June 20, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Lehigh Valley softball team began their run in the Carpenter Cup earlier today. The girls had the potential to play in three games but would only get two in, and not due to the weather. Lehigh Valley would defeat Jersey Shore 2-0 in what truly was a perfect game, pitched by Bethlehem Catholic’s Alexa Panuccio, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas and Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney. That’s right twenty-one batters came up, and twenty-one batters sat down.
Unfortunately for Lehigh Valley, the team could not celebrate too long. The girls would be right back on the field, where they had to face the defending champions Berks/Lancaster-Lebanon. Things would not be so perfect in this one. Lehigh Valley hung in there for a while and even took the 2-0 lead to open the first inning. But, the girls could not get timely hits, stranding six runners on base in the final three innings. Berks/L-L had no problem making contact, however, and would go on to win the second game 7-2.
Lehigh Valley is not out of it yet though; and despite losing, the team’s spirits were still relatively high. “Anytime you get to come back, that’s a good day,” said Lehigh Valley Coach Blake Morgan. And he’s right. The Carpenter Cup is a double elimination format so the team does have another chance. Lehigh Valley will face Philadelphia Catholic on Wednesday at 9 in an elimination game, and Coach Morgan believes the team is “going to bounce back even better.”