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.
Athletes from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University where Liberty junior Christian Tackett won a fifth place medal.
Tackett medaled in the 300 meter hurdles with his time of 38.60.
Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin just missed a medal in the 3200 meter run.
Fermin placed ninth with a time of 9:23.90, missing the eighth place medal by .76 seconds.
Liberty’s first round game against Easton in the District XI Class 6A softball playoffs started out in the perfect way for the Hurricanes with a leadoff home run by Alexa Burger, a double by Alanyse Solomon, three more solid hits, and a run scored on Monday at Easton.
“In the first inning, we hit five balls hard, all in fair territory, which is a good thing, so we figured that would continue the rest of the game but it didn’t,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.
Liberty senior relay anchor Greta Stuckey had a lot of ground to make up in the 4x8 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Meet Championships, but with something to lose and everything to gain, Stuckey kicked into high gear and brought home the gold medal for the Hurricanes.
A rainbow appeared during the District XI Class 3A track and field boys’ 3200 meter run, and with that, Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin ran to a district pot of gold with a personal best of 9:40.64.
“It feels ... I can’t even explain it right now,” said Fermin, wearing his gold medal, all smiles.
Fermin took a solid lead from the start and maintained it the entire race.
Senior jumper Liz Lieb carried over her school record in the long jump to clinch a gold medal at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“So good. So good,” Lieb said. “I was excited that I broke 18, but I was also nervous because I knew that getting it on the second jump, there were girls who were going to jump after me, so I didn’t feel relief until the last 30 seconds.”
Lieb reached 18-02.50 on her second jump.