It wasn’t the outcome the Whitehall softball team was looking for when they met Parkland in the semifinals at Pates Park, but it may serve as a beneficial lesson down the road should these two teams meet again.
The Whitehall softball team pounced on Pocono Mountain East early with their bats, scoring in every inning except one as they cruised to an 11-1 win to open the EPC tournament.
That was more than enough for Kay Solderitch who tossed a one-hitter over five innings in a rule-shortened game. She also delivered a bases-clearing triple that helped salt away the game for the Zephs.
The win puts them in the semifinals against Parkland. Those two will square off for the third time on Wednesday at Pates Park.
Whitehall displayed its versatility last week, garnering medals in the sprints, jumps, throws, relays, and middle distances at the EPC/CL Track and Field Championships.
That’s been one of their strong points this season, leading to winning records for both the boys and girls, and that same versatility was on display at the league championships. The boys wound up fifth, netting 58.5 points, while the girls finished seventh with 46 points.
It was another strong showing for the Zephs at their home field which hosted the dual league championships again this year.
As Calvin Schneck waited to stand atop the podium as the winner in the 800 meters at last week’s EPC/Colonial League Championships, all eyes were fixed on the high jump as Notre Dame’s Greg Lauray cleared a record-setting 7 feet, 1 inch.
It was a crazy end to the regular season for the Zephyr baseball team, but they rallied to overcome the odds, winning their final three games to catapult them into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.
When Whitehall hosted Parkland for the final regular season track and field meet last Monday, it marked both and end and a new beginning. It was also good preparation for this week’s East Penn Conference meet.
It was especially relevant to the seniors who marched onto the midfield with their parents, sharing a farewell with the Whitehall coaching staff.
While the high school careers of those seniors may be in the final lap, they all share the promise of a new beginning when the postseason begins this week.
Whitehall softball head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend has maintained throughout the season that good teams become great teams late in the season.
Right now the Zephyrs are holding onto first place in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. With two games remaining on this year’s docket, they have the chance to be division winners. That’s a spot that’s usually been reserved for Parkland the last few years.
It’s been a tough stretch the last few weeks for the Whitehall baseball team, and a win over Parkland this week could be an invigorating shot as they head into the postseason.
After winning eight games in a row to begin league play this season, the Zephyrs have found it tough sledding after their April 21 loss to Emmaus at Coca-Cola Park. Since that showdown at the Soda Pop Palace, an 8-5 defeat at the hands of the Green Hornets, they’ve dropped five out of the next seven.
It can be said with certainty that Whitehall’s Taylor George stands head and shoulders above the competition.
The senior point guard has just completed a remarkable career. She was a four-year starter, was the team’s leading scorer this season at 12.84 ppg, and was one of the prime reasons they made both the league and district playoffs.
She was a ballhawking defender as well, creating 71 steals this season.
Her impact was felt at both the offensive and defensive ends, earning her an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference selection as a second team all-star this season.
Every year head coach James Sebesta takes a number of track and field athletes to Shippensburg University so they can get familiar with the surroundings because in a few more weeks that’s where the state championships will be held.
This season 17 athletes arrived at Seth Grove Stadium for the 90th Jack Roddick High School Invitational on April 23.
Sebesta likes to expose his athletes to what will hopefully be their final destination this season. It also serves as a measuring stick among fellow competitors in the Keystone state.