2009 Rover News


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EAHS Baseball to sell Christmas trees
November 13, 2009
The Easton High School Baseball team is selling Christmas Trees as a fundraiser this Holiday Season. Douglas and Fraser Firs are available in 6 to 7ft. for $35, 7 to 8ft. for $40, and 8ft + sizes for $45. Location: EAHS Baseball Field Hours: 5-8pm weeknights/11am-4pm weekends Beginning November 28 until stock is gone. Support the EAHS Baseball Team and Have a great Holiday Season!!!!!! Also, limited Prints of "A Night at Cottingham" are still available.

Easton Baseball and James Fiorentino team up
New EAHS artwork is now available
October 17, 2009
The Easton Baseball program is proud to present two beautiful pieces of artwork that depict Easton High School Traditions at their best. A Night at Cottingham and Play Ball with the Rovers.


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The original paintings are on display at the home football games and valued at $3000.00 a piece. The originals are being raffled off. Raffle Tickets are $5.00 and are limited to 300. Raffle tickets are being sold during the home football games. If interested in a raffle ticket please contact Coach LaDuca or Coach Hess. Available are Giclee prints for purchase. A Night at Cottingham is 23 ½ by 15 and is a beautiful representation of Friday Night Football at Cottingham. Many of Easton’s best athletes have graced this field on Friday Nights since 1953 when Easton played its first night game. Giclee’s are available for $45.00 and are limited. If interested please contact Carm LaDuca at 610-252-4369 or email at laducac@eastonsd.org or Greg Hess at 610-252-4683 or email at hessg@eastonsd.org Play Ball with the Rovers is 22 ½ by 17 and is an awesome representation of the Mecca of High School Baseball in the Lehigh Valley. Year in and Year out it is the mission of the Diamond Club to make Charles Richard’s Field one of the Best High School Baseball venues in the area. Giclee’s are available for $40.00 and only 21 remain. If interested please contact Carm LaDuca at 610-252-4369 or email at laducac@eastonsd.org or Greg Hess 610-252-4683 or email at hessg@eastonsd.org World Renown Sports Artist James Fiorentino The artwork of James Fiorentino spans the entire spectrum of traditional art. Renowned for his ability to create uncanny likeness of famous sports icons, Fiorentino has propelled to the top of the sports art community. James has painted and illustrated some of the most famous sports figures. He has donated numerous works of art to benefit charitable organizations. As the youngest artist inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators in 1998, James continues to prove his achievements as a highly regarded illustrator and painter. The picture on the left depicts James presenting Yankee Alex Rodriguez the 2008 Latino Sports MVP Award. James' original painting of Alex was presented to A-Rod at Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2009.

Easton Baseball Diamond Club meeting October 20th
October 15, 2009
The Easton Baseball Diamond Club will be holding it's next meeting on Tuesday Oct. 20, 2009 at 7pm in Room D208 for All parents of interested 2010 Baseball candidates are welcomed for grades 8-12.

Diamond Club announces fall golf fundraiser
September 16, 2009
The Easton Baseball Diamond Club is a booster group that wishes to support the Easton High baseball team. We are looking for corporate sponsorships for our annual golf tournament being held Sunday – October 4, 2009 at Green Pond Country Club. Shotgun Start at 1:30pm. Monies are used for many field items and equipment and supports the team throughout the season. Four-man scramble format is in effect at $80 per man. Lite lunch and dinner provided after golf included in price. Your company sign will be on display at the course that Saturday. Donation is $100 per hole. Other monetary amounts are accepted. Prize donations from businesses are also needed and much appreciated. If interested in helping please send checks made payable to either: Easton Baseball c/o Mr. Scott Austin (Tournament Chair) 1225 Whitney Ave. Easton, Pa. 18045 610-217-1521 Or Easton Baseball c/o Mr. Carm LaDuca 2220 Hackettsview Ave. Easton, PA. 18045 Any questions may be directed to Mr. Carm LaDuca at laducac@eastonsd.org Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and used to support the 2010 Red Rover Baseball team.

Easton High Fall League Team Information
July 29, 2009
Players in grades 10-12 in 2009-2010 school year are eligible – anyone interested should contact Carm LaDuca at laducac@eastonsd.org or Greg Hess at hessg@eastonsd.org before August 2. Pride of the Diamond League Coaches – Carm LaDuca/Greg Hess 14 game regular schedule / 16 teams from many local high schools. September 10-October 18 DH on Saturdays / Some weekday games possible w/ single Sat. game Single elimination Playoffs – League end by Oct. 31 Cost - $2800 per team includes umpires, balls, fields, hat and uniforms provided by each team – 14 man roster/ $200 per player Verbal Commitment needed by Aug. 3 Money due to league by Sunday September 20th – I would like to have all monies by September 13. Showcase and All Star game included also. College Scouts attend both. www.prideofthediamond.com - More information….. Our home games will be played at Easton High farthest travel will be to Perkiomen…..

