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Rovers Top Stroudsburg, Move on to 2nd Round of District XI Playoffs
May 22, 2019

By Shawn Suchy | Pocono Record Sports Writer

EASTON – With its season in jeopardy, Stroudsburg provided a late rally.

Unfortunately for the Mounties, it was too little, too late.

No. 5 Stroudsburg fell short 5-3 to No. 4 Easton in the District 11 Class 6A baseball quarterfinals at Charles Richards Field on Wednesday.

The loss marks the end of the Mounties season and the end for a talented senior class at Stroudsburg. Seven seniors contributed to Wednesday1s effort and Stroudsburg battled to the final out of the game.

"I love this group of seniors – I really do," Stroudsburg head coach Phil Stokes said. "They are competitors and I really enjoyed coaching them, that1s for sure.

"I mean, I1ve seen these guys since they were little."

With Stroudsburg trailing 5-0 in the top of the seventh, senior Luis Francisco entered the game as a pinch hitter and got the Mounties started with a rip to the left field wall for a double. Logan Sodl followed with a walk and senior Tyler Yarnall cracked a single through the left side to load the bases.

After an out was recorded on an infield fly, senior Ben Stokes brought in the first run of the game for Stroudsburg with a sacrifice fly to deep right field and after a walk to Danny Orrego, senior Owen Christy brought home two more runs with a single to left field.

But with the Mounties threatening with an epic comeback, Easton1s Dom Mayorca struck out Jordan Wenzel looking to send the Red Rovers to the district semifinal on Sunday against No. 8 Emmaus.

"We had our chances," Stokes said. "I mean at the end of the day, I think their kid pitched really well and got them out of jams and you know that1s baseball."

The Mounties loaded the bases three times in the game, but only capitalized on their last opportunity.

Easton1s Eric Gustofson started for the Red Rovers and struggled with command early walking Breithaupt, Stokes and Orrego to start the game. After a couple mound visits, Gustofson settled down and earned swinging strikeouts of Christy and Wenzel then escaped trouble with a check-swing putout of Benny Pembleton.

Stroudsburg loaded the bases again in the third, but Gustofson once again was able to work out of it. Easton1s starter went six innings allowing four hits, struck out six and picked up the victory.

The Mounties countered with junior right-hander Dylan Budhai. Budhai got into trouble himself in the first inning, but the Red Rovers were able to come up with the big hit.

With the bases loaded, Nick Yannuzzelli had a two-run single and a third run came in to score after the ball was thrown to the back stop. Easton added two more runs in the third inning after a two-run single from Brett Stewart.

"He1s had a heck of an end to the season," Stokes said. "He got the win against Liberty, he got the win against Pleasant Valley and if it wasn1t for us throwing the ball away against Liberty, he had a shutout.

"He threw shut-out innings against Pleasant Valley too and you know I thought he gave us a chance."

With a runner on first with one out in the third inning, Ben Stokes came on to pitch and shut the Red Rovers down the rest of the game. Stokes saw 11 batters and retired all of them which included seven strikeouts.

Stokes, a second-team All-Conference selection as a pitcher, added to his impressive resume on the mound this season. Stokes, who is also a first-team selection at shortstop, struck out 64 batters in 40 1-3 innings this season and only allowed 22 hits.

Easton only had four hits in the game, but timely hits with runners in scoring position was the difference for the Red Rovers.

Stokes, Breithaupt, and Pembleton also had hits for the Mounties. Pembleton1s would-be-triple in the sixth inning was wiped out when the senior, who appeared to slide under the tag at third, was called out.

"Down to the last at bat, they competed and that1s what I really would say about our group of guys," coach Stokes said. "They worked hard and won our division and I1m just proud of the way that they conducted themselves on the field. "

Parkland baseball saves itself with double play to hold off Easton
April 23, 2019

Photo courtesy of Kyle Craig | lehighvalleylive.com.


