Punxsatawney pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter was able to keep Bethlehem Catholic’s batters off balance just enough for the Chucks to defeat the Hawks, 2-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A Softball final last Friday at Penn State.
Kylee Lingenfelter, who will attend Penn State this fall, had 15 strikeouts.
“She was everything we heard she was,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Penn State doesn’t offer a full scholarship as a pitcher if she’s not pretty good.”
The 2018 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan, was announced last week and includes 16 sophomores and juniors from District XI.
“Try outs went well, and we’re always excited to have kids show up,” said Morgan, who is coaching his third Carpenter Cup team.
Returning from last year’s team are Whitehall’s Rachel Arner, Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas, and Easton’s Courtney Grundhauser.
Bethlehem Catholic third baseman Addison Roche and Liberty shortstop Julia Luisser will compete in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, beginning June 25 at FDR Park in Philadelphia, after being named to the Lehigh Valley team last weekend by head coach Blake Morgan.
Roche and Luisser, both sophomores, will be newcomers to the tournament.
Luisser was inspired to try out by former teammate Kristin Kaleycik who graduated from Liberty in 2017 and currently plays softball at Kutztown University.
Liberty’s number two singles player David Lynn and number three singles player Gavin Snyder clinched gold medals in the East Penn Conference tennis tournament last month at Freedom High School.
In finals, Lynn defeated Nazareth’s Nate Tauber, 10-5, and Snyder defeated Parkland’s Sam Zahn, 10-8.
“It was another hot afternoon like district finals and it was another long match. I think the same thing happened again. He got tired and I was able to capitalize on that,” said Snyder. We each had a match on each other so it was really a tiebreaker match for me.”
Three triples by Jersey Shore in the first inning could not scare Bethlehem Catholic away as the Hawks fought back from a 3-0 deficit to score an 8-3 victory in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A softball playoffs on Monday in Turbotville, Pa.
In the fifth inning, Becahi’s Morgan Christine led off, getting hit by a pitch, and Addison Roche, Tatum Kresley, and Jess Indelicato all singled. Alyssa Jiminez slapped, but a run scored, and Tasha Miner singled, putting the Hawks ahead 4-3.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Molly Ehrig and Parkland’s Alex Son were named District XI tennis scholar athlete winners last Wednesday at the 19th annual District XI tennis scholar athlete banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
Ehrig and Son were chosen from 20 female nominees and 17 male nominees throughout the district.
“When they first started saying it, you always think is this me, but when they finally said it I was really happy, really grateful,” Ehrig said.
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.”
Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn competed in the first round of the PIAA State Doubles Tennis Tournament but lost to Strath Haven’s Clay Gaieski and Phinneas L’Armand, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6 on May 25 at Hershey Racquet Club.
“The third set, we were up 1-0, and 2-1, and then we lost,” explained Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer. “That match went 2 1/2 hours. It was very competitive and we had opportunities. A lot of the points in the third set went to deuce or ad one way or the other, so we had that opportunity.”
Strath Haven is from District I.
Liberty jumper Javonte Haynes was ready, not just to compete at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University, but to medal, winning fifth place in the long jump.
“It felt good. My first year, and to medal, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Haynes said.
The Hurricane junior jumped a distance of 22-1.75 on his last jump in the preliminary round.
“I’m happy I placed. That was the goal, and hopefully next year, I can come back and win this,” said Haynes.
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.”