Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Friday, July 3, 2015
1959 Mountain League baseball champs inducted

The 1959 Jim Thorpe Olympian baseball team was the first in school history to win a league championship.

The team finished with an overall record of 10-4, including an 8-2 mark in the Mountain League. They were undefeated in first half league play but finished in a second half tie when they lost their only regular season league game to White Haven. The Olympians lost a special playoff game to White Haven that decided the second half winner but came back to beat White Haven in the Mountain League championship game, 3-0, when Phil "Pip" Rader pitched a no-hitter.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3, 1986 Bill Fauzio tosses a two-hitter and blasts a go-ahead homer to help Lehighton post a 3-1 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Palmerton. Fauzio walks one and strikes out two. He breaks a tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning with his solo homer. Pete Shanton delivers an RBI single later in the frame to add an insurance run. Palmerton's Jim Christman, who scores his team's only run, receives the hard-luck loss. Christman allows just three hits and two walks while fanning six.

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of the longest home runs I ever hit occurred when my team did not need me to hit a home run.

Ahead by two runs in the later innings of an important Legion playoff baseball game with runners on second and third and possessing pitchers not nearly as accomplished as our hitters, my team just needed me to make contact, hit the ball past the drawn-in infield, and tack on at least one insurance run. I thought I was right on a first-pitch fastball, but fouled it off. On the second pitch, I got fooled by a curve.

Friday, July 3, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Memo to every women's national team on the planet:

Please pardon the United States and Japan for hogging the spotlight yet again by playing in their third consecutive major women's soccer championship game.

That's what happens when you produce quality teams and players.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Anthracite White beat Tamaqua in the South Division winners bracket final of the District 18 9-10 year-old Little League Tournament on Thursday.

District 18 9-10 LL

Anth. White-Tamaqua

Anthracite White advanced to the South Division championship with a 5-1 victory over Tamaqua.

The big blow for Anthracite came off the bat of the red-hot Stephen Hood, who belted a three-run homer in the first inning. It was his third homer run of the tournament. Michael Pascoe added a double for the winners while Brad Hood tossed a complete-game three-hitter.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jim Thorpe used the 10-run rule to down Franklin Township, while Berlinsville dropped a Blue Mountain League game in local action.

District 18 9-10 South Tourney

Franklin Township-Jim Thorpe Blue

Richie Strack was dominant on the mound, not allowing a hit while striking out seven of the 13 batters he faced to lead the Jim Thorpe Blue squad to a 14-0 victory over Franklin Township in a game that was shortened to four innings because of the 10-run rule.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
ron gower/times news Joel Schellhammer (18) of Tamaqua is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run.

A wake up call.

That's how Tamaqua coach Mike VanBuskirk described his team's 7-4 loss to Valley East in the opener of the District 18 11-12 year-old Little League tournament on Monday.

The defeat dropped the squad to the loser's bracket and into must-win situations the rest of the way in order to move on.

Facing a similarly desperate Hazleton team last night at Bill Angst Stadium, Tamaqua bounced back in a big way with a convincing 9-3 victory.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Fast start propels Anthracite

In tournament baseball, things don't always go the way you want them too. That was exactly the case for the Anthracite and Jim Thorpe 11-12 year-old baseball squads in their District 18 first round match-up. Both teams came out of the first round with a loss and we're looking to get back into the championship picture on Wednesday.

That team was Anthracite as it used a four-run second inning to help secure an 8-6 victory over Thorpe.

The tale of the tape for Jim Thorpe in the District 18 tournament up to this point has been poor starts, and Wednesday was no different.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2, 1995 Matt Davis pitches a no-hitter and also belts a two-run homer to lead Nesquehoning to a 19-2 win over Weatherly in the District 18 Little League tournament. Davis, who walks one and strikes out 11 batters, gives his team an early lead with his two-run blast in the first inning and later adds an RBI single. Dan Blazosky collects three hits and knocks in three runs while Denise Drosdak slugs a three-run homer. The winners also receive two doubles and three RBIs from Matt Roman, and three hits from Ryan Sharpe.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1, 2006 Franklin Township slugs four home runs to cruise past Valley East, 21-3, in the District 18 Little League tournament. J.T. Keer drills two of the homers, with both coming during a 14-run fourth inning. The winners also receive longballs from Jacen Nalesnik and Zach Coleman. Connor Hedash collects four hits, two of them doubles, in the rout while Nalesnik, Keer, Alex Storm and Anthony Farole each finish with three hits. Nalesnik also earns the pitching win.