Northampton Press

Saturday, April 20, 2019

K-Kids baseball looks to find momentum

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

When they dropped a pair of consecutive games to Emmaus and Allentown Central Catholic, Northampton’s baseball team suddenly had its momentum stopped.

However, the Kids rebounded with an impressive 10-0 win over Dieruff Monday, but they couldn’t stay on track as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Parkland Tuesday.

After they won their first three games in impressive fashion, the Kids now have lost three of their last four games (4-3).

The Kids suffered consecutive defeats, a 10-0 defeat to Emmaus and a 7-2 defeat to Central Catholic.

Against Emmaus, the Kids were handcuffed early by Louisville recruit Kellan Tulio and never recovered.

“We had some good opportunities, but we couldn’t get guys in,” said Kids’ head coach Mick Sugra. “We knew we would have a tough time against (Tulio). We gave up five (runs) in the third and three (runs) in the fourth, and that’s can happen.

“Mike Ettl struggled and he couldn’t get on track.”

Central Catholic jumped on the Kids for six runs in the first inning. Starter Jared Hunsberger couldn’t get out of the first inning.

“We actually outscored them (two runs to one) the rest of the way,” added Sugra. “It was just one of those days for us. Jared Hunsberger threw a no-hitter in his first start.”

The Kids then rallied and own their fourth game of the season as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings.

Kyle Morin, Brittain Shander, and Andrew Kovalchik each had two hits. Morin, Issac Tucker, and Cameron Eaton each knocked in two runs.

Hunsberger allowed three hits over five innings and struck out six. Evan Zwoelnick pitched the final inning.

Against Parkland, the Kids trailed 1-0 early and left the bases loaded in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Parkland exploded for five runs and blew the game open. Seth Laky went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Issac Tucker had two hits.

Ettl started the game and left after 3.2 innings after allowing five runs.

The Kids will finish the week when they host Allen Thursday and travel to Pleasant Valley Saturday.

“We’ll learn from this and avoid it in the future,” said Sugra. “We’ll be OK and we just have to keep working.”