Season in Review 2009
June 4, 2009
The Easton Area High School Baseball program experienced ups and downs in 2009. A total record of 33-21 was attained. The sub varsity programs played well. The Junior varsity went on to a 14-6 record while the Freshmen posted an 8-5 tally for a combined 22-11 overall record. The Varsity squad truly had a Tale of two Seasons! The Varsity team qualified for post - season play for the 8th year consecutively with an 11-9 season record. A heavy graduation class of 2008 left the new Rovers with a big test in front of them. Only Ian Oakley and Kyle Harbridge (captains) had game experience positionally and Dylan Kemmerer had some prior innings on the mound leaving the Rovers with limited Varsity experience. The year began with a strong run in the first half going an impressive 8-2 record with a big win over LVC and District 11 Champion Parkland at Coca- Cola Park. First half highlights included wins over Hazelton, Pleasant Valley, and Bethlehem Catholic along with Parkland. The Rovers pitched the ball well and outscored their opponents 80-33. The second half of the season was a disappointment for the young Rovers as they struggled to win close ball games against good LVC foes and tough pitching. The team lost 5 one run games and two 2 run games. A total of 9 runs in 7 of the losses. The Rovers clearly were in the game but couldn’t get the big hit at the right time or execute a certain play when needed. The Rovers would play Whitehall in District play but their season would end with a 4-0 loss. Special awards for some members of the 2009 team are as follows: Ian Oakley – 2009 Eddie Snyder Award Receipient Patrick Corpora – LVC Scholar Athlete for Baseball Kyle Harbridge and Colin Case – 2009 Co - MVP Award Winners Justin Pacchioli – Honorable Mention All LVC Outfielder Kyle Harbridge (.387) , Colin Case (.381) - .350 Club Dylan Kemmerer (5) - Top Pitchers – Wins per year The players on the 2009 team were a dedicated group of young men who always worked hard and were fun to be around. Baseball was always the main focus of this group. Their efforts will not soon be forgotten! The coaching staff felt it was truly a pleasure to coach this group. The seniors will be missed! They were a great group of kids who will always be members of the Easton baseball family. Dennis Collado, Patrick Corpora, Kyle Harbridge, Dylan Kemmerer, Louis Markus, Eddie Nunez, Ian Oakley, Julio Perez, Ryan Peterson, and Sal Rampulla contributed greatly and we wish them all the best in their future plans. A strong core of younger players with Varsity experience will make 2010 a different year for the Rovers. Three sophomores played large amounts of time on the Varsity level which will help us along with many juniors who will take on the senior leadership roles. It is very exciting coming back in 2010 with such a strong core. With hard work in the off - season the Rovers appear to have a bright future! Returning rostered players Colin Case , Justin Pacchioli, and Kevin Nemeth are the juniors who will make a strong impact in 2010 and Matt Mink, Aaron Barry, Devon Wood, Evan Wilkins, Dan Eckel, Shane Raymond, Barry Schaffer, Mark Sweitzer, Matt Cummings, and Justin Souders are the 2009 rostered players looking to make contributions to a championship run in 2010. Along with all of the above will be a group of players from a 14-6 JV team looking for a spot on the Varsity team. The competition will prove to be fierce and these players know what it will take to win the LVC. I would like to personally thank the EASD for their support of our program. Thank You to our Athletic Department with AD Jim Pokrivsak, Assistant AD’s Greg Hess and Elaine Arnts, secretaries Jane Braido and Lois DeFrancesco for all their work. Thank you to our medical group Jeff Hunt and Rochelle Gilbert. Thank You to our equipment guys Scott Austin and Rick Hartranft, announcers Bob Arnts, Mike Lavalva, and Rose Mellman for their help. Our managers this year were Alyson Kunsman, Christina Pulcini, and Nicholas Corpora who missed 2009 with arm surgery. Lastly – thank you to the EASD maintenance group led by Tim Case who prepare our fields. A special thanks goes to the Easton Baseball Diamond Club and all of our parents who have worked tirelessly to raise funds in dances and bingoes to allow our kids to go to Boston this past April to play a game and enjoy a Red Sox game while there. We toured the JFK museum and spent time in the Quincy Market Area. It was a worthwhile experience for all of our players Varsity and JV alike to develop team unity and have a great time. Also the booster group helps put the Rovers in the top equipment and uniforms and gives them the feel of a class program playing on the best field in the valley and beyond! Thank You to the Senior parents who played a key role in the organization of many of our fundraisers. Becky Rampulla, Joan Markus, Rachelle Altemose, Kelly Corpora to name just a few and many others who gave their all to us under the leadership of Tony Ventola and Maria LaValva. Thank You ! I would like to thank the people who make the program go. The coaches! Our success year in and out comes from this dedicated group of men who love the game of baseball. They spend countless hours away from home all throughout the year teaching the game because they care. Many of them do so voluntarily and have a great deal to offer! Thank You to their families for letting them give their time to us! Varsity Assistants: Greg Hess – Pitching Coordinator Jim Warga – Assistant John Bisco Jr. – Assistant Junior Varsity – Scott Ordway – Head Coach Ben Childs – Assistant – Pitching Freshmen – Ryan Kanusky – Head Coach Dan Gonzalez – Assistant The Easton Baseball Program strives to win and teach young men the fundamentals of the game along with mentoring young men to be team players in a team concept. The belief that winning baseball comes from hard work, dedication, and a commitment to being the best student athlete you can be in the classroom and on the playing field is paramount to our mission as a coaching staff. The players that play in our program understand the commitment we expect and must work hard to attain the success that comes with being a champion. Best wishes to all of our players and their families this coming summer and we look forward to a successful 2010 season! Carm LaDuca EAHS Varsity Head Coach

