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Friday, June 30, 2017

Berlinsville gained a walk-off win over Martins Creek.

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Anthony Sorrentino delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Berlinsville Braves a 1-0 walk-off win over the Martins Creek Creekers on Thursday.

Dylan Peiffer led off the home seventh with a walk and pinch-runner Michael Perreault moved to second on a sacrifics bunt. Sorrentino came through with a two-out, two-strike hit to right to chase home the game’s only run.

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Jacob Tarconish of Barnesville loves his summer job at Locust Lake, where he runs the concession area, including boat rentals. The park rents a variety of boats, from two-seater kayaks like the one he is checking, to paddle boats and row boats. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

If you don’t have enough money for a “destination” vacation, don’t despair. Our area state parks have plenty of activities for summer fun on a shoestring. Or boot lace.

Let’s start with Locust Lake.

You can imagine their surprise. The Marchalonis brothers (sometimes spelled Marshalonis, but their first names are never mentioned) have purchased a huge tract of shrubby land, heavily timbered before their purchase and prone to seasonal floods and forest fires. It’s the seasonal flooding that gives them a gleam of hope, and they start to dig a lake.

Friday, June 30, 2017

July 1, 1952 — Jim Sloboda collects four hits and scores three runs to help Tamaqua gain a 9-8 Tri-County Legion victory over Nesquehoning. Dave Heisler ends with three hits and two runs for the winners, coached by Eddie Neifert. Charles Stefanick also chips in with a pair of hits. Bill Williams pitches three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Williams enters the contest with a second-and-third, two-out jam and gets out the frame without allowing a run. He seals the contest in the ninth by striking out the side.

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Longtime softball umpire Dick McIntyre was honored by the Carbon County Lehighton Chapter of PIAA Softball Officials for his 37 years of service to the PIAA. McIntyre retired after the 2016 season. Those participating in a plaque presentation were, from left, Jim Strubinger (chapter secretary/treasurer), McIntyre, Dan Rossino (chapter president) and Nate Gross (chapter vice president).

Friday, June 30, 2017

It was announced Friday that Stan Dakosty Jr. will be promoted to associate head coach of the Colgate University football team, effective July 1.

Dakosty is entering his 11th season on the Colgate coaching staff, and his eighth overseeing the Raider secondary. He serves as the football recruiting coordinator for the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division 1-AA, program.

Friday, June 30, 2017
Keer ‘leads’ Marian to another title

Fifteen seconds.

That’s how long Marian Colts senior Daniel Keer gives himself to calm down when something doesn’t go his way.

Whether it was a bad swing at the plate or giving up a hit from the mound, Keer uses that time to refocus and move on to the next play.

During the 2017 baseball season, however, it’s safe to say that Keer wasn’t counting to 15 very often.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 1998 — Tim Matula hits a three-run homer to help Lehighton rally for a 7-3 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over East Side Memorial. After falling behind 2-0, the winners score a single run in the home first and take the lead in the second on Matula’s round-tripper. Justin Porembo collects three hits for the winners, coached by Chris West, while Adam Hausman earns the mound victory with six strong innings. David Williams tosses a scoreless seventh to preserve the win.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Franklin Township advanced to the final round of the District 18 8-10 Little League South Division tournament with a victory over Towamensing Thursday.

In other action, the Carbon Monarchs gained a Lehigh Valley Legion win.

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Franklin Township defeated Towamensing, 11-3, in the winner’s bracket final of the South Division tournament.

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Ryan Taras of the Panther Valley Black Diamonds avoids being tagged by TJ Hosler of the Franklin Hurricanes during Thursday’s Keystone Senior Babe Ruth game. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A pitcher and catcher always have a chance to control the game.

And on Thursday night, Ryan and Jake Taras of the Panther Valley Black Diamonds took advantage of every opportunity from both positions.

Ryan was efficient on the mound and Jake was effective behind the plate, en route to a 9-1 Carbon County Senior Babe Ruth win over the Franklin Hurricanes.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Bulldogs’ Hoffman goes back-to-back

Most high school softball seasons end in May or June.

But there’s no end date to Kaitlin Hoffman’s season — because she never stops.

No matter what month, day or time it is, you’ll find the Northern Lehigh captain working on her game.

Hoffman’s softball-stuffed offseasons have helped her become the elite player that she is today. Her dedication propelled her to the Times News Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.