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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich looks to first after tagging the base to force out Southern Lehigh's Connor Vanin during Tuesday's District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.

Lehighton head coach Brian Polaha knew that Anthony Farole was "dialed in for a strong at-bat."

With the game tied, the winning run in scoring position and a full count against him, Farole responded in the best way possible by driving the game-winning hit down the third base line that scored Billy Angst and allowed the Indians to play ball another day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dylan Latham steals second base as Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg's Tarek Christen covers. Marian picked up a 5-3 win to advance to Thursday's District 11 A semis.

For a moment, Marian head baseball coach Jeff Nietz must have thought he was seeing a little deja vu.

Over the course of the regular season, the Colts struggled at times to hold on to leads in sixth and seventh innings.

In Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal against Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, Marian watched the Spartans make it interesting but a quick double play and a strikeout swinging in the top of the seventh gave the Colts a 5-3 win.

The victory moves Marian (12-9) into Thursday's semifinal against No. 1 seed Tri-Valley in a 7 p.m. game at Pine Grove.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Clutch hits win baseball games.

North Schuylkill came up with big hits Tuesday and Northwestern didn't in a 5-3 extra inning district playoff loss to the Spartans.

A seventh-inning home run by Brandon McCloskey tied the game at 3-3. The senior returned to the plate to hit a one-out triple in the ninth and score the game-winning run, capping a 4-for-4 day by the team's eighth hitter in the batting order.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For the first time this week the sun was shining bright at Mahanoy Stadium, Weatherly was donning its bright orange jerseys, and with the way freshman pitcher Kelly Parker pitched Tuesday afternoon the Wreckers future certainly looks bright.

Parker went seven strong innings, striking out eight, allowing just five hits. A feat that a freshman pitcher on a post season stage is not usually known for, but time and again Parker showed that age is just a number.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MINERSVILLE – For the first three innings of Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal game between Marian and Minersville, the Big Blue Machine looked rusty, broken and out of sync.

Something just wasn't right.

Minersville needed a quick fix.

They got it over the final three innings, as the Big Blue Machine functioned like a well-oiled machine, en route to a 13-4 victory over the Fillies.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Grace Baker (4) goes high to head the ball away from Whitehall's Kayla Cunningham (23).

WHITEHALL – Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam called them "golden opportunities."

Bleam was referring to several first half scoring chances that her Tigers had in the District 11 semifinals against Whitehall on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Northwestern, none of those golden opportunities were turned into goals.

That proved to be a recipe for disaster.

While the Tigers struggled to find the back of the net, Whitehall grabbed a first half lead and methodically controlled play after intermission to post a 3-0 victory.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Linda Rothrock/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Connor Cardenas looks towards second base after Northampton's Jeff Sell scores on a base hit.

NORTHAMPTON - The situation was eerily similar to Saturday.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley, though, the result was different.

Just two days after watching a seemingly comfortable advantage evaporate against Stroudsburg in the Mountain Valley Conference championship, the Bears faced another opponent attempting a last-minute rally.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Marian concluded regular season play by finishing up a pair of games with Holy Cross from earlier in the season.

BASEBALL

Marian-Holy Cross

Marian split a non-league doubleheader with Holy Cross.

The teams played a pair of five-inning games on April 21. After it was learned that those games would not be counted as official by District 11, the teams decided to finish the contests on Sunday.

Monday, May 21, 2012

SWIFTWATER – Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Stroudsburg had managed just two hits and one unearned run off of Pleasant Valley starter Howie Stevens.

With the Bears just three outs away from winning their first Mountain Valley Conference title since 2010, the Mounties' bats finally came alive in a big way.

Monday, May 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Tracey Deubler slides safely into third base as Pocono Mountain East's Brittany Nayman takes the late throw.

EAST STROUDSBURG – Coaches like to say that the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will end up winning the game.

The Pleasant Valley girls' softball team defied that adage Friday afternoon.

Despite making some mental mistakes in the field as well as on the base paths, the Lady Bears eventually scored enough runs to make up for their miscues and defeated Pocono Mountain East 4-2 in the Mountain Valley Conference championship.