LTAA teams win 4 titles
Lehigh Township Athletic Association softball team won four titles this year.
The 18U Parkland League team finished the spring 2012 regular season 10-4-1, which seeded them in sixth place going into the playoffs.
The team overcame some late-season, tough losses to regroup and take charge entering the playoffs by defeating Alton Park (#3 seed) in the first round, SPYA (#2 seed) in the second round and Hokey (#1 seed) in the championship game in two-straight games.
This was a total team effort and the girls demonstrated what teamwork will do when you work hard as a team. For the past four years, the 18U teams, coached by Marc Messinger and Joel Harmony, have a record of 119-23, which includes five spring championships. Messinger has 15 years of LTAA softball coaching experience.
The 12U Division 1 Parkland League team finished the spring 2012 Regular season with an 11-1 record and in first place with a playoff championship win over Schnecksville.
The coaches stressed three important things every game - play solid defense, limit the walks and swing at good pitches. Every girl on this team contributed in one way or another.
There were outstanding pitching performances by Lauren Kemmerer, Jennah Best and Nikki Secara; exceptional infield play by Danielle Straub, who was also the MVP of the championship game, Faith Fritz, Jasmine Pavlinsky, Sarah Schaffer and Lindsay Rinker. There was solid outfield play by Madison Roberts, Grace Lewis, Brianna Hein, Kate Gogel, Sarah Schmidt, who also contributed in the infield when needed, and strong performances at the plate by Lauren "Wheels" Dorney and cleanup hitter Ashley Coughlin.
The team was coached by Norm Best and Todd Schaffer, with assistance from Scott Fritz, Pete Coughlin and John Lewis.
The 10U Division 1 Parkland League team finished the spring 2012 regular season with an 17-0 record and in first place with a playoff championship win over Ormrod.
Pitchers Rose Sharga and Kayla Best, with assistance throughout the season from Chloe Fischl, brought the team through some tough games to keep the opponents offense to a minimum. Strong bats and fielding throughout the season from all players including Maddy Lebish, also the MVP of the championship game, Katelyn Heffelfinger, Paige Bauer, Cami Dorney, Taylor Sommer, Kylie Gilliard, Madison Siegfried, Bri Sell, Daedra VanLuvanee and Brianna (Breezy) Tyler helped this first year team succeed and stand proud in the end, seeing the accomplishments that teamwork and good sportsmanship can produce.
The team was coached by Mark Siegfried with assistance from Kevin Sommer, Mike Lebish and Lisa Gilliard.
The 10U Lehigh Valley League team finished as regular season champions going 12-0 and finished off a great season by winning the championship game against the Bethlehem Stars, 8-7.
The team went 14-0 throughout the regular season and playoffs. Strong pitching performances came from Hannah Boggs, Madison Biechy and Ren Herschman, combined with timely hitting and great defensive efforts from all players, including Lexi Hahn, Gabby Demchak, Mikayla Davidson, Becca Snyder, Jaide Korpics, Taylor DiProperzio, Taylor Klucsarits and Haley Morales.
The team was coached by Stacey Boggs and Mike Biechy, with assistance from Dennis Herschman and Ed Demchak.