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Bombers fall to Parkland

LAURYS STATION - A little over three weeks ago, Palmerton gained a lead against the Parkland Snipers but weren’t able to hold it.

In that contest, Parkland’s bats exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning to pull away for the victory.

On Tuesday, the Snipers didn’t wait nearly as long to get their bats going.

Parkland scored in every inning, including four in the second and three in the third, to cruise to a 14-2 win in Connie Mack exhibition play.

“We jumped on them right from the get-go,” said Snipers head coach Anthony Fili. “We’re always trying to put up as many runs as we can as fast as we can.”

Dom Medlar’s RBI double in the first put Parkland on the scoreboard, while Austin Eisenhard delivered a two-run double in the second. That frame also included four walks, one which forced in a run.

“Walks and errors hurt us tonight,” said acting Palmerton head coach Eric Stroup, who was filling in for the vacationing Matt Solt. “Our guys would have a good inning, as far as walks go, and then have a bad one. We had errors mixed in there, and they also hit the ball well. Combining all those things, they were able to score a lot of runs.”

Palmerton did manage to push across its first tally in the top of third when Jacob Grammes singled, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on another wild pitch. But Parkland came right back with a three-spot, as two errors and Chase Whitaker’s RBI double contributed in the Snipers pulling ahead 8-1.

“They’re a good ballclub,” said Stroup. “Last time we played them, we had a lead and then they hit the ball against us. There were some walks and errors in that game, too. But that’s how it goes.

“We had some at-bats where we hit the ball well. All in all, we hit the ball - just not as good as we could have. We made some contact, which is what you want. We also had base runners, and with a key hit or two it definitely would have been different.”

The Bombers’ Randan Solt had one of those quality at-bats, as he led off the fourth with a sharp single up the middle. Solt then stole second and third before coming home on Connor Beahm’s sacrifice fly to left.

Unfortunately for Palmerton, the only other offense it could muster the rest of the game was a two-out double in the fifth by Grammes.

“We want our pitchers to throw strikes and let them hit the ball,” said Fili. “That’s the idea. There’s nine guys in the field, so let them hit it and let your fielders make some plays.”

The Snipers gained their fourth run-scoring double in the fifth, this one by Evan Kovalcik, to highlight another four-run inning to close out the game.

Despite the score and the team’s 3-9 record, Stroup and the Bombers continue to be grateful for the opportunity to play games.

“Just having all these guys out here playing is big for them with everything that’s going on,” he said. “A lot of these kids will be on the Palmerton High School baseball team next year, so them getting this experience is valuable ... It’s just going to help them, and that’s the biggest thing for me.”

BOMBER HITS ... Besides the hits from Grammes and Solt, Dalton Rumfield added a single while Connor Beahm reached on a bad-hop basehit to short.

LAST TIME ... Palmerton led the Snipers 4-3 after four innings back on July 18 before Parkland rallied for an eventual 13-5 win.

UP NEXT ... The Bombers have one game remaining this season, which takes place tonight when they host South Parkland.

Palmerton 001 10 - 2 5 3

Parkland 143 24 - 14 10 0

Grammes, N. Stroup (3), Hosier (4), T. Stroup (5) and Rumfield, Netznik (5); Pulver, Mengel (4) and Medlar. W - Pulver. L - Grammes.