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Northampton Legion team enjoying success

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

So far, Northampton’s Legion season could not have had a better script.

The team recently had a nine-game winning streak snapped but is still sitting atop the Northampton County Legion North Division with a stellar 10-2 overall record.

It has been a season of some unexpected expectations. As a result, their team has experienced a perfect blend.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” said head coach Mike Bodnar. “I honestly didn’t think we would be this good.

“I knew we had a lot of pitchers. Our hitting has come around and that is how we have gotten to this point.”

Bodnar noted how his team reeled off nine impressive wins until they suffered a loss to Hellertown June 22. In that game, they were short players and committed four errors.

“It wasn’t like us,” added Bodnar. “But when you are short-handed and make four errors, you aren’t going to win many games.”

Offensively, Northampton has been led by Seth Laky and Brittain Shander, both of whom had strong seasons on the varsity this past spring.

Zach Angerman has been a surprise at shortstop as well as Nick Bodnar, the coach’s son, in right field.

“They (LakShanderhander) have really hit the ball well for us,” said Bodnar. “They have just kept it going from the seasAngermangerman) has been amazingly defensively and is starting to hit, and (Bodnar) has made some amazing catches in the field.”

On the mound, Jared Hunsberger, Mike Ettl and Kyle Serman, all varsity standouts, have paced the staff. Tyler Illif and Cam Eaton also have been consistent. Hunsberger and Ettl have recovered from some struggles during the regular season.

“Hunsberger threw a no-hitter earlier this season, and Ettl has been steady,” said Bodnar. “BIllif Illif took a recent loss, he had a 0.00 ERA. Serman also has been very good.”

Beginning this week, Northampton had six games remaining and will finish before any other team.

Bodnar is hopeful his club can stay focused down the stretch.

“I hope so,” said Bodnar. “You never know if some kids lose interest and things can go downhill really fast.

“We just have to keep working hard and look to finish strong.”