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.”
Northampton High School’s softball team came together to regroup and redefine the rest of the season ahead after a scorching 11-0 loss to Bethlehem Catholic in six innings on Monday.
“We had a good conversation about what they need to do as players, and what we, as coaches, need to do,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann.
The last thing anyone expected on Monday was for history to repeat itself, but it did. Earlier in the season, the Hawks defeated the Konkrete Kids 11-1.
Northampton High School’s softball team scored a 12-8 victory over Emmaus last week with both teams compiling most or all of their runs in the second inning.
The Hornets were the first to strike in the top of the second, which included a triple by Maddy Clark with the bases loaded. By the end of the inning, Emmaus had scored eight runs.
“We were a little concerned because we knew they were a good hitting team, but at that point, there was a lot of game left, and we were hitting a lot better in our previous games,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann.
When Northampton’s tennis team faced Liberty last week, the K Kids’ record was 4-1 overall, so despite a 6-1 loss to the Hurricanes, coach Kim Davis was pleased with the start of their season.
Tommy Reinhard and Kevin Trinkle lost at one and two singles to Dan Lynn and Luke Conrad, but Davis noted their matches were closer than the scores, 6-0, 6-0, and 6-1, 6-3 showed.
“We’re giving them a run,” Davis said.
At number three singles, Northampton freshman, Andrew Hozza defeated Milind Jagota 7-5, 7-5.
Northampton High School’s softball team opened its season against Bethlehem Catholic last week with a positive outlook last Thursday, but when things took a turn for the worse in the sixth inning, the Hawks walked away with an 11-1 victory.
“The wheels started wobbling, and they kind of just got our pitcher’s number,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann.
On Bethlehem Catholic’s part, the Hawks had seen slower pitching in the preseason than that of Taylor Keeney and Jillian Muthard, so the K Kid duo gave Becahi their share of tougher, faster pitching.
Northampton High School softball coach Kevin Mann is hoping his Konkrete Kids will be a competitive force this season in an already competitive East Penn Conference.
Returning seniors will include first team all-league third baseman, Auria Enright, who was also the team’s top hitter with a .484 average. First baseman Emily Schwartz is coming off a year where she had a 1.000 fielding percentage at her position. Senior outfielders Maura Moser, Diedre Person and Reily Piotrowski are also back for the Kids.
Northampton High School swimmer, Gavyn Frankenfield, won two medals, and teammate, Michael Bauer, won one medal at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
“No one medal feels better over the other,” Frankenfield said. “It was just a good night overall.”
The top four finishers in each event were honored with a medal and a stand on the podium.
Frankenfield placed fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.66.
Reaching the semi-final rounds of the East Penn Conference and District 11 tournaments were accomplishments beyond what many people expected of Northampton High School this season.
“We reached the semifinals of both and were a couple plays away,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
Last week, the Konkrete Kids’ season ended in the district consolation game, losing to Easton 56-47.
“Going 10 for 21 from the foul line didn’t help, and when we didn’t make them, we were unable to get a good box out,” Jacksits said.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team scored a 55-27 victory over Stroudsburg in its first game of the District XI Class AAAA tournament last Wednesday.
“We just played a full four quarters,” said Northampton senior, Sophia Eckroth. “I think we ran the ball pretty well.”
For all intents and purposes, everything went as planned for the Konkrete Kids in their game against the Mountaineers.
If not for the first half, perhaps the outcome of Northampton’s 51-41 loss to Nazareth in the District XI Class AAAA semifinal would have been different.
“We just didn’t move the ball. We didn’t have the energy we had in the first half against Parkland,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
In fact, the Konkrete Kids’ first basket, by Aja Blount, came with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Victoria Keenan sank two foul shots, but after eight minutes, it was the Blue Eagles who had a 15-4 lead.