Fraley steps in to help LV Cup team
Northampton High School catcher Maddie Fraley found herself in a unique position last week when she landed on Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team as a last-minute replacement for Bangor catcher Sarah Harrat.
“Kendall [Strohl] and Katelyn [Stuhldreher] are on my tournament team, and after we played Saturday, Kendall asked if I could fill in for Sarah because she hurt her arm,” Fraley explained. “Everybody was really welcoming. The coaches were great and the girls were too.”
As it turned out, Allentown Central Catholic catcher Mya Zettlemoyer was too injured to play in Lehigh Valley’s third Carpenter Cup game, so having Fraley on the team was even more significant.
Fraley went 3-for-3 in Lehigh Valley’s 10-0 victory over PCCAF, their first game last Tuesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“Most of my hits were right up the middle,” she said. “Their shortstop had a nice diving play.”
Fraley also caught for all three pitchers: Freedom’s Jennifer Slanovec, Salisbury’s Emily Silberman and Whitehall’s Madi Cunningham.
“They each have a different strikeout pitch, and a different go-to pitch,” said Fraley. “It was cool to be able to see the other side of it.”
Lehigh Valley’s first two games were played back-to-back with approximately one hour between the second third game, which had its pros and cons because the tournament used to be played over four days.
“The benefit is that you play the games all in a row, but it takes away from the time the girls are together. There was no downtime,” said Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan.
“For some people, it was a good trade, but part of the experience of Carpenter Cup is the team bonding. The girls this year clicked right away. Still, to play for your community and represent the Lehigh Valley is what’s important.”