A number of players from Northwestern Lehigh made the trip to Lehigh Carbon Community College this past Saturday to size up the competition and watch the two wild card games.
They saw Notre Dame down Palmerton to advance to play Wilson and watched as Southern Lehigh beat Saucon Valley 11-4, setting up a semifinal game between the Spartans and Tigers.
With rains wiping out games early in the week, the Tigers have had a longer layoff than expected. That can make a difference sometimes when having to play a team that has played recently.
As the top-seeded softball team in the Colonial League playoffs, the Lady Tigers had to sit back and wait this past weekend while four other teams battled in the wild card round of the Colonial League playoffs. Little did they know that their layoff would be as long as it has, with rain wiping out games early this week.
The result is that Northwestern Lehigh hasn’t played since it beat Catasauqua last Wednesday on Senior Day.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
In the third game of the season, Northwestern traveled down Route 309 to challenge Southern Lehigh. The Lady Tigers came away with a 12-1 win and it was perceived as somewhat of an early message that Northwestern (14-3 overall, 11-2 Colonial) was going to be very good this season.
The two teams met again recently and this time it was Southern Lehigh that delivered a message with an 8-3 win.
This year’s fifth installment of the Colonial League’s top track and field performances was released this week.
The following is a list of the top five performances in each event this season.
4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Imani Hollie, Amelia Cassady, Madison Trout, Sierra Williams) 50.30, 2. Palisades 51.9, 3. Bangor 52.0, 4. Notre Dame 52.3, 5. Wilson 53.10;
4x400 relay: 1. Palisades 4:10.83, 2. Saucon Valley 4:20.0, 3. Southern Lehigh 4:20.9, 4. Wilson 4:29.1, 5. Wilson 4:29.1;
Emily Akelaitis has been stepping to the plate for Northwestern for four seasons now, but she has rarely thought more about an at-bat than she did about her first plate appearance on Monday against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
The Tiger senior thought about it before the game and she even thought about it when she headed to the mound to pitch the top of the first, which is unusual since she compartmentalizes hitting and pitching into completely separate categories.
The Northwestern baseball team in a good spot for the rest of the season. The Tigers’ 8-1 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) on Monday put them at 12-2 overall and 10-1 in the Colonial League. They’re currently 3 ½ games ahead of Southern Lehigh for the West Division lead and they can add some distance with a win over the Spartans at home Thursday afternoon.
The Northwestern schedule is spread out enough so that it can get work for its top pitchers, but still keep them relatively fresh.
Northwestern Lehigh graduate Brooke Wehr got her 100th career hit for the Moravian College softball team last week.
The sophomore catcher went 2-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs and her seventh home run of the season and 19th of her career in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader against Eastern University last Thursday.
In the second game Wehr went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Greyhounds swept the doubleheader by scores of 12-0 and 9-1 to improve to 28-6 overall this. They are ranked 10th in the nation in Division III.
Northwestern girls lacrosse head coach Lissa Opolsky has always remained optimistic during her field hockey coaching days. And that hasn’t change in her first season leading the Lady Tigers’ girls lacrosse program.
Opolsky and the Tigers expected the 2019 spring season to be a challenging one, considering the fact the sport has only been around at the youth level for a few years in New Tripoli. Despite the losses on the field, including a tough stretch as of late, Northwestern is improving in certain aspects.