Softball falls to Parkland, rebounds vs. EHS
The Northampton softball team went to Parkland Saturday night looking to sweep the Trojans and establish themselves as the favorites in the EPC and the district.
The Kids struggled to produce any offense, managing just a pair of two-out singles in the 5th inning, as they fell 5-0.
Parkland scratched out an unearned run in the 1st when they turned a walk, an error, and a fielder’s choice into the game’s first score.
Maddie Biechy kept the Trojans hitless through the first four innings to keep the Northampton in the game.
In the bottom of the 5th, the first four Parkland batters collected 4 of the 5 hits total hits they achieved during the game. A single, triple, double, and single were enough to plate 3 runs and break the game open.
Head coach Kristy Henritzy spoke about the team facing the reigning Pennsylvania High School Softball Association 6A player of the year in Kelly Dulaney.
“She’s a great pitcher,” she said. “Tonight, we had two hits. Last time we had 10 hits off of her. We just didn’t get it done tonight. The outcome could be different the next time we play them.”
Henritzy doesn’t think the loss will shake her team’s confidence.
“I think they’re upbeat and they know we faced a good team tonight,” she said. “We don’t hang our heads over this. Tonight was their (Parkland’s) night. It doesn’t mean that it’s not ours the next time.”
Northampton bounced back from the disappointment of the Parkland loss by knocking off the 10-4 Emmaus Green Hornets on Monday by a score of 2-0.
Freshman Kaira Zamadics started in the circle for the Kids and threw a 3-hit shutout. Jordan Geroulo and Maddie Fraley each had two hits and an RBI to pace Northampton’s offense.
The Kids will have clinched an EPC playoff berth with a win over Central on Wednesday. With a 15-3 record, there would still be an outside chance to catch Parkland for the Skyline Division title if the Trojans stumble badly down the stretch.
The Kids have two games remaining in the regular season. On Friday (weather permitting), they will look to even the season series with Whitehall when they host the Zephyrs for a 5 p.m. Senior Night start. On Monday, the team travels to Nazareth for a finale that could decide the second seed in both the EPC and District XI 6A tournaments.