Kids shut down by Gorkos, Eagles
An exciting an entertaining season for the Northampton softball team came to a close on Tuesday, May 29, in the District 11 semifinals at Pates Park in Allentown.
Nazareth defeated the K-Kids 2-0 behind a fantastic pitching performance from Samantha Gorkos.
Gorkos, the East Penn Conference’s Most Valuable Player, allowed three hits and struck out 12 in the shutout. The Blue Eagles advanced to play Parkland in the championship on Thursday, May 31.
Despite Gorkos’ dominance, Northampton still had some chances to get on the scoreboard. The K-Kids had two on in the first inning after Madison Fraley walked and Heather Alich ripped a single.
Northampton threatened again in the sixth inning after Hannah Boggs walked and Madison Biechy connected on a single. Gorkos shut down each rally with an emphatic strikeout.
Nazareth got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Daphney Adams led off with a bunt single, advanced to third on a pair of groundouts, then scored on a throwing error with two outs.
The Blue Eagles struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning after back-to-back doubles from Maddy McClary and Serena Smith.
Few pitchers in the state could have gone pitch-for-pitch with Gorkos on Tuesday night, but Biechy came close. The sophomore allowed three hits, one earned run and struck out four.
Alich finished her career in orange-and-black with a 2-for-3 day and was the only player on either side with multiple hits in the contest.