Becahi softball standout Morey is set for Saint Peter's

The former Morning Call rookie and pitcher of the year will join a Division I college program next year.

Joelle Morey has had three terrific seasons with the Bethlehem Catholic softball program.

As a freshman in 2010, she was The Morning Call's rookie of the year and followed that up in 2011 by becoming our pitcher of the year.

Last year, she returned to The Morning Call's all-area team after helping the Golden Hawks win their second straight Lehigh Valley Conference championship.

Morey has one high school season left this coming spring and plans to make the most of it.

That's why she was relieved to have her college decision out of the way after accepting a scholarship to continue her career at Division I Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, N.J.

"When I went there for my visit, the girls were nice and the coach was very welcoming," Morey said. "I like the location, being 10 minutes away from New York City. The program itself kind of reminds me of Becahi with how close the girls are and how they do certain things like hitting. I'm going to be comfortable there."

The Peahens, members of the MAAC, are coming off a 5-44 season and looking to rebuild.

Morey, who was recruited as a pitcher, said she considered Seton Hall, Canisius and Mercy College, but she figures to get on the field immediately at Saint Peter's.

Last spring, Morey was 10-6 in the circle for the Golden Hawks with a 1.04 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 1072/3 innings. As a hitter, she batted .521 with six doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs.

Over the past three seasons, she has clubbed 13 home runs and driven in 98 runs while never batting below .419. That's all in addition to 32 pitching wins.

But it wasn't just her Becahi games that drew attention.

"I played for the Inferno elite team in the summer and they were a big help making the college contacts," Morey said. "It's so nice to get this decision done so I don't have the pressure entering my senior season. At Becahi we're all working hard and we all want to go to states. We're starting winter workouts on Monday and I can't wait for next season."

The Golden Hawks feature numerous seniors back from a team that went 17-7 and lost 5-1 in 10 innings to Pottsville in the District 11 3A title game.

"I just want to thank all of my high school coaches, especially, my pitching coach Brent Windsor," Morey said. "I also have to thank my parents [Jeff and Denise] for everything they've done for me."

Corpora gets call

Longtime area football official Jim Corpora of Whitehall will be working the ACC Championship Game between Florida State and Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. It will be televised by ABC. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call.

This will be Corpora's second ACC title game. He also worked the 2006 championship between Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

Corpora, a side judge, worked the Alamo Bowl last December and the Arena Football League championship game in August in New Orleans.

The Whitehall resident is an Easton High and Kutztown University graduate and a teacher at Lehighton.

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