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Friday, July 31, 2015

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) – "St-riike! ... And we're talking outside of outside corners."

"Ball!"

"St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners."

Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the computer told him exactly what to announce for the intimate crowd watching independent league baseball at Albert Field, a full moon in the distance.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Trevor Bayne's first visit to Pocono Raceway in June was somewhat successful. He won the ARCA Series race, then finished a respectable 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The 24-year-old first-year driver of the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing is eager to get back to the 2.5-mile triangular track in Long Pond this weekend for the Windows 10 400.

"I learned a lot," Bayne said. "Obviously, I was at ground zero. I had never been here before, never seen the place before. I had to start at the bottom and learn everything there is to know about the place.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31, 1989 Jason Muffley pitches a five-hitter and strikes out 10 batters as Franklin Township edged Northumberland, 3-2, in the Section 3 Little League tournament. Dan Keiser's two-run single in the sixth inning scores Jesse Brown and Muffley to snap a 1-1 tie and give Franklin the lead for good. Muffley allows a run in the home sixth but strands a runner at third to preserve the victory. Marc Sterling accounts for FT's first run with a solo homer to left-center in the second inning.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Vesuvio’s captured the 2014 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Basketball League championship. Team members include, kneeling, from left, Michael DeMarco, Mark Scarcella, Travis Buckner and Joe Madochick. Standing, ESRC Executive Director John Mirarchi, John Natt, Dwaine Gilley, Dan Maguschak, Carlos Rivas and ESRC Summer Program Director Austin Miorelli. Also on the team was Ibis Saracina.

Vesusvio's edged Tamaqua YMCA to capture the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission Summer Basketball League championship.

SEMIFINALS

Wagner's-Tamaqua YMCA

The Tamaqua YMCA defeated Wagners Gas House Gang, 72-52.

The Mehmeti brothers Bekim and Bejtullah led the way for the Tamaqua YMCA scoring 15 points each. The game's top scorer was Jimmy Wagner of Wagners Gas House Gang with 18 points.

Vesuvio's-Martin's

In a matchup between the past two league champions, Vesuvio's beat Martin's Printing, 71-62.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Berlinsville Braves split their last two contests in Blue Mountain League action this week

BLUE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE

Berlinsville-Northampton

Northampton jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and held off a late Berlinsville rally and claim a 7-5 win.

The Braves had the tying runs at second and third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Darron Whitmore recorded back-to-back strikeouts to preserve the victory. Whitmore also had a fine day at the plate for the Giants, going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Ron Gower/Special to The Times News Members of Jim Thorpe Blue, winners of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 year old tournament, are, front from left, Aidon Emberger, Chip Baldassano, Colby McHugh, Garrett Lienhard, Ryan Bailor and Rich Strack. Second row from left, Drew Wimmer, Adam Romanchick, Leah Snisky, Braden McHugh and Mason Lazorick. Back row, same order, Russ Bailor, assistant coach; Rob Romanchick, assistant coach; Tom Lienhard, assistant coach; Mike Snisky, head coach, and Rich Strack, assistant coach.

What a way for two little league teams to end a season!

Tuesday night, in the final game of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 year old tournament, two undefeated teams – Jim Thorpe Blue and Anthracite White – faced each other.

Jim Thorpe Blue capitalized on long hits, key bunts and great defense to pull out a 5-3 win in a game played at McGarvey's Field in JT. Bill Angst, president of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament, presented Jim Thorpe Blue coach Mike Snisky with the First Mike Turrano Memorial Trophy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 1959 Phil "Pip" Rader pitches a six-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe to a 6-2 Tri-County League win over Palmerton. Rader also knocks in a run at the plate. Ed Gargula collects a pair of hits and an RBI for the winners, co-managed by Ronnie Esrang and Fritzie Watto. Charley McHugh aids the cause with a hit, two runs scored and an RBI. Thorpe also receives a hit and run scored from James Billig. For Palmerton, Joe Carazo bangs out three hits.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For the first time all season, the Summit Hill Summer League has a new first place team, as SCK handed Parambo's its second loss and vaulted into the league lead.

Miller-Parambo's

Kyle Ferryman and Jake Szczecina were too much for Miller Contracting, as Parambo's rolled a 63-42 win.

Ferryman led Parambo's with 20 points behind four three-pointers, while Szczecina added 18 for the victors.

Jon Taras paced Miller with 19 points, all in the second half.

SCK-Seitz Bros.

SCK put up a league high in points to defeatSeitz Bros, 85-47.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tiger Woods didn't touch a golf club for a week. After missing the cut at the British Open on July 17, he took a vacation with his kids. They went diving, snorkeling, spear fishing.

Anything to get his mind and body as far away from golf as possible, he said Tuesday.

It's not the first time this year Woods has needed a mental breather after a tournament. He's missed the cut in three of the eight events he's competed in this season, and withdrew because of back discomfort after 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open in February.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LONG POND – The Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway will feature the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWTS), along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) drivers Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, on Saturday August 1st. Advance Saturday Grandstand Tickets start at $20 for adults and kids, ages 12 and under, are admitted free with accompaniment of an adult ticket holder.