Pleasant Valley plays baseball games in two minor league – Times News Online

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The distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is still 60 feet, six inches.

The baselines are 90 feet.

But even though the measurements are the same as on any high school field, when a baseball player stands in the batter’s box at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown or PNC Field in Moosic, there is no no comparison.

High school gamers lucky enough to play a game at one of these sites during their high school career, just might pinch themselves to realize the moment is real.

But while the majority of players high school will never have the opportunity to play on either of these courses, the baseball team from Pleasant Valley has had the opportunity to play both this season .

The Bears played games in each location against rival Stroudsburg. On April 25, PV shut down the Mountaineers, 8-0 at Coca-Cola Park – home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. On May 5, they lost to Stroudsburg, 14-3, at PNC Field – home of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders.

Playing baseball in homes minor league Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees franchises was part of this year’s program for all teams in the Eastern Conference of Pennsylvania.

It was an experience that Pleasant Valley baseball coach TJ Murphy was thrilled his team had the chance to have.

“Thank our former athletic director Tom Toth and our booster club for giving these opportunities to our players,” said Murphy. “They were working behind the scenes for us to have a great experience. »

At Coca-Cola Park, the Bears were allowed to practice batting for 10 minutes in the cage below the stands and then held a 10-minute pre-game practice on the field. At PNC Field, they had 20 minutes of training batting and took ground balls pregame and flying balls on the grass of the outfield.

“When the children took the infield, there was not a whole lot of nowhere land,” said Murphy about the pristine field conditions. “And of course, our beloved pitchers mound throwing a professional who is groomed, unlike any school they have never mound erected on. »

Despite the perfect conditions provided by both grounds, Murphy said his players didn’t act like they were impressed by the minor league stadiums.

“Once we started playing, it became just another baseball game,” he remarked.

The only major difference between the two sites over all areas of high school is the vast outfield dimensions. At Coca-Cola Park, it is over 400 feet to 374 feet deep centerfield left center and 369 to right-center. At PNC Field, the standstill measures 408 feet, with gaps to 371 feet. Although many areas of the secondary have similar distances down the foul lines, the deepest parts of minor league fields provide the ability to much more sure of more base hits.

“There’s definitely a lot more ground to cover, but surprisingly it had little impact on our games,” Murphy said. “I remember a triple that might not have been one on a high school pitch, but there weren’t many other batted balls that were impacted by the dimensions. »

With a crowd capacity of just over 10,000 at the two parks, there were far more seats than fans. Still, both of these special events drew larger crowds than any typical high school game.

Murphy was particularly impressed with the support his team received from the school’s student body.

“We’ve had a really good student fan following our home games this year, and the student body has been really supportive of those two special games for us as well,” Murphy said. “We had about 200 students come to these two games to encourage us. »

Murphy added that RailRiders were particularly accommodating and offered his team a bonus return to PNC Field to participate in a game.

“They offered to recognize us on the edge of their table video screen and ask one of our players to launch the first pitch.” Murphy said.

The Bears are to have another successful season under Murphy, who has been in the past three years as head of the Pleasant Valley baseball program. The Bears finished the regular season with a 14-6 record and advanced to the EPC and District 11 playoffs.

Pleasant Valley’s success on the pitch has also been bolstered by the two special pitches he has played on this season

“Playing baseball at Coca Cola Park and PNC Field is a very special experience for our team that they deserve,” Murphy said. “These are places they will remember for the rest of their lives. I told them to enjoy everything and enjoy the moment.

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BREAKERS OF RECORDS … The opening day of the athletics championships Schuylkill League Tuesday Mahanoy Area High School was memorable for the duo Jim Thorpe Kaila O’Connor and Laura Clarke. O’Connor and Clarke have not only won gold medals, but they have also established school records in the process.

O’Connor won the 300 hurdles in a school record time of 45.91 seconds. Clarke captured – and improved – his own school record in the process with a throw of 116-5.

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FAMILY TIES… Northwestern’s Faith Yost tied the school record in the high jump on Tuesday at the Colonial League Athletics Championships in Whitehall, but Yost still doesn’t have sole ownership of the best high jump ever by a member of his own family.

Yost’s jump of 5-5 gave him a gold medal in the event and equaled the best high jump in school history – a trademark set in 1992 by his aunt, Kathy Yost.

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JUMP TO REMEMBER … Nataly Walters Palmerton, which is only a freshman, already holds a school record. During the second day of athletics championships Colonial League Wednesday at Whitehall High School, Walters has not only realized a jump to the gold medal of 37-8 3/4 in the triple jump, but also set a record school. Its distance has improved the brand 37-1 / 4 set by Casey Ord, Palmerton graduated in 2008.

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MILESTONE … On Monday, Tony Radocha won his 100th career game as a Marian baseball coach. The milestone was a 5-2 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Zone.

Radocha was named head coach of his alma mater in 2014. In his eight years at the helm of the Colts, his teams won five Division 3 Schuylkill League titles and an overall ranking Schuylkill League. His teams have also made three appearances in the title game District 11, winning two of them. Marian has also qualified for the state tournament twice under PIAA Radocha.

After his 100th victory, Radocha said, “I am humbled and honored. For every player who has never played for me, I hope I made as big of an impact on your life than you did on mine. To my coaches – past and present – I would be nothing without you. I am really at a loss for words how honored I am right now. It was a moment for the whole family Baseball Marian, Marian and family as a whole. I thank you for the countless support. Here is the next 100. “

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BONUS BASEBALL … In the space of a week, the Northwest baseball team played two 12-inning games.

On May 2, the Tigers won 7-6 against Pen Argyl in the 12th inning. On May 5, the Tigers again needed a dozen innings to record a 7-5 victory over Southern Lehigh. Between the two marathons, Northwestern added a seven-set 13-1 win over Salisbury.

This means that in the space of four days, Northwestern played 33 baseball innings, the equivalent of nearly five full games.

The Tigers were not the only team from the region recently to play baseball sleeves in double figures. Northern Lehigh needed 11 innings to earn a 4-3 win against the Moravian Academy on Tuesday in a match that lasted three hours.

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NO-NO … On Tuesday, the pitcher of Pleasant Valley Kailynn Getz tossed four-Inning no-hitter against Marian as bears rolled to a 15-0 non-league victory. Getz struck out seven and did not allow a walk.

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SPECIAL K … On Monday, the pitcher Weatherly Madyson vonFrisch could record its withdrawal on 300th Career taken. The Wrecker junior has reached the milestone in 36 starts over the past two seasons. 300th vonFrisch came in an effort to strikeout 14 against Shenandoah.

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RUNNING WILD … Baseball Team Weatherly has struggled to win games this season. But the Wreckers (1-17) took advantage of the speed of their team. Weatherly flew 70 goals this season, an average of nearly four stolen bases per game. Leading the Wreckers are Nate Tripp, Jack Wyatt and James Higgins, who stole respectively 14, 12 and 11 goals this season.

The Pleasant Valley baseball team poses for a photo on the field at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The Bears have not only played a game at home in Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but they also made a trip to PNC Field in Moosic – home of RailRaiders Scranton Wilkes-Barre to another competition. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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