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Freemansburg, Bankos eliminated

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The hopes of a NORCO Legion baseball title run came to an end for Freemansburg and Bankos last week, as both fell in their best-of-three series.

Bankos, the seventh seed, couldn’t overpower perennial contender Hellertown in three games, as all three games were decided by two runs or less.

Bankos lost the first game by a 1-0 result, but came back to take game two with a 3-2 victory before falling in the final contest 2-0.

Freemansburg got the jump on Nazareth in the opener of their four-five matchup, as they won the first game 6-4 before dropping two straight contests.

“I think overall the season was a success,” said Freemansburg head coach Chris Medei. “I think halfway through the season we started playing well, but we just struggled offensively in the last two games.”

Nazareth went on to win game two by an 8-2 margin and clinched the series with a 4-0 no-hit shutout.

After grabbing momentum with a win in game one, Freemansburg’s bats were held in check to just three hits in game two, as well as the subsequent no-hit effort in the finale.

“I was surprised that we could only get three hits in the last two games against them,” said Medei. “The pitching Nazareth threw at us was good, but I didn’t think it would hold us down like that.”

Freemansburg ends the season at 13-8 overall, while Bankos finishes at 10-11.

Hellertown went on to dispatch Roseto in three games and square off against Northampton, who swept Nazareth, in this week’s championship series.