Zephyrs cash in on Bet, blank Red Rovers
May 19, 2009
By John Heilig | SPECIAL TO THE MORNING CALL In baseball there are big runs and little runs. They both look the same in the score book, but they have different effects on the opposing teams. Whitehall used both to their advantage in beating host Easton, 4-0, in their 4A District 11 pigtail-round game Monday. The Zephyrs now advance to play top-seeded Stroudsburg on Wednesday. Whitehall (11-10) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning. Red Rover starter Dylan Kemmerer had been cruising along with a one-hitter and had retired 12 straight batters when Mark Deichmeister singled with one out. He moved to second on Tyler Knauss' ground out to third and scored on Mike Antonchak's single to right center. That was the big run. In the sixth, Derek Herman walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Jim Lahue. That was the little run. ''We've been working on it all week,'' Lahue said of the bunt. ''We knew it wouldn't be a blowout game so one run could make the difference. Coach [Andy Simock] made the call and I executed it and Herman scored. A sacrifice bunt is more satisfying [than an RBI single] because you work on it so hard and when you come back to the dugout everybody is congratulating you.'' The Zephyrs scored again in the fifth when Scott Kromer plated Pat Bet, who had walked earlier and advanced on Lahue's bunt. They added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Antochak walked, moved to second on Mike Garneau's ground out to third and scored on Herman's bloop single to left. Easton (11-10) had a couple of chances against Bet, who threw a five-hit complete game. In the third, the Red Rovers had runners on first and third with no outs. Justin Pachiolli's fly to right wasn't deep enough to score the runner, and Colin Case's hard-hit ball to second started a double play that ended the inning. ''I wasn't nervous at all,'' Bet said. ''I knew if I went out there and threw my game and they got the runs for me everything would be fine. My fastball was definitely on today. I was finding the outside corner and they couldn't hit it. As long as I was hitting my spots they weren't hitting the ball.'' ''I think it was important to score first today,'' Simick said. ''We had two great pitchers on the mound. Pat was sharp for seven innings. The first run allowed us to get our running game going. And we put the suicide squeeze on. Kemmerer was throwing a lot of strikes. We were looking to bunt, to hit-and-run.'' ''It's playoff baseball and every little play counts,'' Easton coach Carm Laduca said. ''Pat Bet pitched a hell of a game. Once he got his lead he was like a bulldog on the mound and wouldn't give it up. You have to play a clean game and you have to execute when you have the opportunities. We had chances and didn't score. We couldn't have asked more from Dylan Kemmerer, but you have to score runs to win ball games.''
Whitehall 000 012 1 -- 4 6 1 Easton 000 000 0 -- 0 5 1 Bet and Amaike; Kemmerer, Markus (7) and Wood. REC: W: 11-10. E: 11-10. WP: Bet. LP: Kemmerer. John Heilig is a freelance writer.

Easton hosts Whitehall in District XI opener
First pitch at 4:30pm this afternoon
May 18, 2009
Easton the number 8 seed will host the number 9 seed Whitehall this afternoon at Richards Field on the EAHS campus. First pitch will be 4:30pm. The winner of this game will travel to Stroudsburg on Wednesday to face the number 1 seeded Mountaineers.

Freshman team highlights this weeks schedule
May 12, 2009
While the Varsity team waits to find out who it's opening round opponent will be in the District XI playoffs, there is still plenty of baseball to watch at EAHS. The Freshman team will have 3 home games this week. Beginning with todays game vs. Hunterdon Central. On Thursday they will travel to Delaware Valley and return home on Friday to face off against North Hunderton. The freshman team will end it's season at home against Voorhees at 10am. All other games have a 4pm start time. Come on out and support the future Varsity players.

Easton drops 7-5 decision to Liberty
May 10, 2009
Liberty scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning to top Easton 7-5 in the regular season schedule finale for the Red Rovers. Kyle Harbridge led the Rovers going 2-2 while scoring 2 runs and driving in 4 runs with 2 home runs.
Albright, Reaser (6), Ortiz (7) and Bicknese. Kemmerer and Wood, Pacchioli (4). WP: Albright; LP: Kemmerer. HR: E: Kyle Harbridge (3rd, 2 on), (5th, solo). REC: L: 17-2 (13-1); E: 11-9 (7-7). NOTES: E: Kyle Harbridge 2-2, 4 RBIs; L: Kevin Bicknese 2B, RBI; Dan Martisofski 2B, RBI; Tom Black 2B, RBI.

Markus tosses complete game in Easton win
May 8, 2009
Ian Oakley and Dan Eckel both contributed two hits and two runs scored to spark Easton past Becahi 7-3 on Thursday afternoon. Justin Pacchioli, Kyle Harbridge and Shane Raymond also had two hits for the Red Rovers, who got a complete-game, eight-strikeout effort from Louis Markus. John Peluso and losing pitcher Bryan Morris had two hits each for Bethlehem Catholic.
Easton 000 241 0-7 11 0 Bethlehem Cath. 001 110 0-3 8 4 2B -- Oakley, Pacchioli (E); Connell, Peluso (BC). RBI -- Sweitzer 2, Raymond (E); Bahnick, Morris, Peluso (BC). Markus and Wood; Morris, Mahan (6) and Blasko. L -- Morris. SO-BB -- Markus 8-2; Morris 2-1, Mahan 2-0. Records: Easton 11-8, 7-6; Bethlehem Catholic 10-8, 7-6

