Girls fall to PHS
"It was just a bad day, Kevin Mann summed up after his Northampton softball team lost at Parkland on Monday.
The Trojans shut out the Konkrete Kids 7-0 in a Lehigh Valley Conference game that was switched to the Parkland's field because the Kids' NAA field was unplayable due to weekend rain.
Parkland scored three times in the third inning with the aid of two Northampton errors, and added four more in the fifth with the help of two more K-Kid errors.
Northampton, which wound up with three hits, threatened in the seventh as Mann's Kids loaded the bases with only one out, but a strikeout and popout ended the game.
"We just struggled with weak infield grounders and popouts," said Mann, whose Kids fell to 1-1 in the LVC and 2-1 overall.
"We're still confident. I think our girls were geared up to play a home game, but when they found out (at about 1 p.m.) that the game was rebooked for Parkland - well it was a sort of psychological disappointment next," the coach added.
Jillian Muthard, who was the winner in Northampton's 11-1 opener over Saucon Valley, took the loss, while Taylor Keeney came on in the sixth. Keeney, a freshman like Muthard, was the winning pitcher last Thursday when Northampton outscored Whitehall 10-7.
"We're playing one game, one pitch at a time, and taking little baby steps toward improvement," said Mann.
It doesn't get any easier for a while as Northampton visited Nazareth Wednesday after Northampton Press deadlines in another LVC North game.
Friday, weather permitting, the Kids play Emmaus at Allentown's Patriot's Park and visit Berks County's Gov. Mifflin Saturday morning.