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Lehigh Valley Cup softball team gets in practice before tourney

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by katie mcdonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

With the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic right around the corner, the Lehigh Valley team played five innings of a tuneup game against the PA Threat on Monday night at Pates Park before lightning struck, literally.

“We looked good,” said second baseman Rachel Arner, who also plays for Whitehall High School. “There are a lot of different teammates, so we have to adjust to everyone, but it’s still fun, and we just need to work on the little things.”

The game was supposed to last nine innings, but thunderstorms shut it down around 7 p.m. with PA Threat leading, 4-1. Also, Lehigh Valley was only able to field nine players, but head coach Blake Morgan is planning to have a practice this week.

This is Arner’s second year on the team, which placed fourth in the double-elimination tournament last year.

“I’m looking forward to us having fun, trying to get further than last year even though we did great, and working on better communication,” Arner said.

Coach Morgan, who also just completed his first year as head coach for the Zephyrs, stresses the importance of representing the Lehigh Valley well, not just with softball talent but with character.

“He always keeps it in our heads, like hustling and wanting to get better,” said Arner. “Representing the Lehigh Valley, this is a great thing.”

The Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, will be played June 25-28 at FDR Park.