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Hornets hold on to beat Trojans

The Emmaus baseball team snapped a three-game skid with wins over Whitehall and Parkland last week.

The win over Parkland gave Emmaus the East Penn Conference West Division lead as the Hornets improved to 14-3 overall and 11-2 in league play, while Parkland dropped to 10-3 as the teams compete for the division title with just a week of play left in the regular season.

Liberty (11-1) and Easton (10-3) are among the other teams battling for top seeds in the upcoming league playoffs. The Hurricanes and Red Rovers are both East Division teams. Pleasant Valley (8-4) leads the North Division.

After winning their first 11 games of the season, Emmaus dropped three straight to Hazleton, Northampton and Central Catholic before bouncing back with the win over Whitehall and following that with a win over Parkland in a close game Sunday at Coca-Cola Park that the Hornets pulled out 3-2.

Emmaus started the scoring in the top of the third inning Sunday when Tyler LePage doubled to drive in Josiah Williams. Dom Chiego singled to score Coin Wilson. Zach McElroy finished off the third-inning scoring with a sacrifice fly that scored LePage for a 3-0 lead.

Hornet pitcher Luke Deschenes kept the Trojans didn’t allow until the sixth inning when the Trojans’ Matt Razzis doubled to score Blake Barthol and Luke Meehan and get his team within on run.

Parkland threatened in the seventh inning when Jesse Ruisch walked to start the inning and Barthol singled to put the winning run on base with one out. An intentional walk loaded the bases before Deschenes struck out the next batter and went over his pitch limit. Colin Foley came in to induce a fly out and end the game.

Emmaus broke out of the three-game losing streak with an 18-3 win over Whitehall on Thursday, April 28.

The Hornets scored six runs in the first inning and nine more in the second. A three-run third inning put them ahead by 15 runs and ended the game after three innings.

Tyler LePage (3-for-3, 3 RBIs, 3 runs), Jaden Gallagher (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Josiah Williams (3-for-3, 2 RBI, run) had three hits apiece, while Zach McElroy (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs) had a pair of hits and four other Hornets had one hit each in the win.

Colin Foley pitched all three innings. After allowing three runs in the first he shut out the Zephyrs the rest of the way, allowing five hits while striking out four and walking one over three innings.

PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Luke Deschenes (21), seen here beating out a ground ball against Whitehall, pitched the Hornets to a win over Parkland on Sunday.