Mason Kresley ripped a fastball from Brayden Knipe over the left field fence for a three run home run. The long ball erased an early 2-0 lead for the Golden Hawks, and sparked a ten run comeback by Salisbury to take a 10-4 nonconference win at Salisbury High School last Monday afternoon.
Salisbury came into the season with high expectations, and had all of the ingredients for a state championship run. But Bethlehem Catholic was bidding for an upset, scoring two runs in the first two innings.
Spring sports have began in the Bethlehem area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.
All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.
The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with a Special Olympics Shootout.
For the first time ever, Bethlehem has a full slate of varsity boys lacrosse this season.
Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Freedom are all part of the Lehigh Valley Conference this season as varsity members, even though the sport is defined as a club activity in the Bethlehem Area School District.
That leaves Liberty and Freedom still fending for themselves when it comes financing the sport, insuring their teams and finding their own homes and transportation for contests.
It's been 22 years of coaching volleyball at Freedom and John Yanek just can't give it up.
After last year's 7-9 campaign that saw Freedom miss the district tournament for the first time in 20 years, Yanek didn't want to bow out in that manner.
He also wanted to lend some of the coaching wisdom he's picked up helping Moravian's womens team in the fall with the Freedom boys this spring.
"I just feel like I still have something to offer," said Yanek about coming back for another season. "Once I feel that stops, I'll hang it up."
It's never happened before, but Bethlehem Catholic hopes the stars align for them this spring on the volleyball court.
After winning the PIAA 2A title last year, the Hawks aren't only looking for a repeat, but a trifecta when it comes to hardware on the court.
That's how Freedom's number two singles player, Bill Leeson, remembered his match against Central's Gabriel Velez in the Patriots 4-3 victory over the Vikings last Tuesday.
In one of two matches that went to three sets, Leeson won the first against Velez, 6-4, before dropping the second, 4-6.
"I was actually up 4-3 and managed to give away the next three games. Gabe, he was relentless. A lot of our games went to deuce, and he managed enough of those to get the win," Leeson said.
Leeson, however, came back in the third set to win it 6-4 and the match.
Eleven strikeouts and a grand slam for Bethlehem Catholic was more than enough to carry the Hawks to an 11-1 victory over Liberty last Thursday.
Becahi catcher, Jean Markovic, who hit two home runs including the grand slam, said, "We just settled in and played our game."
The Hawks scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning when Lauren Visconti scored on a single by Jackie DeSarro.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Markovic hit a grand slam on the first pitch.
With 38 years of coaching under his belt and 26 years as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic, Mike Grasso can probably say he's seen it all in baseball.
One thing he'll add to his list of accomplishments this season is his 800th game, which will come whenever the Hawks entertain their second contest of the season, following last week's 4-4 tie with Pottsville (game was called after nine innings due to darkness and may be continued later this season).
Bethlehem Catholic's boys' tennis team worked hard last summer and played through the winter, setting the table for a season to look forward to.
"We're pretty excited. They improved, and they're really into their tennis," said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Although the Hawks' line-up may change, Harmanos has senior, Kevin Hamilton, at number one singles, and senior, Stephen Rossi, at number two singles.
"They're very close," Harmanos said.
Sophomore, Luke Mesko, who played doubles last year, will play at number three singles.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team may already be ahead of the game after a successful preseason scrimmage against Pen Argyl, Friday's 13-6 victory over Pleasant Valley, and Saturday's 13-2 win over Salisbury, showing that the Hawks are headed in the right direction for the 2013 season.
Becahi has the good fortune of returning six seniors: first baseman, Courtney Dupont, second baseman, Jackie DeSarro, third baseman, Kate Yanders, pitcher, Joelle Morey, left fielder, Lauren Visconti, and right fielder, Marissa Merriman.