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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.

Monday, May 21, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz controls the ball down field against Emmaus during Friday's 1-0 victory in a District 11 quarterfinal matchup.

Northwestern Lehigh sophomore Trista Cunningham lined up along the sidelines a little further down from the Emmaus bench ready to attempt a throw in with a little under eight minutes gone in their District 11 playoff matchup against the Hornets.

And that throw in wasn't anything ordinary.

She used the ball on ground to steady herself while completing a front flip before throwing the ball into play, a move that obviously allowed the ball to travel further in the air.

Monday, May 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Katie Forte (18) heads the ball away from Easton's Natalie Purdue during Friday's district 11 quarterfinal. The Bears wound up winning by a 2-1 score.

With the way things panned out last Friday, the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team wasn't quite ready to see the same thing happen to them again a week later.

After losing the Mountain Valley Conference championship to Pocono Mountain East, the Bears weren't quite ready to be eliminated from the District 11 Tournament.

The No. 6 seeded Bears were able to accomplish what they set out to do yesterday and walked away with a 2-1 win over the No. 14 seeded Easton in the quarterfinals of the district playoffs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Four TIMES NEWS Area baseball and six softball teams have qualified for the District 11 tournament, scheduled to get underway with Class 4A baseball first round games this afternoon.

Pleasant Valley's baseball team begins action today as the 11th seed in Class 4A and travels to Northampton for a 4:30 start.

In Class 3A, action begins with quarterfinal round games with No. 4 Northwestern Lehigh hosting No. 5 North Schuylkill and No. 2 seed Lehighton at home with No. 7 Southern Lehigh.