The Liberty Hurricanes were crowned District XI Class 3A team tennis champions for the second year in a row after scoring a 3-2 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Lehigh University.
Liberty’s players, most of whom returned from last season but in a new lineup, also avenged an earlier-season, 1-6, loss to Parkland, which made the victory all the more sweet.
When Liberty scored four runs in its first inning against Bethlehem Catholic last Wednesday, the Hawks doubled it in the bottom of the first and took an 8-4 lead, which included a Julia Sledz home run, before winning, 9-7, at Becahi.
Liberty’s girls track and field team finished the season with a record of 9-2 after defeating Freedom 102-48 last week at Liberty.
Winners in individual events were Payton Shaffer in the 100 in 12.4 and in the 200 in 25.8, Olivia Sahaydak in the 400 in 1:01.1, Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:18.0, and Belle Weikert in the 1600 in 5:30.0, all from LHS.
Liberty’s boys track and field team completed an undefeated season after defeating Freedom 104-46 last week at Liberty.
Taking first place in individual events were Freedom’s Kyree Marshburn in the 100 in 11.3 and the 400 in 52.1, and Liberty’s Devon West in the 200 in 22.5 and Darlyn Fermin in the 800 in 2:03.00.
Cole Frank won the 1600 in 4:49.10 for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Pollock won the 3200 in 10:59.00 for the Patriots.
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team won its quarterfinal match against Whitehall, 5-0, in the District XI Team Tennis Tournament on Monday at Liberty.
Louis Gruber won at one singles, 6-0, 6-2, David Lynn won at two singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Gavin Snyder won at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.
At number one doubles, Jacob Wong and Anthony Ronca won their match, 6-2, 6-4.
Liberty softball’s doubleheader on Saturday yielded a 10-0 victory over Pocono Mountain East and a 5-0 victory over Pottsville at Liberty.
“I think we’re starting to come together at the right time,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “We have a huge week this week, Northampton on Monday and Beca on Wednesday, so if we can win those two games, we’ll be in very good position, especially if we can defeat Beca because that will give us a chance to win the division if we get a chance to beat Freedom.”
After Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team tied Freedom, 2-2, in the top of the fourth inning, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Hawks on Sunday at Freedom.
Gabby Glick had a single and stole second base, Corrin Gill walked, and Brenna Ortwein had a base hit that dropped inside the right field line.
“I knew she was pitching outside, and he was calling outside, so on the outside pitch, you have to go with it because we needed balls in play to score runs,” said Ortwein, whose RBI put the Patriots ahead, 3-2.
Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team scored two big wins last week, defeating Easton, 4-2, and Freedom, 12-2, both at Becahi.
“Easton was a great high school game. Easton played very well. They gave us everything we could handle,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.
Days later, the Hawks mercy-ruled the Patriots in five innings.
“Very much [surprised]. Very much. I know we have hitters, but you know, some days we hit, some days we don’t, but I’m impressed with the way we hit the ball today,” Mazza said.
Five Bethlehem high school tennis players competed in the District XI Singles Tennis Tournament last week at Lehigh University and Saucon Valley High School.
Liberty sophomore Louis Gruber made it to the Class 3A semifinal after defeating Whitehall’s Nick Rohn, 6-2, 6-2, Stroudsburg’s Michael Irlbeck, 6-0, 6-0, and Hurricane teammate David Lynn, 6-4, 6-0.
Gruber fell in the semifinal to eventual district champ Sean Jaegaer of Emmaus, 0-6, 0-6.
Before losing to Gruber, Lynn defeated Parkland’s Sam Zahn, 6-3, 6-1, and Pleasant Valley’s Josh Schaffner, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Ninety-eight, 99, 100. That’s what Freedom outfielder Julia Roman did last Friday, delivering her 100th career hit with a home run in the bottom of the seventh in the Pates’ 7-6 victory over Liberty at Freedom.
“I’m very excited. That was a milestone I’ve been wanting since freshman year,” Roman said.
Roman crossed the plate to an emptied Patriot dugout. That’s when she found out it was her 100th hit.