Northampton off to 6-3 start in Legion
Playing the most games entering this week, Northampton's Mike Bodnar doesn't have too many worries about the progress of his team's season in the Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Northampton began the week with an overall 6-3 mark and among a logjam at the top of the division standings along with Bath, East Stroudsburg, the Birches, Nazareth, and Kemp Post, as all six teams are within 1 to 1 _ games of each other.
"Things have been pretty good for us," said Bodnar. "We have played the most games in the league and the guys have responded well. We lost our first two games, but we are still in a good position. It has been a good start for us."
One drawback for Northampton this year has been "senior week" in which Bodnar lost eight of his players to vacations to celebrate their senior year. Yet, the Kids managed to survive the onslaught.
"We recently had a lot of players who left for vacation," Bodnar said. "Fortunately, we have more depth this year than in the past. This year, we have had a number of players and it has helped. We seemed to have enough pitching and we have hit the ball on a pretty consistent level."
With most of his regulars out of the lineup, Teddy Ancelitz is one player who has made the most of his time. In his first start, Ancelitz went 3-for-4. Catasauqua High standout Zac Edwards recently had a three-run triple in a victory.
"We saw how our overall club can adjust to certain situations," added Bodnar. "We'll get those guys back and it will be perfect timing. We're starting to get into the heart of our schedule right now."
Down the stretch, Bodnar is optimistic his club can stay in the thick of the race. If they do, Northampton will need to maintain some consistency hitting the ball.
"When we hit we're fine," said Bodnar. "There are some games this season in which we have had 10 to 14 hits in a game. Having the wooden bats this year has made a difference. The kids are still getting used to the change.
"In games we have lost, we have managed only two or three hits. We have to work on getting just a couple of singles. Our pitching has been pretty consistent and we hope we can maintain that."
One major test for Northampton will be when they travel north to Saylorsburg when they tangle with the Birches Friday night. Birches began the week with a 7-1 record.
"They (Birches) have a good team," said Bodnar. "They have some solid pitching and have been scoring some runs. This will be a good test for us. But we have been passing all of them along the way."