Squeezed in extra innings
Green Hornets score two in ninth, overtake the Red Rovers
May 7, 2009
By BETH HUDSON, The Express-Times EMMAUS | The Easton Area High School baseball team threw everything. The Red Rovers scored the first four runs of the game and then later fought back from a two-run deficit to force extra innings. Once it was over, however, Easton coach Carm LaDuca said his team's loss came down to a handful of mistakes and missed opportunities. Emmaus scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning -- highlighted by Dan Bitto's squeeze bunt to drive in Kyle Gable for the winning run -- to beat Easton 8-7 on Wednesday night at Church Lane. The Green Hornets rallied from an early deficit to improve to 13-2 overall and 11-1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference. Easton dropped to 10-8 overall and 6-6 in the conference. "Our kids played with a lot of pride and heart," LaDuca said. "But you've got to make plays to put away a good team." Easton seemed to be on its way when the team scored four runs in the top of the second inning, with the help of Dan Eckel's lead-off double and Justin Pacchioli's single to drive in two runs. From that point, however, Emmaus just chipped away and finally took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. "I don't really worry about getting down four or five runs," Emmaus coach John Schreiner said. "Easton's a good team. Every game is going to be tough in this league." Easton's Colin Case and Kyle Harbridge reached base with back-to-back singles in the top of the seventh and went on to score enough for a 6-6 tie and, after Emmaus failed to score in the bottom of the inning, extra innings. Harbridge led off the ninth with another base hit and eventually scored when Eckel reached base on an error. But Emmaus responded with two runs from the top of its batting order in the bottom of the inning. "We wanted to win the ballgame," LaDuca said. "We brought Dylan Kemmerer, our No. 1 pitcher in. We kind of knew the squeeze was coming. They did what they had to do to win." Emmaus senior Dan Johnson, who plans to play college baseball at Millersville, went 5-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs and four RBIs. Teammate Brandon Wilt was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Pacchioli finished 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, and Case was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Emmaus pitcher Joe Groh entered the game in the third inning, struck out six and walked three on his way to the victory. Easton is scheduled to play at Bethlehem Catholic today and will face Liberty on Saturday morning. EASTON (ab-r-h-rbi) Justin Pacchioli 5-1-3-2, Colin Case 4-1-2-1, Kyle Harbridge 5-2-2-0, Ian Oakley 5-0-1-1, Dan Eckel 5-1-2-1, Kevin Nemeth 3-0-0-0, Aaron Barry 4-1-1-0, Mark Sweitzer 5-0-1-0, Matt Mink 2-1-0-1, Justin Souders 1-0-0-0, Dylan Kemmerer 1-0-0-0, Evan Wilkins 0-0-0-0. Totals: 40-7-12-6. EMMAUS (ab-r-h-rbi) Kyle Wilt 5-1-1-0, Brandon Wilt 3-3-2-0, Kyle Gable 2-1-0-0, Dan Johnson 5-2-5-4, Dan Bitto 3-1-1-1, John Barr 3-0-1-2, Brad Flexer 1-0-0-0, Austin Hockman 4-0-1-0, Justin Mastroianni 4-0-1-0, Joe Groh 1-0-0-0. Totals: 31-8-12-7. Easton 040 000 2017 12 3 Emmaus 011 040 0028 12 3 LOB Easton 10; Emmaus 6. 2B Eckel; Kyle Wilt, Barr. HR Johnson. SB Harbridge, Case, Pacchioli; Bitto, Brandon Wilt, Johnson 2. CS Mastroianni, Brandon Wilt, Hockman. Mink, Souders (5), Kemmerer (8) and Wood; Flexer, Groh (3) and Wilt. W Groh. L Kemmerer. SO-BB Mink 1-6, Souders 0-0, Kemmerer 0-1; Flexer 2-0, Groh 6-3. Records: Easton 10-8, 6-6; Emmaus 13-2, 11-1. Beth Hudson can be reached at sports@express-times.com

Weather postpones todays games
May 5, 2009
Todays games, both Varsity and JV have been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

Rain continues to wreak havoc on 2009 season
May 4, 2009
Today's scheduled Varsity and JV games against Emmaus have been moved to Wednesday May 6th at 4pm. Also the Freshman game against Voorhees has be rescheduled for May 16th at 10am.

Professional photos from Fenway Park are available
May 3, 2009
Parents and Players - Pictures taken by the Red Sox photographers outside Fenway Park on our recent trip to Boston are available for Purchase on the Red Sox site if interested. There are some nice group shots of the Varsity and JV teams on Yawkey Way and many options are available for purchase. Go to www.redsox.com/fanfoto and then choose Minnesota - April 22 day game and use gallery # 124 and #140 to see the available pictures.

Whitehall tops Easton 3-2
May 2, 2009
Tyler Knauss hit a second-inning solo home run and Ryuta Amaike pitched six strong innings, allowing Whitehall to stay alive for a District 11 berth. Lewis Markus, who gave up just five hits and three runs in six innings, took the loss for Easton, which has already qualified for the district tournament. Whitehall needs to win two of its next three games in order to qualify.
Easton 002 000 0-2 5 1 Whitehall 210 000 x-3 5 1 HR -- Knauss (W). RBI -- Case, Harbridge (E); Bet, Knauss (W). Markus and Wood; Amaike, Deichmeister (7) and Fazio. W -- Amaike. Save -- Deichmeister. SO-BB -- Markus 4-4; Amaike 4-3, Deichmeister 0-1.

Pacchioli, Case spark Easton past Freedom 11-6
District playoff spot secured
May 1, 2009
Justin Pacchioli went 2-for-2 with two triples, two runs and two RBIs and Colin Case was 3-for-3 to spark Easton. Dylan Kemmerer pitched a complete game for the win. Alex Dalla Piazza cracked a solo homer for Freedom. The win secures Easton a spot in the upcoming Ditsrict XI playoffs.
2B -- Taylor, Snyder (F); Oakley (E). 3B -- Pacchioli 2, Eckel (E). HR -- Dalla Piazza (F). RBI -- Luddy 2, Archer, Dalla Piazza, Fortin-Smith, Slanovec (F); Oakley 2, Pacchioli 2, Case, Eckel, Harbridge, Mink, Nemeth (E). Luddy, Chambers (4), Slanovec (6) and Snyder; Kemmerer and Wood. L -- Luddy. SO-BB -- Chambers 1-1, Luddy 2-6, Slanovec 1-0; Kemmerer 6-4. Records: Freedom 7-9, 5-6; Easton 10-6, 6-4.

Rovers snap skid with 7 run 4th inning
April 29, 2009
Mark Sweitzer and Justin Pacchioli each drove in two runs for Easton. Easton scored 7 runs in the 4th inning to help snap a 4 game losing streak. D.J. King went 3-for-3 for the Blue Eagles.
Easton 101 700 0-9 11 0 Nazareth 000 001 0-1 5 1 2B -- Sweitzer, Wood, Oakley (E). RBI -- Pacchioli 2, Sweitzer 2, Case, Oakley (E); Daul (N). Mink and Wood, Pacchioli; Squires, Smith (4), Daul (7). L -- Squires. SO-BB -- Mink 4-3; Squires 3-3, Smith 3-4, Daul 1-0. Records: Easton 9-6, 5-4; Nazareth 9-6, 5-6. JV score: Easton 4-3.
Freshman schedule change: The game scheduled for today, April 29th at Delaware Valley has been resceduled for May 14th because of field conflict.

