Chargers get back to .500 with win
An up-and-down season has left Northern Valley in search of a signature victory over the past few weeks.
The Chargers may have gotten that breakthrough win Tuesday against Emmaus.
The Chargers (5-5) used eight runs in the first three innings to rout the Hornets (5-6), 16-6 in six innings, on Tuesday evening at Northwestern High School. The Chargers, losers of three of their last five contests, got their best offensive outing of the season against the Hornets.
It's a play that former Northwestern tight end Justin Betz will never forget.
During a five-yard out pattern, Betz's catch on the Tigers' first offensive series against Bangor left the senior in pain just yards short of his first career touchdown. His game, and football season, ended on the Tigers' Senior Night in the ninth week of the 2013 season.
The diagnosis: a torn ACL, which was repaired on November 22.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third, and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural game four years ago.
By the time the high school soccer season rolls around, Northwestern will be without eight seniors, including six starters, from last year's team that won the Colonial League championship.
Cody Gangaware, an incoming senior, is a returning two-year starter for the Tigers. Judging by his play in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League, Gangaware is ready to take on an even bigger role than he endured last season.
During Northern Valley's legion postseason run last year, North Parkland broke a scoreless game in the seventh inning to earn a 1-0 victory.
That was the last time the Chargers faced North Parkland previous to Monday night's meeting.
By the time the final out was made last night, it seemed all too much like déjà vu for the Chargers.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion offensively coming from the batter's box.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show on Saturday, June 7.
Ever since Brad Rauch took over as Northern Valley head coach in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League, the Chargers have been a top-four team at season's end. The Chargers finished with the league's fourth-best record at 11-7 last season before going 1-2 in the playoffs with two one-run losses.
Now entering his fourth season at the helm, Rauch expects much of the same success from this year's Charger squad. And with six of the team's starters in the field from last year returning, Rauch's expectations are not out of the question.
If rainbows are thought to be lucky, then Monday's occurrence at Northwestern High School only served as proof to that claim.
Facing a 5-3 deficit heading into the seventh inning of Monday's District 11 Class AAA pigtail game against No. 9 seeded Wilson, No. 8 Northwestern was on the verge of seeing its season end.
But as the seventh began with a visibly bright rainbow arching over center field, the tide started to turn for the Tigers.
The Northwestern Lehigh baseball team (11-7 overall; 10-5 in Colonial League) has already clinched a berth in the District 11 Class AAA playoffs.
If things pan out for the Tigers, they could find themselves playing for a league championship next week as well.
With all of this success, you'd expect a senior-laden team taking the field each day in New Tripoli. And while the Tigers possess two key 12th graders, it's their mix of younger players that has had just a big of an impact on their success this year.
Jackie Wear has always been the type of softball player to do whatever was asked of her.
She did it during high school at Northwestern and throughout her career at Delaware Valley College. She played in the outfield, behind home plate and at shortstop during her career as a Tiger. She also saw time at all of those positions as a Delaware Valley Aggie. She played left field as a freshman and catcher as a junior, while seeing most of her time as a sophomore and senior at shortstop.
Her stellar career ended with an outstanding senior season that she will never forget.