Baseball is a game of inches.
And sometimes, it’s the smallest margin that can spell the difference between winning and losing.
The ball bounced Pleasant Valley’s way Monday in a walk-off, 2-1 victory over Northampton in a District 11 Class 6A first round game.
With the bases loaded and one out, Danny McEvoy lofted a fly ball to right field that fell in, allowing Brandon Ratti to score from third base to send the Bears to Wednesday’s quarterfinals against top seed Parkland.
Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team boasts arguably the best offense in the Lehigh Valley.
The Golden Hawks scored double-digit runs in five of their last six games heading into the May 14 East Penn Conference quarterfinal at Northampton.
The K-Kids have arguably the area’s best defense.
In their nine-game winning streak to end the regular season, Northampton posted six shutouts, including one over Becahi on April 26.
In the battle of offense vs. defense on Monday afternoon, offense prevailed.
The Northampton softball team ended their regular season on a high note last Wednesday afternoon with a home win over Nazareth High School.
The team ended their regular season with a winning record and a five-game winning streak but stumbled in the East Penn Conference Tournament with a first-round loss to Bethlehem Catholic. The team’s season does not end there, however, as the squad is back to practice this week and preparing to meet some tough competitors head-on as District 11 Championships start next week.
The Northampton track and field team took home three gold medals from last week’s East Penn Conference meet at Whitehall.
Senior pole vaulter Alexis Barrall captured her second conference title with a jump of 10-9. The school record holder and defending District XI champion is peaking at the end of the season.
“It definitely feels better this year,” Barrall said. “I feel as if I deserve it more because of the height I jumped. Last year I won EPC’s with a 10-foot jump and I was happy to win, just not quite happy with my performance. This year it felt a little more deserving.”
Northampton’s senior night was and proved to be the perfect setting.
The Konkrete Kids entered their senior night and final game of the regular season in a must-win situation to gain their eighth consecutive district playoff berth.
They began the final week needing just one win in their final three games, after an impressive four-game winning streak brought them back in the running.
But the Kids hit the skids when they dropped consecutive games to Parkland (9-1) and Whitehall (7-1). It was time to respond and they quickly did against Nazareth.
Cole Rufe isn’t satisfied. He may never be.
However, the senior could reach some satisfaction with the Northampton baseball team this spring. He is a key member of the Konkrete Kids’ rotation that certainly will shape their season.
“I am never satisfied in what I do,” said the junior. “Whatever I do, I figure that I can do better. But I feel like I am where I should be at this point of the season. I know I just have to keep working hard.
“If I can be the leader in pitching (categories), then maybe I’ll be satisfied.”
Starting off its busy May slate, Bethlehem Steel FC battled hard but fell on the road to the Charleston Battery, 2-1, at MUSC Health Stadium.
DARTS: Salem Lutheran wins lv title
In the 63rd Lehigh Valley Championship Series between the Suburban League and City League, it was Salem Lutheran of the Suburban League beating East Hills Moravian of the City League 3 games to 0, for their 16th Lehigh Valley Championship.
Northampton’s track program had a productive two days at the East Penn Conference meet as well as during the regular season.
The Konkrete Kids had six medal winners at the EPC meet, and each of them advanced to the PIAA District 11 meet at Whitehall High School this week. Overall, the Kids sent 22 girls and 19 boys to the two-day event, which was pushed backed to Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
“We’ve had a pretty good year,” said head coach Tim Caffrey. “All of our athletes performed well and they should continue to succeed in the district meet.