The Carpenter Cup championship concluded just before heavy rain and wind pelted Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon, but the storm that did the real damage came in the fourth inning.
A five-run fourth inning was the most damaging lightning strike for the Lehigh Valley squad, as they could never overcome the deficit en route to a 9-2 defeat to Mercer County.
The Lehigh Valley squad hoped to win their fourth title in franchise history, but an 11-hit effort by Mercer County helped secure their second title ever and first since 2004.
When they were sitting with a 6-4 record, Fullerton's chances for a playoff spot in Lehigh Valley Connie Mack were sketchy. With a recent four-game winning streak, their chances suddenly have become clearer.
In the final week of the regular season, Fullerton will likely receive either a fifth- or sixth seed when they playoffs begin July 8.
It's fair to say that the start of the 2013 Lehigh Valley Legion season for manager Louis Falco has been very frustrating.
The team is currently 2-7, placing them firmly in the ninth spot of the 10-team league.
"It's very disappointing," said Falco who is getting ready for a hectic week with his team scheduled to play four games in the next six days.
It was a torrid start for the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team Monday afternoon, as they torched Delaware South 11-3 in the opener of the 16-team tournament at Richie Ashburn Field in Philadelphia.
The Lehigh Valley blew things open with a four-run third inning, helping them take a 5-0 lead into the fourth, which only ballooned following a two-run double by Tyler Buskirk to help build a 7-0 lead for the Lehigh Valley.
Editor's note: This is part one is a series of stories about the recent spring signees at Whitehall.
With pens firmly in their hands, another group of Whitehall High School student-athletes inked their intentions to continue their athletic careers at area colleges.
This group represented the final collection of Whitehall student-athletes to formalize their future plans. It was also the biggest group since the signing period began, with 13 students adding their names to the dotted line. That brings this year's total to 23.
The McDonald's All-Star Football Classic is set to kickoff again this Thursday night at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium. For the 43rd season, the annual charity event brings together players and coaches from across the Lehigh Valley to play one final high school contest for a good cause.
It also brings players together to compete for one last victory.
That's the case for everyone involved in Thursday's encounter, as the charity contest is built upon the foundation for a good cause, but still delivers the competitive punch that football fans are accustomed to.
The Whitehall track and field team reached the finish line in 2013 with another solid performance from both the boys and girls.
The boys proved to be one of the better teams in the conference, posting a 6-3 record, one of those wins coming against a deep Easton Area High School team. The girls finished the season 4-5, and were just a handful of points from a winning record, according to head coach James Sebesta.
Their effort throughout the year kept them competitive in every meet, relying on a strong stable of athletes to make 2013 another successful year.
Whitehall's volleyball season came to an end before it would have liked, but the Zephyrs have plenty to look back on as they concluded their 2013 campaign.
Finishing up with a 13-6 record, along with an appearance in the district finals and the state tournament, gave Whitehall a season to be proud of, but the Zephyrs may always look back on the season and ask, "what if," in regards to letting a fifth game slip away from them against Emmaus in the District 11 3A championship.
Just like his Coplay counterpart, Fullerton Legion manager Daniel Delp has yet to reap the consistent benefits of a full complement of players.
"We've had only one game this year when we had our entire roster on hand," said Delp.
That means they've had to adjust, sometimes putting players in unfamiliar spots which has been a challenge this season. Still, Delp said he's been fortunate since a few of his players, including Ryan Bonshak, Matt Bonshak, Zach Delp, Tyler Correll and Jeff Charles are comfortable at multiple positions on the diamond.
It hasn't been the type of start that FC LVU Sonic were hoping for to kick off their 2013 NPSL season, but it's also not the end of the world.
The Sonic ended an 0-2 start to the season to the season last week when they knocked off the Pocono Snow 3-0.
The win was overdue for a club that missed six penalty kicks in league play and in open competitions thus far this season. Head coach Dave Weitzman hopes to iron out all the details as his team looks to defend their league crown from a year ago.