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Press photo by Katie McDonaldLehigh Little League pitchers Brayden Kashner, Willie Cruz and Andrew Erfle combined for two wins in Lehigh’s first two games of the District 20 10U tournament. Press photo by Katie McDonaldLehigh Little League pitchers Brayden Kashner, Willie Cruz and Andrew Erfle combined for two wins in Lehigh’s first two games of the District 20 10U tournament.

Third time was the charm for Lehigh

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

After three trips to Hellertown that included two weather-related postponements this past weekend, Lehigh Little League’s 10U team played its second game in the District 20 tournament to a 12-0 victory over Hellertown-Lower Saucon on Sunday at Hellertown.

“It was frustrating,” said Lehigh pitcher/catcher Brayden Kashner. “We got all ready and then...”

Friday’s 5:30 p.m. game was washed out, as was Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game. By 3 p.m. Sunday, there was no rain in sight.

“For them to stay focused and kind of be pushed out of their routine, but still, at the first pitch, they were ready to play,” said Lehigh 10U manager Mike Kashner.

Lehigh scored three runs in the first inning, and four runs in the second.

Lehigh pitcher Willie Cruz led off the second inning with a triple to left field.

“I just wanted to hit the ball far and get on base. I took one peek [at the ball] and then the coach told me to go to second and then to third,” said Cruz. “If you’re not aggressive, you’ll be scared of the ball.”

Cruz then scored on a single by JT Solano before Kashner’s double which hit the left field fence.

“I was trying to really hit it hard because I haven’t been hitting the ball that hard, so I was trying to get my hands in there and rip the ball,” Kashner said.

Lehigh scored two more runs on walks and another on an RBI by David Dunham.

Cruz also led off the third inning, this time with a base hit and a steal at home. Solano stole second and third, Kashner stole second, which was only the beginning of five more runs for Lehigh.

“The backstop is really close so it’s easy to steal second and steal third, but home is a little hard,” said Brayden Kashner.

Andrew Erfle pitched the third and fourth innings for Lehigh, and a pop up to Solano ended the game.

“We played well from every perspective,” said Coach Kashner. “We threw strikes, hit the ball very well, our base running was excellent, and we fielded the ball very well. As their manager, I’m happy.”

Lehigh’s next game will have been played against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday at Lehigh, past Press deadlines. Southern Lehigh defeated North Central last Friday, 22-5.

“I’m looking forward to throwing strikes, putting pressure on their defense, and putting pressure on their pitching,” said Brayden Kashner.

Cruz, who threw mostly fastballs on Sunday, is also looking forward to Lehigh’s next game.

“I’m looking forward to getting hits, scoring runs, and winning,” he said.