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Local teams ready for tourney

Northampton’s Evan Zwolenik and Catasauqua’s Adam Reinhart will be anxious to wear their baseball jersey in early August.

Yes, August is correct.

Both Zwolenik and Reinhart will be members of their respective teams in a Lehigh Valley-based baseball tournament comprised of a 32-team field at DeSales University tentatively Aug 3-9. Teams from the Colonial League and Lehigh Valley Conference along with Pennridge, Upper Perkiomen, and Quakertown will be in the field.

Complete details are expected to follow once Lehigh and Northampton counties reach the green phase of the COVID-19 restrictions.

There will be four teams in each of the eight-team brackets, having each team play every other team once. These games will be held on home sites with the semifinals and finals at DeSales. Northampton will be in a bracket with Nazareth, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West, while Catasauqua will meet Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty in games beginning Aug. 3.

“I am really excited and happy to play in August,” said Zwolenik, who will enter Northampton Community College in the fall. “I am very thankful that I will be able to play in a Northampton jersey one last time.

“I think our team had a good shot at winning the EPC (East Penn Conference) and the district title. We worked hard, and we will be able to display all the hard work we put in.”

“I am hoping that we will get another chance to play,” said Reinhart. “We were all really looking forward to playing this season and we liked our chances to go far. It will be a great feeling to be able to put on the Brown and White uniform again.”

Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra is optimistic that his team will get the chance to play. The Konkrete Kids recently were named virtual East Penn Conference champions in a tournament hosted by WFMZ-TV Channel 69’s Dave Lesko.

The Kids had an entry in the late June Berkshire tournament that was recently canceled.

“We should have everybody there,” said Sugra. “We’re hoping to organize some practices when we are cleared to participate. This should be a very good tournament, but there still is an uncertainty of what is going on around us.”

Head Catasauqua baseball coach Steve Bradley anticipates the best, notably for his recent graduates. Expectations also were high for the Rough Riders in the Colonial League this season.

“The kids all want to play,” he said. It would be great to see the seniors take the field a couple of times before they finally leave high school. We’re guaranteed three games, and we’ll make the most of it.”