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Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 11, 1986 An eight-run first inning helps propel Franklin Township to a 12-4 win over Valley West in the District 18 Little League tournament. Todd Knappenberger delivers a two-run double during the big frame while Kyle Williams adds a two-run single. The winners also receive RBI singles from Chris Green and Greg Stout and a bases-loaded walk from Steve Kunkle. Greg Zinner gains the pitching win, allowing six hits while striking out eight. Knappenberger finishes the contest with two hits.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
James Farano, left, of the Franklin Township Shockers is tagged out by Bushkill Township's Brandon Labar as he tries to steal third base during the first inning of Tuesday's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoff game. The Shockers lost the game, 1-0. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

During the regular season, a potent offense by the Franklin Township Shockers helped produce a 16-1-1 record and a league championship.

But on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoffs, that offense came up empty.

Stymied by Bushkill Township's Colton Miller and Justin Albert, the top-seeded Shockers dropped a 1-0 decision and were eliminated from the postseason.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10, 1947 Wayne "Dutch" Snyder fires a three-hit shutout to lead Mauch Chunk to a 5-0 Panther Valley League victory over Tamaqua. Snyder allows just two walks and strikes out 15 batters. At the plate he helps his own cause by delivering an RBI double. Joe Watto collects two hits and knocks in a run for the winners, managed by Willard "Woo" Leopold. "Choc" Dugan adds an RBI single while Daniel "Pete" McGinley and Allen "Hannah" Morgan each add a hit and run scored.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PINE GROVE Some wins are of the conventional, rather predictable variety.

Others are a bit more unusual, with circumstances that are highly remarkable playing a role in the outcome.

The result of Tuesday's Schuylkill-Berks Legion League North Division winners' bracket contest was of the latter.

Tied at 1-1 in the third inning, Pine Grove brought attention to the use of an illegal bamboo bat being used by a Tamaqua player.

The use of the bat, which is prohibited in Legion play, resulted in the batter being called out, which ended the top half of the third.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Jared Joyce looks to slide under the tag of Hazleton catcher Oliver Martinez.

It might be cliché, but the sports adage offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships has been proven true time and time again.

On Tuesday night, The Jim Thorpe 9 & 10 year old little league team once again brought that theory to fruition.

Simply put, Thorpe played the game of baseball the right way in all facets, dominating Hazleton 11-1 in four innings, to claim the District 18 9 & 10 year old Little League Championship.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Franklin Hurricanes' Steve Shanton slides into third base during Monday night's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoff game against Hazleton. Shanton scored the first run of the game in the Hurricanes win, 4-2.

With the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League going to a single-elimination playoff format this year,Franklin Hurricanes manager Ricky Strohl knew there was no room for error.

That's why he went with his ace, Dane Ciavarella, against Hazleton in the first round of the post-season on Monday night at Christman Field.

Ciavarella didn't disappoint as he hurled as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and held on for a 4-2 victory keeping the Hurricanes alive for another day.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Garrett Krome of the Towamensing Yankees gets back to first on a pickoff attempt as Panther Valley Black Diamonds first baseman Luke Stano takes the late throw.

Hits were definitely scarce over the first seven innings of play during the opening round Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League playoff game between Panther Valley and Towamensing on Monday night.

It wasn't until the eighth inning that there was a decent display of hits scattered across the baseball diamond.

With four consecutive hits, the Black Diamonds were able to push across not only the go-ahead run, yet some additional insurance runs to post a 6-3 victory over the Yankees.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

With an exciting late race pass, Roger Coss went by race long leader Tommy Flanagan and nabbed his first Modified win of the season Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

The 26-year old from Lafayette, New Jersey started fourth and was tagging behind Flanagan and John Markovic for most of the race.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Panther Valley Black Diamonds picked up two wins in regular season Keystone Senior Babe Ruth action recently.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

Towamensing-Bushkill Twsp.

Towamensing dropped a 4-2 decision to Bushkill Twsp.

For Bushkill Twsp. (9-7-1) Nate Bachert had a double and RBI, While Blaise Strausser threw a complete game.

For Towamensing (10-7-1) Isaac George had a hit and an RBI. Greg Wierzbicki also had a hit and an RBI.

Minutemen 000 112 0 - 4 5 1

Yankees 000 101 0 - 2 9 2

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Five local high school girls played for the Lehigh Valley Sonics' women's soccer team this season. They include, from left, Lehighton's Lauren House, Katie Higgins, Allison Andrew, and Northwestern's Angela Motolese and Sabrina Mertz.

Yogi Berra once said about baseball that half the game is 90 percent mental.

Five local high school girls have proven his spin on words to be true for the game of soccer too while competing this season for the Lady Sonics of the Lehigh Valley United team in the Women's Premier Soccer League.

Ranging from 14 to 16 years of age, Lehighton's Lauren House, Katie Higgins and Allison Andrew, along with Northwestern's Angela Motolese and Sabrina Mertz have not been intimidated by opponents who are women in their mid-to-late twenties.