One bad inning.
For the past few weeks, it is the one facet that has troubled the Northampton baseball team.
In three of their four defeats, the Konkrete Kids have been victimized by the one inning that could easily reverse their record from 5-4 to 8-1.
“It has been 18 of 21 innings,” reflected Kids’ head coach Mick Sugra. “It is a one-run inning. We’re controlling it by putting guys on base. We have to be able to recognize when it happens. We won 18 of the 21 innings.
“It has been a roller coaster for us.”
The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.
On average, 22 veterans take their own life on a daily basis.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is prevalent in our veterans and soldiers’ lives. Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor Program in Quakertown is doing something to help our Veterans improve their quality of life, while honoring many soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The Northampton boys volleyball team has partnered with Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor to raise awareness of the struggles some veterans face. Having the assistance of a service dog can dramatically improve a veteran’s quality of life.
The Northampton boys tennis team scored back-to-back wins last week with victories over William Allen and Wilson High School.
The team effort which included individual and doubles victories propelled the team to a stellar 6-3 record overall record for the season (5-3 for league play).
Head coach Kim Davis was ready for a tough week as he commented, “We’re just getting to the meat of our schedule and preparing to face three undefeated teams in the coming weeks.”
The Northampton girls softball team is enjoying a strong season so far with an overall and league records of 5-3.
The team victories include a three-inning shutout against Allen on Thursday, April 12, and wins over Pleasant Valley and Whitehall to round out play for the week.
In Thursday’s no hitter against Allen, Northampton’s Hannah Boggs and Elizabeth Moore tallied up three RBIs each with teammates Madison Fraley and Heather Alich close behind with two RBIs each. The game was called in accordance with the 15-run, mercy rule in the middle of the third inning.
Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.
After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.
It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.
There are plenty of talented boys’ volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference, but few can match the senior-laden experience that Northampton boasts.
The K-Kids relied on that leadership to defeat a very resilient Dieruff team on Tuesday, April 17, by a score of 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
In the first set, Northampton jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but a 12-5 Huskies’ run tied the game at 18-18. The two teams traded points up to 23-23, but Northampton was able to put the set away after an emphatic kill from Erik Fulks.
Northampton’s boys’ tennis team began the season on a winning streak with victories over Freedom, 4-3, Dieruff, 7-0, Jim Thorpe, (score unavailable), Easton, 6-1, and Pocono Mountain East, 6-1.
Midway through, the Konkrete Kids lost to Stroudsburg, 1-6, Emmaus, 0-7, and Liberty, 2-5, before defeating Allen, 7-0.
In the K Kids’ match against the Hurricanes, Jack Flood and Sam Hanley won in the only three-set match of the day.
“We knew we could beat them, so we just had to play smart,” said Hanley.
Throughout his baseball career, Brittain Shander has managed to stay within the fundamentals. The Northampton junior is witnessing how his approach is paying dividends for him and his team this season.
“I just try to keep it simple and keep my balance,” said Shander in reference to his batting stance. “I just go out there and try as hard as I can. I haven’t really tried anything new. I just try to hit the ball as square as I can.”
For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.
And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.