When Salisbury High School graduate Chase Rogers steps to the plate, he’s just looking for a pitch to drive.
The Moravian College catcher did a lot of traveling during a solid junior season when he hit for a .272 average and forged a .362 on-base percentage while clubbing two home runs and chauffeuring home 16 runs in a career-high 28 games.
More impressive was his clutch-hitting prowess against conference foes, as Rogers slammed a .324 average and registered a .432 on-base percentage for coach Paul Engelhardt’s Greyhounds.
The expectations were high this spring for the Salisbury baseball team, especially considering the amount of success this year’s group of players had last summer.
The Falcon legion team made it to regionals and was crowned the regular season champions of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League in 2017.
But this group of Falcons will be the first ones to tell you the team underachieved in 2018.
Salisbury finished .500 in the Colonial League, going 9-9 and missing out on the sixth and final league playoff spot by 2.5 games.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division 3 NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before their season came to a close in mid-May.
With Salisbury losing seniors Anna Bishop and Lilia Crouthamel, the Falcons softball team must figure out who is next in line to take over as a leader on the team for next season. The cupboard won’t be bare for Salisbury, which has leaned heavily on pitcher Emily Silberman, who returns next season. There are other players who could step up and perhaps someone not even in this year’s lineup will be the one that takes over as the face of the team.
There was a time during Jack Reichenbach’s senior year when he wasn’t sure if he would even make it to the state track and field championships. Then there was a time he felt like he could not only get there, but also win a pair of gold medals.
Lindsay Bauer earned dozens of track and field medals in high school, four dozen to be exact. That includes six from states and 13 from districts over her career at Salisbury High School.
The Rider University sophomore picked up her first collegiate medal a few weeks ago.
For numerous reasons, Salisbury senior Jack Reichenbach admitted he didn’t have his best jumps at this past week’s District 11 Class 2A Track and Field Championships. But it didn’t seem to matter much.
Reichenbach was crowned champion in both the high jump and long jump events on Day 1 at Whitehall High School. It was the second straight gold medal for Reichenbach in the long jump, but the first time he was able to capture gold in the high jump.
In the postseason, it’s all about just finding a way to win the game. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t need to be a blowout victory. It’s only about finding a way to get the win.
On Monday, in the District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals, Palmerton did just that against Colonial League foe Salisbury. Fighting for their playoff lives, the No. 4 seed Bombers edged the Falcons in dramatic fashion with a walk off single in the bottom of the seventh inning, advancing with a 3-2 win.
Salisbury coach Jeff Appleman isn’t afraid to issue intentional walks. When he walked Northern Lehigh’s Kaitlin Hoffman three times last week in the Colonial League championship game it looked like the strategy might work all three times. The third time was the charm for the Lady Bulldogs, who went on to beat Salisbury 5-3 to win their first Colonial League championship since 2010.
Collecting 100 hits in a high school softball career is a tough task and having teammates both reach the milestone is a rarity indeed. Both Anna Bishop and Lil Crouthamel accomplished the feat for Salisbury last month and their hits continue to come now that the Lady Falcons are in the postseason.