The Northwestern baseball team had a long weekend following its heartbreaking loss in the Colonial League championship game.
But Tiger head coach Bob Fatzinger felt a few extra days of recuperation helped heal the Tigers’ pride heading into their opening round District 11 Class 4A game against Saucon Valley last Wednesday.
Behind the arm of junior Drew White and the strong hitting of Trevor Schreiner and Niko Fager, the Tigers defeated Saucon Valley, 4-2.
The Northwestern softball team traveled to Palmerton last week to battle the Blue Bombers. The Lady Tigers upended the Bombers for a 6-5 Colonial League win, improving their record to 6-6 overall, 6-4 in the league.
“We needed a win in the worst way,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Zimmerman. “We’ve been battling up and down all season, and we’ve been close in almost all of our games. So it was good to get a win in one of these types of one-run games.”
Northwestern used a 19-6 third quarter to pull ahead and outlast a late Pleasant Valley comeback Saturday. The Tigers beat the Bears 49-43 in a nonleague matchup in Brodheadsville.
Trailing by four at halftime, the Lady Tigers unloaded pressure on the inexperienced backcourt of the Bears, yielding 11 turnovers in the period. Sabrina Mertz's three-pointer from the corner began a 14-0 run to start the second half. The run ended on a Sarah Segan fast-break lay up, turning a four-point Pleasant Valley lead into a 10-point deficit.
This past fall, Northwestern junior Cole Miller was busy putting in work on numerous golf courses throughout the Lehigh Valley, consistently shooting rounds in the 60s, earning medalist honors in dual matches, setting course records and qualifying for districts, regionals and eventually the PIAA State tournament.
At the completion of his junior year, he finished in second place at the two-day state championship tourney at Heritage Hills in York, and at the same time, put an end to an impressive scholastic golf season.