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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Bulldogs’ Kemery, Marian relay team capture firsts

WHITEHALL – Gavin Kemery executed his plan to perfection.

Knowing the race could be decided by a late kick from his rivals, the Northern Lehigh senior was well aware he couldn’t hang back in Tuesday’s Class AA 3200 at the District 11 Track and Field Championships.

In the end, Kemery, left little doubt, crossing the line in 9:58.64, nearly 14 seconds ahead of second place Colton Fox (10:12.26) of Minersville to punch his ticket to next week’s PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Marian’s Josh Inama (28) flips the ball toward first base as teammate Mason Evitts moves in from behind. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

PINE GROVE – Always listen to your father.

Marian’s Mason Evitts used his dad’s advice during the fifth inning of a Schuylkill League semifinal contest with North Schuylkill and it paid major dividends.

With two strikes, two outs, and the game tied at 1-1, a single swing of Evitts’ bat cleared the bases and helped catapult the Colts to a 5-2 upset victory over the Spartans.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lehighton’s baseball team clinched a berth in the district playoffs with a win in their regular-season finale against Catasauqua.

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After watching a six-run lead disappear, Lehighton tallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to gain a 12-11 walk-off win over Catasauqua and a berth in the District 11 playoffs.

Donovan Buchinsky had two hits and knocked in four runs for the Indians (10-10), who led by an 11-5 score after four frames.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 1968 - Jerry Huggler knocks in three runs and turns in two innings of scoreless relief to help Jim Thorpe post an 8-2 Hughie McGeehan League win over Freeland MMI. Huggler collects two hits, one a double, and doesn’t allow any hits from the mound. Starter Danny Skrimcovsky allows just three hits in his four innings of work. The winners, coached by Jimmy Kroculick, also receive a key double off the bat of Richie Kelowitz.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tamaqua’s Matt Minchhoff unwinds with a pitch against Schuylkill Haven. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

PINE GROVE – Baseball can be so cruel that at times it can make you sick.

But when it’s played well, it’s a thing of beauty.

Such was the case Monday at Stump Stadium in the Schuylkill Baseball League semifinals.

Tamaqua’s performance was a thing of beauty as it excelled in all facets of the game.

The Raiders used the splendid pitching of Matt Minchhoff, some great defensive plays, and timely hitting from Zach Coleman, Owen Bates and Brady Akins to vault into Wednesday’s championship game with an impressive 3-1 victory over Schuylkill Haven.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ORWIGSBURG — Tamaqua head coach Jill Barron was nearly at a loss for words.

After playing solid defense throughout most of the season, the Blue Raiders’ gloves turned in a subpar effort in Monday’s Schuylkill League Division 1 championship game against Pine Grove.

Four errors and indecision on other plays cost Barron’s club dearly, and Tamaqua fell to the Cardinals, 7-2.

Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 1986 - Northern Lehigh’s Danny Wanamaker pitches a nine-inning no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-0 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Wanamaker gives up five walks, strikes out 10, and doesn’t allow a runner to reach third base. The winning rally in the ninth starts with a Corey Leibenguth double. After a Brian Wanamker hit moves Leibenguth to third, Lorne Polansky delivers an RBI single to left. Leibenguth finishes with three hits while D. Wanamaker ends with two. A diving catch in center by Tim Robb in the seventh inning preserves the no-hitter.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marian’s Dan Keer pitched a no-hitter against Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

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Marian-Jim Thorpe

Dan Keer tossed a no-hitter and added two hits at the plate as Marian blanked Jim Thorpe in a nonleague contest.

Keer didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight. He helped his cause with a two-run triple.

The Colts (16-4) received three hits and two RBIs from Mason Evitts. K.J. Snerr and Rob Hinkle each contributed two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

The Olympians ended the season with a 7-13 record.

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Jess Badman of Northwestern slides into second base as Salisbury shortstop Anna Bishop prepares to make a relay throw to first. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN ‑— Northwestern head coach Jason Zimmerman has been on a rollercoaster ride the past couple of days. And he’s hoping that ride continues for his Tiger softball team this week.

Just hours after his fiancé gave birth to their first child, Zimmerman was back on the field guiding Northwestern to a win in the Colonial League tournament.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and earned a 5-2 victory over Salisbury in the quarterfinal round on Saturday morning at Pates Park.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Six area teams will be in action this week as both the Schuylkill League and Colonial League hold baseball and softball playoffs.

Action will begin tonight as the Schuylkill baseball semis take place in Pine Grove. In the opening game of the doubleheader, Division 1 wildcard Tamaqua faces Division 2 champ Schuylkill Haven at 4:30 p.m. In the nightcap at 7 p.m., Division 3 champion Marian and Division 1 titlist North Schuylkill meet.

The two winners will retun to Pine Grove on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the league championship game.