Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?
The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.
With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.
After a recent final 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas left notes on a whiteboard for his coaches.
The plan was to have all passing completed in June and then have July to evaluate.
Moreover, though, the real message continues to be clear – Northampton is anxious and ready to take the next step from its 8-4 campaign last season.
It’s mid-July in Catasauqua and playoff basketball is starting to heat up.
The Catty League reached the quarterfinal stage Tuesday, and the North Catty League finds itself in a similar situation. The nearby Stiles league in Whitehall will begin their playoffs next week.
All three leagues will crown champions that will participate in the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tournament of Champions in early August.
Having allowed one run apiece in two playoff games normally is enough for two victories.
Unfortunately for Northampton in the Northampton County Legion tournament (NORCO), it wasn’t.
Northampton won a 1-0 over the Wanderers, but they then suffered a recent 1-0 defeat in the deciding game of a three-game series for the NORCO championship.
With the win, the Wanderers advanced to the Region 2 championship at Boyertown, while Northampton’s season came to an end with an overall 18-5 record.
With all the heavy rain we’ve been having, stream and river fishing has been curtailed. During these times, anglers are best advised to fish lakes and ponds that aren’t affected as severely. As such, selected local waters are fishing fairly productively.
Northampton received a few days off from the opening round of the Northampton County Legion playoffs with a bye after a second-place finish.
With their first game either Wednesday or Thursday, they’ll begin to piece together their pitching staff for a long run.
Overall, Northampton ended the regular season with an impressive 15-3 mark after they lost to Nazareth, 5-4, in a walkoff finale July 3.
Northampton will meet the winner of the Nazareth-Banko’s best-of-three series.
At this time of year, a good many outdoors oriented folks head to the hiking trails, be in the in Pocono Mountains or the vast Appalachian Trail that runs locally through the Blue Mountains and beyond through 14 states. As such, keep in mind there are hazards along the way. Namely, rattlesnakes.
The Northampton girls basketball program continues to prepare for the 2019-20 winter season and so far they have seen success along the way.
The varsity, JV and freshman teams all took part in the Parkland Summer League, which ended a couple of weeks ago.
Despite some key losses from last year’s team, the varsity squad went 9-1 during the season while the JV team was an unbeaten, 10-0. The freshmen team went 5-5.