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Press photo by Rob Merchant Joe Wittreich and the Northampton Legion team sit at 5-7 this season. Press photo by Rob Merchant Joe Wittreich and the Northampton Legion team sit at 5-7 this season.

Legion action heating up

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Through the first half of the NORCO season, it appears to be a tight race atop the standings, with four teams leading the way.

Bath and the Wanderers are two of those teams as action sets into the middle of June.

Bath sits at 7-3 and Wanderers 8-4 through June 22, and both managers understand that the race for the top spots will remain competitive till the end.

"I can't really complain about where we're sitting at right now," said Bath head coach Alex Specht. "I'd rather be undefeated, but we've done well so far."

Specht, like many coaches in the summer, understand that keeping their rosters together at this time of the year is critical, as various things can keep players off the field.

"We have senior week coming up, so I know we might be missing some guys," Specht said. "I'd like to keep our rotation consistent this time of the year."

Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri doesn't have to worry about losing players, as his roster intends to be intact moving forward. He had two guys on the Carpenter Cup team in Mike Mittl and Logan Steidinger, but an early exit for that team kept them around.

"We should be good moving forward," he said.

And the Wanderers have been feeling good this season, as it's their best start in four years, as they've handed Hellertown (9-2) one of their two losses. East Stroudsburg (9-5) is the other team atop the four-team race at the top this season.

Pulieri is confident his troops can keep their momentum heading into the second half of the season.

"We have a good mix of players this year and more guys with varsity experience than we've had in the past," he said. "Ever since tryouts, we've had a good feeling about these guys. It's been great team chemistry and that's what will help us down the line."

Meanwhile, Northampton sits around the middle of the pack at 5-7 so far this season.