Girls look to end skid
It was a rough week for Northampton's softball team as the Konkrete Kids lost three times - twice in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The K-Kids' seven-game win streak ended Thursday in a nonleague, 2-1 loss at Pleasant Valley, but Northampton bounced back by edging Whitehall 6-5 on Senior Parents Night Friday and followed with a 16-2 romp over host Gov. Mifflin.
The the roof sort of fell in as the Kids dropped a 7-3 decision at Liberty Monday before being blanked by unbeaten Parkland 6-0 Tuesday.
The two losses to Liberty and Parkland were crucial as Northampton fell to 9-4 in the LVC and the Kids have only a home game Thursday with Nazareth to finish out the season.
A victory could still get the Kids a wild card berth in the LVC tourney before District 11 action begins for the defending district champion Kids.
Coach Kevin Mann's Kids fell 2-1 to Pleasant Valley - the Mountain Valley Conference leaders - when winning pitcher Lynn Derber hit a run-scoring triple in the sixth inning. Kendel Reed singled home Northampton's lone run in the fourth.
Friday the Kids honored seniors Bri Dalton, Taylor Kerbacher, Leandra Sterner and Hannah Peters and their parents with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory as Reed's two-run double tied it and Dalton scored the running run on a wild pitch.
Against Gov. Mifflin, Dalton had five RBI's on a double and a homer and Sam Frey also homered.
In Northampton's loss at Liberty, the Kids trailed 4-0 before scoring three times in the fifth on a home run by Peters, a sacrifice fly by Sterner and an RBI single by Reed. But Liberty, (the LVC's East top team) came back with three runs in the Hurricane's fifth.
The loss to Parkland was the second shutout at the hands of the Trojans.