Monday, July 25, 2016

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Friday, June 3, 2016
Palmerton’s Darion Jacoby takes a throw in hopes of tagging out Avery Nagle of Pine Grove during Thursday’s District 11 Class AA championship game. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG – In sport, defending a title might be the most difficult challenge, the most taxing and the most mental task to sustain.

Such was the case for the Palmerton softball team on James F. Patton Field at the Blue Mountain High School Thursday afternoon.

One win away from capturing their second straight District 11 Class AA title, the Blue Bombers just couldn’t pull the trigger on both sides of the diamond. Their defense came unstrung. Their offense couldn’t slap together consistency and that doomed a gold medal chance for 2016.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

OREFIELD - Palmerton and Lehighton added one of the best chapters to their storied rivalry in the District 11 Class AAA baseball championship last night at Parkland High School.

After trading the lead four times in the last two innings, the seventh-seeded Blue Bombers came away with a one-run victory and lifted the trophy in exultation.

Palmerton’s Ian Silfies scored the winning run for a 12-11 win that yielded the team’s first-ever district title.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Weatherly rolled to a victory in Junior Babe Ruth League action.



Martins Creek

The Martins Creek Creekers pushed across four runs in the seventh inning Tuesday to break a tie game and post a 5-1 victory over the Berlinsville Braves.

Josh Kern, a Lehighton graduate, allowed just one run through six innings, but gave up three in the seventh to suffer the loss. Only two of the runs given up by Kern were earned.

Cody Hallman, a Northern Lehigh grad, collected three hits and knocked in a run for the Braves (3-7).

Thursday, June 2, 2016

OREFIELD – Wednesday night was special for Mike Sveitik for a number of reasons. Not only did Svetik lead Palmerton to its first ever District 11 championship, he also got to experience the title with his two sons, Zach, a senior on the team, and Tyler, an assistant coach.

“It’s priceless,” Mike Svetik said after watching his team rally past Lehighton for a 12-11 victory to claim the Class baseball AAA crown.

The moment was not lost on Zach, who has played for his dad since a young age.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2, 1999 - Northwestern scores in every inning but one to gain an 8-2 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over Salisbury. Bryn Lindenmuth collects two hits, both of them doubles, and drives in a pair of runs to lead the team’s offense. Lindenmuth also steals three bases in the contest. Rob Diefenderfer tosses a three-hitter to earn the pitching win. Diefenderfer also helps his own cause by collecting a pair of hits.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 1, 1967 - Jim DeAngelo and Andy Seroka both have big days at the plate to help Marian gain a 15-5 victory over Shenandoah Catholic. DeAngelo and Seroka each collect three hits and score three times for the Colts, coached by “Wink” Gallagher. Bill Sakusky earns the pitching win, allowing just one hit in his 5 1/3 innings of work. Sakusky helps his own cause with two hits and three runs scored. The winners also receive two hits, one a home run, from Tony Pajakinas, while Dombrosky adds a homer. Mike Baddick also scores a pair of runs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

For the fourth time in seven starts, Eric Beers parked his No. 45 Horwith Trucking car in Victory Lane at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Beers had a great duel, not just with runner-up Don Wagner, whom he battled tooth and nail and did not pass until three laps to go, but he was in thick traffic from start to finish en route to the hard fought victory.

Third place Earl Paules, Kyle Strohl, Jack Ely, Kris Graver and several others all waged a strong fight with Beers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Palmerton’s Lindsey Shimko (right) is safe at second base as Pen Argyl’s Arielle Heisler applies the late tag. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

OREFIELD - She fidgets with her glove and paces around the circle.

She tosses the ball up between pitches and talks to her teammates.

She shows emotion in the form of a wry smile when she misses her spot or doesn’t get a call.

Palmerton’s Reese Dugan may often look uncomfortable during one of her outings, but in reality, the more antsy she seems to be the better she seems to pitch.

On Tuesday at Parkland, Dugan was anything but uncomfortable. In fact, it was the Pen Argyl hitters who were out of sorts.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Palmerton catcher Jared Mooney (left) tries to apply the tag to Tamaqua’s Daylon Barron at home plate. Barron was safe on a sacrifice fly that gave Tamaqua a first-inning lead. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

PARKLAND – Tamaqua played textbook defense during the first 18 outs of Tuesday’s game.

However, the Raiders struggled with the final three outs in the District 11 Class AAA baseball semifinal against Palmerton.

The Bombers took advantage of the new life that Tamaqua kept granting them and rallied for a 4-3 victory.

Palmerton faced a 3-1 deficit heading into its last at-bat, but tallied a trio of runs during a sloppy Raider stretch that saw them committ three errors.