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by TODD RUTH
It’s amazing to me all of the success Ephrata baseball has had under Adrian Shelley, that the Mounts have never had a team that was ranked number one in the District.
That is until now.
In the latest District AAAA Power Ratings, Ephrata is indeed first with only a handful of games remaining. While, to borrow a phrase from an old coach, “This doesn’t mean a hill of beans,” it is still quite remarkable considering the consistency the Mounts have had in past years.
Ephrata has now won five Section Two titles in the last six years, including three in-a-row, and will make its seventh consecutive District playoff appearance in a few weeks.
And, the most amazing thing is that it is this current team that has done it. I say that, considering how far they have come in such a short period of time.
Heading into the year, no one expected much from the Mounts this year, considering all of the talented three and four-year starters that graduated and the fact that not one pitcher on the roster threw a varsity pitch last year.
But tons of credit to these kids.
There is a certain twinkle in his eye when Shelley talks about this group. I get the sense that he is somewhat surprised at how quickly these kids progressed.
The bottom line is, they’ve hit when they’ve had to, they’ve played outstanding defense for the most part, and they’ve pitched way better than anyone expected.
Looking forward to seeing what they can do in the post-season.
Rankings: I mentioned above that the Ephrata baseball team is first in the District power ratings, but what about some other teams in the area?
The local teams that would qualify if the post-season started today would be: Ephrata boys lacrosse, ranked 11th; Cocalico girls lacrosse, ranked 11th; Cocalico boys volleyball, ranked sixth in AA; and the Cocalico baseball team, ranked 15th in AAA.
Those teams with some work to do include: the Ephrata girls softball team, ranked 19th in AAAA; the Cocalico girls softball team, ranked 21st in AAA; and the Ephrata boys volleyball team, ranked 19th in AAA.
Penn Relays: Ephrata’s Crystal Hartman and Jhet Janis of Cocalico not only competed at the Penn Relays this past weekend in Philadelphia, they both came away with medals.
How is that for representing this area?
On her first throw of the meet, Hartman tossed the javelin 134-8 which would be her best and ultimately earn her a sixth-place medal at the competition. The winning throw was 143-4 by Danville’s Shelby Freedman.
As for Janis, the University of Oregon recruit also was solid, hitting a throw of 198-1 to take fourth place in the javelin.
Denzel Pratt of the Bahamas won the event with a ridiculous throw of 220-7, edging out Curtis Thompson from Florence, New Jersey, who threw 220-4.
Both Hartman and Janis seem to be hitting their strides heading toward the post-season.
Should be fun to watch.
Buckle Up: Wednesday is somewhat of an historic day as far as the NHL playoffs are concerned. There will be three, Game 7’s played today which marks the first time that has happened since 2003.
Of course, the big one happens in New York at 7 when the Flyers try to get past the Rangers and set up a Pittsburgh-Philly match-up. The Avalanche and Wild will follow that game in Denver, before the night concludes with the Kings trying to become the first team since the Flyers of 2010 to come back from a 3-0 deficit when they face a reeling San Jose club.
Should be a great night of hockey!