Girls off to slow start
It's been a bit of a bumpy start for the Whitehall girls softball team as they begin the 2013 campaign.
After dropping their league opener to Northampton Area High School 2-1, they won their next non-conference game against Pocono Mountain West 17-0, but that was quickly erased by a staggering 15-3 loss to Nazareth Area High School on Tuesday.
They currently sit at 1-3, the other loss coming at the hands of Chartiers-Houston High School as part of the Cal Ripken Experience held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in March.
The opening game featured a familiar face, as Marly Laubach, a wily veteran who can bring it with the best of them in the Lehigh Valley Conference, allowed just one run over seven innings in notching the 2-1 win.
Head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend knew that Laubach would present some challenges, but they have defeated the crafty senior before so they knew she wasn't invincible. In fact, whenever these two teams meet between the white lines, it's always a game that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.
"The game between Northampton [and Whitehall] is always close and a great rivalry," said Berg-Townsend. "It came down to a timely hit which Northampton got and we didn't. In another close game like that, I am confident we will get the clutch hit."
Whitehall starting pitcher Andrea Emery was equally as impressive, yielding only four hits to the Kids. She also struck out four in her six innings of work. Unfortunately, they just couldn't solve Laubach despite having some good at bats against the senior.
"Andrea pitched well and we made good contact off one of the best pitchers in the league," said Berg-Townsend.
In that game, Madison Kelly went 2-2 with 2 walks and three stolen bases.
The game against PMW lasted only three innings with Taylor Stephens getting the victory for the Zephs. Stephens struck out eight batters en route to the 17-0 win.
Whitehall had 16 hits against the Panthers, as Abbey Nguyen went 3-3, with a triple and 2 RBIs, and Kelly Spanitz was 2-2 with 2 RBIs.
Berg-Townsend said the win was a matter of adjusting to the pitching from the opener, and then capitalizing on that against the Panthers.
The game against the Blue Eagles saw the Zephs surrender runs in five of the seven innings against their division foes, losing 15-3. Conversely, Nazareth hurler Rose Tavianini gave up only four hits during her stint on the hill, helping the Eagles to keep pace atop the North Division of the LVC.
In the loss to Nazareth, Regan Bortz went 2-3, including an RBI.