunity to play with a number of her club teammates once again, but in a slightly different setting.
There is a lot to be said about the season the Salisbury softball team had in 2014.
The Lady Falcons turned around a three-win season from last year into a 13-8 mark under first-year head coach Ken Choquette. The team secured its first winning season since 2006 and qualified for a spot in the district tournament after a seven-year hiatus.
Head coach Mike Pochron stated that the way his team played during last week's District 11 Class AA quarterfinals matchup against North Schuylkill was indicative of its play the last couple weeks of the season.
Plagued by inconsistent defense to close out the regular season, Salisbury saw those issues creep up once again as postseason play got underway.
Unfortunately, the Falcons weren't able to recover from those miscues and mistakes.
Salisbury baseball team will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the District 11 Class AA tournament when they host No. 5 North Schuylkill on Wednesday.
But this year, the Falcons won't be considered favorites like the last two years.
The Falcons, who missed the Colonial League playoffs for the first time since 2010, went 10-6 in the league and a had a .500 mark in the South Division. Like the Falcons, North Schuylkill (13-7 overall; 6-6 in Schuylkill League) missed its league playoffs and head coach Mike Pochron sees a number of similarities in the two squads.
It will be nearly three weeks between games for the Salisbury softball team.
But when the Lady Falcons finally get back out on the field, it'll be well worth the wait.
For the first time since the 2006 season, the Lady Falcons will be competing for a district crown when they open up Class AA competition next week against Catasauqua. The No. 3 seed Lady Falcons (13-7 overall; 10-6 in Colonial League) will travel to Parkland High School on Tuesday for their matchup against No. 2 Catty (15-6 overall; 12-4 in Colonial League) at 5 p.m.
The Moravian College baseball team is in the midst of an historic season.
And one prominent player from that team hails Salisbury Township.
After their appearance in the 2014 Landmark Conference Tournament Championship Round against Susquehanna, the Greyhounds are set for another spot in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament that begins on Wednesday. Their 32-10 mark (14-4 in conference) is a school record for most victories in a single season.
Heading into their District 11 Class AA championship match against Moravian Academy, the Salisbury boys' tennis team had already accomplished more than most had expected.
The No. 2 seeded Falcons, who recorded 16 wins and made an appearance in the Colonial League title game, disposed of No. 7 seed Palisades in the district quarterfinals and dropped No. 3 seed Bethlehem Catholic in the semifinals. That paired the Falcons up with No. 1 seed Moravian Academy, a team responsible for four of Salisbury's six losses all season.
The current group of Lady Falcon softball players have never experienced postseason play at the varsity level.
In fact, Salisbury softball's playoff drought goes back to the 2005-06 season, the last time the Lady Falcons qualified for the District 11 tournament.
It came to an end on Monday.
The Lady Falcons (11-6 overall; 8-5 in Colonial League), who defeated Saucon Valley by a final score of 12-6 on Monday evening, earned a spot in the district playoffs with the victory. It ends their seven-year absence in postseason play.