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.
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;