Monday, July 28, 2014

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

In this column, I will never tell you to adopt my eccentricities--even the ones that serve as the foundation of my health and fitness. From time to time, however, I will tell you about them, so you can learn from them and possibly modify them to suit your needs.

Especially after two well-publicized studies find an element of soundness to my strangeness.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Towamensing rallied for a win in the Panther Valley 11-12 Little League Tournament.


PV 11-12 Tourney

Towamensing-Tamaqua 12 Blue

Towamensing saw a big lead slip away before rallying in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Tamaqua Blue, 12-11, in a Panther Valley Little League 11-12 year-old tournament game.

Towamensing built a 9-2 lead in the game thanks to grand slam home runs from Luke Eitner and Matt Doherty.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Marian Fillies Softball Camp awards

The annual Marian Fillies Softball Camp was held recently with approximately 30 girls participating. Players were divided into NCAA (ages 11-14) and ASA (ages 8-10) divisions. Pictured above, from left to right, are award winners Emma Kramer (ASA Bunting), Kayla Sherry (NCAA Baserunning, Hitting, Bunting), Macy Alansky (NCAA Fielding), Lyndsey Reinoehl (NCAA Throwing), Rhian Evans (ASA Hitting), Skyler Searfoss (ASA Baserunning, Throwing), and Bryn Clifford (ASA Fielding). Back row are coach Joe Brennan and camp director Joe DeAngelo.

Friday, July 11, 2014
bob ford/times news Ryan Malarkey of the Franklin Township Shockers runs between second and third base as East Stroudsburg infielders Thomas Aruta (left) and Will Kazura go after the ball.

It might have taken a while to start, but the payoff was well worth the wait.

After two consecutive rainouts, the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth semifinal between Franklin Township and East Stroudsburg finally got underway Wednesday night. Despite the repeated delays, the teams delivered a classic.

Franklin capitalized on a balk call in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, and Ryan Malarkey did the rest with the game-winning hit in the eighth to send the Shockers into the championship series with a 3-2 victory.

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11, 1949 The Panther Valley League all-stars score in each of the first five innings to help post a 9-7 win over the New Brunswick (NJ) Royals in their annual classic. Coaldale's Marty Marek collects two hits, one of them a home run, to help the Valley stars. Summit Hill's Frank Piccin and Coaldale's Andy Yarosky also finish the contest with two hits while Lansford's Eddie Gildea and Nesquehoning's Billy Kissner each contribute a hit and two runs scored.

Friday, July 11, 2014
mike feifel/timesnews Northern Valley's John Taylor unwinds with a pitch against Coplay.

"Pitching wins championships" is a universally agreed upon slogan in which most baseball experts and enthusiasts agree upon.

Two brilliant performances on the mound were put on display in Thursday's Lehigh Valley Legion post-season clash between Northern Valley and Coplay.

Northern Valley's two runs were enough support for starting pitcher John Taylor as it was victorious over Coplay, 2-0.

Taylor had a masterful outing, tossing a complete-game four hitter and striking out four batters.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's great to have a consistent offensive team when the post season rolls around.

The Tamaqua Blue Sox proved to be consistent and efficient as they scored runs in five of six at-bats on their way to a 10-5 win over the Schuylkill Valley Falcons on Wednesday night.

The victory in the first round of the Schuylkill-Berks Legion playoffs, advances the Blue Sox into the winner's bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament. Tamaqua will host Pine Grove tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Games were played in several Little League tournaments on Wednesday


PV 9-10 Tourney

Tamaqua Blue-Tamaqua White

Tamaqua Blue was able to handle Tamaqua White, 19-9, in just five innings.

Anthony Coccio led Tamaqua Blue with three hits, including a two-run home run. Brady Sherry, Reese Szabo, Teddy Ross, and Bryce DeAngelo all had multiple hits for Tamaqua Blue. Steven Modesto, Trevor O'Brien, Dax Wheller, and Gavin Semko all came through with a hit apiece.

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Franklin Grey-Tamaqua White

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 10, 1986 Joe Gillespie collects four hits, two of them doubles, knocks in five runs and pitches a one-hitter to lead Summit Hill to a 26-1 victory over Nesquehoning in a District 18 Little League contest. Gillespie allows just one walk and strikes out 13. Cas Kosciolek finishes with four hits and three RBIs while Alan Tirpak collects three hits and drives home five runs. The winners, who also receive three hits from Brad Miller and two from Rich Gould, lead 2-1after three innings before tallying 24 runs over the final three frames.