The Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled an impressive array of new video boards around the stadium on Thursday, with Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller flipping the switch to turn on the new displays. Every video board in the ballpark has been upgraded to HD technology, with many of the boards also being upgraded in size.
Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
While a win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night would have been a giant leap toward the playoffs, the Phantoms at least took another step toward the playoffs with yet another come-from-behind win over Binghamton Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
When new minor league facilities are built, no matter what the sport, part of the attraction is what those facilities might potentially mean to attracting and keeping young players in the organization.
The Phillies found after moving into Coca-Cola Park that players who had played there as a visiting player or had talked to players who were familiar with the place, were quicker to sign with the team because of the facilities available to them.
Catasauqua came into last Friday’s game against Northwestern with slim hopes of reaching the District 11 Playoffs, even though their record stood at 2-7. Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, Northwestern ended those hopes with a 48-20 win over Catty.
After Northwestern took a 14-0 lead over the Roughies, Catasauqua struck back with a nine-play drive in the second quarter to cut Northwesternn’s lead to 14-7. Andrew Brett connected with Ryan Greene on a 49-yard pass down the home side of the field for the first score of the night for Catasauqua.
Northwestern opened the season with a number of young players replacing graduating seniors and nobody was quite sure what to expect. While there have been some rough spots, the Tigers have seen some of the young players develop well in their first full varsity season as starters, leaving things in good shape moving forward.
One challenge greets the Tigers this week as they travel to Catasauqua to play the Rough Riders in the final game of the regular season, and look to improve their record to an even .500 on the season, and possibly get into the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Andrew Knapp is in a very interesting situation right now. The young Phillies prospect is playing at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, just one step away from the majors, but he’s not necessarily the next in line to take over behind the plate at Citizens Bank Park.
The first consideration is what’s going on above him. Cameron Rupp is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with behind the plate for the Phillies.
The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played Saturday at Fegely Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society.
After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced a historic agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give their players the same materials and styles of uniforms worn by players in the majors.