Daron Whitmore spent his first postseason in the Blue Mountain League sidelined with a shoulder injury as the Northampton Giants won their first league championship in 2014.
On Sunday, he pitched a gem to lead the Giants back to the Blue Mountain League championship series.
Whitmore pitched six stellar innings, allowing just two runs on four hits as Northampton completed the sweep of the Northern Yankees with a 3-2 victory at Northampton High School. The Giants will face the winner of the Limeport Bulls and Orioles in the championship series beginning this week.
The start of the day for the Catasauqua wrestling team was great.
The end wasn’t necessarily the best of finishes.
But despite the ups and downs, head coach Kyle Rusnock was pleased with the fact that his team got to face some quality competition over the weekend.
In the annual Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School, Catasauqua began its Saturday with a win over Central Catholic early in the morning. And while the Rough Riders lost their next three matches, it was certainly a learning experience as they battled with 15 other teams for the team championship.
Rewind back to late March, and the Catasauqua softball team was three outs away from dropping back-to-back Colonial League games to open the season. It took a three-run seventh to help the Rough Riders escape Salisbury, 6-5.
The two teams met once again last week with plenty on the line in a battle of West Division leaders. This time, however, the script played out a bit differently.
Like most batters, Corey Raysely was just looking for a pitch to hit. And in the game’s most crucial moment, that’s exactly what he got against Salisbury.
Down 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Raysely drove a fastball to shortstop that scored Andrew Brett and evened things up. Moments later, Raysely scored the game-winning run when Cam Ritter hit a ball to third and reached on a Falcon error that capped a 7-6 come-from-behind victory last week at Sheckler Elementary School.
Catasauqua’s Quinn Bachman was days away from her first track and field meet of her senior season. But Bachman had one last chance to live in the past on Saturday with a different sport.
After weeks off the basketball court following the Rough Riders’ 7-10 campaign in the Colonial League, Bachman returned to the hardwood. This time, however, it was a whole lot different than December and January.
It’s a spectacle that brings in not just some of the top players and teams from the state, but even nationally, together to compete on one stage. The 2016 Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has lived up to its expectation once again, as a eventful day of hoops is schedule for Sunday at Parkland High School that will feature some of the area’s and nation’s top talent.
Even with the Bulls just coming off a five-run inning in the top of the third, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie had a few words for his teammates and players going into the fourth: "We're not done yet."
The Bulls' offense certainly wasn't finished, but that would have been more than enough with pitcher Jared Schaffer dealing on the mound.
Just a week ago, it looked as if the road to another championship appearance in the Blue Mountain League would be easy for Limeport.
The Bulls, who finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs at 25-11, quickly built a 2-0 series lead against the Northampton Giants. A pitching spectacle from ace Adam Maini in Game 1 led to an 8-0 win. A 7-5 victory the next day brought the Bulls within one win of their fourth championship appearance in six years.
After plenty of success in the Tri-County ranks in recent years, the Northern Yankees transitioned to the Blue Mountain League a year ago with much of the same triumph. In their inaugural BML season, the Yankees were one of the final four teams standing in last year's playoffs.
But a 1-0 series lead in the semifinals against Limeport quickly diminished to a 3-1 series defeat in a matter of days, leaving an uneasy feeling in the Yankees' stomachs.
Ted Plessl has been around for quite some time, managing countless Lehigh Valley baseball teams in the annual Carpenter Cup Classic.
He looked at this year's team and had high expectations for his squad, due in large part to the pitching staff on the roster.
But sometimes things don't go as planned. Plessl didn't get to see that staff's full potential come to fruition.
Instead it was Tri-Cape that stole the show.