Girls continue to win
After couple of mercy rule wins up north, 22-5 over East Stroudsburg South and 12-2 over Pleasant Valley, the Northampton softball team returned to the Lehigh Valley to take on the 6-2 Freedom Patriots Monday.
Not even the gale force winds at Freedom could blow the Kids off course as they took care of business with an 8-1 victory and secured a district playoff spot with their 10th win of the season.
The game started out as a pitchers’ duel as a Maddie Biechy double in the second and a Jordan Gerulo single in the third were the only hits for either team in the first three innings.
Katelyn Stuhldreher scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth when she singled and moved to third on Emily Stuhldreher’s double. Taylor Kranzley’s fly ball to deep center gave Katelyn Stuhldreher time to race home after tagging up.
Catcher Maddie Fraley’s one-out, two-run homer over the right-centerfield fence in the top of the fifth gave her batterymate a cushion and chased the Freedom starter. It was Fraley’s third straight game with a round-tripper.
The Kids started the sixth with three-straight singles to load the bases. Two fielder’s choices, a walk, a single, and a sac fly later, Northampton had put up four runs in the inning and put the game out of reach.
Biechy was dominant over the first five innings, surrendering a lone single in the fourth. Her shutout bid was spoiled by a pair of doubles in the bottom of the seventh. She finished with five strikeouts, including the final batter of the game.
Head coach Kristy Henritzy expressed her pleasure with her team’s overall performance.
“It was so fantastic,” she said. “I was worried today. It was windy and the conditions were tough. We’re playing so well as a complete unit – pitching, hitting, and defense.”
Northampton and Parkland have created some separation between themselves and the rest of the EPC and District XI 6A. Stroudsburg is 8-0, but the Mountain Division is nowhere near as strong as the Skyline.
The rematch between the Kids and Trojans is slated for next Saturday, April 27, at Parkland at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will be positioned to win the Skyline Division and take the top seed for both the EPC and district tournaments.
The Kids’ next game is Monday at East Stroudsburg North to make up a game that was postponed from April 13. The Timberwolves are winless on the season. On Tuesday, Northampton will host Easton at 4 p.m. The Rovers are currently 6-3 having lost a controversial, 4-3 game to Parkland.
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