Since he took over the program eight years ago, Mick Sugra has been looking for the trifecta of pitching, hitting, and defense to create the perfect season.
So far, he is getting his wish.
The Kids headed into Wednesday’s opening -round of districts as the top seed in the Class 6A bracket and hosted Emmaus. They captured their first East Penn Conference crown since 1979 with a 3-1 victory over Liberty last week.
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.
Girls and boys ages 5-12 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning honing their soccer skills and learning new ones during the free Youth Soccer Clinic presented by Women’s Premier Soccer League team Lehigh Valley Tempest June 16 at SteelStacks. The event, which is part of the FIFA World Cup ™ SoccerFest & Viewing Party, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to all skill levels. Anyone interested in attending should sign up in advance at lvsoccerfest.com.
The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.
They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.
Northampton senior Dalton Domchek will make his first trip to states after becoming the silver medalist in the 800 meter run at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“It’s been a really good season, and I’m really happy,” Domchek said. “I’m just looking forward to the experience. Our school record right now is 1:57, so if anything, I’m going to go out there and give it my all to break that record.”
Domchek’s district time was 1:58.67.
Twenty-two years separate the two teams, but the comparisons can be a bit uncanny.
Northampton recently won its first conference crown since 1997 (then Mountain Valley Conference) and, in many ways, it can seem like it was yesterday.
“Both teams are alike in many ways,” said current head coach Mick Sugra, whose team took a 20-3 mark into districts. “The teams back in ‘95 through ‘97 were loaded. We lost to Liberty in the district semifinals in ’96 (5-4) after we beat them 20-0 during the season, and we were crushed.
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.
At this time of year, wildlife is blooming with newborns - be it songbirds, geese, ducks, foxes and deer fawns. The Pennsylvania Game Commission asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up, especially deer fawns.
Most deer fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June, according to the PGC. During this time, it’s best to keep your distance because the fawn’s mother is almost always nearby. When people see a small fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost or needing to be rescued.
A quirk in the seeding process saw the Northampton softball team in the third spot for the EPC tournament, below an Emmaus team they had defeated twice in the regular season.
This led to a first-round matchup with Nazareth, a team that had defeated the Kids three days earlier.
The Blue Eagles drew first blood when Serena Smith led off the game with an infield single and came around to score on a fielder’s choice.
TRACK AND FIELD
At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex
Legend: Allen (All), Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Dieruff (Die), Easton (East), Emmaus (Emm), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Freedom (Free), Liberty (Lib), Nazareth (Naz), Northampton (Nor), Parkland (Park), Pleasant Valley (PV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Stroudsburg (Str), Whitehall (Whi).