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.
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.