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Press photo by Linda RothrockEvan Zwolenik is one of the Kids who will play in the state Connie Mack game. Press photo by Linda RothrockEvan Zwolenik is one of the Kids who will play in the state Connie Mack game.
Press photo by Linda RothrockNorthampton’s Jacob Struss slides into third base during the team’s game against Coplay. Northampton is off to a 5-2 start this Connie Mack season. Press photo by Linda RothrockNorthampton’s Jacob Struss slides into third base during the team’s game against Coplay. Northampton is off to a 5-2 start this Connie Mack season.

Northampton Connie Mack off to good start

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The Northampton Connie Mack baseball team is off to a hot start, winning five of their first seven games in the highly-competitive Lehigh Valley League.

There are six returning players from last year’s team to help lead the way. They are: Zachary Angerman, Andrew Kovalchik, Zakary Schwartz, Jacob Struss, Kyle Wescoe and Daniel Yellen.

“We are excited for the 2017 season,” head coach Steve Kerbacher said. “We have six returning players, all part of last year’s nucleus which give us valuable experience.”

Kerbacher said the pitching staff is anchored by Evan Zwolenik and Terry Graver and will be supported by a number of other strong arms such as Struss, Kovalchik, Cam Eaton, Jacob Christman and Mike Kuzio among others, Kerbacher said.

As for the offense, so far things have been going well.

“So far the offense has been a balanced attack,” Kerbacher said.

Newcomers Anthony George, Eaton, Graver, Kuzio along with returning players Angerman, Kovalchik, Struss, Zack Schwartz, Dan Yellen and Kyle Wescoe are all contributing at key times so far this year, Kerbacher said.

Rounding out the roster are Brandon Deutsch, Ayden Hughes, Joseph Kerbacher, Jacob Shumanis, Ryan Smale, Joseph Tiwold and Chanse Walden.

The Connie Mack season is especially competitive, with a lot of games played in a short amount of time.

“The second half of June will be a challenge as we play 11 games in 15 days,” Kerbacher said.

Kerbacher added that Andrew Kovalchik and Evan Zwolenik will represent the team at the state all-star game on June 17.