Stanley lifts NV over Emmaus
Zach Stanley couldn’t step on the diamond defensively against Emmaus because of some soreness in his throwing arm.
So Northern Valley’s third baseman has spent the last two games, including Tuesday night’s game, as the Chargers’ designated hitter.
The recent Northwestern Lehigh graduatedelivered with his bat against Emmaus. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Stanley poked the game-winning hit with a two-run single to right field.
As the brother tandem of Trevor and Tyler Schreiner crossed home plate, Stanley helped spark Northern Valley to a come-from-behind 8-6 victory that improved the Chargers to 12-3 in Lehigh Valley Legion.
“That was my first game-winning hit of this season,” said Stanley, who finished with three singles, a run scored and two RBIs. “Throughout the whole game, I just tried to keep my weight back, drive through the zone with my bat and make contact with the ball.
“The most powerful area I usually hit to is the opposite way. I never really actually pull the ball. I waited till I got the right pitch.”
Northern Valley manager Brad Rauch was happy to have Stanley coming to the place with the game’s outcome in the balance.
“You couldn’t have asked for a better scenario with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth with a tie game,” Rauch said. “And, with the way our defense was playing, I didn’t want to go extra innings. I didn’t want it to go any farther than where we ended it.
“With Zach coming up, he was the perfect guy for the job. As always, he executes well.”
The Chargers battled back from two deficits in the game after tying the score twice (once in the third inning and again in the fourth). A four-run sixth inning gave Northern Valley its first lead of the game.
Emmaus took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third before RBI-singles by Justin Welsh and Trevor Schreiner tied things up.
In the fourth, Emmaus added two more runs to take a 4-2 lead. The Chargers answered in the bottom of the inning with RBI-singles from Evan Meixsell and Welsh to make it 4-4.
Three of the Chargers five errors in the game came back to haunt them in the fifth. Emmaus regained its third lead of the game with two more runs.
The Chargers found the spark with two outs in the sixth. Meixsell and Welsh hit back-to-back singles. Trevor Schreiner blasted a two-run triple down the right-field line to tie the game.
Tyler Schreiner then drew a walk and Tyler Wiik was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Stanley stepped up put his team in front.
“You’ve got to be proud of these guys,” said Rauch. “I’m proud of Zach and the entire team for the way they fought back. They know it wasn’t the best baseball they played all year.
“It was definitely a good win for us. Now, we know we can come from behind if we must. It was a good team builder.”
Welsh finished the game 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Trevor Schreiner added a single, triple, a run scored and two RBIs, while Wiik (single, double) and Evan Meixsell (two singles, a run scored, RBI) contributed with multiple hits.
Emmaus 011 220 0 – 6 9 1
No. Valley 002 204 x – 8 15 5
Kish, Lynch (6) and Zgura; Eitner and Wiik. W – Eitner. L – Lynch.