Weather and time worked against Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team as they were eliminated from the tournament last week after losses to Tri-Cape and Burlington County.
Lehigh Valley's first game last Wednesday resulted in an early morning 5-2 loss to Tri-Cape, but Lehigh Valley came back with a 4-0 victory over Olympic Colonial in the afternoon.
"When we got there, we weren't as sharp as we usually are, but once we got going, we didn't want to go home. Our adrenaline was up, but that four hour wait...," said third baseman, Emily Cecchini.
The Carpenter Cup championship concluded just before heavy rain and wind pelted Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last Tuesday afternoon, but the storm that did the real damage came in the fourth inning.
A five-run fourth inning was the most damaging lightning strike for the Lehigh Valley squad, as they could never overcome the deficit en route to a 9-2 defeat to Mercer County. The Lehigh Valley squad hoped to win their fourth title in franchise history, but an 11-hit effort by Mercer County helped secure their second title ever and first since 2004.
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.
The Lehigh-Bethlehem squad is officially a force in Lehigh Valley Connie Mack baseball.
Next, they want to carry that over into the state playoffs.
After winning their first Lehigh Valley title in 2011, and taking second last year, the team is once again in a good spot to clinch a top-two seed in the standings, a chance to play for another Lehigh Valley title, as well as an automatic berth in state play.
There wasn't much offense, but the 43rd annual McDonald's All-Star Football Classic still provided a punch, literally, for fans last Thursday night at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium.
A late game skirmish between both sides, led to the most exciting action on the night, as the Gold team knocked off the Red team 13-8.
As of Friday, June 21, summer officially arrived. As such, it's time for outdoor outings and outdoor feastings. But instead of grilling the same old burgers and hot dogs, why not substitute those with some fish and wild game that you caught or shot?
With anglers casting for trout along grassy-banked streams and woodlots, and spring gobbler hunters sitting in front of tree's, this makes them all susceptible to the dreaded tick bite.
Since we had a mild winter snow wise, ticks are already active and abundant and will readily attach themselves to sportsmen and sports ladies traipsing these areas. While they are a threat, outdoors folks shouldn't refrain from going afield if they take measures to prevent a tick bite and possible Lyme disease.
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.
Editor's note: The Carpenter Cup baseball finals take place Tuesday after Press deadlines. Be sure to check out next week's edition for coverage.
Tri-Cape had plenty of opportunities to stifle the Lehigh Valley Monday morning in the Carpenter Cup semifinals, but every time the door opened, the LV squad shut it quickly.
The Lehigh Valley took advantage of errors, played great defense and used quality pitching to knock off Tri-Cape 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park to reach their second final in three years.
The NORCO Legion standings have seen a shake up over the past week, as one time front-runners Bath have taken a dip to the red-hot Birches.
The Birches (10-1) lead the league at the moment, while Bath (8-2) slipped up over the weekend with a 4-2 loss to Kemp Post to fall in second place.
East Stroudsburg (9-3), Kemp Post (7-2-1) and Nazareth (9-2-2) all round out the top five in the standings.