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.”
Lehigh Little League received more than it ever expected when the organization applied for a grant for field improvements to Game On! Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this past March, and by May, not only was Lehigh awarded a $5,000 grant, but 50 to 75 volunteers who will aid in making those improvements this August.
“We are honored to be chosen, and for IronPigs and PPL going the extra mile, it’s mind-blowing. We’re so appreciative,” said Dave Cresci, Lehigh Little League Board Member, Secretary, and Information Officer.
When it came to playing Easton this season, Freedom’s softball team found itself in a continual series of falling to the Red Rovers no matter how hard they tried to win.
“It’s kind of, it’s really repetitive, you know. It’s just kind of repetitive,” said Freedom coach Nora Lorady. “You’ve got to beat who you’re going to play, and that’s it. They had our number four times.”
The fourth time was last Thursday when Easton won, 2-0, in a District XI Class 6A playoff game at Easton.
Liberty’s softball season came to an end with a payback of sorts from Nazareth when the Blue Eagles defeated the Hurricanes, 10-0, in the District XI Class 6A playoffs last Wednesday at Nazareth.
It was just a week earlier when Liberty defeated Nazareth, 7-0, in the East Penn Conference playoffs.
“They came out and they hit the ball. They didn’t hit the ball in the first game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Nazareth came out with a different attitude this game.”
Blue Eagles coach Tony Cocca changed that attitude by changing a few things for districts.
In a Bethlehem rematch that stood at 1-1 from the regular season, Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed in the East Penn Conference softball semifinal last Thursday when the Hurricanes defeated the Hawks, 5-2, at Pates Park in Allentown.
“I was a little nervous going in, but I had a little break since Nazareth, so my arm felt good,” said winning pitcher Paige Zigmund.