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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Samuels races into the record books

Like most athletes, Khai Samuels started his track and field career with modest ambitions, joining the Pleasant Valley program as a sophomore, thinking he wanted to be a sprinter and simply hoping to do his best.

Over the next three years, however, Samuels would blossom into one of the most successful middle-distance runners in school history, highlighted by a senior season that saw him set multiple school records while also helping the Bears achieve great success in their first year of competition in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Madison Kymer of Pleasant Valley swings at a pitch durig Carpenter Cup action. Kymer and her Lehigh Valley teammates were eliminated from the double elimination tournament on Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley's run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament ended Wednesday afternoon with a 7-4 loss to Mercer County at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

"We played hard," said Madison Kymer of Pleasant Valley. "We just couldn't get on top of the other pitcher."

Lehigh Valley's second day in the double-elimination tournament started off well with a 10-3 victory over Inter-AC. Pitching duties were split between Kendra Pekurny of Palmerton and Maegen Kavanagh of Easton.

Pekurny said, "It wasn't my strongest, but it was enough to keep us in there."

Thursday, June 25, 2015
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ After 33 years as Northwestern's varsity head baseball coach, Len Smith announced his retirement this week.

If there's one thing Len Smith wants to be remembered for, it's that the program has always been about the players. While he was at the helm for more than three decades, the team was always at the forefront.

That's why Smith kept it to himself all season. He had serious thoughts about retiring from coaching early in preseason, but he didn't share those thoughts until well after the season.

"This isn't about me," he said. "This is about the kids. I didn't want the focus during the season to be on me. I wanted the focus to be on the kids."

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25, 1952 Pete Blynn collects three hits and scores a run to help Palmerton post a 9-4 Tri-County League victory over Tamaqua. Roger Solt contributes two hits and a pair of runs scored while Dick Barilla earns the pitching win. Barilla scatters nine hits over eight innings of work. The winners also receive a pair of runs from Smida while Barilla helps his own cause with a hit and run scored. For Tamaqua, Charles Wolfe finishes the contest with three hits and a run.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pine Grove jumped out to a five run lead and never looked back in handing Tamaqua a 9-3 setback in Schuylkill-Berks American Legion action on Wednesday.

Zach Boltz had three hits for Pine Grove, including a home run, while Kobe D'Agostino, Logan Levan and Zimmerman each had two hits with the latter hitting a home run.

Pete Baddick had a home run and Nate MacDonald added two doubles for Tamaqua.

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Pine Grove 320 013 x - 9 13 3

Hartung, MacDonald (2); D'Agostino, L. Levan (7). W - D'Agostino. L - Hartung.elv

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Salerno enjoys 'leading' Colts at bat

He could play any position on the field, and often did. His speed created havoc on the bases, which helped his team score runs in bunches. And he provided needed leadership in a club that had few seniors.

While all the above qualities made Marian's Dante Salerno a special baseball player this past season, what set him apart were his contributions somewhere else the batter's box.

Finishing with a .478 batting average and getting on base at a .581 clip, Salerno epitomized the role of a leadoff hitter.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to The Times News Pleasant Valley's Alyssa Kotzmann gets a base hit for the Lehigh Valley team in Carpenter Cup softball play on Tuesday.

PHILADELPHIA - A 14-2 loss to Delaware South in the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament did not stop Lehigh Valley from coming back to defeat Jersey Shore 9-3 yesterday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

"We weren't necessarily concerned, but we all took a break, refocused, felt strong, and came out early," said Madison Kymer of Pleasant Valley High School. "We kept the pressure on and did what we had to do."

Kymer's three-run double to left field with two outs and the bases loaded put Lehigh Valley ahead 5-0.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 1970 Charlie Hansler's two-run double in the eighth inning helps Lehighton rally for an 8-6 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Whitehall. The winners put up four runs in the eighth to pull out the victory. Hansler, who pitches an inning of relief, is credited with the win. Bob Ziegenfuss collects two hits and scores three runs for Lehighton while Dave Barry adds a pair of hits and two runs scored. W. Kunkle contributes three hits and Tony Petrucci chips in with two.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tamaqua blasted Schuylkill Valley, 15-4, using an 11-run sixth inning to gain a Schuylkill-Berks Legion victory.

Pete Baddick's three-run homer in the sixth ended the contest, invoking the 10-run rule.

Baddick finished with two hits and five RBIs.

Matt Roberts had three hits, one a double, for the winners while Nate MacDonald added two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
mike feifel/times news Franklin Township second baseman Mason Barndt prepares to make the relay throw to first base after forcing Towamensing's Jake Taschler. The Franklin shortstop is Zach Crum.

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. The number of championships a team has won, the number of a player's career home runs and batting average, and a pitcher's earned run average are all worshiped and revered in the game of baseball.