The Coplay Legion baseball season ended in the playoffs last week, capping a season that was marked by numerous games in a short amount of time.
Manager Jim Murphy knew it would be an uphill battle against Lower Macungie without his full complement of players. He said that he had just nine players for the July 6th game, but they did the best they could before succumbing to Lower Mac, 4-1.
Baseball great Ernie Banks famously said let’s play two, but with the way this season has unfolded for the Coplay Legion team, doubleheaders have become routine for them since the season started.
Bad weather struck over the weekend, forcing more cancellations. They played another doubleheader on Sunday, with this twin bill featuring league-leading Salisbury.
They lost both games of the doubleheader, dropping their record to 10-5-1. With those two losses, they finished the regular season in third place behind Northern Valley and Salisbury.
It was a tough couple of days for the Coplay-Fullerton Legion team whose season ended at the hands of Lower Macungie last week.
After winning the regular season, the Coplay-Fullerton team looked to repeat that feat in the playoffs. They won their first game, defeating Southern Lehigh 10-0, but ran into a little trouble when they faced Northern Valley last Thursday evening.
The combined strength of Coplay and Fullerton made for a perfect mix this summer and helped earn them the regular season title in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
They clinched the title after defeating South Parkland 6-5 in the first game of a double header on Friday. The suspended game was tied 5-5 in the ninth inning and Coplay-Fullerton scored the go-ahead run on a hit by Austin Dreisbach, scoring Matt Miller. South Parkland failed to deliver in the bottom of the ninth and Coplay-Fullerton won the title.
It’s been a torrid start for the Coplay-Fullerton Legion baseball team, staying undefeated through their first 12 games.
However, that winning streak was brought to a close on Sunday when Lower Macungie defeated them by a run, 6-5.
Manager Jim Murphy said that they lost the game on an error. They had been down in the game, but fought back to take the lead. Murphy understands that those things are going to happen during the course of a game.
“That’s just part of baseball,” said Murphy.
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League did a little reconstructing since their season ended last summer, and those changes have altered the baseball landscape in Whitehall.
That change brings the consolidation of the two teams from the Whitehall-Coplay School District as Fullerton and Coplay have now merged. The team will also feature Catasauqua players.
Manager Jim Murphy, who was Coplay’s skipper last season, said that the Fullerton team got folded into the Coplay. He’s unsure of Fullerton’s future in the LVLBL, but next year he’ll be managing just the Coplay team.
It turned into a Saturday night slugfest when the Carbon Monarchs visited Sammy Ballet Stadium to play Coplay-Fullerton in a Lehigh Valley Legion game.
When the bats stopped pinging, Coplay-Fullerton had weathered a final flurry from the Monarchs who scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but Alex Bruneio’s catch in deep right ended the threat, preserving the 9-7 victory.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team proved that getting into the playoffs is what really matters, dispelling the notion that wins during the regular season equates to playoff success.
Dakota Schiffer made sure that Fullerton was going to get a seat at the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoff table.
Fullerton played host to Salisbury last Wednesday in a game that was to determine who would make the LVLBL playoffs. The winner would advance into the round of eight for a chance at the title.
Schiffer has been the Ramblers most consistent pitcher this season. He has a sub 2.00 ERA, but more importantly, he's the guy who manager Daniel Delp wants on the mound in a must-win situation.