The 2013 District 20 Little League Tournament continued last weekend for 11-12 year-old majors, and, as of Press deadlines, four teams remain: City Line, Pennridge, Lehigh, and Hellertown/Lower Saucon.
In one of four games last Friday, City Line defeated Northeast 7-5.
City Line had the early lead, 2-0, when Northeast scored three runs in the third inning. City Line tied the game in the fourth and scored three more runs in the fifth inning. Northeast attempted a comeback, pulling to within one run but came up short when City Line scored again in the sixth.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team got off to a quiet start, but came back with a bang in its 10-5 victory over Philadelphia Catholic's Carpenter Cup softball team on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Catholic struck first with two runs, creating a buzz in the Lehigh Valley dugout.
"Their lead kind of gave us a drive. We just said we need to get some runs on the board before they get too far ahead," said Lehigh Valley second baseman, Nicole Iasiello.
The third inning proved to be the beginning of the end for Philadelphia Catholic.
Liberty softball player, Emily Cecchini, will pick up where she left off at the District XI final when the third baseman takes the field for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament next week.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to hop right back in there," said Cecchini, speaking from an extended visit to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The tournament, which will begin on June 24 at FDR Park in Philadelphia, will be Cecchini's second appearance, after making the team last year.
Liberty High School softball players, Emily Cecchini and Nicole Iasiello, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team roster for 2013.
Comprised of 16 sophomores and juniors from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, this is Cecchini's second consecutive year on the team and Iasiello's first.
Iasiello said, "I was a little nervous at first, but I had a good try out, so I was hoping."
2013 Freedom graduate, Brooke Munion, has signed a letter of intent to continue swimming at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Munion had been a swimmer for the Patriots since her freshman year, most recently swimming the 100 fly and the 500 free.
"I picked Nova Southeastern because it had marine biology, and the swim team was competitive. They did well this season, and I thought I could contribute to their team," Munion said.
Munion took a recruiting trip to the university for three days in December.
Bethlehem Catholic's quest for a state softball championship came to an end last week when the Hawks fell to Nazareth Academy, 2-1, in the Class AAA PIAA state quarterfinal at Lyons Field in Hamburg.
Becahi scored first in the top of the second inning when Joelle Morey's courtesy runner, Ann Li Dietrich, touched the plate on close play on an RBI by Jean Markovic.
To compete in the PIAA State Tennis Championships as a sophomore in high school can be overwhelming, but to win a state bronze medal shows that focusing on your game, no matter what your age, can lead to success, as was the case with Freedom's Andrew Sinai.
The Patriots' number one singles player proved to be the third best tennis player in Pennsylvania after defeating Mount Lebanon's Peter Hazlett, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in Sinai's last match of the tournament on May 25 at Hershey Racquet Club.
Bethlehem Catholic pitcher, Joelle Morey, was one strike away from a Class 3A District 11 championship last Thursday at Pates Park when Becahi fans started clapping.
"I was so nervous. I didn't know what to do. It was so much pressure," Morey said.
Morey, however, knew exactly what to do.
The Becahi senior threw a strike, and the Hawks were district champions, defeating Palmerton, 9-0.
No sooner had the Liberty Hurricanes lost the Class 4A District 11 championship to Northampton, 3-0, last Thursday at Pates Park than Liberty softball coach Rich Giering was ready to start preparing for next season.
"I'm disappointed, but I told them, there are good winners and there are good losers. I'm ready for next season; well, maybe after a little break. I love it," said Giering.
The Liberty Hurricanes are the defending district champions, and until someone tells them otherwise, they will maintain that title, according to Liberty softball coach Rich Giering.
Facing archrival Freedom in the District XI quarterfinal on Saturday, the Hurricanes prevailed 7-0.
Liberty shortstop, Alyshia Dellatore's first-inning double put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard. Then, with the bases loaded, third baseman, Emily Cecchini, was hit by a pitch, putting Liberty ahead 2-0.
Taking the mound for the Hurricanes was Lauren Epsaro, who also plays outfield.