When Northern Valley stepped onto the field for its matchup against Northampton, the Chargers knew that the next seven innings carried heavy implications for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Connie Mack postseason.
The Chargers entered the contest with momentum on their side; with three consecutive wins under their belts, the players felt confident they could continue their streak and climb a bit higher in the standings.
Despite their positive outlook, the Chargers would ultimately fall to Northampton 5-3 in a well-fought defensive showing by both teams.
The Northwestern boys soccer team entered last fall’s season with a daunting task—replacing the program’s single-season goal-scoring leader in JD Haaf. All Northwestern did was follow up that departure with a 24-1-1 record, league and district titles and a return trip to the state tournament, where the Tigers advanced to the PIAA Class 3A title game.
Now, over eight months later, Northwestern suddenly finds itself in a similar setting during summer league play.
With three games left in the Allentown Summer Basketball League season, defending state champ Reading sits atop the Large-School Division, while undefeated Faith Christian leads the Small-School Division.
Teams will have off Thursday while many partake in this weekend’s A-Town Throwdown, which is part of the annual SportsFest. The summer league will be back at Cedar Beach on Tuesday, July 18.
LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION
Reading 7 - 1
Central Catholic 7 - 2
Allen 4 - 2
Bangor 7 - 3
Wilson West Lawn 7 - 3
Dieruff 6 - 3
The Northern Valley legion baseball team finished off the regular season with a win over Southern Lehigh Sunday.
Trailing 4-3 and down to their final two outs, the Tigers rallied for two runs on a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning, and held the Spartans scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to complete the comeback 5-4 victory last Sunday night against Southern Lehigh at Limeport Stadium in both teams’ Lehigh Valley Legion regular season finale.
Some Northwestern Lehigh High School graduates contributed to college athletic teams in the past spring season.
Brady Mengel, a freshman at Mansfield University, started in 48 of the baseball team’s 49 games this past spring. He batted .206 for the Mounties, scoring 16 runs and knocking in 13 more. Playing second base, Mengel recorded a .967 fielding percentage and helped turn 25 double plays.
When Northern Valley stepped onto the field for its matchup against Northampton, the Chargers knew that the next seven innings carried heavy implications for the upcoming postseason.
The Chargers entered the contest with momentum on their side. With three consecutive wins under their belts, Northern Valley players felt confident they could continue their streak and climb a bit higher in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack standings.
Despite the positive outlook, the Chargers fell to Northampton 5-3 in a well-fought defensive showing by both teams.
Zach Stanley couldn’t step on the diamond defensively against Emmaus because of some soreness in his throwing arm.
So Northern Valley’s third baseman has spent the last two games, including Tuesday night’s game, as the Chargers’ designated hitter.
The recent Northwestern Lehigh graduatedelivered with his bat against Emmaus. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Stanley poked the game-winning hit with a two-run single to right field.
Head coach Billy Hallman lost both scoring and leadership from last year’s Northwestern boys basketball team that nearly made the district tournament. So, the summer has been a transition period for both those areas for the upcoming season.
Northwestern competed in the inaugural Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase last weekend, which essentially replaced the Stellar Construction tournament in recent years. His Tigers team may have had a quick exit with two losses, but he was pleased with the way they competed against two East Penn Conference teams.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.
Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.
“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”
The Northwestern Middle School softball team took the field for 12 games this season. And 12 times the Lady Tigers walked off as victors.
Led by a group of six returners, including four starters from a 2016 team that finished 14-2 a year ago, Northwestern went a perfect 13-0 under head coach Heather Hartman this past spring.
It continued a successful trend after the Lady Tigers’ accomplishments last year in their inaugural season playing at the junior high level.