Rovers lose 4th straight
April 28, 2009
Dan Klem blasted two home runs and drove in five runs to lead Parkland. Klem hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the sixth. Jon Gabriel was 4-for-4 for the Trojans and Ryan Korp cracked a homer and drove in four. Kyle Harbridge and Dan Eckel had two hits each for Easton, which lost its fourth consecutive game.
Parkland 403 505-17 16 0 Easton 012 021-6 10 4 2B -- Gabriel, Brandstetter, Jaindl (P); Oakley, Harbridge, Sweitzer (E). HR -- Klem 2, Korp (P). RBI -- Klem 5, Korp 4, Jaindl 3, Abeln, Gabriel (P); Eckel 2, Harbridge, Mink, Oakley (E). Smith, Stiegler (6) and Gabriel; Markus, Barry (3), Rampulla (5), Oakley (6) and Wood, Pacchioli (5). W -- Smith. L -- Markus. SO-BB -- Smith 6-2, Stiegler 2-2; Markus 3-2, Barry 2-3, Oakley 2-1, Rampulla 1-1. Records: Parkland 9-4, 7-1; Easton 8-6, 4-4.

Easton Diamond Booster Club meeting this Thursday
April 27, 2009
The Easton Diamond Booster Club will hold a meeting Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Room D208. All are welcome!

Phillipsburg baseball edges Easton behind the hitting and pitching of Kyle Petty
April 25, 2009
By TOM HINKEL, The Express-Times PALMER TWP. | As a junior, Kyle Petty missed the traditional Easton-Phillipsburg baseball game with a broken hand. The senior third baseman/pitcher certainly made up for lost time on Saturday night. Petty delivered a tie-breaking RBI triple with two outs in the seventh inning and pitched out of trouble in the bottom half to lead the Stateliners to a 4-3 victory at Hackett Park. Tied 3-3 with two outs in the seventh, Petty drove a pitch from Matt Mink up the right-centerfield gap. The hit scored Derek Brousseau, who began the rally with a one-out walk. "The kid (Mink) is a good pitcher, I'll give him that," said Petty, the obvious choice as the game's MVP. "He just gave me a fastball over the outer half where I could extend and drive it. I knew I tagged it pretty well. I just got on my horse and started running." P'burg coach John Stillo says Petty has been on a tear recently. "He's been on fire," said Stillo, whose team improved to 7-2. "His numbers have been sick the last five games. Derek Brousseau had a great at-bat to get on base. It was huge to get the bat in Kyle's hands." Petty, the third P'burg pitcher, entered in the sixth inning and pitched two overpowering innings in which he struck out five to register the win. "Kyle had been struggling a little bit as a starter so this was the first time we've used him in relief," Stillo said. "He came in and just started mowing guys down." Petty struck out the side in the sixth inning, when the Red Rovers (8-5) stranded runners on first and third. Kyle Harbridge began Easton's half of the seventh with an infield hit. Harbridge stole second, but Petty struck out cleanup hitter Ian Oakley. Aaron Barry flied out to centerfield, with Harbridge advancing to third. Petty ended the drama when he fanned sophomore Kevin Nemeth to end it. "I've kind of struggled (on the mound), but everything seemed to click tonight," Petty said. "It was fun, especially being in that pressure situation. I just shut the door. It was a big game and the adrenaline was pumping. It seemed like (his fastball) was a little bit quicker." Brousseau scored three runs for P'burg, which made the most of its five hits. "It's an awesome win," Stillo said. "Easton has played very well in that league (Lehigh Valley Conference) over there." Harbridge and Oakley each had two hits for Easton. Oakley had a two-run double in the fifth inning which tied it 3-3. Petty took over from there. "We had the same opportunities they did, but we just didn't execute," Easton coach Carm LaDuca said. "You've got to give that kid (Petty) credit. He pitched well when he needed too. We just couldn't get that one hit when we needed it." PHILLIPSBURG (ab-r-hi-bi) -- Brousseau rf 2-3-1-0, Scuorzo dh 4-0-1-0, Petty 3b 3-0-1-1, J. Murray cf 3-1-1-0, Bohem 2b 2-0-0-0, Wyckoff 1b 1-0-0-0, M. Murray ss 3-0-0-1, N. Codis lf 3-0-1-0, Roseberry c 2-0-0-0, Howell ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-4-5-2. EASTON (ab-r-h-bi) -- Pacchioli lf 4-0-1-0, Case ss 4-1-1-0, Harbridge cf 2-2-2-0, Oakley 1b 4-0-1-3, Barry dh 4-0-0-0, Nemeth 3b 3-0-0-0, Kemmerer p 2-0-1-0, Swietzer 2b 3-0-0-0, Mink rf/p 2-0-0-0, Raymond rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-3-7-3. P'burg (7-2) 100 110 1--3 5 3 Easton (8-5) 100 020 0--3 7 3 DP -- Easton 2. LOB -- Phillipsburg 6; Easton 9. 2B -- Brousseau; Oakley. 3B -- Petty, N. Codis. S -- Wyckoff. SB -- Harbridge 3, Pacchioli. CS -- Mink. Ciavarella, J. Codis (5), Petty (6) and Roseberry; Kemmerer, Mink (5) and Wood. W -- Petty. L -- Mink. SO-BB -- Ciavarella 4-3, J. Codis 0-0, Petty 5-0; Kemmerer 2-3, Mink 4-1. HBP -- by Kemmerer (Petty).

