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Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's great to have a consistent offensive team when the post season rolls around.

The Tamaqua Blue Sox proved to be consistent and efficient as they scored runs in five of six at-bats on their way to a 10-5 win over the Schuylkill Valley Falcons on Wednesday night.

The victory in the first round of the Schuylkill-Berks Legion playoffs, advances the Blue Sox into the winner's bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament. Tamaqua will host Pine Grove tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Games were played in several Little League tournaments on Wednesday

LITTLE LEAGUE

PV 9-10 Tourney

Tamaqua Blue-Tamaqua White

Tamaqua Blue was able to handle Tamaqua White, 19-9, in just five innings.

Anthony Coccio led Tamaqua Blue with three hits, including a two-run home run. Brady Sherry, Reese Szabo, Teddy Ross, and Bryce DeAngelo all had multiple hits for Tamaqua Blue. Steven Modesto, Trevor O'Brien, Dax Wheller, and Gavin Semko all came through with a hit apiece.

PV 11-12 Tourney

Franklin Grey-Tamaqua White

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 10, 1986 Joe Gillespie collects four hits, two of them doubles, knocks in five runs and pitches a one-hitter to lead Summit Hill to a 26-1 victory over Nesquehoning in a District 18 Little League contest. Gillespie allows just one walk and strikes out 13. Cas Kosciolek finishes with four hits and three RBIs while Alan Tirpak collects three hits and drives home five runs. The winners, who also receive three hits from Brad Miller and two from Rich Gould, lead 2-1after three innings before tallying 24 runs over the final three frames.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
bob ford/times news filephoto A recently passed PIAA rule will prevent boys, like Pleasant Valley's Johnny Schmid (above), from playing on field hockey and other girls' sports teams

On paper, one would think the Pleasant Valley field hockey team has a lot to look forward to this season. The Bears did, after all, advance to the District 11 Class AAA final, in addition to qualifying for the PIAA AAA tournament under then-first-year head coach and PV grad Jessica Frantz.

With a number of playmakers returning from that 16-9 squad and a fresh start coming this year in the newly formed Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Bears certainly seemed to have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 9, 1998 Eric Dedinsky collects three hits, one a homer, and knocks in four runs to help lead Jim Thorpe to a 13-2 victory over Valley West in the District 18 Little League tournament. Dedinsky belts his two-run blast in the second inning to give his team the lead for good. Derick Reis, who throws a five-hitter for the pitching win, collects three hits and knocks in a pair of runs. Danny Flizack adds two hits and a run scored while Mike Brisbane slugs a solo homer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS James Chimenti, front left, stands in front of his father, Danny Chimenti, and Garrett Lienhard stands in front of his father, Tom Lienhard. The boys, who are part of the Jim Thorpe Little League program, play baseball nearly year round.

Last year, after each player had completed his or her regular 12-game season from April to early June, an all-star little league team from Jim Thorpe played another 16 tournament games into late July. For all these games, the players traveled a total of 800 miles back and forth to the greater Hazleton area, which added up to16 hours round trip. With practices scheduled between games, the team played nearly four straight months of baseball.

So? What's the big deal, you may ask.

All the players on the team were seven and eight years old.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Towamensing Yankees advanced to the championship round of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League by rolling past the Panther Valley Black Diamonds on Tuesday.

KEYSTONE SENIOR

BABE RUTH PLAYOFFS

Panther Vy. Black Diamonds-Towamensing Yankees

Towamensing put together a 14-hit attack to cruise past Panther Valley, 12-2, and advance to the league's championship round.

The Yankees will now play in a best-of-three series for the title. Their opponent will be the winner of the Franklin Township Shockers-East Stroudsburg contest.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Blue Mountain 8U team in state tourney

Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 8U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play a pair of games on Saturday July 12 and two more games on Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Tyler Haskins, Eli Grady, Stephen Berry and Trent Richard. Middle row, Michael McGeehan, Brayden Tocci, Seth Adams, Tyler Sigley and Reese Lipsky.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Talk about being on a roll. Lehighton's Kris Graver won for a third straight week and second time in a Modified.

The second year division driver has been wicked fast the past month. In four features over a three week span he clicked off two Modified victories and was second and fifth in the others. Plus he annexed the SpeedSTR victory last Sunday. In the process Graver has pocketed in excess of $7000 in earnings and is only 14 points behind standings leader Earl Paules.