Head coach Jason Weaver knows what his incoming senior class brings to the table. Sean Snyder has been running the point guard position for years, and Tommy Sylvester is a returning three-point specialist.
Weaver saw them both take steps this summer, along with returner Kahleel Foster and other varsity regulars, but what was most impressive in June and July was what some lesser-known players showed their head coach. A number of underclassmen played key roles in supporting those seniors to a 5-6 record in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
Salisbury resident Bobby Kulp (left) and Bethlehem Catholic teammate Matt Stianche (right) both cleared 6 feet, 5 inches in the high jump to break the old school record of 6-3. The pair accomplished the feat during a meet at Stroudsburg High School on April 12 against Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain West High Schools.
Jack Reichenbach was always destined to be a jumper. He was around it throughout most of his childhood.
His father, Dan, was a district record holder at Salisbury for 30 years and an All-American at Moravian. His oldest brother, also named Dan, is a district record holder and Salisbury High School record holder who jumped at Lehigh University. Jumping is in Jack’s blood.
Lilia Crouthamel’s first passion has always been softball. But when her mom offered to buy her a new bat if she took up tennis, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
That not only got Crouthamel a shiny new aluminum softball bat, but also introduced her to a racket and tennis ball at a young age. It blossomed into a memorable high school career in both sports, culminated by the Salisbury Press’s Female Athlete of the Year award.
Salisbury’s Lehigh Valley Legion offense just ran out of gas during their championship battle with South Parkland on July 12 at Parkland High School.
The reason the tank was on empty had a little to do with fatigue and a lot to do with a dominant pitcher named A.J. Palumbo.
The Falcons had authored a 14-12 comeback victory the night before against North Parkland. However, North Parkland didn’t have Palumbo, who administered a 101-pitch, three hit, seven strikeout performance in a 7-0 victory to claim the league title for South Parkland.
Salisbury beat Lower Macungie last Tuesday to advance to the Lehigh Valley Legion semifinals against North Parkland.
No. 2 seed Lower Mac squandered 10 runners on base, and top-seeded Salisbury capitalized on those wasted opportunities. The Falcons used a six-run fourth inning to pull away from Lower Mac and end its season last Tuesday, 8-1, in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
The Salisbury Connie Mack baseball team experienced some setbacks in 2017. But the team bounced back and had a winning season in 2018.
The Falcons had a 12-7 overall record and qualified for this year’s league playoffs. They were the number nine seed and fell to number eight seeded Balliet Vikings, a team primarily consisting of Central Catholic players, 8-0 in the first round last Monday evening at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay.
One common theme throughout the summer has been Salisbury’s inability to lock down defensively and come up with key stops when it needs to. That issue resurfaced this past weekend.
The Falcons went 0-3 on Friday and Saturday at the SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” basketball tournament. A common issue in their tournament-ending 41-31 loss to Hershey was the defensive play.
Salisbury manager Scott Heppenheimer let his team know about the conditions of the infield prior to Sunday’s game against Coplay.
Maybe he had a hunch of what was in store.
A friendly bounce on a Joey Galantini single kept Salisbury’s comeback bid alive in the fifth inning and played a key role in keeping the Falcons’ Lehigh Valley Legion season alive. The No. 1 seeded Falcons scored six runs in the frame, two on Galantini’s single, and defeated No. 8 seeded Coplay, 8-7, in a win-or-go-home playoff game at Salisbury High School.
Kevin Cruz is unable to be at all of Salisbury’s legion games, but when he is there he’s a vital part of the team. In Friday’s win over Northern Valley, Cruz smacked two home runs in the Falcons’ 8-3 win over Northern Valley.
Cruz’ first homer, which came in the second inning, was a no doubter. The ball arched toward deep left-center field and cleared the fence by a few feet to give Salisbury a 2-0 lead.