Lehigh Little League’s 10U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 6-3 victory over Pennridge last Tuesday at Pennridge.
“Pennridge is typically a tough team. It’s a far trip and a small field, so that was a pressure-packed six innings of baseball,” said Lehigh 10U manager Mike Kashner. “It threw us right into the fire. A lot of the young kids, it was their first time in a situation like that.”
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.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 16-0 victory over City Line last Monday at Lehigh.
Players representing Lehigh in the tournament are Elliot Berk, Andrew Bowser, Nicholas Bowser, Fikire Conway, Aidan Dancho, Carl Fair, Justin Frey, Jaxon Horvath, Kim Kensicki, Connor Martinez, Jacob Matthews, Rocco Sciarra, and Jacob Strong.
Pitchers Andrew Bowser and Sciarra combined for a four-inning no-hitter against City Line.
Horvath was 3 for 3 with a walk, and Strong had two in-the-park home runs.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team had a short run in this year’s tournament after losing two of its three games on Tuesday.
Lehigh Valley’s strong start, a 10-0 mercy rule victory over PCCAF (Philadelphia Charter Catholic Academy and Friends) gave way to Delaware North’s strong finish in its 7-0 victory over Lehigh Valley.
Salisbury’s Emily Silberman was Lehigh Valley’s starting pitcher, and Bethlehem Catholic’s Addison Roche knocked in the first two runs of the day for Lehigh Valley.
Bethlehem Catholic third baseman Addison Roche and Liberty infielder Julia Luisser are returning to this year’s Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, which will have had its first games on Tuesday, past Press deadlines.
“It’s a little different this year because I know a couple more girls, and I’m more relaxed,” said Roche. “I think we will do well.”
The team practiced this past Sunday under head coach Blake Morgan.
“Batting practice was definitely different from high school and tournament softball because we did coach pitch instead of machines,” Roche said.
Lehigh Valley softball coach Blake Morgan has released the 2019 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Team roster.
The team is comprised of high school sophomore and junior softball players from the Lehigh Valley who will compete in a tournament called the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, which is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The tournament is also an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.
While Bethlehem Catholic infielder Addison Roche and Liberty infielder Julia Luisser will play on Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup team for the second time, Freedom pitcher Jennifer Slanovec will be one of nine newcomers to the team whose first game is scheduled for June 18 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“I wanted to be able to represent the area and play with the best of our area,” said Slanovec. “I know people who have played in the past and thought it would be a great experience.”
Part of that experience will be the opportunity to play in front of college coaches.
Bethlehem Catholic’s number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti was named the District XI Tennis Female Scholar Athlete winner at the 20th annual banquet last Wednesday at the Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Bethlehem.
Magliochetti tied with Easton’s Elissa Jacobs, who played one singles for the Red Rovers. It was the first time in the history of the banquet there was a tie. The male scholar athlete winner was Parkland’s Matthew Liu. (More on Liu and Jacobs in this week’s Parkland Press).
Freedom’s softball season came to an abrupt conclusion when its district playoff run was ended by Emmaus, 1-0, in eight innings last Tuesday at Emmaus.
Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec had 11 strikeouts and gave up one run and five hits over seven innings.
Madison Piripavel, Brenna Ortwein, and Gabby Glick had one hit apiece for Freedom.
Ortwein’s hit came in the first inning before Taylor Resetar reached first base on an error, and Ortwein advanced to second.
Piripavel led off the second inning with a double to left field and advanced to third base on a ground out.
Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team entered District XI Class 4A playoffs with a 12-2 victory over Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday at Becahi before falling to Blue Mountain, 4-3, last Friday at Pine Grove.
“They’re a lot like we are,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, regarding Blue Mountain. “They’re beating the teams that they should beat, and in teams they’re close with, they’re not winning those.”
Blue Mountain will have played Northwestern Lehigh this Tuesday past Press deadlines.