Three area teams captured championships on Monday. The Palmerton girls track team won the Colonial League title, the Marian baseball team captured the Schuylkill League Division 3 crown, and the Northern Lehigh baseball team won the Colonial League North Division title.
Marian rolled to a pair of mercy-rule victories over Shenandoah to clinch the Schuylkill League Division 3 championship.
The Colts' doubleheader sweep combined with a Nativity loss secures Marian's berth in next week's Schuylkill League playoff semifinals.
Marian (9-3 league, 10-5 overall) recorded an 11-1 victory in the opener and a 12-2 win in the nightcap.
In the first game, Ryan Gimbi tossed a complete-game one-hitter and struck out nine.
JT Keer had a huge game at the plate as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Corey Ryba added two hits, including a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. Mark Stawick had two hits and two RBIs and Ron Kosar belted a solo homer.
In the game two, Stawick dominated on the mound as he allowed four hits and fanned seven.
Ryba had another big game offensively with two hits, including another home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Kosar added three hits and four RBIs and Scott Morris had three hits and knocked in one run.
Shenandoah 001 00 - 1 1 4
Marian 101 45 - 11 12 0
Palubinsky, Bonk (5) and Macker; Gimbi and Kosar. W-Gimbi. L-Palubinsky. HR - Marian: Ryba (3rd, none on); Kosar (4th, none on).
Marian 211 35 - 12 10 0
Shenandoah 002 00 - 2 4 3
Stawick and Kosar; Breslosky, Bonk (5) and Macker. W-Stawick. L-Breslosky. HR - Marian: Ryba (2nd, none on). Shenandoah: Palubinsky (3rd, one on).
Northern Lehigh clinched the Colonial League North Division championship and the top seed in the CL playoffs with a 7-2 victory over Catasauqua.
The Bulldogs (14-3 overall, 13-2 league) got a big game from Eric Snyder. Snyder tossed a complete-game three hitter and struck out seven to earn the pitching victory. he also helped himself at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
Also contributing offensively for No. Lehigh were Matt Gill (three hits, one run, one RBI); Trevor Yashur (two hits); and Marcus Krempasky (double, two RBIs, one run).
Catasauqua 000 002 0 - 2 3 1
No. Lehigh 021 400 x - 7 7 0
Silverman and Tatasciore; Snyder and Bender, Williams (7). W-Snyder. L-Silverman.
Pen Argyl erupted for seven first inning runs and cruised to a 10-3 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
Jay Young had three hits to lead the Green Knights. Dylan Evans added two hits and two RBIs. Zach Miller had two hits and scored twice.
For Palmerton, Christian Marcin and Ryan Saylor both had two hits. Marcin scored a run and knocked in a run. Saylor had an RBI
Pen Argyl 700 101 1 - 10 11 0
Palmerton 000 020 1 - 3 8 1
Evans and Young; Cressman, Tyahla, (4) and Kuntz, Sander (6). W-Evans. L-Cressman.
After trailing for five innings, Tamaqua scored all the runs it needed in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 4-3 Schuylkill League win over Pine Grove.
The win moves Tamaqua (9-9 overall, 5-6 league) to within one victory of qualifying for the District 11 playoffs. It closes the season by hosting Tri-Valley today and traveling to Pottsville on Thursday.
The Blue Raiders' Mike Streisel tossed a complete game two-hitter, striking out 13 to earn the win on the mound.
In the Tamaqua sixth, Mike Toth delivered a two-run, bases-loaded single to tie the game. Teammate Matt Roberts followed with what turned out to be a game-winning RBI single to give the Raiders the lead for good.
Ryan Palsgrove finished with a single, a double and a run scored for the Raiders.
Pine Grove 000 120 0 - 3 2 2
Tamaqua 000 004 x - 4 5 3
Hafer and T. Zimmerman; Streisel and Robert. W - Streisel. L - Hafer.
Northwestern moved one step closer to a district playoffs berth with a 14-6 Colonial League win over visiting Bangor.
The Tiger improve to 9-8 overall (7-7 in the CL) and need to win just one of their three remaining games to clinch a district playoff spot.
Matt Maher (two singles, triple, three runs scored, three RBIs) and Payton Bachman (two single, double, three runs scored, stolen base) led the Tigers offensively.
Bangor 120 201 0 - 6 14 5
Northwestern 422 240 x - 14 15 2
Pysher, Reeser (3), Pagano (5) and Hester; Smith and White, Bennett (6). W - Smith. L - Pysher. HR: Bangor - Baylor (1st, none on).
Weatherly rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning to post a 10-6 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area.
Will Lech led the Wreckers with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Brett Stallone and Cody Hoffman both contributed with two singles, four runs scored and a RBI.
