Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Northampton softball players, Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley are in their second year on the tournament team.
“We’re hitting very well, and our pitching is very strong,” Muthard said, regarding the team.
Lehigh Valley defeated Delaware North 9-3 in its first game of the day.
Northampton High School softball players, Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley, were recently named to the 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.
The Lehigh Valley team, coached this year by Blake Morgan, will compete in the Carpenter Cup Classic, a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Both juniors, Muthard is a pitcher, and Muffley is an infielder. Both are also returning to the Lehigh Valley team for the second year in a row.
Zachary Shaff and Naomi Li were named District XI tennis scholar-athlete winners at the 17th annual banquet held on June 1 at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
“It feels great. This is such a great award,” said Shaff, Moravian Academy’s number one singles player. “I never had an opportunity to win a tennis award without playing.”
Li, Southern Lehigh’s number three singles player, was also very pleased.
“I am really, really honored, and shocked, and surprised,” she said.
Li was chosen among 18 female nominees, and Shaff was chosen among 17 male nominees.
Northampton softball coach Kevin Mann reminded his Konkrete Kids it was win or go home time before the District XI Class AAAA Softball Tournament, so the K-Kids won in the first round against Pottsville, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Northampton.
“We knew we couldn’t take them lightly,” said Northampton pitcher, Jillian Muthard. “I just pitched my game and knew our bats would come around.”
Although the bats did come around for the K-Kids, it was in the fifth inning, and for Mann, the wait was a little too long.
Northampton track and field thrower, Aja Blount, won the gold medal in discus at the District XI Class AAA Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“It’s very overwhelming, but I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Blount said. “It’s very exciting. We were kind of stressed, but stressed for Meghan.”
Blount’s teammate, Meghan Hemingway, clinched a silver medal in the same event.
The East Penn Conference Softball Tournament began Monday with a 9-2 victory for Freedom over Northampton, advancing the Patriots to the semifinal against Bethlehem Catholic this Wednesday at Pates Park.
“It’s very exciting,” said Freedom shortstop Cozette Smith. “I don’t think we’ve ever played this well before, and we have a lot of confidence we can get very far, but as we say, take one game at a time.”
Northampton junior, Aja Blount, won the gold medal in discus at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“I was ecstatic, especially because I PR’ed,” Blount said. “I looked up there, and it just flew up.”
Blount’s distance was 119-10.00.
“On my first three throws, I was really nervous and kind of psyched a little,” said Blount.
Northampton assistant coach, John Blick, and three of Blount’s teammates were there for her, offering encouragement and building her confidence.
Northampton pitcher Taylor Keeney’s drop curve was working just fine, but the K Kids bats provided only three hits and no runs in a 2-0 loss to Nazareth on Tuesday.
“It looked like a lack of energy, and I’m not blaming it on the Whitehall loss because we had a good practice yesterday, but we didn’t have good pitch selection, and Nazareth didn’t make the mistakes they made the first time we played them,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann.
The Blue Eagles came out swinging in the first and second innings, which was when they scored each of their runs.
Northampton High School’s track and field team ended its regular season at home last week and began league competition this week at Whitehall High School.
The girls finished the season at 6-5 and the boys finished at 3-8.
In the K Kids’ final meet against Nazareth, Joelle Perelli broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:46, which broke the old record of 11:56 set by Caitlin Perry in 2011.
Nothing but hits.
That’s how Northampton High School’s softball team restarted its season after one too many losses forced them to choose between folding and overcoming.
“We all just decided we were tired of losing, so we wanted to change it around,” said Northampton infielder, Anna Filchner.
And change it around they did.
“We had a two-hour practice and did nothing but hitting,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “Then we talked about pitch selection and having confidence in the pitches they select.”