Baseball has been a staple in Mike Grasso’s life, and last Saturday marked another milestone in the extensive coaching career of the Bethlehem Catholic mainstay.
Grasso coached his 900th baseball game in the Hawks 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon over Nazareth.
The Hawks (3-2) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out the win, giving them their third straight victory following an 0-2 start.
Liberty is looking to continue their undefeated start to the season this week with a slate of three games aimed to keep them atop of the East Penn Conference, as well as maintain their status as the only undefeated team in District 11.
The Hurricanes (6-0) boosted their confidence with last week’s 8-2 victory over Parkland (5-1), giving them their biggest win of the season.
For head coach Andy Pitsilos, being able to beat a program like Parkland was just another indicator at how good this year’s team can end up being.
As we approach the midpoint of the volleyball season, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty are trying to figure out where they each stand as the middle of April comes upon us.
The Patriots are sitting in the best position coming into the week at 5-3 with Bethlehem and Dieruff left on the agenda following Monday’s loss to Nazareth.
The loss drops the Pates out of the top five teams in District 11, as they look to regain momentum in the midst of two straight losses.
Bethlehem Catholic (4-3) and Liberty (3-4) are also trying to find their footing.
Tony Fabrizio knows that his lacrosse team can make a run at the end of this season, but he also wants them to bring their top effort every game.
That’s been a challenge for the Freedom boys’ so far this season, as the Pates are off to a 4-6 start to the season, but look to turn things up heading into the final weeks of the spring campaign.
The Pates find themselves in the midst of a little slump, losing to Moravian 13-5 last week, leaving Fabrizio scratching his head at the effort demonstrated in the loss.
Freedom’s lacrosse programs are again spearheading Bethlehem in the sport this spring.
The Freedom girls are off to a 5-2 start on the year.
The Pates faced a formidable task on Monday when they took on undefeated Saucon Valley (5-0) squad and lost to the tune of 13-5.
The Freedom boys are off to a tepid start this spring, coming into the week with a 2-3 mark following wins over Northampton and Bethlehem Catholic.
Their three losses have come to hands of Easton, Emmaus and Central Catholic, who have a combined 14-1 mark on the season.
The spring weather might be stuck in a cold trend, but Liberty and Freedom have bucked that with hot play to start a chilly spring.
Liberty (4-0) and Freedom (5-1) are both acting as league leaders heading into this week with Parkland (3-0) and Emmaus (5-1) also in front of the pack.
The Hurricanes have handled all their obstacles to date, posting wins over Hazleton, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth. Those wins have come by an average of 5.75 runs per game, as last week’s 4-2 win over Becahi was the closest contest the ’Canes have experienced so far.
Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is showing they can compete with the best in the East Penn Conference. Now they have to go out and actually beat the top teams.
The Hawks are off to a 3-2 start with both of their losses coming to undefeated Parkland (5-0) and Whitehall (4-0) teams in five games.
In both of those of matches, the Hawks were able to sneak out wins in the first game before ultimately losing in five, but the signs of being great are there for Jeff Koch’s group.
Wins have not come easy for Liberty’s boys lacrosse program, but the Hurricanes hope that can change this spring.
Liberty is coming off a 1-14 season a year ago giving them their only win over the last two seasons, but head coach Shaughn Bittner thinks this year’s group can start making headway in the win column.
Joe Assise is the new lacrosse coach at Bethlehem Catholic and his goal is to keep improving on the steps the Golden Hawks have been taking recently heading into this spring.
Becahi finished last season 5-11, which was a program best for wins in a campaign, but that may be a daunting task for the program this year.
The struggle with that heading into 2017 is replenishing the roster, that lost a bulk of its players to graduation, which will now be relying on youth to plow through a rugged EPC season.
Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.
The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.
Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.