Northampton Press

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Baseball hoping for start of win streak

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Over each of the past few seasons, Northampton’s baseball team has pieced together midseason winning streak, one that has helped propel them into the postseason.

Beginning this week, the Konkrete Kids found themselves with an overall 5-5 record and impressively put together the start of their usual winning ways.

The Kids edged Stroudsburg, 7-5, and then walloped East Stroudsburg South, 13-0. The victories snapped a four-game losing streak, a downslide that eroded any early season momentum.

If the script holds to form, the Kids will be back in the playoff hunt.

It can also eliminate the path of inconsistency that has plagued them all season.

“In our last two games, we managed to break out,” said manager Mick Sugra. “We got our bats going. It was a matter of everyone contributing and that’s what we needed. We finally got some key hits and that was missing for a while.”

In the Kids’ 13-0 blanking of East Stroudsburg South, Kyle Sermon was in control the entire time as he limited his opponent to one hit in a five-inning shortened game.

“He threw well,” said Sugra of Sermon. “He is not an overpowering pitcher, but he hit his spots. He has a lot of ability and that was a big win for him.”

Offensively, the Kids have been paced by Jared Angerman, Shane Aster, and Ian Luberti. Angerman began the week hitting .520 with six RBIs; Aster, .445; and Luberti hitting .414 with a team-high 11 RBIs.

“We have had a team effort, but those guys have really done a solid job for us,” said Sugra. “Angerman has really hit the ball well for us all season, while Aster has done a nice job in the outfield as well as with his bat. Luberti has had his share of big hits for us, and he should have a big year for us.”

Sugra believes the team’s 13-0 blasting can be the springboard for the remainder of the season. The Kids were scheduled to face Pocono Mountain West, Allentown Central Catholic, and North Pocono the remainder of the week.

He sees the game as within the Kids’ grasp.

“These are all winnable game for us,” stated Sugra. “We need five more wins.”