Kids blank Rovers 10-0
April 23, 2009
Northampton's Mike Glassic pitched a five-hit shutout, Brock Baker was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, and Zach Szoke hit a two-run double for Northampton in a shortened 5 inning affair Thursday afternoon at Richards Field in Easton, PA as the Rovers fell to the Konkrete Kids 10-0. Justin Pacchioli had two hits for Easton.
Northampton 231 31-10 15 0 Easton 000 00-0 5 1 2B -- Szoke (N). 3B -- Cericola (N). HR -- Baker (N). RBI -- Baker 4, Szoke 2, Martin, Mickley (N). Glassic and Baker; Markus, Barry (4) and Wood. L -- Markus. SO-BB -- Glassic 5-1; Barry 0-0, Markus 2-1. Records: Northampton 11-3, 7-2; Easton 8-4, 4-3.

Acton-Boxborough edges Easton 2-1
April 20, 2009
Dylan Kemmerer gave up one earned run over 6 innings but the Rovers were bested by Connor Buckley who 4 hit the Rovers with 9 strikeouts. Acton-Boxborough edged Easton 2-1 in soggy, suburban Boston on Monday. The JV team defeated Acton-Boxborough 9-6. Easton returns to Richards Field on Thursday to host LVC rival Northampton in a 4pm game.

Barry delivers in clutch for Red Rovers
April 19, 2009
Winning pitcher Aaron Barry drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning as Easton Area High School defeated Parkland 10-9 Saturday in a matchup of Lehigh Valley Conference baseball teams. Colin Case drove home four runs for the Red Rovers. Mark Sweitzer and Devon Wood both collected two hits. Jon Gabriel had three hits and drove in four runs for Parkland. Ryan Korp was 3-for-3. The game was part of the LVC's "Play Day" at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and the result does not count in the conference standings.
Easton 001 014 31-10 11 1 Parkland 110 223 00-9 14 2 2B -- Kemmerer (E). 3B -- Sweitzer (E); Abeln, Gabriel (P). RBI -- Case 4, Oakley 2, Barry, Kemmerer, Mink (E); Gabriel 4, Klem 2, Korp 2, Zaccaro (P). Mink, Markus (5), Barry (6) and Wood; Torok, Smith (5), O'Leary (6), Klem (7) and Gabriel. W -- Barry. L -- Klem. SO-BB -- Torok 2-2, O'Leary 1-4, Smith 1-1, Klem 3-2; Mink 2-2, Markus 2-3, Barry 1-1. Records: Parkland 6-4; Easton 8-2.

Easton routes Allen 19-3
Rovers play Parkland today at Coca Cola Park
April 17, 2009
Patrick Corpora went 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs and Kevin Nemeth 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Tom Stout went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Allen. Easton (15)04-19 14 1 Allen 030-3 6 1 2B -- Nemeth (E); Stout (A). RBI -- Corpora 4, Nemeth 3 (E); Stout 2 (A). Markus, Rampulla (2), Oakley (3) and Wood; Santana, DeJesus, Anoy'i, Reyes (3) and Valasquez. W -- Markus. L -- DeJesus. SO-BB -- Markus 2-0, Oakley 1-1, Rampulla 1-0; Anoy'i 3-2, DeJesus 0-3, Reyes 1-0, Santana 0-1. Records: Easton 7-2, 4-2; Allen 0-8, 0-6.
Easton will play Parkland today, Saturday April 18th at Coca Cola Park in Allentown. Game time is 1pm. Click here for directions.

Rain scrambles schedules again
April 15, 2009
Todays games vs. Allen have been postponed. The Varsity game will be made up this Friday April 17th at Allen. The JV game is rescheduled for next Friday April 24th at Richards Field on the EAHS campus. Another scheduling note is that the Freshman game vs. North Hunterdon scheduled to be played at North Hunterdon this Saturday April 18th, will now be played at Easton High School with a new start time of 10am, not 10:30 as was on the original schedule.

Rovers fall to Freedom 2-0
April 14, 2009
Kenny Johnson knocked in the only earned run of the game in the first inning after Freedom scored its first run on a wild pitch, and the Patriots defeated Easton 2-0 in Lehigh Valley Conference baseball Tuesday. Josh Lutzi went the distance, striking out eight and scattering four hits for the win. Dylan Kemmerer pitched 4 hit ball over 6 innings and struck out 10 but was tagged with the hard luck loss. Easton continues LVC play today at Allen.
Easton 000 000 0-0 4 1 Freedom 200 000 x-2 4 0 2B -- Snyder (F). Kemmerer and Pacchioli; Lutzi and Snyder. SO-BB -- Kemmerer 9-3; Lutzi 8-1. Records: Easton 6-2, 3-2; Freedom 4-5, 2-3. JV score: Easton 6-1.

Easton Diamond Booster Club meeting on April 16
April 13, 2009
The Easton Diamond Booster Club will hold a meeting Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Room D208. All are welcome!

Games vs Emmaus postponed
April 11, 2009
Rain victimized the Easton baseball teams for the 3rd time in the past week. The Varsity and JV games against Emmaus scheduled today have been rescheduled for Monday May 4th at 4pm.

