Northern Lehigh, Marian and Northwestern all picked up baseball and softball victories on Wednesday.
Panther Valley won its fifth straight game and in the process clinched a District playoff with a 7-4 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua (4-11).
The win improves the Panthers to 10-5 on the season.
Jeff Corby had three hits for Panther Valley, while Kyle McAvoy tacked on a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Tamaqua received a solo home run from Mike Toth and Matt Delborrello chipped in with two hits in the loss.
Tamaqua 210 000 1 - 4 5 2
Panther Vy. 112 012 x - 7 9 2
Streisel, Reinhardt (6) and James; Lawrence and Marouchoc. W - Lawrence. L - Streisel. HR: Tamaqua - Toth (2nd, none on); Panther Valley - McAvoy (6th, one on).
Despite being outhit 8-4, Pottsville took advantage of two unearned runs, en route to a 2-1 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe.
The loss drops the Olympians to 2-13.
Sean Green was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored Jim Thorpe's lone run on a Pat Janecki RBI single in the sixth inning. Janecki took the mound loss while striking out eight.
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Jim Thorpe 000 001 0 - 1 8 2
Schappell and Hook; Janecki and Knox. W - Schappell. L - Janecki.
Lourdes used a six-run first inning to jump out to a big lead over winless Weatherly and went on to win, 13-1 in five innings.
Mark Menapace went 3-for-4 with four runs scored for the Red Raiders. Teammate Mike Wasko added two hits.
Weatherly's three hits came from Kevin Hinkle, Christian Ormiston and Will Lech. All three singled.
Lourdes 620 05 - 13 15 0
Weatherly 001 00 - 1 3 9
Hager and Wasko; Pfeiffer and Walton. W - Hager, L - Pfeiffer.
Marian got back on the winning track with a 3-0 Schuylkill League Division 2 victory over Shenandoah Valley.
Joe Kloap returned to the Colts' lineup and made his presence felt on the mound with seven shutout innings, which included 11 strikeouts. After allowing a Josh Keller double in the bottom of the second inning, Kloap retired the final 16 batters of the game.
Marian's Drew Sherkness blasted his sixth home run of the season with a solo shot in the second and Mark Stawick and Brendan McGowan added RBI singles.
Justin Petrovich also added two singles for the Colts (10-4, 9-2).
Marian 011 001 0 - 3 8 0
Shenandoah Vy. 000 000 0 - 0 2 0
Kloap and Nietz; O'Connell and Macker. W - Kloap. L - O'Connell. HR: Marian - Sherkness (2nd, none on).
Palmerton scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but Northwestern responded with 17 unanswered runs over the next four innings, en route to a 17-4 Colonial League victory over the Bombers.
The win improves the Tigers to 9-8 overall and 7-6 in the league.
Payton Bachman and Colton Breininger both had home runs for Northwestern, while Nate Kester tacked on two hits and three RBI.
Palmerton 300 01 - 4 4 3
Northwestern 444 5 x - 17 8 2
Marcin, Steigerwalt (3), Cook (4), Verzino (4) and Rossino, Hahn (3); Smith and Boyd. W - Smith. L - Marcin. HR: Northwestern - Bachman (1st, none on), Breininger (2nd, one on).
Northern Lehigh-Pen Argyl
Joe Seremula struck out seven and allowed only five hits in Northern Lehigh's 7-0 shutout of Colonial League foe Pen Argyl.
The Bulldogs (12-5) were led by Matt Gill and his two RBIs. Teammates Jake Kern, Trevor Yashur, Dylan Bolton and Eric Snyder also drove in runs.
No. Lehigh 200 050 0 - 7 11 1
Pen Argyl 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
Seremula and Hoch; DeJesso, Mutton (6) and Young. W - Seremula, L - DeJosso.
Pleasant Valley suffered its first Mountain Valley Conference loss of the season, as three-time defending MVC champ Stroudsburg pulled off a 5-3 victory.
The loss drops the Bears to 12-3 on the year.
Eric Forth had a solo home run for Stroudsburg, while Phil Stokes added two RBI.
Chris Kershner's double was the lone extra-base hit for Pleasant Valley.
Rich Eilenberger picked up the win, while Xavier Hammond was tagged with the loss.
Stroudsburg 302 000 0 - 5 7 3
Pleasant Vy. 111 000 0 - 3 4 1
Eilenberger and Forth; Hammond, Kregeloh (6) and D'Arcy. W - Eilenberger. L - Hammond. HR: Stroudsburg - Forth (none on).
Bryanna Snowell tossed a no-hitter as Pottsville beat Jim Thorpe, 10-0, in Schuylkill League action.
The Crimson Tide was led offensively by Cheyenne Gerber who had a double, triple and two RBI.
