Alich, Cup team take fourth
Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth after being eliminated from its tournament last Thursday, it was Northampton catcher Heather Alich who gave Lehigh Valley hope for a comeback victory in the seventh inning of its game against Delaware County North at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“I was just trying to do my job and make the best of my at bat. [Becahi’s] Alexa [Pannucio] started it by getting on base, so I guess I got everybody’s hopes up,” Alich said.
Lehigh Valley had been leading 5-0 until the sixth inning when Delaware County North scored eight runs.
“When you’re up that big, you only need a couple outs to get to the next game, but they got hit after hit, and [Lehigh Valley pitcher] Hannah [Palinkas] was feeling the pressure. It kind of gets to you,” said Alich.
In the seventh, Alich hit a triple over the left fielder’s head to score Panuccio. As Alich slid head first into third base, the ball bounced off her back, and she was rewarded home.
Palinkas followed up with a double, but by the time Becahi’s Jess Indelicato came up to bat, Delaware County North was playing so deep in the outfield, that they caught Indelicato’s hard hit to end the game and the double-elimination tournament for LV.
“[Coach Blake Morgan] was proud of the way we came together, and the people running the tournament wanted us to win the whole thing,” Alich said.
Morgan explained that the Lehigh Valley team seemed to endear itself to many.
“The way they played and conducted themselves touched a lot of people down there- the way they conducted themselves when things went well and when they didn’t go well,” said Morgan.
Last Thursday, LV defeated Delaware County West 14-0.
Alich had an RBI single in the seventh.
“Usually, the teams get harder and harder, but our bats never stopped,” she said.
The day before, Lehigh Valley defeated Philadelphia Catholic League 2-1 and Suburban One/Bicentennial Athletic 15-0.
In the latter game, Alich hit a 3-run triple.
“I had been struggling a little on Monday. The whole team was just not hitting, and Tuesday we had a little hitting practice, and it got my confidence up,” said Alich. “I’m very glad I did [the Carpenter Cup tournament], and I got a lot out of it.”