Easton blanks Dieruff 11-0
April 9, 2009
Ian Oakley hit two doubles and drove in two runs as Easton scored 11 runs in the first two innings on its way to a 10-run-rule shortened victory. Six different players had RBIs for the Red Rovers, who improved to 6-1, 3-1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference. Dieruff 000 00-0 2 6 Easton 740 0x-11 8 0
2B -- Oakley 2, Harbridge (E). 3B -- Harbridge (E). RBI -- Oakley 2, Barry, Case, Harbridge, Kemmerer, Wood (E). Farr, Ortiz (2) and Hausman; Kemmerer, Rampulla (3), Nunez (5) and Nunez and Wood. W -- Kemmerer. L -- Farr. SO-BB -- Farr 0-3, Ortiz 4-0; Kemmerer 2-1, Nunez 0-0, Rampulla 2-1. Records: Dieruff 0-7, 0-4; Easton 6-1, 3-1. JV score: Easton 19-0

Colin Case leads Rover to 6-5 win
April 8, 2009
Colin Case knocked in the go ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lead Easton to a thrilling 6-5 vitory over Allentown Central Catholic. Colin finished the day going 4-5 at the plate with two triples, a double and 4 RBI. The Varsity will be at home to play Dieruff, Thursday, April 9th with a special start time of 10am.
Central Catholic 011 002 100 -- 5 8 2 Easton 202 100 001 -- 6 10 1 Mesaros, Rosenberger (6) and Bisbing; Markus, Mink (6) and Wood. WP: Mink. LP: Rosenberger. HR: CC: Harris (2nd, solo). REC: E: 5-1, 2-1 LVC.

Washed out again
April 6, 2009
Todays Varsity and JV games vs Whitehall have been postponed. The games will be made up on Saturday May 2nd at 3pm. Varsity and JV teams should report at 2pm today for practice in the gym and Freshmen will report at 6 pm

Parkland games postponed
April 3, 2009
Games today vs. Parkland are postponed and rescheduled for April 27

Opportunistic Rovers recover, top Becahi
Easton uses strong pitching, walks and stolen bases in win
April 2, 2009
By John Heilig, Special to The Morning Call By taking advantage of every opportunity, Easton's baseball team showed it had recovered from an especially tough loss to Liberty on Monday to top visiting Bethlehem Catholic 9-2 at Charles W. Richards Field. The Red Rovers (4-1) scored two runs on no hits in the first inning, thanks to a pair of walks and a pair of stolen bases. They scored what proved to be the winning run in the second when Ryan Peterson walked, stole second and scored when Golden Hawk pitcher Drew Kaneps threw the ball over shortstop Matt Bahnick's head on a pickoff attempt. The Hawks (3-3) showed some life in the third, when Tyler Carle opened with a single and scored on Bahnick's triple to left-center. Easton answered with three runs in the third, the big hit being a home run to left by Ian Oakley. Singles by Kyle Harbridge and Kevin Nemeth helped. "I didn't even like the pitch, to be honest," Oakley said. "I was just trying to get the runner [Harbridge] in from third. I swung easy and it went out. I haven't hit many before, but when I do it's an easy swing." Harbridge, who finished 3-for-4, stealing three bases and scoring twice, said he had good vision. "I was seeing the ball really well," he said. "I sat on a couple of curveballs. I didn't get many fastballs. I saw the ball well today. I guess they were slower pitchers with not a lot of different pitches in their arsenal." Easton stole a total of eight bases and the Hawks committed five errors. "We noticed that the pitcher was a little slow on delivering to the plate and we were able to steal," Easton coach Carm LaDusa said. "Any time you can run the bases it's always clutch. That was a big part of getting the early lead. We lost a tough one to Liberty on Monday and I wanted to see what kind of character the kids had after that loss. We have a young team but we're gelling nicely. The seniors are leading us and the young kids are playing well." Meanwhile, Red Rover starter Dylan Kemmerer cruised along to his third win of the season. He allowed six hits and one run over five innings. Aaron Barry and Oakley mopped up. "My fastball was pretty good today," Kemmerer said. "I was hitting the corners and doing what I was supposed to do." "We started off tough," Becahi coach Mike Grasso said. "We made some mistakes and we couldn't come up with a hit or two at the right time. You get down in this league it's tough to fight your way back. We're just gonna keep working hard." Bethlehem Catholic 001 000 1 -- 2 8 5 Easton 213 210 x -- 9 8 1 Kaneps, Bender (2), Arroyo (6) and Blasko, Matuczinski (6); Kemmerer, Barry (6), Oakley (7) and Wood, Paccioli (7). WP: Kemmerer. LP: Kaneps. HR: Oakley (E) John Heilig is a freelance writer.

Liberty rallies to beat Easton in LVC
March 31, 2009
By MICHAEL BLOUSE, The Express-Times BETHLEHEM | It's better to be lucky than good. And, the better team doesn't always win. Either cliché could apply to Liberty High School's 3-2 Lehigh Valley Conference baseball victory over Easton on Monday at William Sheridan Field. Coach Andy Pitsilos' Hurricanes prevailed by scoring a pair of unearned runs in a nightmarish bottom of the seventh inning for the Red Rovers. "I do feel really lucky," Liberty pitcher Colin Reaser said. "We fought all game to hang in there, and something good finally happened for us." Liberty, which improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the LVC, trailed by a run with two outs and a runner on third base when leadoff batter Tom Black lofted a routine popup to second baseman Mark Sweitzer on the infield dirt. For 20 outs, Easton played excellent defense on a cold, windy day behind pitchers Louis Markus and Matt Mink. The Red Rovers, though, never did record the 21st out. Sweitzer, a junior who is called a "smooth" fielder by Easton coach Carm LaDuca, inexplicably dropped the popup, and Liberty's Justin Oldt, who singled to open the inning, scored the tying run. Pinch runner Kevin Bearse immediately stole second, then took off for third base on the next pitch. Catcher Devon Wood's wild throw bounced past Kevin Nemeth and into left field as Bearse touched home with the winner. "I pretty much knew I'd be stealing and coach gave me the sign," Bearse said. "When I was sliding into third I didn't even know the ball went into left field. Coach (Pitsilos) just told me to keep on going." "We're a team and I'm proud of my kids," said a dejected LaDuca. "We played very well against a really good team. I'm confident if we continue to play with the same intensity we showed today, we'll win a lot of games." Easton, 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, opened a 1-0 lead in the second on Nemeth's RBI single. The Hurricanes tied it in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Snyder doubled and scored on Nick Lule's single. The Red Rovers went ahead again in the fifth inning as Wood singled and Ryan Peterson launched a run-scoring double to deep left field. Snyder collected two hits for Liberty. Peterson was 2-for-3 for Easton. Reaser, a closer for the Hurricanes last season, struck out eight, allowed four hits and walked two in the complete game. Markus, a left-hander, was outstanding with six innings of one-run baseball for Easton. Mink, also a lefty, relieved to start the seventh inning and allowed a leadoff single but was in line for a save until the decisive error. "We feel fortunate," Pitsilos said. "We were lucky ... we stole this one when they gave us the chance. "We didn't run the bases too well early on and we left a couple runs out there, but give them credit, they pitched our guys tough. Colin Reaser was the key; he did the job keeping us in the game."

