The Salisbury soccer summer team, CSG Falcons, literally fought an uphill battle against Pennridge in its playoff loss last Wednesday.
The Falcons fell to the Rams 3-2 on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus, and were given the disadvantage of playing on the end of the field that required running uphill slightly in the second half.
Pennridge controlled possession for most of the first half, but the Falcons played well and were able to negate the ball control with solid defense in the box and good goalkeeping by Jack Bonge.
It is the bottom of the seventh inning in the final game of the Connie Mack season for the Salisbury Falcons. They are facing off against a fierce Stroudsburg club, who is currently leading. With the sun-setting on the diamond the Falcons loaded the bases with no outs.
As the next batter stepped to the plate the umpire made a decision that made the moods of the Salisbury fans darker than the sky above them. He called the game because of darkness.
Technically, Monday night's Lehigh Valley Legion Championship didn't mean much. We already knew that North Parkland, the league's regular season champion, would be going to regionals and Salisbury would take the number two spot thanks to its appearance in the tournament championship.
But still, no team wants to be beaten by the same opponent four times in a season.
Salisbury High School and East Stroudsburg University graduate Brian Ernst improved to 3-1 in six starts for the Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota) RedHawks on Saturday night.
Ernst pitched 5 2/3 innings in the RedHawks' 4-1 victory over the Gary (Indiana) SouthShore RailCats.
He allowed one run on four hits, struck out two and walked four before leaving with a 2-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fargo-Moorhead improved to 32-22, taking a five game lead over the St. Paul Saints in the North Division of the American Association, an independent league.
For a Salisbury team that has rarely played together at full strength, the Falcons put forth a solid showing in the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Basketball Showcase last weekend at Cedar Beach.
A long legion baseball season has kept a number of key Falcon players off the basketball court on a regular basis, and that continued for two of the Falcons' three games at the Stellar. The players that took the court didn't let that affect their play.
Hamilton Park's 14 and under knee-hi baseball team recently won the Central Whitehall League title.
When any season gets underway, new players get the opportunity to shine and contribute.
And while the Salisbury boys' soccer season doesn't get underway for a few more months, the same can be said for the Falcons when the fall season approaches. Sean Adams and Kevin Barahona, both Colonial League First-Team All-Stars last season, have graduated, leaving a void in the offensive attack.
One of a number of Falcons looking to help with that production loss is senior-to-be Joseph Reilly, a Colonial League Second-Team selection last season.
One of the goals for manager Scott Heppenheimer and the Salisbury legion baseball team at the beginning of the season was to earn a spot in the playoffs.
With that feat well in hand, the Falcons have their eyes set on a much higher goal a trip to Boyertown to participate in regionals.
That journey will begin on Wednesday when the Falcons host Lower Macungie, a team they beat twice in the regular season, in the first game of the eight-team double-elimination Lehigh Valley Legion playoff tournament. Heppenheimer and the Falcons are ready for the opportunity.
With the two biggest summer tournaments up next, the Salisbury boys basketball team looked to ready itself for the stiff competition that awaits in the Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments beginning this week.
Austin Uhl, Eddie Sanchez, and Bryce Fairclough combined to lead the Falcons to a 42-31 win over Pleasant Valley last Tuesday night at Muhlenberg College.
In a back-and-forth first half, the three Falcons traded baskets to give Salisbury a slim 22-19 lead at halftime.
After a 14-0 defeat to North Parkland Sunday afternoon, the Salisbury legion baseball team took the field just hours later looking to put that loss behind them.
And the result was just as night and day as the game time weather of the two outings.
While dark skies and periods of a light rain occurred during the North Parkland defeat, sunny skies highlighted the Falcons' 10-2 victory over Lower Mac.
Behind a complete game by Tyler Cooperman that included eight strikeouts, and a steady dose of offense from the early going, Salisbury improved to 10-5 on the season.