Becahi takes D-11 softball crown
Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team became District XI Class 4A champions with an 8-2 victory over Bangor last Tuesday at Parkland High School.
“Amazing. Amazing. I love this team,” said winning pitcher Tatum Kresley. “I can’t wait for states.”
The Hawks led 6-0 after four innings, but Bangor’s Morgan Karasek and Jenna Learn had back-to-back triples to start the fifth.
“I knew my team would come back and that I would come back as a pitcher, and just move on to the next batter,” Kresley said. “That was the top of their lineup. Those were the best hitters they had.”
The Hawks did come back when Alyssa Jiminez hit a triple to right field in the bottom of the fifth.
“When I was up to bat, I hit a couple foul balls, and I felt that I was going to get a hit. I figured it was just going to be a base hit, but I was fouling her off pretty hard,” Jiminez said. “It felt great. I knew we won it then.”
Morgan Christine had a double to left field in the same inning, scoring Tasha Miner, who had two RBIs in the game.
“The pitch was coming in, it was almost right down the middle, and I knew that I had to step right into it because there was a girl on third, and I wanted to get her home so we could get those runs back that we missed the inning before,” Christine said.
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with base hits by Jess Indelicato, Julia Sledz, and Miner.
“I’m always looking to score the first run to put pressure on the other team,” said Indelicato. “That’s always in the plan to be aggressive on the bases.”
The Slaters had proven themselves to be able to come back earlier this season, and that fact was not lost on the Hawks.
“Teams jump out on Bangor, but then they come back, so there in the last inning I thought, oh boy,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Tatum was very special tonight. She did a good job. Everybody came through, and it worked out.”