After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.
The Pigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games left, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season. Both teams won their finale, but LV was awarded the wild card by virtue of having won the season series.
The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.
Both Blue Mountain League semifinal playoff series have gone to a fifth and deciding game with the championship series set to begin later this week. Here’s a look at both series.
The Hellertown Royals took the first two games of their BML semifinal series game against the Iron Financial Orioles, putting them in a commanding position in the best-of-five series.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled an impressive array of new video boards around the stadium on Thursday, with Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller flipping the switch to turn on the new displays. Every video board in the ballpark has been upgraded to HD technology, with many of the boards also being upgraded in size.
Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
While a win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night would have been a giant leap toward the playoffs, the Phantoms at least took another step toward the playoffs with yet another come-from-behind win over Binghamton Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
When new minor league facilities are built, no matter what the sport, part of the attraction is what those facilities might potentially mean to attracting and keeping young players in the organization.
The Phillies found after moving into Coca-Cola Park that players who had played there as a visiting player or had talked to players who were familiar with the place, were quicker to sign with the team because of the facilities available to them.
Catasauqua came into last Friday’s game against Northwestern with slim hopes of reaching the District 11 Playoffs, even though their record stood at 2-7. Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, Northwestern ended those hopes with a 48-20 win over Catty.
After Northwestern took a 14-0 lead over the Roughies, Catasauqua struck back with a nine-play drive in the second quarter to cut Northwesternn’s lead to 14-7. Andrew Brett connected with Ryan Greene on a 49-yard pass down the home side of the field for the first score of the night for Catasauqua.