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Softball presses on after a tough loss

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

There were good things - and bad things - that happened to Northampton's softball team last week.

But, coach Kevin Mann says his girls are "resilient and ready to play every day."

The Konkrete Kids knocked off defending, Lehigh Valley Conference champion Bethlehem Catholic 3-1 last Thursday behind Gillian Muthard's four-hit pitching performance, and two hits and an RBI each from Bri Dalton and Hannah Peters.

Then came the downs just as the Kids lost 5-3 to Emmaus at Patriot's Park in a game which was halted by rain in the top of the sixth. Northampton rallied to tie the score at 5-5 only to have the game stopped when Patriot's Park's grounds crew deemed the field unplayable, therefore the score reverted to 5-3 after five innings.

"We shouldn't have played at all because it was raining at the start of the game - and then to let us battle back from a 5-0 deficit and tie it only to lose it - well, that was tough," said Mann trying not to let it sound like sour grapes.

But, the Kids rebounded the next day with a 12-1 rout of Allen in the annual Don Hunt Memorial Play Day at Parkland.

Kendel Reed hit a homer; Peters had two RBIs, with two hits; Ali Reppert had an RBI with two hits; Taylor Kerbacher had two hits and Dalton had a double and a triple.

"We still are happy with our girls and got to keep moving on," says Mann. "We're playing good defense and our timely hitting has been backing up our freshmen pitchers (Muthard and Taylor Keeney). We've been getting plenty key his."

Northampton's scheduled game at home with Freedom Tuesday was postponed and the LVC game was tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday.

The, the Kids visit Stroudsburg Thursday and take on Northern Lehigh on Monday in a pair of nonleague games before returning to the LVC for a home game with Central Catholic Tuesday.

"We're happy with how our girls are taking to our coaches' philosophy. We've had more upsides then downsides to our program," says Mann, whose team is 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the LVC.