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Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7, 1948 — Vince Lisella collects three hits and scores two runs to help Summit Hill gain a 7-2 Panther Valley League victory over Coaldale. Imrich Sarabok pitches all nine innings for the winners, allowing nine hits and one walk while striking out six. George Keister contributes three hits and a run. Billy Haldeman and Walter Zuber each finish with a hit and a run, while Sarabok scores a pair of runs. For Coaldale, Johnny Goyda bangs out three hits.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Franklin Township wins District 18 South Division 8-10 Little League titleFranklin Township captured the District 18 South Division 8-10 year-old Little League championship. Franklin finished with a 4-0 record in the double-elimination tournament. Team members include front row from left, Keyden Ahner, Derek Behler, Aiden Solt, Jesse Waksmunski, John Light, Cole Dietz, Carter Bellis; middle row, Dylan Greene, Jayse Lawrence, Aidan Albert, Jake Lewis, Mike Gelatko, league president Mike Birnbaum; back row, coaches Trevor Lawrence, Bill Lewis, Jim Albert, JC Dietz, Mickey Gelatko and Marlin Bellis. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Franklin Township captured the District 18 South Division 8-10 year-old Little League championship. Franklin finished with a perfect 4-0 record in the double-elimination tournament. Team members include front row, from left, Keyden Ahner, Derek Behler, Aiden Solt, Jesse Waksmunski, John Light, Cole Dietz and Carter Bellis. Middle row, Dylan Greene, Jayse Lawrence, Aidan Albert, Jake Lewis, Mike Gelatko, league president Mike Birnbaum. Third row, coaches Trevor Lawrence, Bill Lewis, Jim Albert, JC Dietz, Mickey Gelatko and Marlin Bellis.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Carbon’s Anthony Micholik unwinds with a pitch against Northern Valley. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - Nancy Scholz

The Carbon Monarchs showed up on Thursday.

Superb pitching from Anthony Micholik and a few big swings of the bat broke open their Lehigh Valley Legion playoff game against Northern Valley.

With their full lineup intact, the Monarchs cruised by the Chargers at Northwestern Lehigh High School, 9-3.

“Today, we had all of our team here,” said Carbon assistant coach JT Keer. “A lot of the season, we were missing our guys for vacations. It just so happened it wasn’t during the same week, so we were missing key players each game. Playoffs came around, and everyone showed up.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

Franklin Township cruised to a District 4 Babe Ruth tournament win Thursday to advance to the championship game.

In other action, Berlinsville posted a Blue Mountain League victory.

DISTRICT 4 BABE RUTH

Franklin Twp.-Ashland

Franklin Township rolled to an 11-0 victory over Ashland Thursday to reach the District 4 Babe Ruth title game.

Randy Bongiorno had a single, double and triple for the winners, while Jack Lorenz finished with three singles.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Northern Valley Chargers earned a Lehigh Valley Connie Mack win over Lower Macungie on Wednesday.

LV CONNIE MACK

No. Vy.-Lower Mac

Nate Goodolf had three hits and Jack Turner knocked in three runs to lead Northern Valley to a 10-4 victory over Lower Macungie.

Luke Eitner added two hits to the winning cause, while Aaron Rudolph and Noah Russo both finished with two RBIs.

Vinny Castrine earned the pitching win, striking out four over 6 1/3 innings.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 6, 1971 — Brian Metzger pitches a no-hitter to lead Lehighton to a Lehigh Valley Legion 12-2 win over Parkland. Metzger strikes out seven batters, but allows two runs on walks and wild pitches. He aids his own cause at the plate by collecting three hits and three RBIs. Rich Hopstock also finishes with three hits, one a homer, and knocks in four runs, while Donnie Borger adds three hits and an RBI. The winners, who blow the game open with an eight-run seventh innings, also receive two hits and two runs from Danny Kunkle.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Carbon Monarchs’ second baseman Derek Joyce prepares to apply the late tag to North Parkland’s A.J. Brosious on a steal. For a video and more photos from this game scan this photo with the Prindeo app or go to www.tnonline.com/galleries. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The combination of good pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting is any coach’s dream.

On Wednesday night, Donnie Rehrig received that trifecta at the most opportune time.

Facing North Parkland in the play-in round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, Rehrig’s Carbon Monarchs excelled in every aspect to earn a 4-1 victory and advance to tonight’s quarterfinals.

“If you play well defensively and your pitcher throws strikes ... you’re going to be in the game,” said Rehrig. “That’s what we’ve told them since day one. And that’s what happened today.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Extra innings are nothing new to the Birches and Northampton.

Wednesday night was no different as the teams once again played extra frames in their Norco Legion playoff game.

This time, Northampton only needed one added inning of play to post a 5-4 win and finish off a sweep of their best-of-three playoff series.

“We have played them three times,” Northampton manager Mike Bodnar said. “Once in the regular season, and now twice in the postseason. We played 10 innings in the regular season game against them, and took them right to the end again.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Anthracite shortstop Cody Orsulak puts the tag on a Tri-County runner while second baseman Drew Kokinda backs up the play. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One swing is all it takes to change the complexion of a game.

It’s something players on the Tri-County and Anthracite 10-12-year-old All-Star teams know well.

Cody Orsulak lifted Anthracite to a 9-8 victory over Tri-County with a walk-off home run last week in the District 18 10-12-year-old Little League Tournament.

Jacob Bobish returned the favor Wednesday.

Bobish’s two-out, two-run home run to straightaway centerfield in the bottom of the third inning in a tie game propelled Tri-County to a 5-3 win over Anthracite in a loser’s bracket game in Summit Hill.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mahoning Valley Speedway may have lost its regular Saturday evening stock car program to rain, but Sunday dawned bright and beautiful for what would be a full afternoon of Enduros, Demos and Karts.

And for Carl Altemose, the day became his personal playground, as he simply dominated in the Enduro’s.

First up was the Big Car Enduro, where he dashed to the lead at the drop of the green. From there, he proceeded to put on a driving clinic, leading every lap of the timed race.