Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.
“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”
Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.
Freedom High School’s softball team will roster a squad of 14, including five returners and a new pitcher, for the 2017 season.
“We have a large squad this year,” said Patriot head coach Nora Borger, who is beginning her fifth season at Freedom. “They all worked really hard in the off season.”
Returning for the Patriots are Jana Boksan at catcher, and Arielle Gonzalez, Shalyn Banas, Julia Roman, and Taylor Resetar, all outfielders.
Shortly after the final horn sounded and Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team celebrated its PIAA State Class 4A championship game victory over Villa Maria, the Hawks and the Victors shook hands, but what happened next caused onlookers pause.
As Becahi coach Jose Medina told it, Villa Maria coach Doug Chuzie suggested the two teams pray, and that since the Hawks won, Medina should lead the prayer.
Instead of waiting all day last Sunday to find out whom they would face in the PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball semifinal, some of the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks went to see for themselves.
“We got to see what [Gwynned-Mercy] had,” said Becahi forward Tessa Zamolyi, regarding the Monarchs’ 43-42 quarterfinal win over Northern Lebanon at Santander Arena in Reading. “We knew them as a quick team.”
It was all Bethlehem Catholic senior forward Tessa Zamolyi could do to talk, cry, smile, and breathe after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions after defeating Villa Maria 46-27 last Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
“Watching and playing for four years, I’m so thankful, and I’m so happy to share this experience with my team,” Zamolyi said. “I’ve been waiting so long, and I’ve wanted to play in this final.”
Liberty swimmers, Robert Negron, Ben Stuckey, Chase Ledger, and Jake Evert brought home five medals among them after competing at the PIAA State Class 3A Swimming Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.
In the final event of the weekend, the Hurricanes swam the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.60 and placed ninth, while the top eight relay teams clinched medals.
“I was really upset because we were so close,” said Evert.
In fact, the Hurricanes were so close to medaling in almost every event they competed in all weekend.
Liberty and Nazareth’s boys’ tennis teams decided to postpone last Monday’s match due to the freezing temperature, but when the tennis season will resume is anybody’s guess.
“I think Nazareth, Parkland, and we will have a pretty strong group of kids,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer.
So the two teams wanted to give each other their best shot, which will take place in April.
After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.
“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.
Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.
“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”
Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.02.
Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.
“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.
Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.
Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino will be the Patriots’ number one singles player after playing doubles last year.