Northwest swim team finished its meet against Lehigh Country Club with a 12-0 victory for Northwest after heavy rain forced its continuation to last Monday.
Abby Mack, Madison Drager, Greta Stuckey, and Treasa Burke won the 13 & over 200 medley relay in 2:23.57, and John Jones, Andrew Layne, Seth Coleman, and Jeffrey Eisenhardt won the same event for the boys in 2:13.05.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team opened Section 6 playoffs on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Council Rock Holland in Southampton, Pa.
Knowing the Section 6 tournament is less than a week long and that Lehigh could be playing multiple games within a short amount of time, Lehigh manager Buck Horvath and his coaches decided to use four pitchers on Saturday. That way, no one pitcher would be spent for future games.
“It ended up working to our advantage because the other team couldn’t feel comfortable with any one pitcher,” Horvath said.
Northwest swim team hosted Trident for its last home meet of the season on July 9 when Eli Kovar and Windsor Reiss scored first place points for Northwest in diving.
Keller Pooley and Jeffrey Eisenhardt scored second place points for Northwest.
The diving event in summer swim meets consists of three dives for each competitor.
Reiss, who is in the girls 13 & over division, also placed first the day before during Northwest’s meet against Lehigh Country Club.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team handed Valley West its first loss in the Section 6 tournament, and with that, took its two-game win streak home on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory won in Southampton, Pa.
“We’re in a pretty good spot,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “If we win on Tuesday, it’s over.”
Lehigh will take on the winner of Valley West and Council Rock Holland, past Press deadlines. Stroudsburg is the other team in the Section 6 tourney.
On Sunday, Aidan Dancho and Rocco Sciarra pitched three innings apiece.
Sunday afternoon was do or die for Lehigh Little League’s 12U team in the District 20 tournament, and Lehigh did, in a big way, defeat Pennridge, 7-1, to play for a championship on Monday night.
“Jacob Strong threw 5 1/3 innings of no hit, shut out ball, and basically brought us here,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.
Strong threw six strikeouts and hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead, but that was only the beginning.
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.