Northampton Press

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kids edge Parkland in a feisty game

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

What a difference a month makes.

In the beginning of April, the Northampton softball team allowed 17 runs in losses to Emmaus, Central Catholic and Parkland.

Four weeks later, the K-Kids held all three teams scoreless.

Northampton improved to 15-4 on the season with a thrilling, 1-0 victory over the Trojans on senior night. Emily Stuhldreher knocked in Madison Biechy with a fifth inning RBI single for the game’s only run.

Only a sophomore, Biechy is quickly emerging as one of the area’s best pitchers. The victory over Parkland was Northampton’s eighth in a row, with six of them coming via shutout.

Biechy struck out five and scattered four hits and three walks over seven innings. Parkland had multiple runners on base in the first, fourth and fifth innings but struggled to crack the K-Kids’ strong infield defense.

Monday’s contest was Parkland’s third loss of the season and first time the Trojans were shut out since March 28.

After some contentious moments between the umpire and both starting pitchers over timeout requests in the batters’ box, Biechy led off the fifth inning with a double to center field. Freshman Katelyn Stuhldreher laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance her to third before Emily Stuhldreher brought her in with a single through the infield.

The K-Kids wrapped up their regular season against Nazareth on Wednesday, May 9. The East Penn Conference playoffs are scheduled to begin on Friday, May 11. Northampton’s opponent was unknown at press time.