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.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team pulled away from Palmerton for a 9-0 victory and a District 11 3A title in the process, Thursday evening at Patriots Park.
Becahi scored a run in the first and second innings and took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth before erupting for four runs. They'd add three more in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away. In all, the Hawks pounded out 13 hits and played a flawless defense to earn the title.
Joelle Morey went the distance allowing just four hits while striking out seven.
When he took over as head baseball coach at Moravian Academy three years ago, Chris Eckman decided it was time for the program to shed its image.
Eckman, who has been a teacher at the institution for six years, heard enough of the jokes and laughter when the program was discussed and believe he could transform it from a literal laughingstock to a bonafide one. Moravian Academy brought back baseball 10 years ago after a lengthy hiatus.
The Liberty Hurricanes are the defending district champions, and until someone tells them otherwise, they will maintain that title, according to Liberty softball coach Rich Giering.
Facing archrival Freedom in the District XI quarterfinal on Saturday, the Hurricanes prevailed 7-0.
Liberty shortstop, Alyshia Dellatore's first-inning double put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard. Then, with the bases loaded, third baseman, Emily Cecchini, was hit by a pitch, putting Liberty ahead 2-0.
Taking the mound for the Hurricanes was Lauren Epsaro, who also plays outfield.
There are only a few days remaining until the end of spring gobbler season (Friday, May 31).
Spring Gobbler was successful for some turkey hunters, but field reports suggest success came predominately during the first week. After that the gobblers got lockjaw and wouldn't talk turkey.
Bob Danenhower, owner of Bob's Taxidermy in Orefield, said he was able to talk to a couple nice gobblers, but he couldn't get them into range. The one time he did, two gobblers stood together and he didn't want to shoot one and wound the other. So he passed.
Liberty thrower, Gracie Hargrove, won a sixth place medal in the shot put and the discus at the Class AAA PIAA State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University.
Hargrove's distance in the shot put was 41-4, and her distance in the discus was 119-05.
Also from Liberty, Casey Harewood placed tenth in the high jump with a height of 5-02.
Bethlehem Catholic senior, Mara Blanchard, came in 21st in the pole vault with a height of 10-0.