Northern Lehigh's Joe Seremula turned in an overpowering pitching performance and Pleasant Valley's soccer team pulled out a dramatic overtime victory to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.
D-11 Class AAA Singles
Both players from the TIMES NEWS coverage area who qualified for the District 11 Class AAA Singles Tournament dropped their opening round matches.
Pleasant Valley's Kevin Peer and Justin Kemmerer were eliminated in straight sets. Peer fell to No. 8 seed Chris Conrad of Liberty, 6-1, 6-0. Kemmerer lost to Gian Garcia of East Stroudsburg North, 6-0, 6-3.
Conrad and Garcia were part of the only two major upsets on the opening day as six of the top eight seeds advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal round by winning two matches. The only seeded players to suffer losses were Conrad, who fell to Ryan Learn of Bangor in the second round and No. 5 seed Egor Ivanov of Parkland who lost to Garcia in the second round.
Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg swept singles play on its way to a 3-2 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
The Bombers (0-14) did manage to pick up a pair of doubles wins. Jimmy Agar and Devon Fry posted a straight set victory while Spencer Shigo and Lydia Anthony went three sets to pull out a win.
Notre Dame (ES) 3, Palmerton 2
Shilt Dalal (NDES) def. Cody MacDonald, 6-1, 6-0; Gavin Llano (NDES) def. Nathan Fronheiser, 6-0, 6-0; Brett Gubitosi (NDES) def. Kayla Strohl, 6-0, 6-0.
Jimmy Apgar/Devon Frey (P) def. Nick Lewis/Dan Hardy, 6-2, 6-4; Spencer Shigo/Lydia Anthony (P) def. Rodney Wilson/Joey Morino, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
Tamaqua's tough luck continued as a fluke play in the last inning prevented the tying run from scoring and Pottsville hung on for a 5-4 Schuylkill League victory.
For the Blue Raiders (3-9, 2-6), it was their fifth one-run loss of the season to go along with an extra-inning loss by two runs.
Ryan Palsgrove had two hits, one run scored and one RBI for Tamaqua. Mike Streisel added two hits and also knocked in a run while Jordan Heisler had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI.
Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, Tamaqua used a double by Palsgrove and an RBI single by Heisler to pull close. With Heisler on second and two out, Mike Toth drilled a ground ball up the middle and past the pitcher. But the ball hit the pitching rubber, preventing it from getting into the outfield and tying the game. Toth beat it out for an infield single, but the next batter popped out to shallow rightfield to end the game.
Pottsville 103 100 0 - 5 9 1
Tamaqua 201 000 1 - 4 7 3
Haughney, Hoke (2) and Hoke, Hook (2); Heisler, Reinhardt (7) and James. W-Hoke. L-Heisler.Northwestern-Saucon Valley
No. Lehigh-So. Lehigh
Northern Lehigh took advantage of solid pitching and some timely hitting to run away with a 14-3 Colonial League victory over Southern Lehigh.
The Bulldogs' Joe Seremula fired a season-high 17 strikeouts on the mound to earn the victory.
Jake Kern led the Bulldogs with three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Matt Gill contributed two hits, two runs and three RBIs.
Northern Lehigh moves to 9-1 in the CL, while Southern Lehigh slips to 4-6.
No. Lehigh 600 600 2 - 14 12 2
So. Lehigh 002 100 0 - 3 5 10
Seremula and Hoch; Long, Mirth (5) and Iverson. W-Seremula. L-Long.
Salisbury pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Palmerton, 10-9, in a Colonial League game.
Aaron Cook went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI to lead the Bombers. Travis Layback added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Palmerton 015 003 0 - 9 10 6
Salisbury 210 421 x - 10 6 2
Marcin, Tyahla (5), and Verzino; Harper, Kulig (6) and Kulig, Deeb (6). W-Kulig. L-Tyahla
Jim Thorpe-Panther Vy.
Jim Thorpe rallied in the late innings to post a 10-6 Schuylkill League win over Panther Valley.
After trailing 6-3 after four innings of play, the Olympians (2-11 overall) outscored the Panthers 7-0 the rest of the way to secure its second win of the season.
Darian Rodgers paced the Olympians with two singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Amber Fiducia finished with two singles and three runs scored.
Kristyn Gates had a perfect day at the plate for PV by going 4-for-4 with four singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Georgianna Butler chipped in with two singles and a run scored.
Panther Valley slips to 1-11 on the season.
