Bethlehem Catholic's quest for a state softball championship came to an end last week when the Hawks fell to Nazareth Academy, 2-1, in the Class AAA PIAA state quarterfinal at Lyons Field in Hamburg.
Becahi scored first in the top of the second inning when Joelle Morey's courtesy runner, Ann Li Dietrich, touched the plate on close play on an RBI by Jean Markovic.
Bath is looking to replicate a memorable 2012 summer this time around with another crop of talented players on their legion roster again.
Following a 28-5 season a year ago, which saw them win the NORCO title and reach the Region 2 finals last year, head coach Gene Sostarecz expects his team to be in similar position this season, as the team is off to a 2-0 start following wins over Northampton and Nazareth.
It's been a battle of close matchups thus far for Bethlehem Jeff's in the NORCO legion campaign this month.
Jeff's currently sit at 1-3 through the calendar, with most of their contests being within striking distance of varying results.
Outside of a 14-1 loss to Freemansburg, Jeff's have been in every contest, losing 8-7 to Hellertown, 5-4 to Northampton before salvaging their first win of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Wanderers.
Head coach Paul Henning wants to make the playoffs with this group after coming up short last year following a 9-12 finish.
Bethlehem Catholic's softball season came to an end on Thursday afternoon in Lyon Station, as the Hawks fell to District 1 champ Nazareth Academy 2-1.
Becahi had plenty of chances in the contest but could only score once, which came in the top of the second to give them an early 1-0 advantage.
Joelle Morey started the rally with a hit and Ann Li Dietrich pinch ran for her. Dietrich would eventually come around to score on a close play at home as catcher Jean Markovic got the RBI.
But that would be it.
To compete in the PIAA State Tennis Championships as a sophomore in high school can be overwhelming, but to win a state bronze medal shows that focusing on your game, no matter what your age, can lead to success, as was the case with Freedom's Andrew Sinai.
The Patriots' number one singles player proved to be the third best tennis player in Pennsylvania after defeating Mount Lebanon's Peter Hazlett, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in Sinai's last match of the tournament on May 25 at Hershey Racquet Club.
It's early in the legion summer, but there's one thing that every coach knows he'll need from their team and it's quality pitching.
The Wanderers hope that can stay true for their season, as they sit at 1-1 through Monday's schedule.
Dwight Pulieri is back in the fold as manager of the club and looks to improve off last season's 11-10 mark.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
Bethlehem Catholic pitcher, Joelle Morey, was one strike away from a Class 3A District 11 championship last Thursday at Pates Park when Becahi fans started clapping.
"I was so nervous. I didn't know what to do. It was so much pressure," Morey said.
Morey, however, knew exactly what to do.
The Becahi senior threw a strike, and the Hawks were district champions, defeating Palmerton, 9-0.
No sooner had the Liberty Hurricanes lost the Class 4A District 11 championship to Northampton, 3-0, last Thursday at Pates Park than Liberty softball coach Rich Giering was ready to start preparing for next season.
"I'm disappointed, but I told them, there are good winners and there are good losers. I'm ready for next season; well, maybe after a little break. I love it," said Giering.
With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.
The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.