Marian used strong pitching to take a pair of game from Palmerton on the diamond.

BASEBALL

Palmerton-Marian

Andy Sherkness and Ryan Gimbi combined to toss a one-hitter as Marian rolled to a 9-1 non-league victory over Palmerton.

With the win, the Colts (14-6) appear to have locked down the 5th seed and a trip to 4th-seeded Tri-Valley for next week's District 11 Class A quarterfinals.

Sherkness went five innings and picked up the win, striking out four. Gimbi fanned three in two innings of relief.

Mark Stawick led the Marian offense with a single, a triple and two RBIs. Damian Gallagher also had two hits and two RBIs. Scott Nietz added two hits, Jim Stavinski had a hit and two RBIs, and both Sherkness and Gimbi both had a hit and knocked in a run.

For Palmerton (0-20), Tyler Svetik's fourth-inning single was the only hit.

Palmerton 100 000 0 - 1 1 3

Marian 002 304 x - 9 11 2

Marcin, Svetik (4) and Verizino; Sherkness, Gimbi (6) and Nietz, Stawick (5). W- Sherkness. L-Marcin.

SOFTBALL

Palmerton-Marian

Katie Donovan's two-run triple was the key blow as Marian erupted for four runs in the fifth inning to beat Palmerton, 5-1.

Sharon Skotek added a double, a run scored and a sacrifice fly as the Fillies (12-8) posted the non-league victory. Nine Curran added a single and two RBIs and Alexa Nemeth had a double.

For Palmerton (10-10), Liz Raub had a triple and Michelle Rickert singled and scored a run.

Palmerton 001 000 0 - 1 4 2

Marian 100 040 x - 5 5 0

Herring and Arner; Nemeth and Hill. W-Nemeth. L-Herring.