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Girls on four game win streak

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton softball team tallied three more victories with week with two away games and one home contest.

The team, who has enjoyed a busy schedule the past few weeks is on a four-game winning streak. Players Heather Alich, Hannah Boggs and Madison Fraley lead the way for Northampton this season with total RBIs of 16, 16, and 14 respectively. Northampton starting pitcher Madison Biechy is credited with seven wins and backup pitcher Emily Marokovits has two wins to her credit so far this season.

Head Coach Kristy Henritzy credits the success to the team’s drive and team spirit.

“The majority of my focus this year has been on helping them be successful as softball players and as human beings,” said Henritzy, who’s passion to help the team excel is apparent as she explains her approach to coaching in her first year as head coach for Northampton. “We focus on being good teammates, learning to work together in a team environment and learning to pick each other up.”

Northampton claimed victories this past week over Bethlehem Catholic, Kutztown and Liberty. On Thursday, April 26, Northampton traveled to Bethlehem to play Bethlehem Catholic. Winning pitcher Madison Biechy allowed only four hits and had 10 strikeouts against Becahi. The game would end as a 2-0 shutout after 7 innings giving the Northampton pitcher’s fifth win of the season. Biechy has obviously hit her stride this week with a total of 21 strikeouts and only four walks over her last three wins.

On Saturday, April 28, Northampton traveled to Kutztown for a high-hitting game that ended in a 6-4 Northampton victory. The game saw 9 Northampton hits versus 8 hits from Kutztown. Northampton’s Heather Alich led the way with two runs batted in and a double. Northampton’s Madison Fraley, Hannah Boggs, and Liz Moore also contributed RBIs.

Monday, April 30, Northampton welcomed Liberty High School for what would become the team’s ninth overall win of the season with a 1-0 Northampton shutout after six and a half innings. Biechy tallied 7 strikeouts and just one walk. Northampton’s Brandi Davidson drove in the only run of the game.

It has been a strong season for Kids with a new coach and a new focus on the power of the team and the love of the sport.

“We say that we flip the switch when we step out on the field,” explained Henritzy who tells her players, ‘This is where you get to be with your teammates and do the thing you love to do. This should be the best part of your day.’

Henritzy’s philosophy on team unity, combined with the fight and determination of an ardent team continues to yield victories this season against tough competitors.

Looking forward, the team will close out the season next week with games against Parkland and Nazareth but the impending tough games don’t deter this new coach nor her team.

“Regardless of who we are facing,” says Henritzy, “we need to just stay in present and just focus on us.”