The Hanover Stingrays summer swim team is undefeated, and how they got there was by a combination of last year’s success and this year’s newcomers.
The Stingrays opened the summer swim season with a 446-96 victory over Palmerton on June 14, followed by a 248-233 victory over Lower Macungie on June 21, and a 408-165 victory over Whitehall on June 25.
One of Hanover’s biggest competitors, Quakertown, fell to the Stingrays, 316-270, on June 28.
“I think after we won Quakertown, it was easier,” said Hanover senior Sabrina Krotzer.
Freedom’s varsity cheerleaders recently returned from Pine Forest cheerleading camp where they won multiple awards.
The Patriots took the top spot as overall game day champions.
“That’s a pretty big one. There were a lot of good teams,” said Patriot coach Breanna Bishamber. “The girls work on a new routine and build on their skills, and then get evaluated on that and perform it.”
The squad of 16 also won first place in game day small varsity and first place in sideline chant.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”
Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.
In Lehigh Valley’s second game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley defeated Suburban One, 5-0.
Emily Silberman (Salisbury) was the winning pitcher and Falcon teammate Peyton Stauffer had a double in the Lehigh Valley victory.
Lehigh Valley scored its first four runs in the second inning.
Abbey Sechler (Parkland) had three hits and scored twice in the game.
Addie Roche (Bethlehem Catholic) had two hits, 1 RBI, and scored once against Suburban One.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team continued play in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In its first game of the day, Lehigh Valley defeated Burlington County, 6-3.
Kelly Dulaney (Parkland) was the winning pitcher, and Hannah Palinkas (Emmaus) also pitched for Lehigh Valley.
The game was tied 1-1 until the third inning when Lehigh Valley scored four runs.
Morgan Karasek (Bangor) had a triple, and Addie Roche (Bethlehem Catholic) had a base hit that scored two runs.
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
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.”