Whitehall-Coplay Legion battles for second place
With the regular season winding down, the Whitehall-Coplay Legion baseball team is currently fighting for second place in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
A 9-2 win against Lower Macungie last week, helped position them into a second-place tie with the North Parkland. However, the standings will most likely shuffle a bit after Monday’s doubleheader with South Parkland.
That was the case after South Parkland won the first game, 6-5, scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh. The nightcap went Whitehall’s way, handing South Parkland their first loss of the season with a 10-2 victory.
With that win, Whitehall took sole possession of second place. They’re now 6-4 on the season, while North Parkland is 5-5. South Parkland still sits atop the LVLBL with an 11-1 record.
In their big win to move into second place, Whitehall had contributions from a number of players. South Parkland jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Whitehall chipped away, scoring a run in the bottom of the first.
They would tie the game in the bottom of the third, and then take the lead in the fifth inning when Zack Hartman singled to put them up a run. Hartman went 2-4 in the game with three RBIs. He also scored two runs. They tacked on another run in that inning, and then erupted for six runs in the sixth to ice the game.
Brian Weller, Nick Lindenmuth, Owen Ness, Tyler Mastropieri, and Hartman all had RBI hits in that inning.
Ness went 2-4 in the game, scoring two runs, while Austin Miller went 2-3, including a double.
On the mound, Lindenmuth went the distance, allowing just two hits and two earned runs over his seven innings of work.
Prior to that twin bill, Whitehall had a big win over Lower Mac last Thursday that put them into a tie with North Parkland. They scored three runs in the bottom of the third, and then erupting for six more in the sixth, eventually winning 9-2.
In that fateful sixth that iced the game, Matt Bernard was hit by a pitch, moving to second on Ayden Dunbar’s walk. Hartman followed with a double, knocking in two runs. Hartman had four RBIs in the game, going 2-3 in the process.
A ground out by Miller, and a few more walks, closed out the scoring for Whitehall in that inning.
Sam Castillo started for Whitehall, going five clean innings. He allowed just five hits, while striking out four, and walking just one. Lindenmuth came into the contest in the sixth to finish out the game for Whitehall.
Whitehall’s success on the field has seen a number of their players among the league’s stats leaders. Castillo sits atop the league in ERA, and is second in WHIP (walks + hits to innings pitched). Additionally, Ness is fifth in Quality At Bats.
Whitehall-Coplay Senior Legion General Manager Andy Hausman said that the league playoffs will begin July 5. It will be a double-elimination tournament. They’re looking to avoid scheduling playoff games over the weekend(s), but he said the weather may dictate otherwise. The championship game is scheduled for Monday, July 12, with the following day serving as their rain date. The championship game will be held at Parkland High School.