Chargers pick up season’s first win
There’s been a common theme that’s popped up for the Northern Valley Legion baseball team the past two seasons. Slow starts have been customary under six-year manager Brad Rauch as of late.
The same has been evident early on in the 2016 legion season. But the Chargers, who entered the weekend 0-2, were able to get in the win column with an important stretch waiting in the wind.
Northern Valley’s offense exploded for 15 runs, and Josh Williamson pitched four solid innings in leading the Chargers to a 15-8 win over Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.
“It seems like every year, the first four games it takes awhile for us to mesh,” Rauch said. “Once we get meshed and they get their first four under their belt, then we pretty much go from there…The last two years have been a slow start for us.”
Their first two games — in particular a 5-3 loss to Coplay-Fullerton in the season opener — were plagued by errors.
“It feels good to finally get back on track and get a win,” Northern Valley manager Brad Rauch said. “We definitely should have won the first one against Coplay. We shot ourselves in the foot. We had a bad inning and I think we had four errors consecutively right in a row.”
Northwestern siblings Trevor and Tyler Schreiner went a combined 4-for-7 at the plate with two runs and three RBIs.
The Chargers have reached the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs in each of Rauch’s first five seasons. He’s hoping for another playoff appearance this season, with a long postseason journey on his mind.
Northern Vy. 300 810 3 - 15 15 4
Salisbury 210 005 0 - 8 9 6
Williamson, Eden (5), Eden (7) and Wiik, Kistler (5); Rissmiller, Panariello (4) and Mailander. W - Williamson. L - Rissmiller.