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Zephs hit a hot streak

For the Whitehall baseball team, timing is everything.

After a slow start, the Zephyrs have put together a recent and impressive five-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents, 69-5.

During the stretch, the Zephyrs posted shutouts over Dieruff (17-0 and 10-0), and North Schuylkill (18-0) and thumped Allen (19-2).

The stand has lifted their overall record to 6-4 and gained them the fifth post in the District 11 Class 6A bracket. Whitehall also had battled through a COVID shutdown.

“We were shut down, and that’s why we’re backed up,” said Whitehall head coach Shaun O’ Boyle. “We started a little slow and we played Parkland twice and Daniel Boone, which is a very good program.

“In the beginning of the year, we were wasting a lot of opportunities with guys in scoring positions. Things are getting a lot better, and I think we got things churning now. We’re a senior-laden team, and the guys are stepping up.”

In Monday’s 7-3 victory over Pocono Mountain East, Matt Snyder went the distance in a 11-strikeout, five-hit, 96-pitch performance.

Bryce Bashore and Gabe Guzy each had two RBIs.

It has been a team effort for the Zephyrs.

“Matt is our top pitcher, but we have eight or nine guys who can throw,” added O’Boyle. “Ryna Hausman, Connor Paashaus, Sam Castillo, and Dylan Carfara all have done a nice job on the mound for us.

“We’re getting production from the top of our lineup to the bottom.”

O’Boyle highlighted the effort of Carfara, who has been hitting close to .400, and Owen Fischl, who leads the team with 14 RBIs.

“Guys like Bashore and Ayden Dunbar have done a nice job at the top of our lineup. Fischl is doing a great job in the three hole, and he is on pace to have a big year.”

The Zephyrs went to East Stroudsburg North Wednesday, after Press deadlines, and will travel to Liberty Friday.

O’Boyle remains optimistic about the final turn of the regular season.

“Last year, we expected to have a good year, and it didn’t come to fruition,” stated O’Boyle. “We are coming together at the right time, and we have a ways to go.

“We’re hoping we can continue to fight and compete.”

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Dylan Carfara and the Zephs have found their offense in recent games.