Gabe Albino knew he had to make up for an eighth inning error in last Wednesday’s District 11 6A championship against Parkland and he did it two ways with the game heading into the ninth inning.
His lead off triple put the pressure on Parkland in a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and a shallow sac fly by Caleb Tereska gave Albino the shot to push ahead the winning run.
When it comes to championship contests, the team that can make more plays and commit less mistakes has an upper hand to walk away as champions.
For Bethlehem Catholic, they saw the District 11/1 2A championship so close to their grasp, but eventually fall in the hands of Dock Mennonite Academy last Thursday night at William Tennent High School in Warminster.
The Pioneers came back to force a fifth game and rallied from the depths of a 14-13 score to come back to win in five games (21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-11, 16-14).
It was not for the feint of heart and a scene that any baseball coach would struggle to endure in the sixth inning of Freedom’s District 11 6A quarterfinal against Pocono Mountain East last week.
With the game tied at 3-3 and both teams battling, the flood gates opened up in a decisive sixth inning, as the Cardinals would score 12 runs in the frame to solidify the contest on Freedom’s home turf, ending in a 15-3 defeat for the Pates.
For head coach Nick D’Amico, last week’s forgettable frame was something like he’s never seen before.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse team enjoyed a memorable season, but the Patriots weren’t able to overcome top-seeded Easton Monday night in the District 11 3A semifinals at Northampton.
The Rovers won by a 15-3 margin, giving them their third win of the season over Freedom, as they move to Wednesday’s final against second-seeded Parkland.
Emily Tuturice scored six goals for Easton (16-1) in Monday’s win.
Bethlehem Catholic may have suffered through a tough spring season, but the Golden Hawks aren’t worried about that any longer.
Becahi qualified for the District 11 4A baseball playoffs as a sixth-seed despite having a 6-14 season mark, as they head into Wednesday’s battle with fellow Catholic school rival, third-seeded Allentown Central Catholic, who also enter the tourney with a sub .500 mark of 7-13.
A district championship run could be in the works for Bethlehem Catholic when they opened the District 11 2A tournament Tuesday against Pottsville (3-7).
With 2A only having four teams in the tournament, Becahi (8-9) and Dock Mennonite (11-7) are primed for a finals clash this week.
“Our knowledge of Pottsville and Dock is enough for us to create a game plan for each team,” said head coach Jeff Koch. “Some of the teams in the Lehigh Valley had the opportunity to play both Pottsville and Dock.
Liberty and Freedom will both open up the District 11 6A playoffs at home Wednesday afternoon.
The second-seeded Hurricanes will look to bounce back from their loss to Parkland in the East Penn Conference championship last Friday night when they square off against Nazareth (No. 7 seed) or Pleasant Valley (No. 10 seed).
Freedom (16-5) faces a tricky opponent in their 4-5 matchup when Pocono Mountain East makes the trip to Bethlehem.
Andy Pitsilos said Gabe Albino had ice in his veins with Liberty’s playoff fate resting on his shoulders in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s East Penn Conference baseball quarterfinal against Nazareth.
The top-seeded Hurricanes trailed 5-4, as Albino found himself behind 0-2 in the count with two outs and the bases loaded.
After only losing one league contest all season, Liberty was facing elimination in the first round of the league tournament.
Freedom also held a signing ceremony for their college bound student-athletes last week, as 21 Patriots were honored for their commitment heading to the next level.
Four of the 21 listed are heading to Division-I programs, as Evan Callahan not only leads the list on the athletic scale, but also academically, as he’ll wrestle at Harvard.
Teammate Ryan DeLoach will wrestle at D-I Campbell University in North Carolina, while Camryn Spina (cheerleading) will attend Rutgers and Reilly Ward will swim at Monmouth to round out the D-I athletes.
The East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs will wrap up with Wednesday’s championship match between Emmaus and Whitehall, but the District 11 3A tournament will kick into action immediately on Thursday night with the pigtail and quarterfinal rounds taking place.
Freedom enters the tournament as the eighth seed and will open up at Emmaus to take on ninth seeded Easton at 5:30 p.m. with the winner then slated to take on the top-seeded Green Hornets (16-0) at 7 p.m.