The Salisbury softball team knows that every game it plays against Northwestern in New Tripoli is going to be a challenge. And last Thursday was no different.
With a tie game in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored five runs in the top-half of the inning and then held on to take down the Tigers 8-3 in a Colonial League softball game at Northwestern High School.
Head coach Rob Benson entered this season knowing it was a bit of a rebuilding year for the Salisbury boys’ tennis team. After graduating all three of his singles players and his top doubles team, not much experience returned this spring.
So, Benson isn’t as focused on wins as losses this year as much as he is with how his young players progress. And for the most part, the Falcons have improved greatly since stepping on the court for the first time in March.
Chad Cooperman was a versatile player during his career at Salisbury High School. Not only did the current Bloomsburg University sophomore pitch well, he was arguably the Falcons’ top infielder.
While most players at the college levels don’t play both ways, Cooperman wasn’t ready to give up either position when he stepped onto Bloomsburg’s campus. He set out to define himself as the rare two-way baseball player.
He has not only done it, but has been highly successful nonetheless.
The only blemish on the Salisbury baseball team’s record so far early on in the young season is a 1-0 defeat to Notre Dame (Green Pond) last week. In all three games, the common theme for the Falcons has been solid defense and shutdown pitching.
Both were on display against Moravian Academy over the weekend. Senior Taylor Linn and freshman Quinn Warmkessel pitched a five-inning 15-5 win for the Falcons, with the starter Linn picking up the victory.
A bit of a rivalry is brewing between the Salisbury and Northern Lehigh softball teams.
Dating back to the 2017 season, the teams have met five times. Northern Lehigh holds the edge with three wins compared to Salisbury’s two. Both have won on the biggest stages. Salisbury earned a 3-2 upset win in the Colonial League playoffs last year; Northern Lehigh grabbed a 6-5 victory in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
Patrick Adams was forced to make a couple of difficult decisions recently.
The biggest one came last May. Would Adams decide to continue his soccer career at the Division I level after seeing numerous programs show interest in the coveted midfielder? Or would he follow in the footsteps of his older brother Sean, who had a successful career on the Division III stage at The Catholic University of America?
When Bangor scored four runs in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s regular season opener against Salisbury, there was a sense of déjà vu for the Lady Falcons.
Less than a year ago, the Slaters rallied to score five runs in the sixth inning of last year’s Colonial League championship game to down Salisbury. Four runs once again in the sixth inning last week cut the Lady Falcons’ lead to just two runs after Salisbury looked to be comfortable through five.
Salisbury was swept by Palmerton and Pen Argyl in last week’s season-opening track meet at Salisbury High School.
The Salisbury girls team fell 84-65 to Palmerton and 78-66 to Pen Argyl, while the boys team lost 124-16.5 to Palmerton and 106-40 to Pen Argyl.
The Falcons had several individual winners in the girls meet.
Erica Holben first in high jump (5-0) and long jump (15-0 3/4). Salisbury girls finished 1-2-3 in long jump with Olivia Hoeing taking second place and Melena Koutch in third.
Andrew Sukanick was without a doubt Salisbury’s top pitcher over the summer when he led the Falcon legion team to a regular season title and regional berth.
The Lehigh Valley endured yet another winter storm on the second day of April, but Sukanick is still pitching like he did last summer.
Sukanick, a senior, was dominant in Salisbury’s regular season opener last week against Northern Lehigh. In a 3-0 victory last Wednesday, Sukanick allowed just two hits and struck out 16 Bulldog batters.
The Salisbury tennis team opened the season with one win in its first four matches.
Monday, March 26
The Falcons were swept by the defending Colonial champion Lions, 5-0.
Daniel Elmi (MA) def Patrick To 6-0, 6-0; Cyrus Elmi (MA) def. Aaron Kahn 6-2, 6-1; Deepak Shankar (MA) def. Dylan Weber 6-4, 6-1;
Ryan Hoffman/Ben Wax (MA) def. Bryce Erdman and Brad Hnatow 6-2, 6-1; Matt Barnes/Jules Bemporad (MA) def. Tyler Sechler-Stone/Logan Vitales 6-2, 6-1.
Monday, March 19