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.
Just about midway through the regular season, Wilson beat Salisbury 7-1. The Lady Warriors hoped that would be much the same story when the two teams met in the wild card round of the Colonial League playoffs, but the Falcons had other ideas.
Salisbury (15-4) put together a four-run third inning and topped off the game with a five-run fifth inning for a 10-0 win and a ticket to the league semifinals.
For Jack Reichenbach, this season has been all about preparing for the postseason.
After an injury slowed the start of his senior campaign, the returning state medalist wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of this year’s postseason. He took sixth place in last year’s state high jump championships, but wasn’t getting near his personal best from last April.
Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:
While the rest of the Salisbury baseball players were celebrating in the dugout and starting to rake the infield dirt, Ryan Miller took a jog through left field and into the woods behind the fence.
Moments earlier he had connected on a walk-off homerun that completed Salisbury’s comeback bid to keep its district playoff hopes alive. He wanted that ball back as a souvenir.
Five Salisbury softball seniors were honored before last week’s game against Northwestern. But it was a junior that got the Falcons’ offense rolling.
Junior outfielder Peyton Stauffer connected on a two-run single in the fifth inning that sparked the Falcons. Salisbury (12-3 in Colonial League) scored four runs in that fifth inning to retake the lead, and the Falcons staved off a Northwestern (10-7) rally for a 5-4 victory at Patriots Park on Friday night.
Seeds for the Colonial League Track and Field Championships were released Thursday. The league meet will be held Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at Whitehall High School.
The following list includes the top five seeds in each event. The complete list can be found on the track and field page of the Colonial League web site (http://www.colonialleague.org/).
100 - 1. Tyrek Scipio (B) 10.9, 2. Delano McKenzie (S) 10.9, 3. Jared Colletti (PS) 11.0, 4. Noah Schock (SL) 11.0, 5. Julius Ewunken (ND) 11.0;
Lil Crouthamel spent the last two seasons, as well as half of this spring, behind home plate catching for pitcher Emily Silberman.
But after a two-game skid, head coach Jeff Appleman made a change, putting Crouthamel back to her natural position in center field. The move paid huge dividends against rival Southern Lehigh last week.