Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team wrapped up its competition last week, finishing with a record of 4-2 and taking fourth place after playing six games at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“The way they played and conducted themselves touched a lot of people there,” said Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan. “That inning where everything went wrong, a lot of teams would have folded up their tents, but we hit hard and never gave up.”
Parkland High School softball players Kelly Dulaney and Chelsea Morgan have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.
This is Chelsea Morgan’s second year on the team, but for Dulaney, it is her first.
“It’s a great opportunity to play with girls from the Lehigh Valley, and I thought it would be fun and I’m really excited,” said Dulaney. “[Try outs] were a little bit different because I think they all know our abilities and that we’re hard workers.”
Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.
“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”
Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.
Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
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.
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.
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.
200 MEDLEY RELAY
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200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
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Parkland's boys cross country team did what it set out to do at the Lehigh Valley Conference Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal, clinching second place with 66 points by outscoring Easton, which took third place with 95 points.
Freedom's boys team won the meet with 33 points.
Trojan junior Grant Newman placed seventh in 17:15, first for Parkland.
"I think our team did great today," he said. "My plan was to stick with the main pack and get ahead at the end, but the pack went out too fast. I didn't have a sprint at the end."
Parkland cross country runner Mikayla Stoudt is one of the few who enjoys the course at the Bethlehem Municipal and it served her and her team well on Tuesday. The Trojan sophomore won the girls Lehigh Valley Conference Cross Country Championship, and Parkland's girls team also clinched first place with 45 points.
"It feels great winning," said Stoudt, who finished the race in 19:51. "My time was slow, more than a minute behind my [personal best], but I was coming out to win today. I love this course, actually. I don't like when it's very flat. This has nice turns."