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Hawks top Freedom

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team scored two big wins last week, defeating Easton, 4-2, and Freedom, 12-2, both at Becahi.

“Easton was a great high school game. Easton played very well. They gave us everything we could handle,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.

Days later, the Hawks mercy-ruled the Patriots in five innings.

“Very much [surprised]. Very much. I know we have hitters, but you know, some days we hit, some days we don’t, but I’m impressed with the way we hit the ball today,” Mazza said.

Becahi shortstop Jess Indelicato had 4 RBIs including a double in the second inning.

“[Juliana Presto] was pitching all inside, so I stepped off the plate a little bit and drove through the ball,” Indelicato said. “I think it got us all hyped up, especially that we got ahead in the game. We stuck with that mentality even out on the field.”

In the third inning, Tasha Miner also had a double for the Hawks, and Julia Sledz’s sacrifice fly made the score 4-1.

“I just knew I wanted to beat the pitcher and I got that double,” said Miner.

Freedom’s Taylor Resetar followed up with a double in the fourth, Maddy Sheffer had a single, and Matison Piripavel’s base hit scored Resetar.

Winning pitcher Tatum Kresley had an RBI in the bottom of the fourth, but it was the fifth inning when the Hawks’ hitting could hardly be stopped.

“We came out strong together, knowing what we were up against,” said Indelicato.

Sledz, Kresley, Indelicato, Miner, Alyssa Jiminez, Alexa Pannuccio, and Morgan Christine all had hits in the fifth, scoring seven runs and ending the game.

“We all thought it would be a tough game because they’re ranked pretty high right now,” Miner said. “I think that motivated us to play harder so we could end up on top. This year we have a strong hitting team, and when we’re really on, we can do some great things.”

Later in the week, the Hawks lost to Northampton, 2-0, at Becahi.

“We started out by beating Parkland, and then we got beat by Liberty, and that’s high school sports. You have good days and bad days, and right now, we’re having pretty good days. Stroudsburg was a nice team, and we beat them, so, we’ll see,” Coach Mazza said.