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Friday, July 25, 2014

July 25, 1981 Bruce Matalavage's two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning lifts the Tamaqua Travelers to an 11-9 win over Reeders in Pocono Mountain League action. Reeders gets the tying runs on base in the bottom of the 11th but Dave Malkin comes on in relief to end the threat and earn the save. Greg Rottet collects three hits, one a homer, and knocks in five runs for the winners while Matalavage finishes with four hits. Mark Rother allows 12 hits but pitches 10-plus inning for the victory.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Nittany Lions certainly are building a formidable collection of pass-catchers for the future.

New head coach James Franklin has picked up right where Bill O'Brien left off when it comes to recruiting: Penn State continues to pile up commitments from big-body receivers and tailbacks while taking longer to fill much-needed holes at linebacker and on the lines.

Just look at how Franklin is finishing one recruiting class and starting another.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia offense wasted a good outing by a starter

Former Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco's runs with a double in the ninth inning, and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

One night after blowing just his third save in 26 chances, closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) took the loss.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 24, 1978 Danny Matika earns the pitching win and delivers a go-ahead RBI single to aid Summit Hill's 10-9 win over Nesquehoning in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Matika tosses a five-hitter and strikes out six in his winning effort. Guido Dominic slugs a two-run homer in the victory while Bernie Markey finishes with a pair of hits, one a key run-scoring single. For Nesquehoning, Dave Ligenza and Jim Evans both blast home runs.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Anthracite team has picked up five wins in the Panther Valley 11-2 Little League tournament.

Anthracite-Lansford

Anthracite came back from an early deficit to beat Lansford, 8-2.

Andrew Surotchak gave Lansford an early lead when he singled and scored on a double by Julian.

Megan Pascoe's two-run double gave Anthracite some life in the second and it rolled to the win.

Bryan Smith added a three-run homer for Anthracite.

Josh Robin, the winning pitcher, also added a double.

Anthracite

-Franklin Blue

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The semifinals of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Basketball League were played Monday night, and it was both lower seeds pulling off upset wins to set up the finals of E Mortgage Management vs. Vesuvio's.

Monday's Results

#2 Batter's Box-#3 E Mortgage Management

E Mortgage Management exploded right from the start as they built a 38-19 halftime lead en route to a 62-53 victory over two-seeded Batter's Box.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 23, 2001 Casey Hedash does a solid job on the mound and his offense supplies him with more than enough runs as Franklin Township #1 defeats Lansford, 10-2, in a battle of unbeatens in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Hedash pitches a five-hitter and strikes out 11 batters. Jesse Strawser clubs a two-run homer while Eric Berger collects three hits (single, double, triple) and scores two runs. The winners, who go on to claim the tourney's title, also receive three hits and three RBIs from Greg Steigerwalt and a pair of hits from Thad Kosciolek.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bill Smith/Shippensburg University Pat Kregeloh follows through with his bat after hitting the ball during a game this past season. The Pleasant Valley graduate recently concluded an outstanding career at Shippensburg University.

He grew up and still lives in Effort. He's spent summers in Missouri and West Virginia. His most recent address was Shippensburg, where he went to school the past four years.

Home, though, for Pat Kregeloh is none of the above. In fact, it's not a town, a borough, a city or a state.

It's a diamond.

"I just feel at home on the baseball field," Kregeloh said. "It's where I belong.

"I started when I was 3 years old. I was playing T-ball then. I've loved the game my whole entire life. I probably picked up a wiffle ball bat when I was 1 year old."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Three weeks ago Eric Beers was involved in an altercation that did something which has rarely occurred over the course of his career, it sidelined him due to a busted left hand.

One week as a spectator was more than he could take. Beers returned to finish a solid sixth the next race out and was back in top form on Saturday night as he easily went on to win for a fourth time this season.

"My hand is still a little sore but winning makes it a lot easier to deal with," said Beers, who has now won 40 Modified features at Mahoning Valley.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS West Hazleton tournament champions The Anthracite 7-8 year-old All Stars, consisting of youngsters from the Panther Valley area, were victorious in the West Hazleton baseball tournament. They defeated Valley West in the championship game, 2-1. Team members are, kneeling from left, Joey Shelton, Brody Breiner, drew Kokinda, A J Jewells, Chase Weaver, Aiden Kreimendahl; standing from left, Hayden Goida, Trey McAndrews, Tyler Black, Stephen Hood, Matthew Machalik, Cody Orsulak, and coaches from left, Wally Breiner, Ken Weaver, Arty Kokinda, Josh Black, Jeff Jewells, John Orsulak and Dave McAndrew Jr.

The Anthracite 7-8 year-old All Stars, consisting of youngsters from the Panther Valley area, were victorious in the West Hazleton baseball tournament. They defeated Valley West in the championship game, 2-1. Team members are, kneeling from left, Joey Shelton, Brody Breiner, drew Kokinda, A J Jewells, Chase Weaver, Aiden Kreimendahl; standing from left, Hayden Goida, Trey McAndrews, Tyler Black, Stephen Hood, Matthew Machalik, Cody Orsulak, and coaches from left, Wally Breiner, Ken Weaver, Arty Kokinda, Josh Black, Jeff Jewells, and John Orsulak.