Easton now 3-0
Kemmerer, Case and Wood lead Rovers to 10-4 victory
March 28, 2009
Winning pitcher Dylan Kemmerer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for unbeaten Easton. Colin Case and Devon Wood both added two RBIs for Easton. Pat Kregeloh hit a three-run homer for Pleasant Valley in the third inning. Pleasant Valley 004 000 0--4 4 2 Easton (3-0) 202 510 x--10 8 0 2B -- Shea (PV). HR -- Kregeloh (PV). RBI -- Kregeloh 3, D'Arcy (PV); Case 2, Kemmerer 3, Sweitzer, Wood 2 (E). Borger, Hammond (4), Kregeloh (6) and Jimenez; Kemmerer, Mink (7) and Wood. W -- Kemmerer. L -- Hammond. SO-BB -- Borger 2-2, Hammond 1-1, Kregeloh 1-0; Kemmerer 3-4, Mink 2-0. JV score: Easton 8-2.

Rain postpones todays games with Freedom
March 26, 2009
The Varsity and JV games vs. Freedom are postponed for today due to rain. There has been no makeup set as of yet. Varsity and JV practices tomorrow will start at 3:30 due to teacher inservice.

Harbridge, Case lead Easton to 11-5 win
March 24, 2009
Kyle Harbridge and Colin Case had 2 RBI a piece as the Rovers streaked out to a 10-0 lead and defeated East Stroudsburg North 11-5 at Richards Field. The LVC schedule begins on Thursday as Easton travels to Freedom for a 4pm tilt.

Rovers open 2009 season with a victory
March 22, 2009
Pitchers Dylan Kemmerer and Matt Mink combined on a three-hitter as Easton captured its season opener with a 2-0 victory over Hazleton on Saturday afternoon. Kemmerer pitched the first six innings and Mink closed out the game with three strikeouts in the seventh. Justin Pacchioli singled in Kevin Nemeth, who had tripled, for Easton's first run in the fifth inning. Kyle Harbridge provided an insurance run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. The Easton JV team defeated Hazleton 15-0. Justin Souders was the winning pitcher.

Easton Coaches on 1100 WGPA's Sports Talk Radio
March 15, 2009
Coach LaDuca and Coach Hess will be on 1100 WGPA's SPORTS TALK RADIO SHOW "Jack, Joe and Company" the 21st of March from 9-10am to talk baseball with Freedom Athletic Director Fred Harris, Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, and other guests.

Easton Diamond Booster Club meeting on March 17
March 14, 2009
The Easton Diamond Booster Club will hold a meeting next Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Room D208. All are welcome!

Saturday's scrimmage schedule change
March 12, 2009
The starting time for Saturday's scrimmage against Fleetwood has been changed to a 1pm start time due to SAT tests. This change affects both Varsity and JV. Sat 03/14/09 Fleetwood Senior High School @ Richards Field (EAHS) beginning at 1:00PM

Updated tryout schedule
March 2, 2009
Tuesday March 3 - Grade 11-12 Pitchers and Catchers and Infielders ONLY should report for practice from 4-6 pm on Tuesday. Outfielders will not practice until Wednesday during the same time frame. Grade 9-10 Pitchers and Catchers and Infielders will report from 5-7 pm Tuesday. Outfielders should report on Wednesday during the same time frame. All practices will be held in the gym areas.....please report 20 minutes prior to practice for attendance and meetings with coaching staff for attendance and pre practice stretching in the main gym lobby area. Please listen to announcements at school in case changes occur in our scheduled time.

2009 Tryout Schedule
February 28, 2009
Monday - 3/2 - Indoor Tryouts - All players ALL players in Grades 9-10 will tryout from 3-5 pm on Monday. Grades 11-12 will practice from 5-7 pm on Monday. Players should report 30 minutes prior to scheduled start in Main Gym Lobby. Tuesday - 3/3 - Indoor Tryouts Pitchers and Catchers and Infielders, Grades 9-12 ONLY from 5-7pm. Wednesday - 3/4 - Indoor Tryouts Grade 9-12 Outfielders from 3-5pm Grade 11-12 Pitchers and Catchers from 5-6pm Grade 8 practice from 5-7pm Main Gym - 5-6pm and 6-7pm aux gym All players should be prepared for indoor and outdoor tryouts in any weather - sweatshirts, sneakers, spikes...

Diamond Club meeting next Tuesday
February 27, 2009
The Easton Diamond Booster Club will hold a meeting next Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Room D208. All are welcome!

Preseason schedule announced
February 24, 2009
The Varsity boys teams will play the following 2 scrimmages. Sat 03/14/09 Fleetwood Senior High School @ Richards Field (EAHS) beginning at 11:00AM Mon 03/16/09 North Hunterdon H.S. @ Richards Field (EAHS) beginning at 3:30PM The JV team will play the same teams on the same date and time at alternate fields at the EAHS complex.


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    EAHS, Room C111
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