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Two Hawks named to softball Cup team

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic juniors, Alexa Pannucio and Jess Indelicato, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team, coached by Blake Morgan.

This is Indelicato’s second year on the team, but for Panuccio, it is her first.

“Jess has given me a little bit of insight,” said Panuccio, who will pitch or play the outfield, while Indelicato will play shortstop or third base.

The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

“[I’m looking forward to] getting a feel for other teams and the kind of competition that is out there,” Panuccio said, “and representing the Lehigh Valley in Philadelphia, especially on a big stage like that.”

Coach Morgan is hoping to communicate three things to the Lehigh Valley players: team, community, and character.

“I think it’s important to give back,” said Morgan. “These girls play softball all along the east coast, all over the country, and that’s great, but they started here. It’s nice to travel to Philadelphia and represent here.”

Also on the Lehigh Valley roster are Rachel Arner of Whitehall, Sky Esterly, Daphney Adams, Paige Hahn, and Krista Colussi of Nazareth, Alexis Ruth, Hannah Palinkas, and Maddy Clark of Emmaus, Chelsea Morgan and Kelly Dulaney of Parkland, Heather Alich of Northampton, Dani Barnes of Southern Lehigh, and Courtney Grundhauser of Easton.

Assistant coaches are Ed Stinner, Ricky Sechler, Kyle Stinner, and Jim Haney.

Stinner happens to be Panuccio’s coach on the PA Threat.

“Coach Stinner and Coach Morgan have very similar coaching styles. The way Coach Stinner treats people, he has a positive attitude, and he is encouraging. Coach Morgan stressed community a lot. He says it is a great honor. It’s a big deal to him, as it is to me,” Panuccio said. “I respect them, and Coach Morgan chose very kind people and good kids as well.”

Lehigh Valley’s first game is scheduled for June 19 at 11 a.m. against Jersey Shore.