Parkland Press

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lehigh Valley advances in Carpenter Cup softball

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by KATIE McDONALD kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

The double-elimination tournament was scheduled to resume on June 22 and end on June 23.

“There are good teams down there,” Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan said, “and we have as good a team as any.”

Lehigh Valley began the tournament with a 9-3 victory over Delaware North. Parkland’s Shauna Frank had the first RBIs of the day with a three-run triple.

“I’m happy about that [score], but really, you take it one inning at a time until the game is over,” said Morgan. “Different games take different strategies. The focus is on winning each inning.”

Lehigh Valley’s second game ended in a 7-4 victory over Olympic Colonial. Parkland’s Aubree Fritzinger was the winning pitcher in that game.

Lehigh Valley lost its third game of the day, falling to Philadelphia Catholic 7-6.

“They got one big hit, but I told the girls you don’t let that one loss define you,” Morgan said. “If you’re still in it Wednesday, you’re grateful, and it’s a new day.”

Fritzinger had a triple in that game.

“Our biggest hurdle is that our girls are playing in tournament games all weekend,” said Morgan.

What that means is the girls are traveling and playing game after game, going to bed late and waking up early to play in the Carpenter Cup Classic for three more games.

“These girls are competitors,” said Morgan. “They’re smart kids, and they believe in each other. It’s all of them cheering for each other.”

That includes Parkland’s Chelsea Morgan, who was unable to catch on Monday because of an injury she sustained in a tournament over the weekend.

“I can’t say enough good things about these girls,” said Morgan. “It’s neat to watch. They want to win, and they want to represent their community well. To a kid, they’re like that.”