The Northampton softball team’s dreams of a District XI title and a PIAA playoff berth died in the glove of Whitehall center fielder Meghan Hutter.
In a game that was played over the course of two days because of three postponements due to rain, the Kids were on the wrong end of two plays worthy of SportsCenter Top 10 consideration.
The Northampton softball team dispatched Stroudsburg 9-1 in their District XI 6A quarterfinal game on Tuesday. Coupled with their regular season win against Freedom, the Kids outscored the champions of the EPC Mountain and Steel Divisions by a combined 17-2.
The Kids’ offense got rolling, as it often does, off the bat of Hannah Boggs. The Lock Haven-bound senior smoked a line drive into the left-centerfield gap for a double that drove in Jordan Geroulo to put Northampton up 1-0 after the first inning.
On Thursday at Patriots Park, the Northampton softball team settled for silver medals around their necks as Parkland claimed their sixth-straight league title, by a score of 4-0.
Offensively, Parkland took advantage of some Northampton miscues to score its first three runs. The Trojans scored a run in the first inning on a wild pitch. They added two unearned runs in the 4th when the Kids made two, two-out errors in the outfield.
EPC MVP Kelly Dulaney pitched her second straight 2-hit shutout over Northampton. She has an 18-inning scoreless streak against the Kids.
The Northampton boys volleyball team’s senior night was supposed to be a celebration of the careers of captains Luis Roman and Dominic Frey and manager Emily Gehris as well as the moment the team would clinch a district playoff berth with their ninth win of the season.
The feting of the seniors took place as planned in a nicely decorated Pete Schneider Gymnasium. But the visiting 5-12 Dieruff Huskies were uncooperative as they spoiled the night by winning the match in four sets.
An international crowd was on hand to cheer the Northampton softball team on to a 10-4, revenge victory over Whitehall on Friday evening for Senior Night.
The pitchers and catchers from the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) junior national team were in town to attend a clinic given by pitching coach Jen Shellhammer and stayed to watch the Kids in action.
Seniors Hannah Boggs, Gabby Demchak, Nikki Secara and Emily Stuhldreher were honored before the game.
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 Northampton boys volleyball match against Parkland on Tuesday night, the Kids outscored the Trojans 105 points to 92. Unfortunately, the match is decided by the number of sets won and Parkland had the edge 3-2. The set scores were (Northampton points first) 25-14, 23-25, 18-25, 25-12, 14-16.
The Kids opened the match by playing their best set of the season. “They came out laser focused in the match and in warmups,” said head coach Sue Arndt.
Northampton got out to an early, 9-4 lead and never looked back as Parkland scored only 4 points on serve in the set.
Following mercy rule wins over Dieruff (12-2) and East Stroudsburg North (22-1), the 12-1 Konkrete Kids softball team took on the 7-5 Easton Red Rovers on Tuesday afternoon in Northampton.
After scoring 15 runs in the first inning the day before, the Kids’ bats went silent as they only managed 3 hits, all singles. Easton went home a 6-0 winner.
“We just didn’t hit the ball today and I don’t feel they were focused,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “That happens to good teams and it happens to bad teams. I hope this one stings just enough to wake them up.”
Last Thursday night, the Konkrete Kids’ boys lacrosse team bounced back from a tough 7-6 loss to Pleasant Valley the night before to beat Liberty 11-8 to claim their second win of the season.
Zakary Schwartz got Northampton off to a fast start by finding the back of the net just 18 seconds into the game. Aiden Jones tallied four times for the Kids before Liberty was finally able to break through at the 3:46 mark when Northampton was playing two men down. Jones and Kyle Wescoe each scored before the end of the first period to stake the Kids to a 7-1 lead.
The Northampton boys volleyball team had a pair of away matches last week.
On Thursday, they went to Allen and scored a straight-set victory over the Canaries. On Monday night, they traveled to Freedom and dropped a four-set match to the 8-2 Patriots, 26-24, 25-13, 23-25, 25-17.
The split moved the Kids’ record to 6-4 on the season and pushed them one win closer to the nine required for district playoff qualification.