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Friday, May 22, 2015
lora george/special to the times news Palmerton's Avery Neipert scores a run on a wild pitch as Catasauqua pitcher Alexia Reichl moves in to cover the plate. The batter is Reese Dugan (14).

Reese Dugan pitched two shutouts against Catasauqua this year, but she couldn't wait to make amends for the one time she didn't blank the Rough Riders.

Lauren Campbell waited almost two weeks to get another shot at Catasauqua. When she finally did, she made the most of it.

For Palmerton's battery and the entire Bomber team, the wait was worth it.

Behind outstanding games from Dugan and Campbell, Palmerton defeated Catasauqua, 7-0, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA softball playoffs on Thursday.

Friday, May 22, 2015

ORWIGSBURG - The way the Marian-Tri-Valley District 11 Class A softball semifinal at Blue Mountain's Patton field began, it looked like it would be one heck of a pitcher's duel between the Fillies' Bethany Shaud and the Vikings' Taryn Wilson.

Friday, May 22, 2015
chuck hixson/special to the times news Northwestern's Jessica Badman hits the ball past Southern Lehigh pitcher Danielle Barnes (right).

ALLENTOWN What a difference a couple days can make. On Tuesday, Northwestern got runners on base leading off five of the six innings that they came to bat. On Thursday, they were able to do that just once and that wasn't until the seventh inning. The result on Thursday was a 6-2 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals of the District 11 Playoffs.

While the Tigers weren't able to get leadoff runners on, they did get two-out baserunners in four innings. Unfortunately, Northwestern ended up stranding 14 baserunners in the game and they allowed four unearned runs.

Friday, May 22, 2015
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Taylor Herman rounds second base and heads to third during Thursday's District 11 softball playoff game against North Schuylkill.

ASHLAND - Relying on a freshman in the postseason can be a risky proposition for many teams.

Not for North Schuylkill and head coach Dominick Grasso.

When Haley Burd assumed the role as the team's No. 1 starter, she barely batted an eye. Burd played a significant role in the Spartans' five game winning streak to end the regular season, and punctuated the run with a no-hitter that included 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Shamokin in the regular season finale.

Friday, May 22, 2015
nancy scholz/special to the times news Jenna Schaller of Pleasant Valley takes a swing against Easton.

EASTON – Pitching and defense is usually a formula that will propel a team to the next level.

After surrendering two runs in the top of the first inning to Pleasant Valley, Easton received dominant pitching from its ace Maegan Kavanagh.

The Lady Rovers blanked the Lady Bears after the first frame and earned a 7-2 District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal round victory on Thursday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Harold Moll slides safely across the plate as the ball gets away from Northwestern catcher Tyler Wiik.

For Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek, it was anything but a normal game.

But to be succesful, the senior knew he had to approach it like it was any other ordinary day.

Pitching not only with a heavy heart but also with his team's season on the line, the right-handed hurler kept his emotions in check and delivered arguably the best outing of his career.

Kosciolek, dealing with the recent loss of his grandmother, finished with a one-hit shutout to lead the Blue Raiders to a 2-0 victory over Northwestern in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 1964 Dave Malkin fires a one-hitter to lead Lansford to a 7-1 Hughie McGeehan League win over Weatherly. Malkin nearly throws a no-hitter, allowing a hit with one out in the seventh inning. The winning pitcher finishes with 14 strikeouts and also contributes two hits, a run and an RBI at the plate. Tom Major belts a three-run homer for the Panthers, coached by Vince Spisak, while Ed Sabol contributes a pair of hits. Gary Druss delivers an RBI triple and John Zubek adds a triple and run scored.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
bob ford/times news filephoto Khai Samuels is part of the both the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams at Pleasant Valley.

During the regular season, Michelle Piontkowski wanted the focus to be on individual events.

With the Pleasant Valley boys and girls looking to make a mark in their first year of competition in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Bears' head coach wanted to maximize the teams potential.

The strategy paid off, as the boys finished with a 10-1 overall record, while the girls posted a 9-2 mark in the regular season.

But once the postseason rolled around, the attention shifted to harnessing that talent on the 400, 1600 and 3200-meter relay squads.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
ron gower/special to the times news Third baseman Cole Rodrigues of Palmerton is unsuccessful in tagging out Pottsville base runner Darion Jacoby.

POTTSVILLE – For Palmerton, yesterday's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal against Pottsville was a big-time game with a big-league feel.

When the Blue Bombers pulled into Steidle Field at the 16th Street Complex, it marked Palmerton's first district playoff appearance in eight years for a team that eclipsed six wins for the first time since 2007.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pleasant Valley won its last three regular season games just to get to qualify for the postseason. The young Bears team even beat Freedom in the first round to keep that streak going.

But their season came to an end when a more veteran Easton team jumped on the Bears early en route to a 6-2 win in yesterday's District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal match up.