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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Northern Lehigh first baseman Joey Dugan takes a pickoff throw from his pitcher while Saucon Valley baserunner Brandon Shuck scampers back to the bag. The Bulldogs dropped a 10-7 Colonial League decision to the Panthers. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton both posted wins in softball and soccer to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

BASEBALL

Saucon Vy.-No. Lehigh

Saucon Valley jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back, as the Panthers knocked off Northern Lehigh 10-7 in Colonial League play.

Joe Dugan led the Bulldogs (7-3, 6-1) with four hits. He had three singles, a double and two RBIs. Teammates Joe Seremula and Kirk Bender each had two RBIs as well.

Leading Northern Lehigh in RBIs was Matt Gill with three. He also had three singles and two runs scored.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Northern Lehigh knew entering Monday's Colonial League softball game with Saucon Valley that it was going to be in for a tough game.

That's exactly how it panned out as the Panthers' bats were on fire and they breezed to a 10-1 victory over their hosts

Monday, April 19, 2010
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Maggie Lear of Northern Lehigh lays down a bunt against Palisades.

Three years ago when he took over as head coach, Northern Lehig's Brian Schell envisioned what his group of promising young players had the potential to accomplish.

That vision is gradually forming into reality for Schell and his veteran core of talented players.

Evidence of that was displayed in the Bulldogs 2-0 shutout of Palisades during the Colonial League Play Day at Patriots Park Saturday afternoon.

Monday, April 19, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Palmerton's Sierra Miller takes the throw at first base in time to retire a Saucon Valley runner.

Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley picked up baseball wins, while Northwestern grabbed a softball win in scholastic action over the weekend.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-Wilson

After trailing 6-3 after three innings, the Olympians got things going offensively to pull out a 17-6 non-league win over Wilson.

Ben Stermer and Dan Russo (3 for 4) both garnering two RBIs apiece and Zach Knox had two hits and scored four runs.

For Wilson, Matt Izarek had a RBI triple.

Jim Thorpe 201 752 - 17 12 0

Wilson 051 000 - 6 5 3

Saturday, April 17, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Echo Bretz connects with a pitch during the Indians game with East Stroudsburg South on Friday. The game was suspended by rain in third inning.

Rain played havoc with Friday's scholastic sports schedule as several games were suspended and a a couple of others were shortened by the weather.

BASEBALL

Marian-Mahanoy A.

The Colts used a five hit attack to put together a four-run second inning and went on to bat the winless Golden Bears by a score of 8-0.

Scott Nietz, Mark Stawick, Jim Stavinski Ryan Gimbi and Brandon Dopira had the hits in the big inning.

Nietz and Stawick both had two hits.

Drew Sherkness was the winning pitcher, while Paul Kimmel was the loser.

Marian 042 11 - 8 8 0

Friday, April 16, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sheena White gets set to release the shot put on Thursday in a meet against Northern Lehigh. White finished first in the event.

The Lehighton track and field team took their non-league meet against Northern Lehigh rather "personal."

The Indians' all-weather track and a little motivation from head coach Randy Frey helped.

"I'll tell you what these kids have heart," Frey said. "They had run on two cinder tracks before this meet and I told them, 'This is home. You have an arch-rival in Northern Lehigh coming up here.

"'You're going to have to give it all. Just PR. We'll worry about points later. Just PR.'"

And, that's what Lehighton did as several Indians set 'personal records.'

Friday, April 16, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Panther Valley's Krista Mantz (right) hands the baton off to Olivia Markovich during the girls' 400 relay Thursday against Tamaqua.

Tamaqua swept Panther Valley in a scholastic track meet on Thursday.

In other action, Jim Thorpe continued its outstanding tennis season by beating Whitehall.

TRACK AND FIELD

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Tamaqua swept visiting Panther Valley in a Schuylkill League Division I meet.

Zach Lakitsky (100, 200, long jump) and John Scheitrum (triple and high jumps) were multiple event winners as the Blue Raiders won the boys meet 84-55.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
bob ford/times news Joey Dugan of Northern Lehigh slides across the plate with one his team's 11 runs against Palmerton.

Erv Prutzman admitted he was a bit nervous prior to his Colonial League game with arch-rival Palmerton.

It only took his Northern Lehigh baseball team an inning to calm his nerves completely.

Things even got better as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in league play with an 11-1 four-inning victory over the Bombers on Wednesday.

"I'll tell you what, I was nervous since yesterday (Tuesday)," Prutzman said. "You just throw the records out when Palmerton (0-5) plays Northern Lehigh (5-0 CL).

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Northern Lehigh's Kayla Toth slides safely into second base as Palmerton's Katie Reimer goes down to scoop up a low throw.

Tyler Hill was dominating on the mound as Lehighton defeated East Stroudsburg North in Scholastic baseball action on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-ES North

Tyler Hill threw a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters to lead Lehighton to a 4-0 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North.

Hill, who walked four batters, received offensive support from Jacen Nalesnik. The freshman catcher went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs.

The Indians (6-3; 2-1) also received a double and two runs scored from Kyle Hunter.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

ALLENTOWN – The IronPigs are off to their best start in franchise history, but Rochester and the bottom of the batting order foiled Lehigh Valley's home opener 5-3.

The IronPig pitchers were masterful in sitting down the bulk of the Red Wing lineup. Rochester clean up hitter Wilson Ramos struck out four times in making five outs on the night.

The bottom of the Rochester line-up, Jacque Jones, Danny Valencia, and Dustin Martin, racked up five hits and drove in all five runs for Rochester.