K-Kids softball team on a roll
Nothing but hits.
That’s how Northampton High School’s softball team restarted its season after one too many losses forced them to choose between folding and overcoming.
“We all just decided we were tired of losing, so we wanted to change it around,” said Northampton infielder, Anna Filchner.
And change it around they did.
“We had a two-hour practice and did nothing but hitting,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “Then we talked about pitch selection and having confidence in the pitches they select.”
Over the past week or so, not only did the K Kids change it around, they prevailed with victories over Nazareth (3-0), Parkland (5-3), Kutztown (7-1), and Emmaus (5-1).
“This is really fun to see,” Mann said. “The pitchers are throwing even harder because they know they’re getting offensive support, and they’re not pitching out of a jam all the time.”
This past Monday against the Hornets, Northampton shortstop Hallie Muffley led off the top of the first inning with a home run.
“I think it carried our energy the rest of the game,” she said. “Yeah, I did, actually [surprise myself]. I was just wanting to get a single.”
Emmaus tied the game in the bottom of the second inning.
“I just focused on holding them and keeping them off the bases,” said Northampton pitcher Taylor Keeney. “I knew our hitting would come around.”
The K Kids scored one run in the fifth inning, and three more in the sixth. Muffley ended the day 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs.
“Once I got my first hit, I was confident, and I knew how she was going to pitch me,” Muffley said.
Last Friday, the K Kids got a second chance to have their way with Parkland after losing to the Trojans 1-0 earlier in the season.
Parkland held a 1-0 lead for half of the game.
“I thought it was going to be another game we couldn’t score,” said Keeney. “Yes, I was nervous because we haven’t beat them in so long.”
Not only did the K Kids come through with a run in the fifth inning, they added four more in the sixth.
“I kind of knew we had it at that point,” Keeney said. “It felt so good. I’ve wanted to beat Parkland since my freshman year.”
Filchner had a double and 2 RBIs, and Auria Enright went 3 for 3 against the Trojans.
“I was pretty nervous coming up [to bat] and being behind, but no matter what happened, I knew my team would be there for me,” said Filchner.
This week and weather-permitting, Northampton will have played Whitehall on Wednesday and will take on Allentown Central Catholic on Friday.
“I think our [desire] to win, after losing to Becahi twice, changed our momentum, and then we beat Parkland,” Filchner said. “We knew it would be a challenge, but we all wanted it, and we worked together by hitting and believing with each play.”