Pottsville 112 501 - 10 9 0
Jim Thorpe 000 000 - 0 0 4
Snowell and Gerber; Tillou and Milliard. W-Snowell. L-Tillou.
Alexa Nemeth had a big game to lead Marian to a 5-2 Schuylkill League Division II victory over Shenandoah.
Alexa Nemeth earned the victory in relief and added two doubles and a RBI for the Fillies (8-6, 6-5).
Teammates Nina Curran, Abbey Hill and Shannon Sotek each recorded two hits. Hill also drove in two runs.
Marian 001 012 1 - 5 10 0
Shenandoah Vy. 000 100 1 - 2 5 0
Knight, Nemeth (4) and Hill; Bagilus and Carduff. W - Nemeth, L - Bagilus.
Northwestern scored two runs in the first and added another two in the third, as they coasted to a 5-1 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
Tori Papp had two hits and two RBI to pace the Tigers, while also picking up the win.
For Palmerton, Martina Herring had two of the Bombers' five hits.
Palmerton 001 000 0 - 1 5 3
Northwestern 202 100 x - 5 7 2
Herring and Arner; Papp and Wear. W - Papp. L - Herring.
No. Lehigh-Pen Argyl
Trailing 4-0, Northern Lehigh scored all seven of its runs in the top of the sixth inning, as they rallied to a 7-5 Colonial League victory over Pen Argyl.
The Bulldogs were aided by eight walks by the Pen Argyl pitching staff, including three free passes in the seven-run sixth.
Kayla Toth had a two-run single and Erika Bowman added an RBI single to lead Northern Lehigh (12-5, 9-4).
For Pen Argyl (10-7, 9-5), Kassie Beckage accounted for three hits and three RBI.
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Pen Argyl 100 301 - 5 8 1
Lear, Stubits (5) and Bowman; Presby, Parsons (6) and Stem. W - Stubits. L - Presby.
Jessica Berger delivered with a RBI double in the top of the ninth that proved to be the game-winner for Stroudsburg, as the Mounties topped the Bears 2-1.
Berger finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate. She also took the mound and fanned seven en route to earning the win.
Meagan Fitzgerald struck out ten and allowed one earn run for Pleasant Valley (13-2, 6-2). Alura Bellis drove in the Bears only run with a single in the eighth.
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Pleasant Vy. 000 000 010 - 1 5 2
Berger and Noyes; Fitzgerald and Borger. W - Berger, L - Fitzgerald.
Pocono Mt. West scored once in each half and defeated Lehighton 2-1 in MVC soccer action.
Casey Beck had the lone goal for the Indians at the 30:24 mark of the first half. Teammate Jourdan Semmel made 12 stops in net.
Catasauqua defeated Northern Lehigh in Colonial League soccer action by a final score of 3-1.
Samantha Bechtold, Natalie Leggett and Lauren Huhn tallied goals for Catasauqua.
Northern Lehigh got on the board in the second half with a Kirston Leskowich goal off a Briana Riddick assist.
Catasauqua outshot the Bulldogs 23-15.
Emily Mulcahy made 20 saves in goal for Northern Lehigh (2-15).
Pen Argyl scored five first half goals and rolled to a 9-0 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
The loss drops the Bombers to 4-9 on the season.
Brianna DiFelice and Rachel Leidy both notched hat-tricks (three goals apiece) for the Green Knights (10-7).
PM East-Pleasant Valley
East's Casey Schimpf scored the game-winning goal with four seconds left and lifted the Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over MVC foe Pleasant Valley.
Jamie Edwards lined up a corner kick with about six seconds remaining and let it fly. Schimpf came running in and was able to put it away for the goal.
Pleasant Valley is now 11-4-1 (9-2) on the year.
Pleasant Valley-PM West
Pleasant Valley had all three singles players earn victories and lead the Bears to a 6-1 win over Pocono Mt. West.
Kevin Peer, Justin Kemmerer and Dan Galante each won their respective matches in straight sets.
Also posting victories for the Bears were the doubles teams of Tom Park/James Spinola, Zach Kemmerer/Ben Parham and Joe Oslinski/Vince Voulo
Pleasant Valley 6, PM West 1
Kevin Peer (PV) def. Andrei Angheluta, 6-0, 6-0; Justin Kemmerer (PV) def. Collin Strunk, 6-2, 6-3; Dan Galante (PV) def. Frank Giambrone, 6-4, 7-5.
Tom Park/James Spinola (PV) def. Alfredo Juarez/Justin Blank, 8-4; Zach Kemmerer/Ben Parham (PV) def. Carl Smith/Jon Ortiz, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Nate Torres/Weston Strubert (PM) def. Andy Russo/Bryan Baumgartner, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2); Joe Oslinski/Vince Voulo (PV) def. Kyle Salage/Mason Moore, 6-0, 6-0.