Weatherly 000 370 0 - 10 9 5
Mahanoy Area 300 300 0 - 6 9 2
Belletiere, Lash (4) and Ormiston; Andrewsky, Mroczka (5) and Mroczka, Wirtz (5). W - Lash. L - Andrewsky.
Jim Thorpe-Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain rolled to an 11-1 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
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Pen Argyl jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it posted a 7-3 Colonial League win over Palmerton.
Brittany Labadie led the Green Knights with two singles and a double. Taylor Presby chipped in with a single and a triple.
Steph Buck recorded a double and a RBI for the Bombers. Sierra Miller added a single and a run scored.
Pen Argyl 241 000 0 - 7 10 1
Palmerton 010 011 0 - 3 4 2
Shriner and Stem; Herring and Harleman. W - Shriner. L - Herring.
Pine Grove scored all of its runs in the fourth inning as it beat Tamaqua, 6-1, in a Schuylkill League contest.
Allie Sotak had a double and scored the Raiders' lone run. Chey Bates had an RBI double.
Pine Grove 000 600 0 - 6 8 0
Tamaqua 000 001 0 - 1 6 1
Santai and Reeves; Sotak and Zancofsky. W- Santai. L-Sotak.
Marian blanked Shenandoah Valley, 8-0, in Schuylkill League play.
The Fillies' Kayla Knight and Alexa Nemeth combined to toss a four-hit shutout. Knight finished with eight strikeouts, while neither pitcher allowed a walk.
Nina Curran paced the Fillies offensively with two doubles, a single and three RBIs. Nemeth added two RBIs. Marian's Sam Faust and Abby Burkhardt both crossed home plate twice during the game.
Marian improves to 13-2 overall and 9-2 in the league.
Shenandoah Vy. 000 000 0 - 0 4 3
Marian 150 020 x - 8 6 0
Paskey and Dagilus; Knight, Nemeth (6) and Hill. W - Knight. L - Paskey.
Northwestern swept Bangor in Colonial League action. The Tigers escaped with a 7-6 win in the opener, which was the completion of a suspended game from earlier this season. They followed that with a 3-0 victory in the regularly scheduled game.
The sweep puts the Tigers (7-7 league, 8-9 overall) within one league victory of qualifying for the District 11 playoffs. They must beat either Palmerton today and Catasauqua on Wednesday to reach postseason play.
In the suspended game, Morgan Cleary raced home from third base on a passed ball in the top of the sixth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and lift Northwestern to the victory. Katie Williams, Lauren Horner and Shannon Schlegel all had two hits for the Tigers. Williams knocked in a pair of runs and Horner scored twice.
In the second game, Tori Papp had a big game on the mound and at the plate to lead Northwestern to the shutout victory.
Papp scattered three hits to earn the pitching victory. With the bat, she had two hits. Blaise Barron and Horner both drove in runs for the Tigers.
Northwestern 200 221 0 - 7 6 1
Bangor 303 000 0 - 6 5 0
Papp, Boyer (4), Papp (6) and Williams; Brands and Mitsos. W-Papp. L-Brands.
Bangor 000 000 0 - 0 3 2
Northwestern 001 011 x - 3 5 3
Papp and Williams; Brands and Panczer. W-Papp. L-Brands.
Ricki Correll tossed a five hitter and struck out seven as Pleasant Valley stayed perfect in the Mountain Valley Conference with a 9-1 victory over Lehighton.
The Bears (12-5 overall; 10-0 MVC) gave Correll plenty of offensive support. Megan Hardy belted a homer and had three RBIs for PV. Kasey Meckes, Dianne Klapatch and Felecia Domenici all added two hits. Meckes and Klapatch both scored twice while Domenici scored one run. Melissa Ejk had a double and scored a run.
For Lehighton (5-10 overall, 2-8 league), Emily Kollar had a single and an RBI and Brooke Lucykanish added two hits..
Lehighton 000 001 0 - 1 5 7
Pleasant Vy. 230 400 x - 9 11 2
Evans and Smith; Correll and Hardy. W-Correll. L-Evans. HR - Pleasant Valley: Hardy.
Jim Thorpe-Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain recorded an 11-0 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Schafer, Tothero and Misela all had home runs for Blue Mountain. Tothero knocked in four runs and Kisela drove in three.
Ashley Tillou had Jim Thorpe only hit.
Jim Thorpe 000 00 - 0 1 3
Blue Mountain 402 05 - 11 11 1
Kisela and Porczynski; Caufman and Weber. W-Kisela. L-Caufman.
Saucon Valley-Notre Dame-Palmerton
Palmerton captured the Colonial League girls track championship with a sweep of Saucon Valley and Notre Dame.
