NHS softball team continues to pile up wins
"You can't take anything for granted in this league," said Kevin Mann this week.
Mann, whose Northampton Konkrete Kids are on a seven-game win streak, escaped with a pair of difficult wins this past week.
Northampton shutout Allen 2-0 last Thursday behind the pitching of freshman Gillian Muthard and then edged Easton 4-3 Monday as freshman Taylor Keeney and Muthard withstood the Red Rovers.
Mann praised Allen after the Kids' close win, saying the Canaries, "are only two kids away from being a very competitive team. We used several bench players at different positions and they did a great job."
He sited Muthard and sophomores Auria Enright and Emily Schwartz.
The Easton win, which gave the Kids an 8-2 Lehigh Valley Conference Record, was a nail-biter as the Rovers scored twice in the top of the fifth for a 3-2 lead.
Then came a key play as an Easton batter smashed a line drive up the middle that knocked pitcher Keeney down as the ball hit a knee and ricocheted to third baseman Kendel Reed who threw the batter out to end the inning.
Reed and Enright got the winning runs home in the bottom of the fifth after Taylor Kerbacher and Leandra Sterner got on base.
"Keeney's bruised and limping a little," Mann said Tuesday. "But she's ready to go when it's her turn."
The first-year coach said he's, "pleased with the girls' attitude" and sited senior catcher Hannah Peters for how she's handling the freshman pitchers, Muthard and Keeney.
"Pitching coach Jeff Bernhard has Peters getting the pitchers to work on their strengths," added Mann.
Northampton (12-2 overall) is scheduled to close its regular season play next Thursday (May 8) and the Kids still have a shot at the LVC North Division or a wildcard spot in the LVC playoffs.
The defending District 11 champion Kids were to play at Liberty Wednesday and visit Pleasant Valley today, weather and field conditions permitting. Friday, the Kids entertain Whitehall for Senior Parents' Night and visit Gov. Mifflin Saturday for a makeup game.
The Kids entertain Parkland in a key game Tuesday and then close out regular-season play with Nazareth next Thursday.