The adage is that unless you’re the state champion, your season ends with a loss. Such was the case for Salisbury softball, but its season was still a success as the Falcons reached in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals, where their season ended with a 6-5 loss to Northern Lehigh.
In the quarterfinals, Salisbury marched to a 9-0 win over Marian Catholic, which advanced the team into the semis.
Salisbury got on the board first, with two first-inning runs against Fillies pitcher Lyndsey Reinoehl.
Surely there was some dejection and tough feelings when Salisbury was eliminated from the District 11 playoffs by virtue of a 6-5 loss to Northern Lehigh. It’s likely that having had some time to reflect on the season, the players are realizing that their season was one to be proud of and could be a big step for the program as a whole.
Salisbury seniors Mason Groff and Ethan Heydt have teamed up together to play some Ping-Pong, and were teammates on the Falcons’ boys soccer team that won districts in the fall. The two even played some video game tennis, but never had that duo played together on an actual court prior to a couple of days before teaming up for the District 11 Class 2A doubles tournament.
To say that senior Daniel Bonge was inexperienced when it came to the sport of varsity swimming might be an understatement. Bonge was a two-year member of Salisbury’s soccer and basketball teams, but was approached by a friend to come out for a different sport.
“I didn’t think swimming was going to be an option for me, so I tested out other sports,” said Bonge. “But Mahlon [Reihman] came up to me and brought me out to it, and I found success and a love for it. It didn’t burn me out. I was always hungry for better times, so it was something I wanted to pursue.”
The Salisbury softball team nearly made history on Friday night. In the program’s first Colonial League championship game appearance since 2002, the Lady Falcons had an opportunity to earn their first conference title ever.
For most of the game, it looked as if No. 6 seed Salisbury was bound to upset top-seeded Bangor and earn that elusive title. The Lady Falcons led 8-3 early and 11-6 after five innings.
Jack Reichenbach knew he could come up with a big jump at last week’s District 11 Track and Field Championships. But when he landed his long jump 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches from where he took off, for a new district record, he even surprised himself.
The jump not only earned him a gold medal and a place in the record books, but it kept that mark within his family as his father, Dan, owned the record for three decades before his son sailed three inches further.
You have to go back to 2010 to find the last time Salisbury failed to make any sort of playoffs. That season marked the last year the Falcons had not qualified for districts or the Colonial League postseason tournaments.
While 2017 wasn’t supposed to be the year that Salisbury broke its streak of six-straight district appearances, a slow start snowballed into a disappointing finish that saw Salisbury lose its final four league games.
The Salisbury baseball team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to Allen Monday.
The Falcons finish the season 8-12 overall and7-11 in Colonial League play.
Monday, May 15
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but two runs in the third and fifth put Allen in front. The Canaries scored their runs on just three hits and a pair of Salisbury errors.
The Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet was held Tuesday-Wednesday, May 9-10 at East Stroudsburg South High School.
The following results include the top four finishers in each as well as all Salisbury athletes.
Wednesday, May 9
The big stage did not seem to affect the play of Emily Silberman. The freshman pitcher, playing in her first high school playoff game, threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on three hits and struck out six, while not walking a batter in seven innings in a 3-2 victory over Northern Lehigh last Friday afternoon in the Colonial League quarterfinals played at Pates Park.
“She’s very confident and plays with a lot of poise,” said head coach Jeff Appleman. “You have to talk her through things considering she’s young, but I think she’s awesome.”