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Press photo by Linda RothrockTaylor Kranzley and the Kids fell to Easton in a recent game Press photo by Linda RothrockTaylor Kranzley and the Kids fell to Easton in a recent game

Softball blanked by Easton

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

Following mercy rule wins over Dieruff (12-2) and East Stroudsburg North (22-1), the 12-1 Konkrete Kids softball team took on the 7-5 Easton Red Rovers on Tuesday afternoon in Northampton.

After scoring 15 runs in the first inning the day before, the Kids’ bats went silent as they only managed 3 hits, all singles. Easton went home a 6-0 winner.

“We just didn’t hit the ball today and I don’t feel they were focused,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “That happens to good teams and it happens to bad teams. I hope this one stings just enough to wake them up.”

After a pair of scoreless innings, the game-changing moment occurred in the top of the third inning.

Easton followed a one-out walk with a clean single to right field. As the runner from first attempted to go to third, Lily Stuhldreher uncorked a perfect throw to Kendyll Strohl. Strohl held the ball despite a collision with the runner and the Kids appeared to have recorded the second out of the inning. However, the umpire ruled obstruction on the play and awarded the base to the runner.

After a sacrifice fly and two-out single, Easton held a 2-0 lead.

Henritzy spoke about the umpire’s decision.

“It’s the right call,” she said. “I just don’t agree with the rule. I’m really proud of Kenny because she held on to that one and kept going.”

Northampton had a chance to get something going in the bottom of the fourth when their first two batters reached on errors by Easton. However, the threat was quashed by a strikeout and an inning-ending double play.

The Rovers broke the game open in the fifth with four consecutive hits that led to three runs.

In the Kids’ final at bat, a 1-out single and a walk gave the home crowd reason to hope for a miracle. A 6-4-3 double play dashed the hopes and ended the game.

On Thursday, the Kids will have a chance to rinse the bad taste of their second loss out of their mouths when they host a one-win Pocono Mountain West team. That will set the stage for the Saturday showdown with Parkland. The Kids handed the Trojans their only loss of the season, 2-0, on March 26.

The game is at Parkland at 11 a.m. The winner of the game will have the inside track to the EPC Skyline Division title as well as the top seed for both the EPC and District XI 6A tournaments.

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