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Legion team set for the playoffs

It has been a good season for Northampton’s Northampton County (NORCO) Legion team, but the Konkrete Kids expect a deeper campaign.

Northampton began their best-of-three playoff series against Wind Gap earlier this week. The Kids ended the regular season with an overall 15-2 mark and the number two seed in the NORCO standings.

“We’re looking forward to the postseason,” said optimistic manager Steve Kerbacher. “Our guys have been doing well all season. We like our pitching staff and out lineup from top to bottom.”

The Kids will be looking forward to a possible rematch with top-seeded Wanders in the championship round. The Bethlehem-based team also had an identical 15-2 record, but they beat Northampton (5-2, 5-3) in two of their three regular-season meeting.

Northampton recently avenged both losses with a 5-2 victory. It was a victory that can have long-range implications.

“It would have been bad for us psychologically if we would have lost all three games to them,” added Kerbacher. “A lot of those kids played for Liberty during the high school season, and they (Liberty) 10-runned Northampton twice.

“This was a big lift for the kids. It will help us in the future.”

Kerbacher will miss the services of pitcher/third baseman Ryan Kovach, who broke his hand and is scheduled to see a surgeon next week.

Along with Kovach who has had a good varsity and Legion season, Ayden Hughes has paced the staff with a 5-0 record along with Cam Cooper (3-1), Hunter Corrow (2-1) and Will Erie (2-0).

Outfielder Joe Kerbacher has been a consistent performer at the top of the lineup with a .526 average with 16 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

Catcher Cullen Cooper also has been steady with a .477 clip with 13 RBIs, and outfielder Logan Wolfe is having a nice campaign with a .372 mark with 10 runs and 10 RBIs. Corrow also has been productive with his bat with a .368 average.

Kerbacher anticipates his team will meet Wanderers in the championship series. The Kids aren’t strangers to the finals, as they have lost in the finals the past three seasons. Without a season last year due to COVID, the Kids lost to the Wanderers in the 2019 final, the last game being a 1-0 shutout.

“It was a great final game in the final against them in 2019,’ said Kerbacher. “They scored in the bottom of the sixth, and we couldn’t answer back in the top of the seventh.

“Northampton has lost in the finals the last three years, and we need to get back and kick the door down this time.”

Press photo by Mark Kirlin Northampton celebrates a home run from Logan Wolfe (18) during a recent game against Wanderers.