K-Kids had strong season and playoff run
The Northampton girls softball team started the District 11, Class 6A softball tournament with a bye in round one, then went on to defeat Stroudsburg and ultimately face local rival Nazareth in the semifinals of district play this past Tuesday night.
Starting this tournament with a bye gave three-seeded Northampton extra time to prepare and practice.
“We just stay in the present, just focus on us,” commented head coach Kristy Henritzy when asked about preparing her team for tough games. “The team is a very tight group and a bunch of fighters.”
The Kids were certainly ready to keep fighting as they stepped on the field for round two against Stroudsburg Thursday, May 24. Northampton dominated play, opening the game with three runs in the first. Northampton picture Maddie Biechy kept the Mounties scoring to a minimum with a total of five strikeouts.
RBIs were plentiful for the Kids who scored a total of 10 times during the six-and-a-half inning game. Northampton’s Heather Alich hit a double with one run batted in. Also sending runners home for Northampton were Jordan Geroulo, Madison Fraley, Hannah Boggs, Emily Stuhldreher, Elizabeth Moore and Biechy. The game ended at 10-2 as the Kids advanced to the semis.
Northampton defeated Nazareth toward the end of regular season play in a big win for NHS. Although their recent record against the Blue Eagles was strong, the Northampton girls knew the Nazareth team led by EPC All-Star pitcher Samantha Gorkos would be tough to beat a second time.
Nazareth had just come off a 10-0 shutout against Liberty. NHS traveled to Patriot Park in Allentown on Tuesday, May 29. Northampton gave it its all but, in the end, Nazareth held the Kids scoreless for seven innings. The Kids fanned 12 times and had just three hits.
While it was tough to see the season end in a loss, Northampton is proud of what they have accomplished this year.
“We learned together, which is exciting” said Henritzy, “[The team] was trying to make a statement for themselves that they are going to be sticking around.”
With a 15-6 overall record the girls left the field for the season knowing they gave their all and already looking forward to next season.