Good pitching, strong defense and timely hitting will take a team a long way, and the Whitehall softball team exhibited all three in their win versus Emmaus on Tuesday.
The timely hitting came early as hot hitting Meghan Hutter laced a single to center in the bottom of the first inning to reach base with one out. She stole second, but once Emmaus starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas, an EPC second team all-star last season, struck out Casey Cunningham for the second out, the Hornet hurler seemed poised to wriggle out of the jam.
The Whitehall baseball team is finding ways to win, and that’s allowed them to remain undefeated so far this season.
The Zephyrs have allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in their last two games, but they’ve emerged victorious in both those contests. They scored two runs in their last at-bat against Daniel Boone to eke out a 10-9 win on Saturday, and then found a way to defeat Allentown Central Catholic despite the Vikings topping them by seven hits.
With the advent of a new softball season, Whitehall begins a new chapter under new head coach Blake Morgan.
Yes, it seems that new will be the operative word as they begin the 2018 campaign which got underway last weekend at Myrtle Beach.
“It’s new for everybody, new for the players, new for the coaches,” said Morgan who enters year one with a team that finished 13-9.
Casey Cunningham completed Whitehall’s comeback in a big way, sending a bomb over the right field fence for the walk-off win Saturday versus North Pocono to keep the Zephyrs undefeated.
The Zephyrs got down early as the Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. They answered with a run in their half of the frame to knot the score, but North Pocono, who added two runs in the third to make it 3-1, put two more runs on the board in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1.
The Whitehall boys track team will be leaning on a strong cast of sprinters to help them get off on the right foot this spring.
The Zephyrs return a number of sprinters, including seniors Martin Labib and Dez Boykin who give them a wealth of experience in those events. Also in the sprinting mix are juniors Shavar Hussett, Mekhi Lee, senior Muhammad Azim and sophomore Allen Negrete,
The outlook for the upcoming girls track and field season rests heavily on the talented legs of their sprinters, an experienced group that will form a strong building block this year.
The Zephs are coming off a season where they finished 6-5. They have a good mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that should allow them to plug in a host of strong competitors in a number of events.
And that begins with the sprints.
The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again blazing a torrid trail though the early portion of their season.
With their 7-0 win over Easton on Monday, the Zephyrs move to 4-0 on the season. Last year they got out of the gate 6-0, while the previous season they posted a 5-0 mark at the start. This marks the third consecutive season that they’ve gone at least four matches without a loss.
Of their four wins, they have swept two of their opponents, demonstrating their strength throughout their lineup.
When the Whitehall boys volleyball team took the floor for their opening game of 2018, something wasn’t quite right.
It turns out that head coach George Cowitch made a mistake. He “flipped the middles,” putting an outside hitter, in this case Alex Khouri, where Dylan McGinley, a middle hitter, was supposed to be.
Cowitch said that it was an oversight as he was making out the lineup, placing guys next to one another who were not accustomed to playing side by side in the frontcourt.
With a new season about to dawn, the Whitehall boys volleyball team is well positioned for a bright future as it looks to make another deep postseason run.
The Zephyrs made it to the district finals last season, losing to Emmaus in the championship game. That also earned them a state playoff berth, where they were eliminated by Penn Manor in the opening round.
They wound up 19-5 on the season, another winning campaign in a tenure marked by success under head coach George Cowitch.
Last season taught the Whitehall baseball team that anything can happen once a team makes the postseason, and that’s always been the philosophy of manager Shaun O’Boyle as he prepares his squad for the upcoming season.
O’Boyle piloted the Zephyrs to their first state championship appearance last spring, and throughout a season in which they’d endured many ups and downs, he remained steadfast in his belief that all they needed to do was get into the playoffs