NV looks to get back in the win column
After a stretch of 10 days off, the Northern Valley American Legion baseball team has had a tough time getting back into the win column.
The Chargers were on a three-game winning streak when rains wiped out a big chunk of their schedule. Since returning, Northern Valley has dropped games to North Parkland, South Parkland and Salisbury.
Against North Parkland (8-3), Northern Valley looked to work its way back from a 7-3 deficit.
The Chargers put up one run in the bottom of the fifth to cut it to 7-4, but then saw the Buffaloes put up two more runs in the top of the sixth.
The Chargers went down 1-2-3 in their half of the sixth, but again got up off the mat in the bottom of the seventh when their first five batters reached base.
Justin Holmes and Nick Henry singled ahead of a walk to Derek Holmes.
Ryan King then singled to bring in a run and Eric Nothstein walked to force home a second run and cut it to 9-6, still with no outs. Zach Silfies plated a run on a fielder’s choice, but a strikeout and groundout ended the rally just short of a full comeback.
The two through five hitters in the order – Justin Holmes, Henry, Derek Holmes and King – each had two hits in the game and combined to score five runs. Nothstein was the beneficiary of those guys getting on base as he drove in a team-high three runs on the day with a hit and two walks.
After South Parkland got out to an early 1-0 lead, Northern Valley (3-5) tied the game in the fourth when Derek Holmes singled to drive in Henry, who had singled and went to second on a bad throw and then stole third to set up Holmes.
The Trojans went up 2-1 in the fifth and then put up a three-spot in the sixth to win 5-1. Nothstein started for Northern Valley and gave up two earned runs over five innings.
Against Salisbury, the Falcons scored early and often, including three times in the bottom of the first and a fourth run in the second inning. A four-run fourth and an added run in the fifth made it 10-0 and ended the game on the 10-run rule.
Derek Holmes and Justin Holmes sit atop the leader board for top averages on the team, Derek is hitting .462, while Justin is at .393 on the season. Aaron Rudolph is hitting .357 for the Chargers in six games.
Justin Holmes is also having a good season on the mound, having thrown six shutout innings for Northern Valley with six strikeouts. Silfies has a 1.59 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings and Luke Eitner has struck out 13 in eight innings, posting a 2.25 ERA on the season.
Over the final 10 days of the regular season, Northern Valley will play seven times. The stretch opens Thursday against Carbon (4-4) and continues with games at Northwestern Lehigh High School Friday against Emmaus (3-7), Sunday against Coplay (3-5-1) and Monday against Lower Macungie (4-6). Three road games at the Carbon Monarchs, North Parkland (8-3) and Emmaus wrap up the regular season schedule.