Girls win LHS is next
"We started flat, but picked up the pace," said Kevin Mann after his Northampton softball team rallied for a 4-3 District 11 first-round playoff victory.
The Konkrete Kids trailed Easton 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before riding Leandra Sterner's three-run double to cap the Kids' four-run inning.
Freshman Gillian Muthard weathered three, tough innings at the start, but retired 13-straight Rovers from the third to the seventh inning.
Easton loaded the bases with one out in the first, but failed to score. However, the Rovers turned two hits and two Northampton errors into two runs in the second and added another run in the third on two hits and a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
Northampton, now 16-6 and seeded fifth in the District 11 tournament, finally broke through in the fifth when Muthard lead off by reaching base on an error. Kendel Reed walked and Taylor Kerbacher singled to load the bases. Abby Weslosky, a courtesy runner for Muthard, scored the Kids' first run when Bri Dalton grounded to third and Weslosky beat the throw to home on an attempted force play. After the next two Kids made out, Sterner connected for her three-run double and Muthard put down Easton (10-11) for the Kids' spot against Liberty today in the district's second round.
"Our girls have a lot of heart and determination," said Mann, in his first year as coach. "I told them that they can compete with anybody. They've got to believe in themselves and their abilities."