Softball team rebounds from first loss of season
With an 8-3 win over Pocono Mountain East on Saturday and 6-5 win over Nazareth on Thursday, the Northampton softball team seems to have put the disappointment of their first loss of the season behind them.
The 11-1 loss to Whitehall now seems like an aberration rather than a warning sign.
“Everything that could go wrong did,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “We didn’t play good defense and their pitcher threw one of the best games of her life. It was one of those moments for us to get a wake-up call.”
In the Nazareth game, Katelyn Stuhldreher delivered a walk-off single against last season’s EPC MVP, Sam Gorkos, to clinch the win.
Against PME, Maddie Biechy struck out five consecutive batters over the first two innings before finishing the game at first base after a planned pitching change.
Kaira Zamadics pitched perfect third and fourth innings. The only PME base runner to that point had reached on a walk to start the game.
Brooke Geist, running for Biechy after a double, scored the first run of the game in the second inning on a Taylor Kranzley single.
Zamadics helped her own cause with an RBI double in the 4th that scored Katelyn Stuhldreher and put the Kids up 2-0.
The Cardinals appeared to tie the game in the top of the fifth with a two-run HR, but the runner missed second base on her home run trot and was called out on appeal.
A three-run opposite field shot by Hannah Boggs in the bottom of the fifth put Northampton up 5-1.
A Boggs two-run double in the sixth offset a PME two-run HR in top of the inning and plated the final Kids’ runs of the game.
Catcher Madison Fraley was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Kranzley was 3-for-3 with a triple.
After the game, staff ace Biechy spoke about the pressure of stepping into the circle against a top-level opponent like Parkland, who she shut out in the second game of the season.
“A lot of it is mental and I’m kind of facing that this season,” she said. “But it’s really great to have such a good defense behind you and you can count on every single player on this team to make a play when you need them to.”
Over the next week the Kids will be on the road for three games. On Thursday afternoon, the team will be at Pleasant Valley. That will be followed by a 10 a.m. start at East Stroudsburg North on Saturday. Those games should add to Northampton’s win total. The third game is a 4 p.m. start at Freedom on Monday. The Patriots have lost just once and are expected to be in the mix come playoff time.
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