Right now the Fullerton Legion baseball team needs a win.
They've dropped six games in a row (one game was suspended), putting them in a tie for eighth place in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. That puts them perilously close of missing the playoffs for a team that's been a perennial postseason competitor the last few years.
After another year in which they made the postseason, the Whitehall softball team's prospects remain extremely bright as they now turn their attention to 2016.
For a team that finished 12-11 and made both the district and league playoffs, the future is quite promising since they'll only lose two seniors heading into next season.
After a slow start in which they were winless in the first five games, the team rebounded and went 12-6 the rest of the way, including a first-round win over Emmaus in the District XI playoffs.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team has found itself in a bit of a rut, but even with their recent struggles they're still in the middle of the pack in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
After beating Coplay on June 10, they lost their next two games to Emmaus and South Parkland. Additionally, they dropped a game to Salisbury prior to their win against Coplay.
Even though they've hit this snag, they're currently 2-4 in the LVLBL which puts them just percentage points out of fifth place.
The Coplay Legion baseball team was hoping to reverse their fortunes when they took the field against Emmaus on Tuesday night.
Coplay was looking to halt a four-game losing skid when they traveled to Emmaus Community Park to meet the 3-6 Hornets. That task grew more difficult when they only had the minimum nine players in uniform, forcing them to put kids in unfamiliar roles.
Head coach Jim Murphy said that they didn't know about the game versus the Hornets until the last minute, a scheduling change that was further complicated by a number of players on vacation.
Part of the soundtrack of summer includes the steady beat of basketballs thumping against the concrete courts, along with the accompaniment of whistles blowing at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.
Crowds gather along the chainlink fence to get a more intimate view of some of the players that will be playing inside high school gymnasiums this winter.
And while it's not officially summer, the off-season is in full swing as teams are looking to acclimate some new faces as they gear up for varsity competition.
The Whitehall baseball team completed another successful season this year, earning a trip to the postseason with a young squad which should mean that a bright future's in store for the Zephyrs.
The Zephs finished last season 9-11, qualifying for the District XI playoffs where they lost to Emmaus High School in the first round.
It was a season in which they experienced some early success, but struggled down the stretch. Manager Shaun O'Boyle said that with that early success their expectations became very big. However, baseball is a game that can humble you very quickly.
As the calendar flips to June, the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League season will heat up, and the Coplay team hopes they'll make another postseason appearance on the strength of its fielding.
Last year Coplay finished 10-8 and was eventually eliminated from the LVLBL playoffs by West Allentown, 9-8.
This year they'll be ready to mount another charge, and have gotten off to a 1-1 start, putting them in a five-way tie for second place early in the season.
With the lights now shining above Henry Glasser Field, it's a sure sign that the Fullerton Legion baseball season is underway.
The Ramblers have begun the 2015 season and are currently 1-1, which puts them in a second-place logjam in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. They've played three games to date, but their game against Northern Valley was suspended due to darkness and will be picked up in the eighth inning knotted at 1-1.
Fullerton finished 10-8 last year and made the playoffs before they were ousted by North Parkland.
With momentum on their side, the Whitehall softball team mounted a furious comeback in their last at-bat, but ultimately fell one-run short, eliminating them from the district playoffs last week.
Trailing 8-4 heading into the top of the seventh against top-seeded Parkland, the Zephs pushed across three runs, trimming the lead to one. The damage was done against starting pitcher Aubree Fritzinger who surrendered seven hits to the Zephs who were trying to unseat the 22-1 Trojans from their perch as reigning District XI champs.
Fifty-five years ago, Richard Bowman had a vision, and today that vision stands as a patch of green in Hokendauqua where kids can play and ballplayers can dream.
Richard "Dick" Bowman passed away on May 6, leaving behind a lasting legacy on the community that became his home, helping to create a playground that would include three baseball fields that are still vibrant today as the Hokendauqua Park and Playground Association.