When you finish a baseball game with as many errors as hits, the chances of winning that game is slim to none.
The Salisbury Connie Mack team found out just how tough it could be in that situation.
A total of six errors played a key role in Jim Thorpe’s 10-2 victory at Salisbury High School on Monday evening to hand the Falcons their fifth loss in their last seven games. Two of those errors came in the first inning when the Olympians were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead and never look back.
The annual Bash at the Beach basketball tournament was held this past week at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. A total of 40 teams competed in the varsity boys tournament and 17 teams entered in the girls tournament.
The Salisbury boys had a tough road from the start, which included an opening-round game against a state playoff squad from this past winter. Rene Figueroa scored 26 points to help Panther Valley edge the Falcons on Thursday, 60-57.
When Salisbury senior Jack Reichenbach got injured during the winter basketball season, head coach Jason Weaver was left with four juniors and one freshman in the starting lineup.
The Falcons endured some growing pains without their leader in Reichenbach. But with all five of those starters returning to the lineup, as well as much of the team’s core, Salisbury is using the summer to improve its chemistry as a team.
When Ryan Miller walks up to the plate, he’s always looking a first pitch he can drive. He got one early in Sunday’s game against North Parkland pitcher Collin Duff and made the Buffaloes pay.
Miller drove a first pitch fastball over the left center field fence to bring three Salisbury runs across home plate. That started a five-run first inning for the Falcons (8-0) as they remained unbeaten in legion play and held off a late charge from North Parkland for an 8-7 win.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team went 1-1 in this year’s tournament.
The team won it’s opening game 10-7 over the Suburban One League National and Bicentennial Division All-Stars.
The LV franchise was ousted in the second round of the single-elimination tournament 26-9 by Delaware North’s team.
Like many baseball players, Moravian College’s Evan Kulig appreciates what Derek Jeter was all about. The former Yankee star’s patented inside-out swing and dazzling command of the shortstop position wrote his ticket to a sure induction into Cooperstown.
“He just did it all,” Kulig says.
When Salisbury High School graduate Chase Rogers steps to the plate, he’s just looking for a pitch to drive.
The Moravian College catcher did a lot of traveling during a solid junior season when he hit for a .272 average and forged a .362 on-base percentage while clubbing two home runs and chauffeuring home 16 runs in a career-high 28 games.
More impressive was his clutch-hitting prowess against conference foes, as Rogers slammed a .324 average and registered a .432 on-base percentage for coach Paul Engelhardt’s Greyhounds.
The expectations were high this spring for the Salisbury baseball team, especially considering the amount of success this year’s group of players had last summer.
The Falcon legion team made it to regionals and was crowned the regular season champions of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League in 2017.
But this group of Falcons will be the first ones to tell you the team underachieved in 2018.
Salisbury finished .500 in the Colonial League, going 9-9 and missing out on the sixth and final league playoff spot by 2.5 games.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division 3 NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before their season came to a close in mid-May.
With Salisbury losing seniors Anna Bishop and Lilia Crouthamel, the Falcons softball team must figure out who is next in line to take over as a leader on the team for next season. The cupboard won’t be bare for Salisbury, which has leaned heavily on pitcher Emily Silberman, who returns next season. There are other players who could step up and perhaps someone not even in this year’s lineup will be the one that takes over as the face of the team.