Northwestern head coach Billy Hallman was without three starters from the winter when the Tigers competed in last week’s Bash at the Beach basketball tournament at Cedar Beach. A fourth was even missing over the weekend for some of the tournament.
But that didn’t stop the Tigers from making some noise in the newly formatted event. Northwestern went 2-2 in the small school tournament, picking up wins over North Schuylkill and Panther Valley on Saturday, before its run came to an end.
The Colonial League released its all-star team last month during the league championship tournament.
The first team was made of mostly of players from Northwestern Lehigh and Notre Dame (Green Pond) as all but three players selected to the first team were not part of the two league finalists.
The Tigers’ Derek Holmes, Rafe Perich, Nick Henry and Carter Welch all earned first-team honors, while teammates Nathan Goodolf and Connor Snyder were named to the second team. Welch, who made first team as a pitcher, earned honorable mention as a first baseman.
They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of their past two games, the squad had come up clutch to win both and reach title game.
And there was a belief the LV squad would do it again Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
The Colonial League released this year’s softball all-star team last month during the league playoff tournament.
Northwestern saw six players honored, highlighted by pitcher Emily Akelaitis’ named to the first team as an at-large selection.
Tiger teammate Molly Mitman was named to the second team, while Ashley Sisco, Brynn Balliet, Morgan Farthing and Anna Akelaitis earned honorable mentions.
The following is this year’s All-Colonial League softball team.
For some, the memory is closer than for others. But if you can, recall elementary school and the mile run. Maybe you can, maybe you can’t, or maybe you never did. Molly Tarvin can. That’s because Molly Tarvin wanted to win.
“I really wanted to beat everyone,” recalled the Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate who is now running in college.
She certainly has done that and more, during an impressive long-distance running career.
Brad Rauch has seen this story before. It’s a common theme for the Northern Valley legion baseball team to get off to a bit of a slow start in the summer.
It seemed to have been somewhat of an issue once again for Rauch and the Chargers early this season. But Northern Valley has since righted the ship.
The Northwestern Lehigh baseball season consisted basically of two long winning streaks. The first one went seven games after a season-opening loss to Saucon Valley. Then, after a 7-2 loss to Blue Mountain, the Tigers rattled off 11 straight regular season wins. They entered the postseason at 18-2.
Throughout the season, Northwestern and North Schuylkill, who also finished at 18-2, seemed to be on a collision course that would end in districts. North Schuylkill was the defending champion in the 3A classification, but was moved up to 4A for the 2019 season.
Three student-athletes from Northwestern Lehigh will continue their academic and athletic careers at Division 1 schools next season. The three were among a group of 21 student-athletes who were saluted recently in the high school gym, signing letters of intent to attend various colleges and universities.
Madeline Consuelos will run track at the University of Michigan, while Elena Smargiassi will attend the University of Connecticut and will play field hockey and Maggie Motolese will continue her soccer career at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.
From the first game of the season, the Northwestern softball team had plenty of offense.
In their season-opener, the Tigers downed Saucon Valley 20-4 and scored double-digits in runs in five of their first seven games of the season. The downside was that somehow, they opened the season with a mediocre 3-2 start.
After dropping a nonconference game to Tamaqua, the Tigers went on a streak that saw them win nine straight games before a loss to Southern Lehigh slowed them temporarily.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup is set to take the field this week when they open up play on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. against Suburban One American/ Continental. The game comes after Press deadlines.
This year’s roster 25 players, 16 of which are underclassmen.
Three Northwestern players are on the team, which includes just four Colonial League players.
The Tigers’ Derek Holmes, Rafe Perich and Carter Welch all made this year’s Carpenter Cup team.
The following is a list of this year’s LV Carpenter Cup baseball rosters.