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Press photo by Rob MerchantCarson Gantz tries to get control of the ball during a recent Legion game for Northampton. Copyright - Digital Media Magic Press photo by Rob MerchantCarson Gantz tries to get control of the ball during a recent Legion game for Northampton. Copyright - Digital Media Magic

Legion suffers first loss

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by zach hottinger Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton NORCO Legion baseball team defeated Palmer township and Easton to start off the 2017 season in dominate fashion, winning 8-4 against Palmer and 12-0 against Easton.

But on Friday June 2, the team was given their first loss in a 5-1 contest against Hellertown at Mike Lisetski Field.

“It’s just baseball, we couldn’t get our pitches in and our base running was lacking. That’s the game,” said head coach Mike Bodnar. “We started off great, scored 20 runs in two games. We’re an older team, got a bunch of high school seniors and a few college kids so we know what we’re doing and we’re going to be back at it. We have to show what we can do and get on base. Tonight was a tough break, it happens.”

Hellertown jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning due to a combination of walks and singles. Hellertown scored another run in the second, followed by a run in the fourth, and seventh innings while Northampton could only muster a single run in the bottom of the seventh.

The game saw most of its action take place through line drive singles, walks, and smart base running.

Northampton’s Jared Angerman scored the lone run and went 1-for-3 for Northampton while J. Snead went 2-for-4 and scored two runs for Hellertown. Thatcher was the winning pitcher for Hellertown while Illiff suffered the loss.

Hellertown is now 1-1 on the year while Northampton is 2-1. Despite the loss Northampton reigns at the top of the division for runs scored with 21, with the Wanderers at second with 18. Northampton’s next three home games are on Tuesday, June 6, against Nazareth, Friday, June 9, against Freemansburg, and Monday, June 12, against Banko.