Jim Thorpe 111 014 2 - 10 10 3
Panther Vy. 101 400 0 - 6 7 10
A. Tillou and Milliard; Ogozalek and Gates. W - A. Tillou. L - Ogozalek.
Pottsville capitalized on seven errors and eight base on balls to post a 9-1 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.
The Tides' Stephanie Sweat finished with 12 strikeouts to earn the pitching win.
Sabrina Saunders led the Tide with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Kelyn Jones added a single and an RBI.
The Blue Raiders' Lauren Mateyak singled, doubled and scored her team's lone run on a Vanessa Wagner fielder's choice RBI.
Pottsville 202 220 1 - 9 6 1
Tamaqua 100 000 0 - 1 4 7
Sweat and Hullihan; Wagner, Sotak (5) and Burkett. W - Sweat. L - Wagner.
ES North-No. Lehigh
Tamara Stubits tossed a three-hitter and struck out five as Northern Lehigh rolled to a 15-0 non-league victory over East Stroudsburg North.
The Bulldogs scored in every atbat on their way to the four-inning, mercy-rule win.
Erika Bowman had a single, a triple and four RBIs to lead Northern Lehigh (9-5) offensively. Kristi Seiler added two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
ES North 000 0 - 0 3 4
No. Lehigh 473 1 - 15 9 0
Marchefani and Whittaker; Stubits and Bowman. W-Stubits. L-Marchefani.
Palmerton jumped out early and never looked back on its way to a 5-0 Colonial League win over Salisbury.
Michelle Rickert paced the Blue Bombers' attack with three singles and a run scored.
Teammates Katie Reimer, Liz Raub and Kelly Arner all chipped in with RBI singles.
The Bombers' Martina Herring fired a complete game, four-hit shutout in which she recorded nine strikeouts and no walks.
Palmerton improves to 7-6 overall and 6-5 in the league.
Palmerton 220 000 1 - 5 8 1
Salisbury 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Herring and Arner; Meichtry, Wickel (3) and Williams. W - Herring. L - Miechtry.
Pleasant Vy.-PM West
Pleasant Valley scored in every inning to roll to a 16-4 five inning Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.
The Bears' Hayli Marini (eight strikeouts, four walks) earned the win on the mound and also helped herself with a triple at the plate. Diane Kalpatch also recorded a triple for PV, while Rachel Sisco chipped in with a double.
Pleasant Valley 512 35 - 16
PM West 003 10 - 4
Marini and Klingel; Keiper, Biachino and Peake. W - Marini. L - Keiper.
Saucon Valley posted a 10-3 Colonial League win over Northwestern.
No other information was provided to the TIMES NEWS prior to press time.
Northwestern 000 020 1 - 3 6 3
Saucon Vy. 013 402 0 - 10 12 1
Papp, Volk (4) and Wear; Garrity, Laub (7) and Senecca. W - Garrity. L - Papp. HR: SV - Sarah Senneca (2nd, one on)
East Stroudsburg South blanked Lehighton for a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory.
Brielle Kessel scored a first half goal for the Cavaliers, while Kaitlyn Joffe and Mandy Brown added second half tallies. Nicole Barrett and Cortney Gill were credited with assists.
ES South outshot Lehighton 23-5. Jourdan Semmel finished with nine saves in the Indians' net. Carly Gallagher stopped four shots to get the shutout for ES South.
PM West-Pleasant Valley
Katie Forte scored with 13 seconds left in the first overtime to lift Pleasant Valley to a 1-0 Mountain Valley Conference win over Pocono Mountain West.
Forte took a perfect feed from Bears' teammate Kayla Dorney to nail the game winner.
PV held an 11-2 edge in shots. Bears' keeper Jackie Guilian finished with two saves, while the Panthers' Amber Keppol grabbed four.
Pleasant Valley improves to 10-3 overall and 8-1 in the MVC. PM West falls to 3-8-1.
Katie Hallingstad scored four goals to lead Northwestern to an 8-1 Colonial League rout of Northern Lehigh.
Emily Iobst added a pair of goals for the Tigers while Haylee Kubat and Casey Yost scored one goal each.
Yost also chipped in a pair of assists while Hallingstad, Iobst and Sara Jones had one apiece.
Addison George had the lone Bulldog goal.
No. Lehigh-ES North
Taren Fritzinger tossed a perfect game as Northern Lehigh rolled to an 18-0 three-inning victory over East Stroudsburg North. Fritzinger fanned seven of the nine batters she faced.
Offensively, Janel Park led the Bulldogs (8-3) with three hits and two RBIs. Becca Howell added two hits and an RBI.