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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Brynn Balliet makes a catch during the Tigers’ win over Palmerton. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Brynn Balliet makes a catch during the Tigers’ win over Palmerton.

Softball team rebounds from first loss

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh softball team suffered its first setback of the season against Palmerton last week, but then bounced back nicely with a 12-1 win over Southern Lehigh and a 20-7 win over Palisades. Through their first four games, the Lady Tigers are 3-1 both overall and in the Colonial League.

The big story early on has been the bat of freshman Morgan Farthing, who has launched three home runs in four games, hitting .733 with 15 RBI through the early going. Farthing had eight RBI in the mercy-rule win over Palisades on Monday.

As a team, Northwestern continues to be huge offensively, scoring 53 runs in four games, while following the pitching of Emily Akelaitis, to allow just 13 runs over the stretch.

Against Southern Lehigh (5-1 overall, 3-1 Colonial League), the two teams were battling with the Tigers holding a 5-1 lead over the Spartans heading to the sixth inning.

Brynn Balliet led off with a single and a Southern Lehigh error put runners on first and second with nobody out. Anna and Emily Akelaitis teamed up with Farthing to string together three straight singles to make it an 8-1 game. One out and another error later, Northwestern stretched its lead to 9-1 and Adana Funk drew a walk to load the bases for Isabella Teprovich, who delivered a sacrifice fly.

One out later, Molly Mitman delivered one of her three hits in the game when she singled on a line drive to center to score Olivia Stofflet and Funk scored when Mitman was caught stealing second and all of a sudden, Northwestern led 12-1. Winning pitcher Emily Akelaitis put down the Spartans in order in the bottom of the inning to lock up the win.

Northwestern scored in each of the five innings against Palisades (0-4, 0-2) on the way to its second straight mercy-rule win. Farthing went 4-for-5 with eight RBIs and both Anna Akelaitis and Balliet collected three hits, with Akelaitis also chalking up four RBIs in the game. Mittman continued her hitting with two RBIs and a walk. Balliet handled the pitching in this one and pitched a complete game, striking out three along the way.

Emily Akelaitis is hitting a robust .600 with one home run and five RBIs on the season, while posting a 2.62 ERA in her three starts.

Palmerton (5-0, 4-0), Bangor (4-1, 4-0) and Pen Argyl (3-0, 3-0) remain as the only teams without a loss in Colonial League play. The Lady Tigers sit in third place in the tough West Division, trailing Palmerton and Southern Lehigh.

The upcoming schedule has Northwestern hosting Northern Lehigh (0-4, 0-4) Friday and Bangor on Saturday. Next Wednesday the Tigers play at Salisbury (2-2, 2-2).