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Saturday, May 26, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tracy Deubler crosses the plate to score Pleasant Valley's lone run in a 2-1 loss to Northampton as umpire Andy Harvan looks on.

It took two days and two different fields, but ultimately it was too much Marly Laubach that ended Pleasant Valley's season.

Laubach, Northampton's junior fireballer, limited the explosive Bear offense to just four hits and struck out 11. The Konkrete Kids needed that type of performance to post a 2-1 victory on Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AAAA softball playoffs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BETHLEHEM – The Pleasant Valley baseball team had Liberty right where it wanted it after two innings of play on Tuesday.

Then again, maybe it was the Hurricanes that had the Bears directly in their crosshairs.

Trailing by two heading into the bottom of the third, Liberty's bats exploded for eight runs on five hits and delivered a knockout blow to Pleasant Valley's upset chances. The third-seeded 'Canes recorded at least one run and two hits in each inning of play en route to a 16-6 victory over the 11th-seeded Bears in the District 11 AAAA quarterfinals.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Amber Skworzow (13) clears the ball from in front of her goal on a Parkland corner kick. Bear Goalie Sarah Elmonticir (yellow shirt) and defender Kayla Kishbaugh are in the background. The Parkland players are Kiera Kaunas and Camille Roberts (4).

WHITEHALL Coming off of an exciting victory in the District 11 quarterfinals over last year's District runner up Easton, the Pleasant Valley girls soccer team found itself in the final four, and matched up against the dominant defending champs Parkland Trojans.

A goal that may have been screened from the view of goalkeeper Sarah Elmontacir, proved pivotal in a 2-0 loss to the Trojans in the semifinals on Tuesday at Whitehall High School.

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.