Connie Mack playoffs start
The Connie Mack playoffs started this week and two Bethlehem teams were a part of the action.
Bethlehem Catholic ended with the third seed and earned an automatic trip to the state playoffs as well as a chance to win the Lehigh Valley League title. The Hawks finished 13-5-1 to take the all-important top-four spot in the LV standings.
Also making it was Northeast Bethlehem, which finished with a mark of 10-9 good enough for the 10th seed. They traveled to seventh seed Northern Valley on Monday but lost 8-4.
For Becahi, they will host Emmaus on Wednesday evening. Head coach Jack Daddona thinks the sky is the limit for his team now that it’s playoff time.
“If we continue pitching and playing great defense, I feel like we are the team to beat in the league playoffs,” said Daddona. “Confidence is high and the kids have expressed an expectation of winning it.
“All year we have been missing key kids and it didn’t matter as it’s been a next man up mentality.”
Daddona said three of the team’s five losses have been by a total of four runs.
Offensively, the team was led by Kris Morrow who batted .467. Jaden Weida hit .413 with 15 RBIs, Dalton Daddona hit .391, and Anthony Indelicato batted .378 with 21 runs scored.
On defense, Stefan Rollins at shortstop and Jaden Clements in the outfield led the way. Daddona said Caden Giordano and Joe Peacock played superbly as utility guys anywhere they were needed.
Catching was at a high level as the team threw out 13 runners out between Daddona and Matt Martinez. Pitching was led by Robert Church with 1.72 ERA, Indelicato a 2.07 ERA, Matt Caricari a 2.82 ERA, and Weida a 2.94 ERA.
While there is still business to take care of in the Lehigh Valley playoffs, it’s hard not to get ahead of yourself and look toward states. The Bucks-Montgomery teams have traditionally been powerhouses.
“I’m really not sure what to expect,” Daddona said of states. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete against Connie Mack’s best and see how our kids hold up in the double elimination format.”