Before the season
“We expect to be pretty good. We only lost one player [to graduation].”
- Rich Mazza said.
After a big win
“[Juliana Presto] was pitching all inside, so I stepped off the plate a little bit and drove through the ball. I think it got us all hyped up, especially that we got ahead in the game. We stuck with that mentality even out on the field.”
- Jess Indelicato
The Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup run ended Monday afternoon in Philadelphia at the hands of a Delaware North in the quarterfinal round.
Delaware North was in control from the beginning taking a three-run lead in the first inning and then never looked back en route to a 26-9 victory.
After taking care of Urban Youth Academy 10-7 in the opening round of the tournament, LV was no match for their Delaware counterparts at FDR Park.
Punxsatawney pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter was able to keep Bethlehem Catholic’s batters off balance just enough for the Chucks to defeat the Hawks, 2-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A Softball final last Friday at Penn State.
Kylee Lingenfelter, who will attend Penn State this fall, had 15 strikeouts.
“She was everything we heard she was,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Penn State doesn’t offer a full scholarship as a pitcher if she’s not pretty good.”
The 2018 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan, was announced last week and includes 16 sophomores and juniors from District XI.
“Try outs went well, and we’re always excited to have kids show up,” said Morgan, who is coaching his third Carpenter Cup team.
Returning from last year’s team are Whitehall’s Rachel Arner, Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas, and Easton’s Courtney Grundhauser.
It’s every golfer’s dream. For Cole Miller, it became a reality.
The former Northwestern Lehigh High School student-athlete, qualified for the U.S. Open on last Monday. He earned his spot by taking third place at a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. He will now get to tee it up with the world’s best at this year’s U.S. Open, which will be held June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.
Freemansburg’s Legion baseball team is hoping this summer will be another winning one when they take the field.
Coming off last year’s 12-6 finish, Chris Medei’s squad is hoping for a repeat performance with a relatively young team.
The Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Carpenter Cup baseball team was announced last week as the squad looks to prepare for this year’s edition in Philadelphia.
This will be the 26th year of the franchise, as they look to buck a recent trend of being ousted from the first round in two of the last three years.
Freedom sophomore outfielder Nick Stannard is the lone Bethlehem player on the list, as the team is led by 10 players from Parkland and Emmaus.
Bethlehem Catholic third baseman Addison Roche and Liberty shortstop Julia Luisser will compete in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, beginning June 25 at FDR Park in Philadelphia, after being named to the Lehigh Valley team last weekend by head coach Blake Morgan.
Roche and Luisser, both sophomores, will be newcomers to the tournament.
Luisser was inspired to try out by former teammate Kristin Kaleycik who graduated from Liberty in 2017 and currently plays softball at Kutztown University.
The Wanderers hope its blend of youth and experience can be a winning formula for them to improve upon last season’s 9-9 finish.
Dwight Pulieri returns to lead the squad and is excited about the potential of the group.
Liberty’s number two singles player David Lynn and number three singles player Gavin Snyder clinched gold medals in the East Penn Conference tennis tournament last month at Freedom High School.
In finals, Lynn defeated Nazareth’s Nate Tauber, 10-5, and Snyder defeated Parkland’s Sam Zahn, 10-8.
“It was another hot afternoon like district finals and it was another long match. I think the same thing happened again. He got tired and I was able to capitalize on that,” said Snyder. We each had a match on each other so it was really a tiebreaker match for me.”