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Lower Mac hands SP first loss of LVL season

Lower Macungie became the first team to hang a Lehigh Valley Legion loss on South Parkland recently when it beat the Trojans 5-4 at home. The Mustangs built a 5-3 lead and then weathered a South Parkland rally in the seventh to get the win.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Dayne Schmidt singled with two outs and Shane Ohl on third to make it 1-0. Ohl had doubled earlier in the inning and went to third on a ground ball before coming home.

Meanwhile, as the Lower Macungie starting pitcher, Ohl worked his way through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.

A single and an error put runners on second and third with nobody out and Kurt Meehan grounded a 1-1 pitch to left to tie the game and leave runners on first and third.

A passed ball allowed South Parkland to go up 2-1 and the Trojans took a 3-1 lead when Carter Wanamaker was thrown out attempting to steal second. Meehan raced home on the throw down to second. From there, Ohl got a fly ball and a pop out to get out of the inning.

Ohl went four innings and allowed three hits and one earned run before Drew McGeehan came on to pitch the top of the fifth. After hitting the first batter he faced, McGeehan picked the runner off first base, struck out the next batter and got an infield pop-up to end the inning.

The Mustangs tied the game in the fifth when Dan Rholsen doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an infield single by Ryan Hummell.

Michael Kernechel followed with a single to left to make it a 3-2 game and later in the inning, the Mustangs tied the game on an RBI single by Ohl.

The sixth inning looked like a routine 1-2-3 inning for South Parkland until Ryan Bennett beat out a ground ball hit to short for a two-out single. A pair of walks then loaded the bases and after Meehan came on to pitch for South Parkland, Hummell greeted him with a two-run single that made it 5-3 in favor of Lower Macungie (5-5).

The Trojans (8-1) appeared ready for a dramatic comeback in the seventh when Wanamaker led off with a double and scored on a single by Mack Parsell to make it 5-4. From there, McGeehan mustered enough energy to power through intense heat by striking out the next three batters to finish off South Parkland.

Ohl was not only masterful on the mound, he also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a run scored and a run driven in for Lower Macungie. Hummell also had a big day at the plate with a 2-for-3 day, a run scored and two RBI.

McGeehan’s three innings in relief saw him get the win, allowing just one earned run on two hits and no walks to go with his six strikeouts.

After a weekend off, the Mustangs had to face North Parkland Monday and fell in a 12-2 game to the Buffaloes. After a game against Freemansburg from the NorCo League, Lower Macungie and South Parkland have a rematch on the schedule for Monday and then wrap up the regular season at Southern Lehigh (4-5) on Tuesday.

PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Lower Macungie's Ryan Hummell tries to avoid a tag from Emmaus' Benjamin Litzenberger. Hummell went 2-for-3 in a recent Mustang win over previously-unbeaten South Parkland.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LIEBERGER Lower Macungie's Ryan Bennett occupies third base next to Mustang head coach Jeff Smith.