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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Schedules have been released for the District 18 Little League Tournaments.

Both the 10-11 year-old and 11-12 year-old tournaments will be double elimination formats. The 9-10 year-old event will be divided into North and South sections for double elimination play and then hold a best-of-three championship series between the respective section champs.

SCHEDULES

11-12 TOURNAMENT

All games 6 p.m.

Friday, June 26

Game 1 - Hazle Township/White Haven at Weatherly/Towamensing

Game 2 - Freeland at Hazleton

Game 3 - Tri County at Franklin Township

Saturday, June 20, 2015
A group of Pennsylvania friends enjoying the view of Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine, which is located at a road crossing of the Appalachian Trail south of Rangeley. From left are Shirley Gross, Mary Ann Yeneskie and Cathey Schimpf.

"Maine, the way life should be," was the saying painted on the faded sign on the border between New Hampshire and Maine. Well, I thought to myself as I continued along the Appalachian Trail, which torrential rains had turned into a vigorous brook, it's the way life should be if you're an amphibian.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

One of life's never-ending joys for me is the seemingly random leaps my mind makes that if I take a moment to consider them are solutions to problems crammed away in my subconscious.

Just moments ago, for instance, I was searching for famous quotations to use in the language arts' classes I teach to engender abstract thinking and generate discussion. During that process, I learned that there was more to the oft-quoted Oscar Wilde quip: "Life imitates art." What Wilde really wrote in 1889 was "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20, 1961 Paul Hydro earns the pitching win and also contributes two hits and a run scored on offense as Palmerton pounds Lentz Post, 12-5, in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Every player on the winning team registers either a hit or run scored. Joe Carazo contributes a pair of hits and knocks in a run while Bobby Gelatko and Jim Valo each finish with a hit and two runs scored. The winners also receive two runs and an RBI from Don Deemer.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tulpehocken scored five runs in the final three innings to edge the Tamaqua Blue Sox by a 9-8 score in the Schuylkill-Berks Legion on Friday.

The Ble Sox tied it at 7-7 with two runs in the top of the sixth and again at 8-8 in the seventh, but Tulpehocken scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Peter Baddick went four-for-four, scored two runs, added two RBIs and also stole a base for Tamaqua. Nate MacDonald and Matt Roberts also added two hits.

Bates suffered the loss, while M. Martin got the win.

Tamaqua 102 202 1 - 8 9 4

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sooner or later, it could really happen. It's the stuff of novels and movies.

Big, big game, like a league championship or a tournament final. Two outs. Bottom of the last inning. Bases loaded. Down one. Tying run at third. Winning run at second. Their best pitcher is on the mound. Coming to bat for the first time ever with the outcome of the game literally in his hands is …?

My son.

Yup. It's him and I am going to watch his at bat from the third base box because I am his coach and this is my team.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

It is no secret that the minor leagues are a way of developing players to pool from to populate the big league team. It is also a way of 'fixing' broken players as was the case the past two weeks with Phillies pitcher Jake Diekman.

The lefty-reliever spent the last three seasons taking the PA Turnpike shuttle between the Phillies and the IronPigs making 73 appearances for the Phillies in 2014. This season, Diekman was supposed to be a stalwart in the bullpen but the season had not gone as planned.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tyler Hager, 10-year old son of Jeff and Melissa Hager, recorded a hole-in-one while golfing at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton on Wednesday.

Hager was golfing with his dad and Jim Spencer at the time of the feat.

Tyler had the ace on the No. 15 par-three, 125-yard hole using a three-hybrid.

What was ironic of Tyler's hole-in-one is that his great-grandfather, Frank Hager Sr., didn't get his first ace until he was 90.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Adam Bates' run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed Tamaqua to claim a 1-0 Schuylkill-Berks Legion win over Muhlenberg.

Connor Hartung pitched a three-hit shutout, allowing just one walk while striking out seven. Hartung threw 114 pitches in the contest, 71 of them for strikes.

The Blue Sox (3-4) only had two hits in the contest, with Nate MacDonald accounting for the other safety.

Hard-luck losing pitcher, Klick, allowed no earned runs and also struck out seven batters.

Friday, June 19, 2015
bob ford/times news Northwestern lineman Chris Trumbauer heads toward the end zone after intercepting a pass during Thursday's game.

NAZARETH In the days of practice heading up to Thursday night's game, the Red Team's defense looked impressive and crisp against its offensive counterparts. But that defensive unit wasn't necessarily sure if they were as dominant as advertised.

Judging by their performance in the actual game, that question was answered in convincing fashion.