Three PHS softball players make Carpenter Cup team
Parkland softball players Aubree Fritzinger, Chelsea Morgan and Shauna Frank have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament Team, coached by Parkland High School assistant softball coach Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup Classic is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament that will be played the week of June 20 at FDR Park in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Tryouts were held on May 29 and June 8.
“It’s been great from the first day,” said Blake Morgan. “Even the kids we couldn’t take, all of them came prepared, and they were all polite. The neat part is a lot of the girls play on teams together outside of here, so at practice we’ll get groups of four or five and they mesh together well. By nature, they’re all good kids.”
Frank, a junior, is a Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team veteran, having played in the tournament last year. Fritzinger, a junior, and Chelsea Morgan, a sophomore, are newcomers to the Lehigh Valley team.
Also on the Lehigh Valley roster are Northampton players Hallie Muffley and Jillian Muthard; Emmaus players Brooke Iobst, Madi Clark and Cassie Burke; Whitehall players Ashlee Brosky, Kay Solderitch and Mackenzie Guzy; Liberty player Kristin Kaleycik; Bethlehem Catholic player Jess Indelicato; Salisbury player Lilia Crouthamel; and Stroudsburg’s Winnai Hoyt.
“We tried to pick players who play multiple positions,” said Blake Morgan. “So if you have three or four players who play catcher and first base, or pitcher and outfield, I tell the girls, the more you can do, the more value you bring to the team. This roster has girls who play a lot of positions.”
Throughout the tournament, players will also have an opportunity to showcase their talents to college coaches.
Morgan is being assisted by former Carpenter Cup head coach John Eyer, along with Ed Stinner, Scott Bortz, Ricky Sechler and Jim Hainey.
“John couldn’t be here for game week, but he’s been tremendous,” Blake Morgan said. “I’m looking forward to coaching with these coaches and not against them.”
Lehigh Valley’s first game on June 20 is scheduled for 11 a.m.
“For the girls, playing on a high school team, playing on a traveling team- both those things are awesome, but it’s always an honor to be asked to represent your community,” said Morgan. “I’m also looking forward to instilling that in them.”