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Girls softball team starts off season 2-2

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by wendy kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity softball team started the 2018 season on high note with two decisive wins, two very close losses and a new coach who returns to Northampton with some impressive stats of her own.

The Northampton girls began the season at home on Wednesday, March 28, with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North. The final score was Northampton 17-2.

Northampton’s Emily Marokovits got the win, pitching a strong game with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. The game was called at the end of the fourth inning due to the 15-run mercy rule.

Among Northampton’s notable performances were Elizabeth Moore who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles. Northampton’s Heather Alich doubled twice with three RBIs during this first game of the season.

The girls are led by coach Kristy Henritzy, who is in her first year for Northampton. She replaced former head coach Kevin Mann who resigned at the end of the 2017 season. Henritzy is no stranger to the sport at Northampton. Henritzy was a member of Northampton’s 1996 state championship team. A 1997 graduate of Northampton, Henritzy went on to play softball for Kutztown University where she started in each of her four years and served as team captain at Kutztown for two years. During her years at Kutztown, Henritzy also served as an assistant coach and continued to build her coaching experience after graduation as the girls softball head coach for Cedar Crest College from 2002-09.

Henritzy’s team currently sits at a 2-2 record with two, one-run losses to Emmaus and Central Catholic last week and another decisive win against Dieruff in a home game from Monday night.

In Monday night’s game against the Huskies, Northampton came out swinging with six runs in the third inning and seven in fourth. Highlights include a grand slam by Northampton’s Jordan Geroulo, a triple by Northampton’s Nikki Secara and three doubles by Northampton’s Madison Fraley.

Northampton’s Madison Biechy pitched a strong game with eight strikeouts and one walk and Marokovits chipped in with three strikeouts of her to close out the game. The game ended in the middle of the fifthth with a 14-run lead by Northampton.

At press time, Northampton was preparing for a tough contest against Parkland followed by William Allen and Pleasant Valley later in the week.