Coming into the match between Northampton and Emmaus, both coaches described the meeting as “their season.” Both teams needed a big win to keep them on the right path, but in the end, it was Northampton that picked up a 4-3 win over the Hornets.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
Northampton weathered a very tough start to their schedule in decent shape, finishing 2-2 against Whitehall (1-2, 1-2), Notre Dame-Green Pond (1-1), Central Catholic (1-2, 1-2) and Parkland (4-0, 4-0). They also added a win against Nazareth this past Monday to put their record at 3-2 after coming into the season with a few question marks about their team.
The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.
Northampton developed patience and did everything they could to take the District 11 quarterfinal from Emmaus last week. Unfortunately, early in the game, Northampton struggled to find a comfort zone, committing six errors in four innings as Emmaus jumped out to an 8-1 lead and then held on to win 8-5, advancing to the semifinals and ending the season for the Konkrete Kids.
Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
Victoria Keenan has a way of just taking over a basketball game.
After being shutout in the first quarter of the District 11 consolation game against Parkland, Keenan gladly took the reins, leading Northampton to a 53-47 win over Parkland, making the Kids the three-seed out of District 11 and dropping Parkland to number-four.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced a historic agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give their players the same materials and styles of uniforms worn by players in the majors.
Mistakes can often be fatal for a team in the playoffs.
On Friday night in Catasauqua, both Parkland and Northampton made their share of early mistakes, but both got themselves straightened. The result was Northampton picking up a 44-42 win over the Lady Trojans in the District 11 Quarterfinals game.
Parkland’s early nerves resulted in them turning the ball over on each of their first four possessions. They had a total of seven first quarter turnovers. The result of Northampton’s early jitters was foul trouble, with Sophia Eckroth picking up three first quarter fouls.