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.
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.