Lehigh Little League outfielder and pitcher Jacob Strong made the most of his first at bat with a solo home run against Southern Lehigh in 12U District 20 tournament play last Friday at Lehigh.
“I thought I was going to do really well on my first at bat because I haven’t been doing well on my at bats lately, so I was like, I’m going to bring it back, and I did it,” Strong said.
Ironically, Strong saved what looked like a possible grand slam with a catch in right field in the bottom of the sixth inning which would have tied the game.
Lehigh Little League’s 10U run in the District 20 tournament ended in a 4-3 loss to Pennridge last Friday prior to its 2-0 loss to Southern Lehigh last Wednesday.
Both games were stopped and then continued due to inclement weather.
Lehigh played one inning against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday when rain postponed the game with Southern Lehigh at bat, a runner on first, and no outs.
Returning for a late start on Wednesday, Southern Lehigh scored its first run in the third inning on an error, and its second run in the fourth inning on a passed ball.
Connor Martinez’s three run home run combined with Rocco Sciarra’s shutout pitching led Lehigh Little League’s 12U team to the District 20 championship in its 8-0 victory over Pennridge on Monday night at Lehigh.
“I had a good feeling when we got our first run, and you could feel the kids’ excitement at that point,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.
Lehigh scored half of its runs in the third inning, the first on a line drive RBI by catcher Kam Kensicki that scored Elliot Berk who was running for Aidan Dancho after his infield single.
Already halfway through summer swimming season, Northwest’s record is 1-3 with a victory over Alburtis and losses to Orchard View, Kaybrook, and most recently, Saucon last Thursday night.
Saucon won 8-6, winning relays, 8 & unders, 9-10’s, and 13-14’s, while Northwest won 11-12’s, 15-18’s, and diving.
“Our team is small this year,” said Northwest coach Reik Foust. “Swim lessons are huge, but no one is coming up to the team.”
Northwest has 50 swim team members this summer.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team pitcher Andrew Bowser got out of a bases-loaded third inning against Southern Lehigh, setting the stage for Jacob Matthews sacrifice fly that scored Elliot Berk and put Lehigh ahead, 1-0, in Lehigh’s 5-0 victory in the District 20 tournament on Thursday at Lehigh.
Lehigh added three runs in the fifth inning after Kam Kensicki was hit by a pitch, Jacob Strong singled, and Jaxon Horvath doubled to left center.
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.