By Kyle Craig | lehighvalleylive.com

Photo courtesy of Kyle Craig | lehighvalleylive.com

It wasn't exactly the play that Parkland coach Kurt Weber had in mind, but it got the Trojans out of a bind and across the finish line on Monday afternoon. Parkland, ranked second by lehighvalleylive, turned a 3-6-3 double play to end a bases-loaded threat in the seventh inning and defeat No. 3 Easton, 4-3, in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Richards Field.

Weber and the corner infielders had talked about throwing home on a groundball. But when Easton slugger Luke Storm smoked a ball to first baseman Adam Smith, the senior went to second and then caught the relay to end the contest.

"It was not the play that we were expecting," Weber said.

It wasn't the ending Parkland was expecting at all, really. The Trojans were cruising with a 4-0 lead and Smith, the team's ace, on the mound.

Easton (9-3) finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cam Hubbard drew a walk and scored on an error; Nick Yannuzzelli smacked an RBI double to left-center field; and Matt Happel added an RBI knock to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Smith fanned Keegan Stem to escape the frame.

Koby Staivecki entered to close the game in the seventh, but the Red Rovers loaded the bases thanks to a pair of one-out singles and a walk. Then, the Trojans extinguished the threat with the double play.

"We'll take our chances any time we have that situation with Luke or any of those guys at the top of our order," Easton coach Carm LaDuca said.

"Adam just kept calm … You have to stay calm and that's what we did," said Trojans sophomore Jack Giovenco, who was 3-for-3 with a triple.

George Jenkins registered an RBI fielder's choice to get Parkland on the board in the second inning, against Easton left-hander Eric Gustofson, and Matt Ervolina cracked a run-scoring double in the third to make the score 2-0.

"I feel like almost every team that we play throws a lefty against us," Giovenco said. "It's just something that we have to get used to. He missed a few pitches and we exposed them throughout the game."

Parkland (10-2) jumped on the Easton bullpen for a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning, as Smith and Alex Oliver drove in runs.

"We did a pretty good job of hitting," Weber said. "He didn't do a really good job of situational hitting in the middle innings. We could have broken the game open and given us a little bit more of a lead. We didn't do a good job there and that let them hang around."

Smith struck out seven, including six in a row, over his six innings of work. He also surrendered an earned run for the first time this spring.

"He's a quality pitcher," Weber said of the All-Area first-teamer. "He's going to battle; he's going to make you earn it. I thought he did a good job."

The game was originally suspended on April 9 and then rescheduled multiple times. The Rovers started Monday's action in the first inning with Hubbard on second base and no outs, but failed to bring the 2018 EPC Co-MVP around to score.

"(Smith) was very sharp early. I'm a little disappointed we didn't get that runner over (in the first inning)," LaDuca said. "We had a little bit of an advantage there, to knock that run in and maybe take a lead. But, (Smith) threw the ball really well; give him a lot of credit for that. They're a tough team. We were really proud, as a coaching staff, of the way the boys fought back."

Easton has a rugged week ahead with Northampton, Stroudsburg and Liberty on the schedule.

Parkland is thankful that the weather finally cooperated and let the Trojans collect a big win.

"When we got here, it was raining," Giovenco said. "… I was really glad we got to play it today and it feels great winning … I feel like, right now, we can beat anyone if we play our best."

Morning Call EPC Steel Division Preview
March 20, 2019

The Morning Call has posted a preview of the EPC Steel division on their site.

Click the link below to read the article

Click here to read the Stephen Miller article at the Morning call.


Rover Baseball Apparel Sale
March 12, 2019
Easton Baseball Apparel Sale
Rover Players, Parents, and Supporters - if you are looking for 2019 Rover Baseball Apparel please click on the link below to see various choices of Rover clothing!

The Easton Baseball Apparel Sale runs March 1 to March 14th

The sale is completed through Schuykill Valley Sporting Goods in the Palmer Mall. Information is available on the SVSG link. If there are any questions regarding the sale - please contact Coach LaDuca at laducac@eastonsd.org.

Click here to visit our store.



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