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.
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team is not one to complain, but a snow squall during practice in the middle of April would test anyone’s nerves.
“I give a lot of credit to the kids because they rarely complain about the weather. I’m the one who complains. I’m the one who gets cold, but it doesn’t bother them,” said Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer. “When you’re running around, with tennis especially, your body gets warm, but it’s the hands. It’s the worst weather I can remember.”
Still cold and windy on April 18, the Hurricanes powered through and defeated Easton, 5-1.
As has become the Freedom way, the Patriots defeated Liberty in a come-from-behind softball victory, 7-6, last Friday at Freedom.
“Every time we play Liberty, they really press themselves, and I’m glad we came out on top. I’m really, really proud of them,” said Freedom coach Nora Lorady. “That’s the key: never give up, and it’s never over till it’s over.”
Last Friday was not the first time the Patriots staged a successful comeback, and the Hurricanes knew it.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team won its meet against East Stroudsburg South, 83-67, last Tuesday at BASD Stadium.
Zaheer Seabrooks won the 100 with a time of 10.90.
The Hawks swept the 200 led by Joe Kurtz with a time of 22.80, followed by Caden Giordano with a time of 24.30, and Malik Thomas who had a time of 26.50.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team pulled out a 76-74 victory over East Stroudsburg South last Tuesday at BASD Stadium.
In sprinting events, Isabella Rosario won the 200 in 28.30, and Kamryn Williamson won the 400 in 1:07.00. Also in the 400, Maddie Wickel placed second in 1:09.00, and Sarah Knoble placed third in 1:11.00.
In distance and mid-distance, Marcela Banuelos won the 800 in 2:41.0 and the 3200 in 12:37, and Lauren Bunke won the 1600 in 7:51.
In throwing events, Sarah Cuttic took first place in the javelin with a distance of 95-06.
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team added two more victories to its record after defeating Northampton, 90-60, and Allen, 137-12, last Thursday at Liberty.
Top performers for the Hurricanes included Payton Shaffer in the 200 with a time of 26.0, Greta Stuckey in the 1600 with a time of 5:31.9, Hazel Deschamps in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.6, and Yamilet Ferrufino in the 300 hurdles in 49.5.
“We had a tail wind from the start, maybe up to the 150, and it just cut off, and I was a tenth of a second from p.r.ing.,” said Shaffer, whose personal record is 25.9.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team defeated Northampton, 91-54, and Allen, 100-46, last Thursday at Liberty.
Top performers for the Hurricanes were Jaden Vazquez in the 100 with a time of 10.8, Devon West in the 200 with a time of 23.0, Darlyn Fermin in the 800 with a time of 2:06.6, and Casey Frank in the 3200 with a time of 11:03.9.
In throwing events, Nolan Beagall won the javelin with a distance of 138-02.
Freedom softball coach Nora Lorady said she was not too concerned about the future of the Patriots’ season after their 8-0 loss to Easton last Tuesday, and she was right.
Two days later, Freedom defeated Whitehall, 6-1, and the following day, the Patriots won, 14-13, in a comeback victory over Allentown Central Catholic.
Freedom’s softball team began its season with four straight wins before losing to Easton.
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team remained undefeated after a 5-2 victory over Northampton last week.
In one of the closest matches for the Hurricanes, Marc Burritt and Man Nguyen won at three doubles against Dan Fox and Nick Hudak, 6-3, 7-5.
Although Burritt and Nguyen have been playing doubles all season, it was the first time the two had been paired.
“We just found that out today,” said Burritt. “We saw the other team warming up, we looked at their form, and we figured out what we should do here. They were good players.”
Freedom’s girls’ track and field team competed for the first time this season against Easton and Parkland last Thursday at Freedom.
Patriot thrower Katie McNulty and Patriot jumper Kasyanna Roberts were the girls’ first place finishers in individual events.
McNulty won the discus with a distance of 91.03, and Roberts won the long jump with a distance of 15.04.
McNulty placed fifth in the javelin with a distance of 61.60.