The Parkland baseball team is headed to the East Penn Conference title game.
The Trojans earned the top seed for the league tournament and opened the postseason last Thursday with a win over Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinal round. They beat Emmaus Monday to advance to Thursday’s title game where they will meet No. 2 seed Liberty.
In the win over Pleasant Valley, The Trojans came out swinging with 6-run first inning then added one in the second inning, three more in the fourth before ending game with a run in the bottom of the fifth for an 11-1 victory.
Michael Cole went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Bo Barthol was 2-for-2 with two runs. Matt Razzis and Gavin Mohry each went 1-for-3 and knocked in a pair of runs apiece. Jaiden Wanamaker drew three walks in the game and scored twice.
Owen DeLong pitched all five innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out two batters.
Parkland took a big lead again in the semifinal, going ahead 7-1 against No. 4 seed Emmaus after two innings en route to an 11-5 win.
Wanamaker went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while four other Trojans also had one hit each. Parkland benefited from six Emmaus errors in the game.
Barthol got the win, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing three runs. Nathan Bartholomew allowed just one hit and one run while striking out five batters over 2 2/3 innings. Steven Sepko pitched two innings and allowed two hits while striking out three batters and earning one run.
The Trojans will take on Liberty for this year’s title Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at DeSales University. The teams met once before this season with Parkland winning 7-4 on April 3.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Dylan Fili slides across the plate during the Trojans' win over Emmaus in the East Penn Conference baseball playoffs.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Michael Cole went 2-for-3 in Parkland's playof win over Pleasant Valley last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Andrew Klotz crosses the plate during Parkland's 11-5 win over Emmaus in the EPC semifinals.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Jaiden Wannamaker reached base three times in an EPC quarterfinal win over Pleasant Valley. He also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a semifinal win over Emmaus.