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PHS bounces back, beats Northampton

The Parkland baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses to beat Northampton Tuesday and improve to 12-5 overall and 10-3.

With two games left in the regular season, the Trojans are one game behind Emmaus (11-2) for the East Penn Conference’s West Division lead. They meet the Hornets Thursday at Church Lane Park before finishing the regular season at Whitehall on Monday, May 9.

Parkland led Northampton 3-1 after one inning but fell behind 5-3 after the second. A seven-run third inning put the Trojans in front for good to secure the 10-5 win.

Jesse Ruisch (2-for-3, 2 runs), Blake Barthol (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Luke Meehan (2-for-4, run) all had multiple hits for Parkland, while Matt Razzis (1-for-3, 4 RBIs) drove in 40 percent of his team’s run in the game.

Nathan Bartholomew got the win, pitching three and a third innings and allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out five and walking two.

The win over Northampton came just two days after a 3-2 setback to Emmaus on Sunday at Coca-Cola Park.

The Hornets scored all of their runs in the top of the third inning. Parkland started its comeback in the sixth when Razzis knocked in Barthol and Meehan with an RBI double to get his team within one run.

The Trojans threatened in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Emmaus starter Luke Deschenes got the second out on a strike out, but that put him over his pitch limit. Teammate Colin Foley came in to throw one pitch for one out to secure the win.

Meehan went 2-for-3 against Emmaus. Owen DeLong pitched all seven innings for Parkland, allowing just five hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking one.

It was the second loss in two days for the Trojans as they fell to one of the state’s top teams in a nonleague game a day earlier.

Parkland fell behind Hazleton early and never came all the way back in a 7-4 loss Saturday.

The Cougars went ahead 2-0 in the top of the second inning. Parkland answered with a run in the fourth on Sean Superka’s RBI double. After Hazleton added a run in the fifth, Parkland got it back to a one-run deficit when Jesse Ruisch scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Cougars made it 5-2 in their half of the sixth inning, but the Trojans got a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as Superka scored on a wild pitch and Ruisch knocked in a run with an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-4.

Hazleton added a couple insurance runs in the seventh.

Parkland’s Michael Cole (2-for-3) was the only Trojan with more than one hit in the game, while six of his teammates had one hit each.

Cougar leadoff hitter Grant Russo went 3-for-4 in the win.

The Cougars, which handed Emmaus a 9-0 setback two weeks ago, haven’t lost since getting beat by North Penn in their season opener.

The Trojans beat Allen 31-5 on Thursday, April 28. Blake Barthol went 3-for-3 with six RBIs and four runs scored in the win. Allan Burgos was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs for Parkland. Ruisch, Meehan, Taiki Horiguchi and Sean Rivera all had two hits each in the game.

Meehan knocked in a pair of runs and scored three times, while Horiguchi drove in three runs and scored twice for Parkland.

The Trojans scored 10 runs in the first inning, seven in the second and one in the third before a 13-run fourth inning helped end the game after four innings when Allen failed to score in the bottom of the fourth.

Parkland had 19 hits in the game while pitchers Steven Sepko, Nathan Bartholomew and Owen Ondrejca limited the Canaries to three hits.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Sean Superka had an RBI double in the Trojans' game against Hazleton last weekend.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Xander Provence slides across home plate during a game against Liberty.