Parkland shortstop Nicole Klass had the first hit for the Trojans in their 6-0 District 11 championship victory over Whitehall last Friday at Pates Park, but she was just getting warmed up.
Her double to center field in the third set up a four-run inning for the consecutive district champs.
“I went into it clear-minded,” said Klass. “I had to get something started for the team and swing at the first strike that came. It felt good off the bat.”
The Northwestern girls 4x800-meter relay team was looking for just the right balance of competition and enjoyment at the state championship meet last Friday.
All four members of the team were running in their first state meet and they knew the competition at the meet was going to be the fastest they had ever faced.
All season long, North Schuylkill and Northwestern Lehigh were the best teams in Class 4A baseball in District 11. The two teams were on a collision course and their coaches even talked throughout the season about playing in the postseason, which they weren’t able to do in previous seasons when the Spartans were in Class 3A.
The ultimate postseason for both coaches was to have the District 11 title come down to a game between two defending district champions. They got their wish.
Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.
Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.
Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:
Finals, Thursday, May 30
No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.
Finals, Thursday, May 30
In a game where the momentum and the lead seesawed from one team to another, Northwestern Lehigh was glad to have the last at-bats.
Freshman Brynn Balliet gave her team the lead back at just the right time with a walk-off double as Northwestern downed Tamaqua 8-7 in eight innings to earn a trip to the District 11 Class 4A softball final.
The Northwestern Lehigh baseball team simply don’t give up.
In the District 11 Class 4A semifinal game against Wilson, Northwestern fell behind by five runs, cut the lead to three and then fell behind by five runs again. A big five-run inning completely closed the gap and some heads-up base running in the bottom of the seventh led Northwestern to a 9-8 win over the Warriors and a trip to the district final.
“That wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said coach Duran Porrino after his team’s win in the semifinal game at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.
The Lady Tiger softball team sat through rainy weather waiting to see who it would play in the Colonial League semifinals. Palmerton and Wilson finally got the chance to play, with the Blue Bombers coming out on top to advance to the semis and a meeting with Northwestern Lehigh.
As the top seed in the tournament, Northwestern was a favorite. The teams split their two regular season meetings with the Tigers winning the last matchup after dropping a 6-1 game early in the season.
Despite having some time off between its last regular season game and the Colonial League semifinals, the Northwestern baseball team didn’t show signs of rust in its postseason opener last week against Southern Lehigh.
Northwestern pitcher Carter Welch allowed just two hits and got run support from his teammates in a 6-1 win over the Spartans at Lehigh County Community College.
After allowing a hit in the first, Welch didn’t let up another hit until the seventh, helping the Tigers advance them to the league championship game where they fell to Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Northwestern’s reputation as an excellent fastball-hitting team is widely recognized.
In fact, it’s so well known that Notre Dame bypassed starting its ace in Thursday’s Colonial League championship game.
Instead of handing the ball to league MVP and first team all-star pitcher, Steven Luke, Crusaders head coach Michael Bedics went in a different direction.
That move, along with a clutch single from cleanup hitter Ben Gormley, led to a 2-1 victory and the team’s second crown in three years.
The Northwestern girls’ 4x800 relay team knows how much distance they separated themselves from the rest of the Colonial League with its seed time throughout the regular season.
During Day 1 of last week’s Colonial League Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School, the Lady Tigers proved how superior of a group they are. Northwestern’s foursome of Madeline Consuelos, Allison Costa, Sarah Supplee and Alyssa Zack placed first in the 4x800 relay event in a time of 9:42.55, over 16 seconds faster than second-place finisher Saucon Valley.