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Coplay Connie Mack falls in LV playoffs

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Coplay Connie Mack team’s march toward a title was halted when they lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Their focus then shifted to the state playoffs where they’re part of the eight clubs from the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League who will play teams from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League.

Coplay heads into the state playoffs as the eighth seed. Their arrival was secured when they beat Hellertown in the opening round of the league playoffs. The tourney got underway July 20 at Limeport Stadium with Coplay facing Hatfield-Towamencin at 5 p.m. in the opening round of play. The result was a 10-2 loss.

But Coplay would knock off Nazareth, eliminating the Eagles 12-2. The team next took on Catasauqua, but rain on Monday postponed the contest to Tuesday.

Coplay manager Jack Lisicky said that the tourney features four teams from the Bux-Mont league, while the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack league will send eight. It’s a double-elimination with Coplay guaranteed two games in the state playoffs. After their opening loss, Coplay needs to continue to win.

The team was ousted from the LVCMBL playoffs after a 6-5 loss to South Parkland. Lisicky said that they got down early, surrendering six runs over the first two innings.

Jacob Paashaus got the start, and after those rocky two innings, he threw four innings of scoreless ball to allow Coplay an opportunity to win the game or at least send it into extra innings.

Lisicky said that they had the tying run in scoring position at second in the seventh, but they just failed to push the run across.

Once Paashuas settled down, he was tossing up goose eggs, keeping Coplay in the game as they pecked away at the lead.

“He pitched really well,” said Lisicky.

Lisicky said that they scored runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, slowly mounting a comeback that dented South Parkland’s lead to a run.

“We just kept chipping away and chipping away,” said Lisicky.

Lisicky said that a number of players were instrumental in helping them climb back into the game. Leadoff hitter Chris Perez was 2-4 with a double and a triple. Derek Buskirk who bats second for Coplay was 4-4, all of his hits singles. Coplay’s first two hitters accounted for six of their nine hits.

Additionally, Joe Lisicky was 1-3 with a double and a run scored, while Zach Hartman got a pinch hit single, scoring a run.

Once they put that runner in scoring position, Lisicky felt his club was on its way to a win. They seemed to seize the momentum and he felt that it would culminate with a win. But a familiar theme rose up in the final inning as the runner was left stranded at second, accounting for another runner left on base for Coplay.

“We had eight guys left on base in that game,” said Lisicky. “We just couldn’t get that big hit at the end.”