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Trojans’ season ends with loss to NP

South Parkland breezed its way through the regular season in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. The Trojans entered the league playoffs as the tournament’s top seed. But they ran into a hot Salisbury team early and then fell to rival North Parkland later in the double elimination tournament, ending their run for a spot in regionals.

Salisbury downed South Parkland 6-0 in the first postseason game for the Trojans, shifting them to the loser’s bracket in the tournament. Salisbury came into the tournament as the fifth seed in the six-team league. But the Falcons found new life after their offense started to click late in the regular season. The Falcons eventually went through the tournament undefeated, beating Whitehall/Coplay in Monday’s title game. They will represent the Lehigh Valley in regionals, which begin Friday.

One day after falling to Salisbury, South Parkland got right back on track and downed the Carbon Monarchs 8-4. Jack Donmoyer and Anthony Medero both collected three hits in the game, and both scored a run. Medero tripled and drove in four runs for the Trojans in the win.

“Our guys didn’t let the loss yesterday get them down,” said SP head coach Will Algard. “They just came out today and went right back to playing the way they had played throughout the entire season.”

Kurt Meehan, who had two hits and three stolen bases in the game, opened the second inning with his first single of the day and then stole second. Tejpal Kalea then walked to put two runners on ahead of Medero, who delivered with a two-run triple to center, putting South Parkland up 2-1. Evan Brandt singled to make it 3-1, still with nobody out. From there, Taiki Horiguchi singled to make it five straight batters that reached base, but Brandt was thrown out attempting to go first to third on the play.

Horiguchi proceeded to steal both second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Keller to top off the four-run inning for South Parkland.

Salisbury picked up a first-inning run off starter Owen Lehr and added a second run in the third, cutting the lead to 4-2. Lehr threw a complete game for South Parkland.

Donmoyer led off the bottom of the third with a base hit and stole second before Luke Meehan moved him to third on a fly ball to left.

Kurt Meehan’s RBI single made it 5-2 and Meehan stole both second and third to put himself in position to score when Medero delivered his second single of the game, putting South Parkland up 6-2.

In all, South Parkland stole 11 bases in the game, with Kurt Meehan leading the way with three of them. Donmoyer, Keller and Horiguchi each collected two.

“We wanted to play a strong game all the way around,” said Algard. “We wanted our pitching to be strong, our offense to be strong and we wanted to run a little and be aggressive on the bases and we did all of that.”

South Parkland added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, with Medero delivering an RBI single in the fifth and Keller scoring from third on a collision at first base after a dropped third strike.

On the play, Jack Giovenco was thrown out at first when catcher Branden Kocher dropped the third strike pitch and threw to first to complete the out.

Giovenco and first baseman Jared Joyce were involved in a violent collision and the ball came free. Umpires ruled that Joyce had held the ball long enough to record the out before the collision and Keller’s run was counted when he raced home when the ball came free.

The following day, North Parkland eliminated the Trojans in a 4-3 win by the Buffaloes. James Miskanic had the only two hits in the game for South Parkland and in the seventh scored after reaching base on a single and moving to third on two wild pitches and then coming home on a ground ball. Lehr had walked to open the seventh and came around to score on an error.

South Parkland finished the season with a 14-3 record.

PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSON Kurt Meehan had two hits and three stolen bases in last week's win over the Carbon County Monarchs.