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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OREFIELD — Northwestern plays with pride and never gives up.

And when you combine those two factors, that’s when you have a dangerous ball club.

The Tigers had the odds against them when they trailed by six runs with three outs left during the Colonial League semifinals against top-seeded Southern Lehigh on Tuesday night at Parkland.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BANGOR — In the baseball playoff atmosphere, each hit, each play, and each moment counts. Each mental lapse and ounce of effort can affect the game’s outcome.

In the Colonial League quarterfinal clash Monday between No. 3 seed Bangor and sixth-seeded Palmerton, there were plenty of crucial moments.

However, the defending league champion Slaters made the most of their moments by defeating the Bombers, 5-1. Bangor will move on to the semifinals against Notre Dame of Green Pond at Parkland today at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Northwestern’s Tyler Schreiner (31) takes off his helmet after scoring a run against Wilson in Monday’s Colonial League playoff game. Ready to congratulate him is teammate Tyler Wiik (26). NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

EASTON — Northwestern coach Bob Fatzinger had to decide who would pitch for the Tigers on the way to the Colonial League quarterfinal game against Wilson on Monday,

Would it be Mason Vogwill, Niko Fager, or both?

Fatzinger chose Vogwill, and the Tigers’ righty surely didn’t disappoint.

Vogwill tossed a three-hitter and helped Northwestern secure a 4-1 win over Wilson, which earned the Tigers a spot in the league semifinals tonight at Parkland.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Tamaqua shortstop Courtney Hoffman makes a play near second base during Monday's Schuylkill League semifinal playoff game. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG - Sometimes in softball, all it takes is one big offensive inning to propel a team to victory.

On Monday evening, Tamaqua used a six-run fourth inning to surprise many throughout the Schuylkill League. The Raiders came out swinging against Minersville in the semifinals of the Spotts Insurance Group Schuylkill League softball playoffs, defeating the Miners 11-5, and advancing to the championship against Pine Grove on Thursday.

Although, there were many runs scored throughout the game, the first three innings turned out to be an old-fashioned pitching duel.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PINE GROVE – What a difference a year makes.

Last season, Marian ended king of the hill on the baseball diamond after the Colts pulled off a pair of stunning wins in the 2016 Schuylkill Baseball League playoffs at Stump Stadium to claim the title.

First, they rocked North Schuylkill’s ego, and then they stopped Tamaqua in the championship matchup.

Now, with hardly any starters back from a season ago, Marian coach Tony Radocha’s game of checkmate couldn’t surround the King with enough Rooks, Castles and soldiers Monday evening against Blue Mountain.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16, 2001 — Three area athletes claim two individual gold medals at the District 11 Class 2A Track and Field Championships. Tamaqua’s Liz Manness, Marian’s Mary Horvat, and Northwestern’s Lindsey Snyder all win two events at Blue Mountain. Manness captures the 800 and 1600, while Horvat takes first in the shot put and discus. Snyder betters the field in both the high jump and triple jump.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Pine Grove’s Kate Rittenbaugh slides safely into second base as Marian’s Macy Alansky waits for the throw. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG — Pine Grove wanted a chance at redemption.

The Cardinals had an exceptional run last season, which included a District 11 Class 2A championship.

But one thing was missing from Pine Grove’s resume—a Schuylkill League title.

However, the Cards’ will have an opportunity to fill that void, after an 18-1 rout of Marian in the Spotts Insurance Group Schuylkill League Softball semifinals on Monday at Blue Mountain.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Pleasant Valley's Michael Mitchell captured second place in the long jump of the EPC track and field meet Wednesday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Perhaps Pleasant Valley’s Mike Mitchell said it best.

“Districts is when it counts,” Mitchell commented after last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships.

And Mitchell would know. The senior left last year’s District 11 Track and Field Championships with a silver medal in the Class 3A long jump with a state qualifying mark to punch his ticket to the PIAA Championships.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Northwestern’s Tyler Schreiner will attend Lehigh University to continue his baseball and academic career. Joining Tyler at the signing ceremony are his parents Michelle and John. MIKE HAINES/TIMES NEWS

Baseball has been a big part of Tyler Schreiner’s life for about as long as he could hold a bat.

The Northwestern senior grew up around the game. His father, John, was head baseball coach at Emmaus High School for most of Tyler’s formative years.

Last Friday, Tyler followed in his father’s footsteps by signing to play Division 1 baseball. The Northwestern senior will play outfield at Lehigh University for the next four years. He chose the Mountain Hawks over Lafayette and Bloomsburg.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The races scheduled for this past Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway were cancelled due to rain.

It was the second straight week and third time this season that rain forced the cancelation of events.

Looking ahead to Saturday, May 20 all six track classes will be running including Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus there will be a Small Car Demo Derby. The Pro 4s will race in a feature only.