One game at a time
Kevin Mann, the first-year coach of Northampton's reigning District 11 softball champions, has his Konkrete Kids standing at 3-1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and 4-1 overall.
The Kids trounced Dieruff 10-0 in five innings Tuesday as Bri Dalton pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts. She also had a run-scoring triple as the Konkrete Kids took advantage of five singles and plenty of walks.
Leandra Sterner had two RBIs with Amber Saylor and Taylor Kerbacher also getting run-scoring singles.
As for playing on Tuesday, "It was good to get on the field," said Mann, whose K-Kids had not played since last Wednesday's rout of host Nazareth.
From last Wednesday until Tuesday, Northampton had three games wiped out by rain and has another game to make up with Northern Lehigh.
Against Nazareth last week Dalton backed up Taylor Keeney's pitching with five RBIs on a two-run homer and a three-run shot.
"I tell the girls we don't need homers, just get on base and it's my responsibility to get the base runners home," said Mann.
Northampton begins a crucial schedule today when the Kids visit defending LVC champion and then play Emmaus at 6 p.m. Friday at Patriot's Park in a make-up game that was rained out last Friday. Saturday, Northampton faces Allen in a nonleague game at 10 a.m. at Parkland in the league's annual Don Hunt Play Day.
The Kids' Northern Lehigh game is rescheduled for April 21 and one with Pleasant Valley is booked for May 1, while no date has been set for a make-up game at Gov. Mifflin.