Liberty’s softball team had an 11-2 lead against Emmaus going into the bottom of the seventh inning, yet Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo made it a point to walk up to each of his players, showing them three fingers in anticipation of their District XI Class 6A semifinal victory last Tuesday at Pates Park.
“We wanted revenge against Emmaus, and before the game, I obviously had nerves, but I didn’t want to end it for anyone,” said Liberty pitcher Paige Zigmund.
Gabe Albino knew he had to make up for an eighth inning error in last Wednesday’s District 11 6A championship against Parkland and he did it two ways with the game heading into the ninth inning.
His lead off triple put the pressure on Parkland in a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and a shallow sac fly by Caleb Tereska gave Albino the shot to push ahead the winning run.
The old baseball adage is that you play for a tie on the road and play to win if you’re the home team. It looked like Liberty was going to have to be content to have tied Emmaus again in the 11th inning, just as they had done in the 10th.
Instead, fate or the Baseball Gods or something intervened and a fly ball that should have been the third out of the inning went untouched and was followed by a hard-hit ball that found open spaces in the Emmaus outfield leading to the winning run in a 4-3 contest.
When it comes to championship contests, the team that can make more plays and commit less mistakes has an upper hand to walk away as champions.
For Bethlehem Catholic, they saw the District 11/1 2A championship so close to their grasp, but eventually fall in the hands of Dock Mennonite Academy last Thursday night at William Tennent High School in Warminster.
The Pioneers came back to force a fifth game and rallied from the depths of a 14-13 score to come back to win in five games (21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-11, 16-14).
Bethlehem Catholic thrower Rachel Tanczos won a third place state medal in discus at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
“I was thinking it would be nice to get in the 140’s, but I was happy,” Tanczos said. “It was a little tricky because it was raining, and we had to wipe our feet off before every throw, but it was something we all had to work against.”
Tanczos threw a 138-7 at states and a 144-9 at districts.
Disappointment was felt by Bethlehem Catholic’s softball players, coaches, and fans after the Hawks’ 5-3 loss to Tamaqua in the District XI Class 4A softball semifinal on Friday at Pates Park.
“What we were told is exactly what we saw. They lived up to their billing,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, regarding the Tamaqua Raiders. “I’m disappointed. We had our chances, and we made a couple mistakes. They play a lot like we do. I’m proud of our kids.”
With all the rain we’ve been getting it makes for some tough angling as streams normally take two rain-free days to subside and clear. When they do, there are still some leftover trout in local waters like the Little Lehigh, Lehigh River and Leaser Lake. But if it’s big fish you’re looking for, take note of these fishing reports.
It was not for the feint of heart and a scene that any baseball coach would struggle to endure in the sixth inning of Freedom’s District 11 6A quarterfinal against Pocono Mountain East last week.
With the game tied at 3-3 and both teams battling, the flood gates opened up in a decisive sixth inning, as the Cardinals would score 12 runs in the frame to solidify the contest on Freedom’s home turf, ending in a 15-3 defeat for the Pates.
For head coach Nick D’Amico, last week’s forgettable frame was something like he’s never seen before.
Bethlehem Catholic senior Rachel Tanczos set a new district record in the discus with a throw of 144-9 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“I’m not really sure [how I did it]. It’s perfect weather, and the circle was really smooth and really fast,” Tanczos said. “I haven’t been having great practices the couple of days leading up to this. I threw, and I saw it went past 140, and I was pretty shocked because I didn’t think it went that far.”
According to the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the following bills will be presented by two state representatives in anticipation of them becoming law.
SR Bryan Cutler says that his HCO1948 would allow any hunter who had purchased a lifetime resident hunting license prior to July 1, 2017, to continue hunting species that may require a permit, previously included under their current license without incurring the additional fee. This references, in particular, the passed license fee to hunt pheasants in the state.