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.
Dakota Schiffer was smoking on the mound in a five inning whitewashing the hosts, Freemansburg, 14-0 in Lehigh Valley Connie Mack baseball action.
"With the wins over West Allentown on Sunday and Freemansburg Monday, it puts us at 9-3," Connie Mack head coach Jim Kober said. "We have a stretch of four games with teams that are in playoff contention. I told them to go into the remaining games with the attitude of playing in a game 7.
"They need to come to play and be ready for some hard-fought, closer games."
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team is set to take the field next week when they open up tournament play and seek their fourth championship in their 21st campaign.
The franchise is set to take the field June 17 at 12:30 pm against Delaware-South at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.
A victory next Monday would land them with a contest against either Olympic-Colonial or Suburban One National-Bicentennial on June 21 at 9:30 am at Ashburn Field.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday, June 1, at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (the red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (the blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
Catasauqua Brown's Central Whitehall League Biddy team takes their perfect, 14-0 record into the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Opportunity Field in Catasauqua. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
The Browns are four wins away from the CWL championship.
Catty White also made the playoffs by virtue of their third place finish. White hosts Salisbury Gray in the pigtail round game on Friday evening at 5:45 p.m. at Opportunity Field.
Rising senior Janae Matos has made the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team again.
Janae was chosen as a catcher and first baseman. Janae relishes the chance to be playing in Philadelphia again and performing for college coaches and scouts.
Hannah Edwards, a rising sophomore, had her first two tournaments with Lowersouth Liberty 18U Gold the past two weekends in New Jersey.
"We still do not have a full roster because Pennsbury, Neshaminy, Brandywine are still in the state play-offs," she said.
With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.
The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.
The NY/NJ Comets are kicking off their inaugural season this month as the newest member of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), and the only member of NPF in the entire Northeast. A special outreach series will be played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. and Thursday June 20 at 7 p.m.
Catty Connie Mack clobbered Coplay as the Rough Riders exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the second for a 13-3 whipping of the Maroon and Grey.
It was part of a six-game winning streak after dropping their first two games of the season.
Against Coplay, Dakota Schiffer got the win with five strikeouts and no walks.
It was deuces wild for Alex Torres as he went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Jordan Madaya also was 2-for-2 while scoring two runs and driving in a run. Joe Harakal and Jacob Kober both recorded doubles.
Catasauqua High School softball catcher, Janae Matos, will play for Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team for the second consecutive year this June.
"A lot of us are coming back for a second year. We'll have more understanding of what the experience is like, and we should have an upperhand on most teams," Matos said.
Last year, the Lehigh Valley team placed second in the double-elimination tournament which features teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.