Northwestern pulled out narrow victories over Tamaqua in both baseball and softball action on Monday.
Nick Rodriguez delivered what turned out to be the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Northwestern to a 6-5 non-league victory over visiting Tamaqua.
Rodriguez sparked the Tigers' attack with two singles, a double, a stolen base and an RBI. Richard Perry (single, double, two runs scored) and Collin Breidinger (single, double, run scored, RBI) contributed to the Northwestern win.
The Blue Raiders' Matt Roberts recorded three singles and a runs scored. Matt Michoff added a single, double and three RBIs.
Northwestern jumps to 2-1 on the season. Tamaqua falls to 1-1.
Tamaqua 000 023 0 - 5 12 3
Northwestern 200 121 x - 6 10 0
Zehner, Reinhardt (5) and Roberts; Eden, Williamson (6), Smith (7) and Breidinger. W - Williamson. L - Reinhardt.
Pleasant Valley started strong and got a dominant pitching performance from Dan Hrbek in a 4-1 non-league win over Nazareth.
Hrbek struck out 10 in seven innings and held Nazareth to one run on four hits while also adding a double and an RBI at the plate.
Howie Stevens went two-for-three with a double and an RBI for the Bears, who move to 3-1 on the season.
Nazareth 000 100 0 - 1 4 2
Pleasant Vy. 013 000 x - 4 6 1
Hrbek and Shank; Horvath, Bayuk (5). W - Hrbek. L - Horvath.
Nazareth defeated Pleasant Valley, 4-2, in a non-league game.
Liz Deutsch led the Blue Eagles with three singles and two runs scored.
For Pleasant Valley, Kelsey Miczak had two singles and a run scored while Madison Shaneberger chipped in with two singles and a RBI.
Pleasant Valley slips to 0-4 on the season.
Nazareth 102 001 0 - 4 11 1
Pleasant Vy. 000 101 0 - 2 3 6
Tavianini and Yerger; Marini and Shaneburger. W - Tavianini. L - Marini.
Northwestern rode a strong performance from starting pitcher Lydia Danner to edge Tamaqua 2-0 in non-league action.
Danner tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and striking out 13. Lindsey Papp had an RBI single for the Tigers.
Taylor Fritz and Alexis Boyer had the two hits for the Blue Raiders.
Tamaqua 000 000 0 - 0 2 2
Northwestern 011 000 x - 2 5 0
Pedersen and Sassaman; Danner and Greenberg. W - Danner. L - Pedersen.
Kutztown posted a 4-1 non-league win over Jim Thorpe.
Brandon Huffman and Matt Miller earned a forfeit win in doubles action for the Olympians.
With the loss, Jim Thorpe falls to 2-4 this season.
Kutztown 4, Jim Thorpe 1
Nick Volk (K) def. Kyle Becker, 6-0, 6-0; Kirby Sibiski (K) def. Kyle Lawrence, 6-1, 6-1; Tucker Landis (K) def. Avery Magill, 6-1, 6-0.
Luke Wessner/Freddy Short (K) def. Shane Bleicher-Otto/Louis Squillace, 6-2, 6-0; Brandon Huffman/Matt Miller (JT) won by forfeit.
Pleasant Valley earned a narrow 4-3 non-league win over Liberty.
The Bears (5-1) got solid performances from their top two singles players as Jon White and Jon Walmach cruised to straight set wins.
Pleasant Valley 4, Liberty 3
Jon White (PV) def. Chris Snow, 6-2, 6-1; Jon Walmach (PV) def. Chris Kapcsos 6-1, 6-3; Brendan Cunningham (L) def. Stevie Berry, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Nico Thurow/Alec Gerhart (L) def. Brandon Percey/Erik Ammermann, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 ; Julian Mark/Milind Jagota (L) def. Noah Soltis/Jeff Olah (PV), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5; James Osinski/Kevin Bantel (PV) def. Jake Claudio/Jesse Claudio, 6-3, 6-0.