Salisbury Baseball Struggles for Hits
By Lindsay Bauer
The last couple of years, Salisbury High School has had a stellar baseball team — and this year is no different. The Falcons are a very young but talented team lead by a solid group of seniors. Star player Chad Cooperman has been starting for the Falcons since his sophomore year.
The baseball boys won Wednesday’s home conference game against Northern Lehigh by a score of 5-1. Chad Cooperman was lights out against the Bulldogs with fourteen strikeouts in seven innings. Cooperman also hit for a single and had one run batted in. When asked about Cooperman’s performance as of lately, teammate Joey Galatini commented, “Chad has just been our ace on the mound when he’s pitching, you know it’s going to be a good day.” Although the Falcons couldn’t get the bats going (batting a team average of .200), they secured the win with Cooperman’s arm and good defensive play.
Unfortunately, Salisbury once again struggled at the plate against the Palmerton Blue Bombers. The team batted an average of .160 and had just four hits on the entire day. Sophomores Andrew Sukanick and Cole Warmkessel pitched that day, as Sukanick gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while Warmkessel gave up no hits and one walk. “My stuff was off, I did not have the same control as I usually do,” said Sukanick.
Salisbury struggled to hit once again against Notre Dame Green Pond, ending in a 4-0 loss. The team’s batting average took another blow, falling to .130 on the day. “A good defense is a good offense. We need to starting hitting and putting the ball in play,” said senior Eric Schware.