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So. Parkland holds two-game lead in LVL standings

South Parkland suffered its first defeat of the season recently, but the Trojans quickly responded and through Tuesday’s games held a two-game lead in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings heading into the final three games of the season. The loss came last week when the Trojans (9-1) fell to Lower Macungie (5-5) in a 5-4 game. Mack Parsell had two hits in the game to lead the offense. South Parkland bounced back with a 4-1 win over Whitehall the following day and rattled off two more wins since, beating Southern Lehigh 4-0 and Northern Valley 7-4. Parsell again picked up two hits against both Whitehall (3-4) and Southern Lehigh (4-5) to give him a four-game hitting streak during which he is batting .538 (7-13). In addition to providing offense, Parsell also pitched four innings, giving up one earned run on one hit and two walks to record the win. Brady Derr also helped the offense with two hits against Whitehall. In the win over Northern Valley (5-5), the Trojans jumped on the Chargers for six runs in two innings for an early lead that they would hang onto the rest of the game. South Parkland spread out its seven hits among seven different players. Northern Valley starter Chase Moyer got the leadoff hitter in the first, but walked four batters in the three-run inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ben Weninger and Michael Kohler both drew RBI walks and Ben Stay reached on an infield single that drove in a third run for South Parkland. In the second, John Friday and Andrew Klotz delivered back-to-back singles before Moyer appeared to be on his way to working out of the jam by getting the next two hitters to strike out before wildness hit again and Jaiden Wanamaker drew a walk to load the bases. A passed ball and a triple by Xander Provence cleared the bases as the Trojans pushed their lead to 6-0 after two innings. Northern Valley came back with two runs in the third and South Parkland added a run in the fifth when Derr led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single from Weninger to make it 7-2. The Chargers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to cap the scoring. South Parkland could clinch the regular season title with two wins in its next three games. The Trojans play at Emmaus (0-10) and then host Lower Macungie (5-5) and North Parkland (7-3) in the final two games of the season. The Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs will take place after the conclusion of the regular season with the winner representing the league in the Region Two playoffs, which will be at Emmaus Community Park beginning on July 20. Lower Macungie will be the host team and is guaranteed a spot in the region playoffs.

PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Mack Parsell, seen here during a Parkland varsity game, had multiple hits in consecutive games last week for the South Parkland Legion team.