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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team announced its roster last week as the team gears up to open the tournament on Thursday against Burlington County at Richie Ashburn Field.

Three Times News area players all from Pleasant Valley made the squad. The Bears will be represented by seniors Chris Burke and James Shank and junior Nick Domenici.

Parkland leads the roster with five players featuring seniors Zach Merkle, Gabe Mosser and Chris Rabasco. Juniors Connor Higgins and Jeff Strisovsky round out the Parkland faithful.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
bob ford/times news Ian Nicholls delivers a pitch for Tamaqua. Nicholls was one of three seniors on the Raiders' roster.

OREFIELD – Ninety feet was all that separated Tamaqua from another miracle.

But this time, there was no fantastic finish.

This time, the tying and winning runs never made it home.

This time, jubilation was replaced with tears.

When Brett Kosciolek's sharp grounder was turned into an unassisted putout at first, the Raiders' incredible 2014 campaign came to an end Monday night at Parkland High School.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ever since Brad Rauch took over as Northern Valley head coach in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League, the Chargers have been a top-four team at season's end. The Chargers finished with the league's fourth-best record at 11-7 record last season, before going 1-2 in the playoffs with two one-run losses.

Now entering his fourth season at the helm, Rauch expects much of the same success of his Charger squad. And with six of the team's starters in the field from last year returning, Rauch's expectations are not out of the question.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Franklin Township Shockers, Franklin Township Hurricanes, and Panther Valley Black Diamonds were all able to score wins recently. The Shockers earned a victory over East Stroudsburg, while the Hurricanes and Black Diamonds split in a double-header match-up.

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KJ Snerr and Ben Cordova each had three hits to help the Franklin Township Shockers post a 5-3 win over the East Stroudsburg Mustangs.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Nate MacDonald prepares to make the catch and the tag on Pope John Paul II baserunner Kyle Miller at second base on a steal attempt. Miller was out on the play.

OREFIELD It was practically the same scenario.

Unfortunately for Tamaqua, it didn't produce the same result.

Trailing by a run in the seventh inning with two men on base, two outs and cleanup hitter Brett Kosciolek at the plate, the situation was just about a mirror image of the Blue Raiders' previous PIAA playoff game.

But while that contest ended in euphoria, Monday's state semifinal contest against Pope John Paul II ended differently.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 1971 Brian Metzger tosses a three-hitter and strikes out 12 batters to help lead Lehighton to a 5-1 Lehigh Valley League win over Coplay. Danny Kunkle collects two hits and scores a pair of runs for the winners. Donny Borger adds two hits, a run scored and RBI while Billy Kunkle finishes with a hit and knocks in a pair of runs. Lehighton also receives a hit and run scored from Charlie Hansler.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Nationals recently claimed the 2014 Jim Thorpe Major League Tournament championship at McGarvey's Field in Jim Thorpe. Members of the team include, front row from left, Ian Hubbard, Caiden Hurley, Anthony Voto, Thomas Kenny, Keegan McCartney; middle row, Adam Lauer, Joey Kamieniecki, Austin Williams, Dawson Schriner, Trevor Hoffman, Ben Pieri; back row, assistant coach Zach Knox, assistant coach Josh McCartney, manager Ryan Hurley, and assistant coach Tim Hubbard.

Monday, June 9, 2014
AP PHOTO Jimmie Johnson, left, congratulates Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Earnhardt won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

LONG POND - A pit road incident during Sunday's Pocono 400 at "The Tricky Triangle" ruined any chance of Jimmie Johnson winning three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races for the third time in his career.

Johnson, a six-time champion, was coming off back-to-back wins at Charlotte and Dover. Prior to that, he was winless in the first 11 races of the season.

Monday, June 9, 2014
Linda Rothrock/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Matt Egan delivers a pitch toward the plate during Saturday's Deppe Classic.

LIMEPORT In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense from the batter's box.

And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, June 9, 2014
AP PHOTO Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) waves the checkered flag as he does a burnout in front of his crew after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday in Long Pond.

LONG POND - Right now, it's good to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR's most popular driver continued his resurgence this season, taking advantage of Brad Keselowski's late race misfortune to claim his second win of the year at Sunday's Pocono 400.

Not only does the win all but lock him into the Chase for the Cup, it also secured his maiden victory at the Tricky Triangle and his first multi-win season since 2004, when he won six times.