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.
Even during the summer months, basketball teams can use certain situations to benefit themselves come the winter season. Salisbury had that chance with an opportunity to draw up a game-tying play in the final seconds recently.
Incoming senior Sean Snyder hit a foul-line jumper to tie Thursday’s game against Southern Lehigh at 50-50 to end regulation.
Snyder hit another big shot in overtime to put the Falcons ahead by a point, but the Spartans finished the game on a 6-2 run for a 60-57 win at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium.
When former Salisbury girls basketball head coach Joe Mladosich recently decided to step down from that position, Salisbury didn’t have to look far for his replacement.
Dan Reichenbach, a 1986 graduate of Salisbury High School, replaces Mladosich after his sixth and final season.
Reichenbach is well known around the school and community, leading Salisbury’s Middle School girls’ basketball team for the past two seasons and coaching the Falcon jumpers during the spring track and field season.
Salisbury Legion manager Scott Heppenheimer is kind of superstitious. When his team jumped out to a 9-0 start to the season, he decided not to invite his wife to any of their games so as to keep the winning streak going. From here on out, you may see Mrs. Heppenheimer at some games.
Salisbury suffered its first loss of the season in its 10th game when it fell to South Parkland 2-1. Just a day earlier, Salisbury had downed the Trojans 6-1.