LV takes fourth at Carpenter Cup
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team ended its Carpenter Cup Softball Classic run last week with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“Anytime you lose it hurts, and to lose in walk-off fashion, twice, but I’m proud of them,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They made relationships that will last. They represented the community well, they were blessings.”
Tri-Cape scored one run in the first inning and held Lehigh Valley scoreless until the top of the seventh.
“We were hitting right at people, and they made some good defensive plays,” Morgan said. “It was just one of those days. We just didn’t get that break.”
Although Lehigh Valley came back to tie on an RBI by Parkland’s Shauna Frank, Tri-Cape got the break on a hit in the bottom of the tenth inning and scored the winning run.
In Lehigh Valley’s earlier game against Chester County, Northampton’s Jillian Muthard’s RBI triple broke a 3-3 tie and Lehigh Valley’s pitching by Muthard and Parkland’s Aubree Fritzinger held Chester County scoreless for the rest of the game while Lehigh Valley scored four more runs.
Parkland’s Chelsea Morgan, who was playing with an injury, had a two-run double in the second inning of the Chester County game. Whitehall’s Mackenzie Guzy was also playing injured but had a single and scored in the fourth inning.
“The game meant something to them,” said Blake Morgan. “It meant something to all of them. Chelsea hobbled to second base, and Mackenzie had a hard time lifting her arm, but they felt it was an honor to represent their community and not let their team down.”
Morgan, who was a first-year head coach for Lehigh Valley, said he would do it again.
“It was great,” he said. “John Eye did a tremendous amount to help. Ed Stinner was managing the game at third base. All my assistants made it easy.”
Stinner also spoke to the team about their future because the Carpenter Cup Classic served as a showcase for college coaches.
Lehigh Valley finished the tournament in fourth place out of 15 teams with a record of 3-2.