THE WILL TO WIN

May 31, 2018
By: Erica Rose

It had been 19 years, 19 long years since the Freedom baseball team had won a District XI Title. And while it is always exciting to win a championship, the way the Pates earned this one is a run they will never forget. Entering the 6A District XI tournament as the #7 seed, the Patriots would be forced to play four games. It all began with Nazareth, which went through #2 Easton, Pocono Mountain East, and capped off with the EPC champs and powerhouse Parkland. In yesterday’s outing Freedom proved that any team could be beaten on any day.

While it was a team effort, the big story line ended up being senior Pitcher Tim Healy.  Did you forget about Healy?  Well that’s because a dislocated rib kept Healy out for the season, until the first round of Districts. In his first outing back against the Blue Eagles, Healy pitched 6 1/3 innings. Clearly the senior was back to himself, and just getting started. In Wednesday’s championship he fired a complete game 5-hitter, striking out 5. The Patriots (16-9 overall) would only need two runs thanks to the pitching, going on to defeat Parkland (21-4) 2-1.  

The Trojans had a chance to tie the game in the 5th inning, with a runner in scoring position, but Healy was able to get out of it. That started a run where he would retire 7 of the final 8 batters he faced. Healy also stranded 7 Parkland base runners on the day. And closed out the night with a 1,2,3, 7th inning.  

Next up for the Patriots, will be the PIAA 6A first-round game on Monday at Easton. Freedom will take on Red Lion, the District 3 runner-up.

The Trojans season is not over yet either, Parkland will play on the road against the champion in today’s District 1 match.

Best of luck to both teams!