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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wyatt Zimmerman of the Carbon Monarchs tags a sliding Tyler Schreiner of Northern Valley during Tuesday’s game. Schreiner was ruled safe at third base. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coaches love scoring two-out runs.

Conversely, they hate giving them up.

On Tuesday night, Northern Valley mentor Brad Rauch was the one enjoying rallies late in innings, while Carbon’s Donnie Rehrig was left reaching for antacids.

The Chargers plated all their runs with two away to earn a 5-1 Lehigh Valley Legion victory and improve their record to a league-best 9-1.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21, 1946 — Walter Slog leads a 22-hit attack as Lansford outscores Seek, 22-11, in a Panther Valley League contest. Slog goes 5-for-6, knocks in three runs, and scores twice. The winners, who score nine times in the first inning, receive plenty of other offensive support. Larry Furey finishes with three hits (one a double), three RBIs, and four runs scored, while “Peka” Daniels contributes two hits (one a triple), two runs and three RBIs. Stanley Grybel hits a home run, while Johnny Kozak, Leo Olsovsky, and Chester Trojan each end with two hits.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Franklin Township ended with a runner-up finish in the Parkland U10 D2 softball league. The team finished the regular season with an 11-1 record. Team members were Isabel Warner, Aliyah Nothstein, Makayla Scott, Jocelynne Begley, Guadalupe Gonzalez, Hannah Rex, Dezarae Ahner, Jordan Hausman, Mckenzie Dusheck, Peyton Hausman, Shelby Simek, Allee Maini and Olivia Sheckler. The team was coached by Adam Hausman, Shawn Sheckler, Nicole Warner and Jennifer Frankenfield.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Tamaqua Blue Sox rolled to a win against Pottsville on Tuesday.

In other action, the Franklin Township Falcons earned a victory in Carbon County Babe Ruth action.



Tamaqua used 14 hits to score nine runs during a 9-1 Schuylkill-Berks Legion win over Pottsville.

Isaiah Kupchinsky, Mike Minchoff, and Noah Evans each had two RBIs for the Blue Sox (2-4).

Nick Breiner added two hits, two stolen bases, and two runs, while Michael Bonetsky contributed three hits and an RBI.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 20, 1996 — Jason Hernandez blasts a two-run homer to help Palmerton gain a 6-5 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Fullerton. Hernandez goes deep in the first inning as Palmerton jumps out to a 3-0 advantage. The locals extend the margin in the fourth when Paul Kunkle delivers a two-run single. Winning pitcher Ivan George throws five shutout innings before running into trouble during the late frames. He ends with a six-hitter, striking out 11. Kunkle and John Kovacs each finish with three hits, while Ryan Waibel and Dean Hager add a hit and run scored.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Marian High School graduate Emily Sofranko, a Wilkes University student, has been awarded a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) selection for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

Sofranko, a member of the women’s basketball team, had a 4.0 GPA.

Sofranko played in all 25 games for Wilkes this past basketball season, averaging 24 minutes a contest. She averaged 3.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She scored a season-high 11 points on Jan. 18 against DeSales.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 1982 — Ed Valentine knocks in the game-winning run in the first game and adds an RBI single in the second contest as the Tamaqua Travelers sweep Kunkletown in a Pocono Mountain League doubleheader. Valentine, who earns the pitching win in the opener with two innings of scoreless relief, collects two hits and two RBIs in the 5-4 victory. Mike Rottet adds three hits in the first game. Larry Lech contributes two hits, one a triple, and knocks in a pair during the 10-8 second-game victory. Mark Rother adds two hits and two RBIs, while Rottet and Bill Plasko also drive in runs.

Monday, June 19, 2017

It’s not the way any pitcher wants to start a game.

But Northern Valley starter Justin Welsh didn’t let it bother him.

After hitting the first batter he faced on Saturday against South Parkland, the Chargers’ starting pitcher was dominant the rest of the way

Welsh regained his composure, found his control, and received outstanding defensive support on his way to a complete-game three-hitter as Northern Valley posted a 3-0 shutout over one of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League’s premier teams.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Carbon Monarchs catcher Aaron Joyce stretches to put the tag on Salisbury’s Peter Dubois during Saturday’s Lehigh Valley Legion game. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe earned a baseball win over Stroudsburg in Connie Mack play over the weekend.

In other action, the Tamaqua Blue Sox fell to the Muhlenberg A’s in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion contest.


Stroudsburg-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe edged Stroudsburg, 2-1.

Ian Hubbard drove in a run for Jim Thorpe with a single. Jake Schwartz and Drew Frank also added hits.

Zach Searfoss was the winning pitcher, going six innings and striking out four.


Coplay-Carbon Monarchs

Monday, June 19, 2017
College football official Tom Kichline provides instruction at Saturday’s Blue Mountain Elite Officials Camp held at Lehighton’s multipurpose stadium. JUSTIN CARLUCCI/TIMES NEWS

There’s a lot to understand before becoming a PIAA football official.

You see them make the important calls and throw the flags. But how do they get their careers started?

Dan Rossino is both a PIAA and NCAA umpire for softball, and a PIAA official for both football and basketball. Three years ago, he started the Blue Mountain Elite Officials Camp, which aims to educate new officials and sharpen the skills of the veterans. The third annual camp was held on Saturday morning at the Lehighton Football Stadium.