The Liberty Hurricanes knew if they hit well, they could win a district final, but it was their defense that also shined as they became District XI Class 6A softball champions with a 3-1 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.
“It’s really hard to explain,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I had four state championships when I coached at Northampton Community College, but winning this one here, with the odds against us, and the Parkland mystique, and that tension, it’s just unbelievable.”
Liberty’s softball team had an 11-2 lead against Emmaus going into the bottom of the seventh inning, yet Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo made it a point to walk up to each of his players, showing them three fingers in anticipation of their District XI Class 6A semifinal victory last Tuesday at Pates Park.
“We wanted revenge against Emmaus, and before the game, I obviously had nerves, but I didn’t want to end it for anyone,” said Liberty pitcher Paige Zigmund.
Bethlehem Catholic thrower Rachel Tanczos won a third place state medal in discus at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
“I was thinking it would be nice to get in the 140’s, but I was happy,” Tanczos said. “It was a little tricky because it was raining, and we had to wipe our feet off before every throw, but it was something we all had to work against.”
Tanczos threw a 138-7 at states and a 144-9 at districts.
Disappointment was felt by Bethlehem Catholic’s softball players, coaches, and fans after the Hawks’ 5-3 loss to Tamaqua in the District XI Class 4A softball semifinal on Friday at Pates Park.
“What we were told is exactly what we saw. They lived up to their billing,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, regarding the Tamaqua Raiders. “I’m disappointed. We had our chances, and we made a couple mistakes. They play a lot like we do. I’m proud of our kids.”
Bethlehem Catholic senior Rachel Tanczos set a new district record in the discus with a throw of 144-9 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“I’m not really sure [how I did it]. It’s perfect weather, and the circle was really smooth and really fast,” Tanczos said. “I haven’t been having great practices the couple of days leading up to this. I threw, and I saw it went past 140, and I was pretty shocked because I didn’t think it went that far.”
Freedom High School jumper Madison McTier won the silver medal in the triple jump at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“I was nervous because I wanted to go to states. It feels pretty good. I practiced a lot every day,” McTier said.
McTier’s jump measured 36-07.
“It was on my first jump, actually,” she said. “I’m going to try to move back to the 36 board [for states]. Right now, I’m at the 32.”
Liberty jumper Grace Mittl won a silver medal in the long jump.
Liberty’s tennis team competed in the first round of PIAA state team championships but lost to Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) by a score of 2-3 last Tuesday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
The Hurricanes won at one singles where Dan Lynn defeated Ahmed Aboseada 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, and at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Cahlin Pragada 3-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Lynn and Aboseada were still playing when the team match was decided.
“I had a feeling [they won]. I saw them smiling,” said Lynn. “We made it this far. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Liberty junior Olivia Sahaydak was determined to win a district gold medal in the 800 meter run after winning a conference silver medal, so she made some changes to her strategy and clinched the gold at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“At the end, I needed to have a kick. Last week [at conferences] I had to hang on for dear life,” Sahaydak said.
This time, Sahaydak changed her tactic and stuck with the group for the first lap and a half.
The Liberty Hurricanes won their first game of the East Penn Conference softball playoffs against Whitehall, 4-0, last Friday at Liberty before losing to Emmaus 3-2 in the semifinal on Monday night at Pates Park.
The Hornets had a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning until Liberty catcher Cailin Donegan tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Emmaus’s Abby Bartels hit a home run in the top of the eighth inning, and Liberty left two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth.
Bethlehem Catholic advanced to the semifinal round of the East Penn Conference Softball Tournament but lost to Parkland 4-1 on Monday night at Pates Park.
The Hawks were hoping for redemption after an earlier season loss to the Trojans.
“I thought we played extremely well against Parkland [the first time] even though we lost,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, “but I take the blame because sometimes I think I try to get them too pumped up.”