Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.
“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.
“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”
A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.
Sunday afternoon was do or die for Lehigh Little League’s 12U team in the District 20 tournament, and Lehigh did, in a big way, defeat Pennridge, 7-1, to play for a championship on Monday night.
“Jacob Strong threw 5 1/3 innings of no hit, shut out ball, and basically brought us here,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.
Strong threw six strikeouts and hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead, but that was only the beginning.
Lehigh Little League outfielder and pitcher Jacob Strong made the most of his first at bat with a solo home run against Southern Lehigh in 12U District 20 tournament play last Friday at Lehigh.
“I thought I was going to do really well on my first at bat because I haven’t been doing well on my at bats lately, so I was like, I’m going to bring it back, and I did it,” Strong said.
Ironically, Strong saved what looked like a possible grand slam with a catch in right field in the bottom of the sixth inning which would have tied the game.
Lehigh Little League’s 10U run in the District 20 tournament ended in a 4-3 loss to Pennridge last Friday prior to its 2-0 loss to Southern Lehigh last Wednesday.
Both games were stopped and then continued due to inclement weather.
Lehigh played one inning against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday when rain postponed the game with Southern Lehigh at bat, a runner on first, and no outs.
Returning for a late start on Wednesday, Southern Lehigh scored its first run in the third inning on an error, and its second run in the fourth inning on a passed ball.
At this time of year, a good many outdoors oriented folks head to the hiking trails, be in the in Pocono Mountains or the vast Appalachian Trail that runs locally through the Blue Mountains and beyond through 14 states. As such, keep in mind there are hazards along the way. Namely, rattlesnakes.
Connor Martinez’s three run home run combined with Rocco Sciarra’s shutout pitching led Lehigh Little League’s 12U team to the District 20 championship in its 8-0 victory over Pennridge on Monday night at Lehigh.
“I had a good feeling when we got our first run, and you could feel the kids’ excitement at that point,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.
Lehigh scored half of its runs in the third inning, the first on a line drive RBI by catcher Kam Kensicki that scored Elliot Berk who was running for Aidan Dancho after his infield single.
The NORCO playoffs kicked off this week and Bethlehem’s Wanderers earned the right to an opening round bye thank to their 16-2 regular season record.
The Wanderers sit at the top of the bracket and will await the winner of the four-five matchup between Freemansburg (9-9) and Wind Gap (9-9).
Northampton (15-3) is on the opposite side of the bracket and have a bye as well, as they will either take on third-seeded Nazareth (14-4) or Bankos (9-9).
The first round best of three series began on Monday and the second round of the tournament is slated for July 11-13.
Already halfway through summer swimming season, Northwest’s record is 1-3 with a victory over Alburtis and losses to Orchard View, Kaybrook, and most recently, Saucon last Thursday night.
Saucon won 8-6, winning relays, 8 & unders, 9-10’s, and 13-14’s, while Northwest won 11-12’s, 15-18’s, and diving.
“Our team is small this year,” said Northwest coach Reik Foust. “Swim lessons are huge, but no one is coming up to the team.”
Northwest has 50 swim team members this summer.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team pitcher Andrew Bowser got out of a bases-loaded third inning against Southern Lehigh, setting the stage for Jacob Matthews sacrifice fly that scored Elliot Berk and put Lehigh ahead, 1-0, in Lehigh’s 5-0 victory in the District 20 tournament on Thursday at Lehigh.
Lehigh added three runs in the fifth inning after Kam Kensicki was hit by a pitch, Jacob Strong singled, and Jaxon Horvath doubled to left center.
The way that the Freedom boys basketball team has been playing this summer, with being on the wrong side of results due to regularly missing starters and regular contributors, and then having to face a Wilson West Lawn team fresh off a Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament championship last weekend, not many would have given them the chance.
But the Patriots battled and competed until the very end before falling to the Bulldogs 49-44 last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley summer league at Cedar Beach.