Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

Hawks set to play for D-11 title

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic won its berth in the District XI Class 4A softball final by defeating Blue Mountain, 11-1, last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.

“We just had to make sure that we did all the fundamentals to get the job done, and that’s pretty much it,” said Becahi outfielder Alexa Panuccio. “We just kept the same mindset during the game, never let up, always pushed our hardest, and that’s why the score was how it was.”

The Hawks got through their entire line up in the first inning, started off by Jess Indelicato who reached first base on an error and then stole second. Alyssa Jiminez also reached first on an error, which gave Indelicato the opportunity to score Becahi’s first run.

Tasha Miner singled and stole second, Panuccio got to first base on an error, Addie Roche singled to center, and Jaden Spigner had a base hit.

“She was definitely a hitable pitcher,” Panuccio said. “The umpire had a pretty tight zone, but I think our team played it smart, and that’s why we were able to score a lot of runs.”

By the end of the inning, the Hawks had a 5-0 lead.

Blue Mountain second baseman Bryn Russian started the fourth inning with a triple to right field, and Taylor Hartman had an RBI single.

As Becahi threatened to load the bases in the fifth inning, Julia Sledz was intentionally walked.

“I was disappointed. I wanted to hit,” said Sledz, a senior.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the district final. It’s been since sophomore year, and I was hurt most of last year, and every game I play could potentially be my last game of softball, so that drive is in there, like I have to win, I want to keep playing, so that’s the most exciting part.”

The Hawks will have taken on Bangor for a District XI championship this Tuesday at Parkland, past Press deadlines.

“We’re going to continue doing pretty much everything we do,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “There’s a couple things we saw that I think we can work on that will help us against Bangor.

“This is the time of year you want to reach your peak. You want to keep them motivated but you want to make sure that halfway through the season they don’t start going downhill. You reach your peak and then it is downhill, so that’s what you’ve got to watch.”