The Lady Bombers and Saucon Valley both entered the meet with perfect 9-0 league records, but Palmerton picked up an 85-65 victory over the Panthers and a 107-42 win over the Crusaders to clinch the crown.
Kelsey Hay had a huge meet for the Lady Bombers, capturing first place in the shot put, discus and javelin.
Palmerton also added a sweep in the boys meet, beating Saucon Valley, 89-61, and Notre Dame, 92-58.
No individual results from the boys meet were received by the TIMES NEWS.
Palmerton 85, Saucon Valley 65
Palmerton 107, Notre Dame 42
100 - 1. Sara Andrews (P) 14.0, 2. Amy Kester (NDGP), 3. Casey Rinfret (P), 4. Jessica Pereira (P), 5. Natalie Prager (NDGP)
200 - 1. Alyssa Lambardo (SV) 28.7, 2. Jessica Pereira (P), 3. Sarah Andrews (P), 4. Monica Pechanec (NDGP), 5. Anna Dainavsky (NDGP)
400 - 1. Alyssa Lombardo (SV) 59.6, 2. Sarah Kish (SV), 3. Lindsay Pekurney (P), 4. Erika Edwards (NDGP), 5. Morgan Mummey (P)
800 - 1. Katie Downing (NDGP) 2:27, 2. Kim Kelly (SV), 3. Rebecca Askins-East (MA), 4. Sarah Kish (SV), 5. Jill Farkas (P)
1600 - 1. Megan Stack (SV) 5:56.5, 2. Kim Kelly (SV), 3. Kristi Ferrari (SV), 4. Andrea Stevko (P), 5. Kyla Rodrigues (P)
3200 - 1. Emily Smith (MA) 12:36, 2. Megan Stack (SV), 3. Andrea Stefko (P), 4. Alexandria Evangelsta (SV), 5. Kristen Ferrani (SV)
100HH - 1. Kristen Romano (P) 17.9, 2. Breanna Quinn (P), 3. Devin (MA), 4. Caitlin Hoffert (SV), 5. Katherine Garofalo (NDGP)
300IH - 1. Amy Kester (NDGP) 50.0, 2. Kristen Romano (P), 3. Jessica Debski (P), 4. Alexis Sherman (NDGP), 5. Caitlin Hoffert (SV)
400 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Casey Rinfret, Jessica Pereira, Kristen Romano, Sarah Andrews) 53.84
1600 Relay - No results reported
3200 Relay - No results reported
Shot Put - 1. Kelsey Hay (P) 33-1, 2. Jen Snyder (P), 3. Sara Baab (SV), 4. Mary Page (NDGP), 5. Rachel Szemenye (SV)
Discus - 1. Kelsey Hay (P) 107-10, 2. Mary Paige Nesfeder (NDGP), 3. Sarah Baab (SV), 4. Kelsey Payung (SV), 5. Kayli Reily (SV)
Javelin - 1. Kelsey Hay (P) 125-10, 2. Mary Paige Nesfeder (NDGP), 3. Kelsey Payung (SV), 4. Jen Snyder (P), 5. Samantha Smith (P)
Long Jump - 1. Casey Rinfret (P) 16-0 , 2. Venus Fontanz (SV), 3. Sam Doherty (P), 4. Leah Lively (NDGP), 5. Mickayla Doherty (P)
Triple Jump - 1. Jess Pereira (P) 31-4 1/2, 2. Sam Doherty (P), 3. Lauren Solt (P), 4. Emma Schanzenbach (SV), 5. Ally Williams (NDGP)
High Jump - 1. Lauren Solt (P) 5-0, 2. Mary Paige Nesfeder (NDGP), 3. Ally Williams (NDGP), 4. Leighann Lively (NDGP), 5. Emma Schranzenbach (SV)
Pole Vault - 1. Monica Pechanec (NDGP) 11-9, 2. Sam Doherty (P), 3. Taryn Koch (SV), 4. Caitlyn Hoffert (SV), 5. Mickayla Doherty (P)
Quanie Lightner and Alicia Binn scored two goals apiece to lead Saucon Valley to a 7-0 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
Pleasant Valley handed Lehighton a 16-0 setback.
Gabby Clewell recorded a single and two RBIs for the Bears (11-2, 8-0). Sam Moss added a double and two RBIs.
No. Lehigh-PM West
Northern Lehigh rolled to a 24-7 win over Pocono Mountain West.
Marissa Marsh paced the Bulldogs with three hits and three runs scored; Kendra Smith followed with two singles, three runs scored, and three RBIs; Chelsea Harlan had two singles, and two RBIs; and Shannon Weil added a double, three runs scored and three RBIs.