In a perfect world, a player like Phil Gosselin would have likely spent the entire season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, a perfect world doesn’t exist and Gosselin had to be added to the 40-man roster before the first month of the season was even complete.
Injuries to starting Phillies shortstop Jean Segura and his backup, Scott Kingery, made the Phillies consider who was next up to make the trip down the turnpike to join the Phillies.
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.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster is a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces.
Popular players like Dylan Cozens, Mitch Walding and Cole Irvin are back with the Pigs. Young prospects JoJo Romero, Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez are at the Triple-A level for the first time in their careers. Local hero Matt McBride returns for a second season after playing high school ball for Liberty High School and college ball as a Lehigh Mountain Hawk.
The Northampton track team split with East Stroudsburg South in a meet last week held on April 10. The boys won 82-68 while the girls fell 80.5-69.5.
The boys were led by their performances in the running events. Tyrese Brandon was first in the 100 while Brandon Kitz took the 400 and Dalton Domchek was first in the 800. Evan Gillette won the 1600 and Vince Gallagher took care of business in the 3200.
All three NHS relay teams took first as well.
Aaron Marth was first in the javelin.
Led by Philadelphia Union players Kacper Przybylko and Fabinho, Bethlehem Steel FC handed Charleston Battery their first loss of 2019 with a 3-1 victory at Talen Energy Stadium Saturday evening.
The home side made their presence known at the beginning of the first half when midfielder Michee Ngalina played in Zach Zandi who had his shot blocked by a Battery defender.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have announced more exciting promotional packages for the upcoming 2019 season. Princess Tea Party, Fortnite, Star Wars Jedi Training and Harry Potter Quidditch Training packages will each be available for $35. Fans can purchase packages by going online to ironpigsbaseball.com/themenights.
On Saturday, May 11 at 6:35 p.m., the IronPigs will host Star Wars Night that features Star Wars Fireworks! The Jedi package will include a field level ticket, light saber and on-the-field Jedi training from 5:35-6:15 p.m.
Princess Tea Party
After couple of mercy rule wins up north, 22-5 over East Stroudsburg South and 12-2 over Pleasant Valley, the Northampton softball team returned to the Lehigh Valley to take on the 6-2 Freedom Patriots Monday.
Not even the gale force winds at Freedom could blow the Kids off course as they took care of business with an 8-1 victory and secured a district playoff spot with their 10th win of the season.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be celebrating local school districts and communities in the all-new St. Luke’s Rivalry Series.
Multiple schools will be celebrating their pride with classmates, alumni and friends throughout the opening month at Coca-Cola Park.
These communities will be able to show off their school pride as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs play each of their scheduled games.
Tickets start at $8 and the first 250 purchasers from each school will receive a T-shirt in their school’s colors.
Here is a list of the remaining rivalry series:
As a sophomore, Evan Zwolenik threw 16.1 innings for Northampton in a limited role.
However, the lefthander picked up an important, late-season victory over Liberty, helping the Kids keep pace to qualify for districts.
This season, Zwolenik would be cast in a bigger role. And the junior certainly has been a headliner.
Zwolenik recently tossed a complete-game, eight-inning, six-hitter in the Kids’ 3-2 win over Nazareth, marking their seventh straight victory (7-2).
In the future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations about being a teacher and coach. She currently enjoys tutoring students in her spare time.
For Demchak, it is the perfect fit.
The senior has the ultimate player/coach for the Konkrete Kids’ basketball and softball programs.
Her teammates and coaches certainly can attest to it.
“She’s the glue that every team needs to be successful,” said Kids’ head coach Kristy Henritzy. “She has a connection with every player and coach.”